If we can stop sinning, why do so many say that we can't?
How can so many people be on the wrong path? That’s easy. According to Jesus Christ, whatever scripture that you do not believe will not remain in you (John 5:38). So if you do not believe the verses I will show you, then you don't have to concern yourself with trying to memorize them.
Think about it. No one believes what they speak against. Is there anyone left on earth that proclaims “The earth is flat!” Why not? In the same way, there shouldn’t be a Christian left who says that we cannot stop sinning, unless of course they do not believe the Bible. Right, there’s the problem.
Just by speaking against the faith, we can fall away from the faith (1 Timothy 6:20-21), and we have been speaking against what is actually written in the Bible for the past 100 years, even in the church. In fact, it is very popular these days for a preacher to have everyone quote what he is saying to each other during the sermon. "Look at the person beside you and say this or that!" I'm not saying that he always speaks against what is written in the Bible, but if he does, and you give an "Amen" to it, it's the same as you saying it.
Simple Words have the power of life and death (Proverbs 18:21), and our words control our days in the future (James 3:2-12). This isn't something that has happened overnight, but by small changes over time, we have learned to quote man-made doctrines as if they were straight out of the Bible. Jesus warned us of such in Matthew 15:8-9.
One of the first things that we should have heard when we accepted Jesus as the Lord of our life, is that the righteousness of faith involves saying certain things and not saying certain things according to Romans 10:6-8, but we didn’t. Most if not all evangelist jump straight to verse 9 of Romans chapter 10; confess Jesus Christ as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead. No one ever mentions the righteousness of faith, but the promise given to Abraham depends on it (Romans 4:13).
I'm not blaming anyone, since this didn't start this year, but many years before we were born. However, I am asking you to get your Bible out and check the verses I have mentioned for yourself.
Check the following passage of scripture in your Bible. After reading it ask yourself if this one passage of scripture were true, then how many good church attending people have been tricked into thinking that Christians cannot stop sinning?
1 John 3:7-9
7 Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous. 8 He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. 9 Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God. NKJV
That should give you some indication as to how far we have drifted away from the truth. Most churches cannot even mention those verses during a service because we have heard the exact opposite for years.
That passage starts off with “let no one deceive you,” and with good reason. We are deceived in this country into thinking that we cannot stop sinning, and we have been deceived for many years now; perhaps more than 100 years, judging by the little-bit of checking that I have done.
How can I make such a statement? How can we speak against a book that is the focal point of our gathering together if we have not already been deceived? All of the people we have place on pedestals, and consider to be pillars of the faith for the past 100 years have spoken in direct opposition to those two passages of scripture above; we all have the books, CD's, and videos to prove it.
Why would any preacher not preach the Word of God as 2 Timothy 4:1-4 warns us to? He is afraid to because the people will leave and attend the church across the street where verses like the ones above are never mentioned. Therefore, soon after he suppresses the truth, the truth is taken from him (Mark 4:24-25).
Here is the seal of the deal. the majority of Christians today, will not support any preacher who preaches 1 John 3:7-9, which means that 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3, and 2 Timothy 4:3-4 is coming true right before our eyes, and most do not realize that anything is wrong since the verses are not living in them (John 5:38, Ephesians 4:17-19). Even those who do believe just put up with it, which again is in opposition to what our instructions tell us to do (2 Corinthians 11:4).
That’s how far we have drifted away from the truth, and that shouldn’t be a shock to anyone who actually believes the Bible. Why? We’re in the rebellion, or the great falling away as it is described in some Bibles according to 2 Thessalonians 2:2-3 below..
2 Thessalonians 2:1-3
2 Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, 2 not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come. 3 Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition. NKJV
The day of the Lord will not come until the falling away comes first and it is in full swing right now in the USA. What are we falling away from? We are falling away from the Word of God. Take a look at the verses below.
2 Timothy 4:1-4
1 I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: 2 Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; 4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. NKJV
In the last days, what will happen according to those verses? Instead of relying on what the Bible says, most will turn aside to fables (made up stories, myths). That is happening today, and most of the verses I will show you have already been rejected by many and replaced with myths, and man-made stories. I don’t mean that in a bad way, but to open your eyes to what is happening today and has been happening for a long time in this country. Welcome to the last days.
According to 2 Timothy 4:1-4 above, bigest churches today should be the places where people don't hear a complete Gospel, and where the truth is suppressed. Why? That is what is predicted to happen. Jesus, Himself declared that out of all the people who would seek to enter the Kingdom of God, most of them are on the wrong path, and they will not make it (Luke 13:22-28).
That's scary when you think about and know the truth for yourself, but that's the way it is today. Very few people will take the narrow way. So, don't let that distrub you. Just keep praying for everyone to come to the knowledge of the truth, and move on.
Check that passage of scripture from your version of the Bible because it is happening today, right before our eyes. Find any huge crowd of people who call themselves Christ followers (Christians Acts 11:26), and listen for a complete Gospel. You won't hear it, and you won't hear the verses on sin that I will show you either. In fact, you will probably hear the exact opposite. Therefore, never follow the crowd, and never take anyone preacher at face value. Always test what you hear (1 Thessalonians 5:21).
What is in a complete Gospel? See "Who will inherit the Kingdom of God?"
Think about this for a moment. If 1 John 3:7-9 is truth, and it is, then there are a lot of Christians today who think that they are born again, but they are not, and there are a lot of Christians today who think that they will be walking streets of gold, but they have been deceived. Will you be one of them, or will you believe the Word of God? You cannot believe the Word of God and continue to speak against it.