What a wonderful privilege it is to be called a saint of the Most High God. What a high calling that is! Yet we must never take that position we have in Christ for granted. We must do everything we can to ensure that, in everything we say and do, we shine as true saints of our heavenly Father.
Recently I have observed several young believers mixing sin with their walk with Christ. “After all,” they say, “everyone sins. That is why Christ died for us, because we are sinners. If we don’t sin, Christ died for nothing. He expects us to sin, so we shouldn’t feel like failures when we do.”
I am not greater than any one of these young believers who are trying to condone their lifestyle of sin. Yet this is clearly a deception of the devil that he has introduced into the doctrines of our day. It is the doctrine that you can sin as much as you want, because Jesus understands that you are a sinner. They claim that Jesus died on the cross for our sins. It is a finished work. There is nothing we can do to improve on what He has done for us. All of our efforts to live free from sin is a work of the flesh, and God is not pleased with that.
It sounds so spiritual. It even sounds Scriptural. It sounds similar to the truth, yet it isn’t. It is a doctrine of demons, who are trying to seduce God’s people back into the world. In fact, it is the attempt of the enemy to entice believers into committing greater and greater sins, believing that it is all covered by the cross.
These unstable souls do not realized that the enemy is developing demonic strongholds in their lives to bring them completely into his bondage. It not only happened today, but it also happened way back in the days of the Apostle Paul, who wrote:
“What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How can we who died to sin live any longer in it?” Romans 6:1-2 NKJV.
[If you want a greater understanding of what Paul was teaching on living a life free from sin, then read the entire chapter of Romans chapter six.]
This twist on the doctrine of grace also happened in the days of Martin Luther, who heralded the wonderful truth that we are justified by faith, not by works. After seeing great success in teaching justification by faith alone, he was horrified then to hear another doctrine develop soon afterwards. It taught that it didn’t matter what sins you committed, you are justified by faith in Christ alone. It was a terrible trap set by the devil to snare believers into a life of sin. Little did they realize that they were being enticed right back into the world.
The Apostle Paul warned Timothy that his ministry was to help these believers escape the snare of the devil. He wrote:
“And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.” 1 Timothy 2:24-26 NKJV.
Yes, it happened in Paul’s day, it happened in Martin Luther’s day, and it is happening today, as well. It is a deception of the enemy to lure God’s saints away from Christ and back into the world. To be honest, it has always been one of his tactics, it is just gaining greater prominence in the Church today.
Living a lifestyle of sin, while professing to be a believer is not the mark of a true saint. Living a life free from sin, and shaking off the sins of the world, is the true mark of God’s saints. As the Apostle Paul wrote:
“For God did not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness.” 1 Thessalonians 4:7 NKJV.
The Apostle Paul also wrote:
“And those a who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” Galatians 5:24 NKJV.
When we came to Christ, we had to determine that the old man of sin and shame was crucified with Him on the cross, so that we would no longer live for sin but live for righteousness. This is the mark of a true saint in Christ.
Yes, we may slip and fall now and then, but God expects us to jump right back up, shake off all the dust and dirt from our clothes, and keep on walking with Him. He doesn’t expect us to walk around with soiled clothing, He wants us to shake off those sins and walk in righteousness and holiness and the truth – pure, clean and glistening white!
You are holy, dear saint!
[All Scripture quotations have been taken from The Holy Bible, New King James Version, copyright 1982, Thomas Nelson, Inc.]