This article is a continuation of the article “Can We Stop Sinning.” Please read it first, and if you are new to this site, I would start with "Be set free from sin" to make sure that we are on the same page so to speak.
Why? I mainly focus on helping believers to be set free from sin that leads to death, and not just to get one particular sin under control. Would it make any sense to you to help someone stop sexual sins for example, or be drug free, if they are also being held captive by sorcery, and witchcraft?
All of those type of sins will prevent a Christian from inheriting the Kingdom of God in the end (Galatians 5:19-21, below). We were saved while we were in sin, since God justifies the wicked (Romans 4:5), but we are expected to use grace to learn righteousness (Isaiah 26:10, Titus 2:11-14), and not as a license to continue in sin (Jude 1:4, Hebrews 10:26). Check those verses in your Bible.
19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. NKJV
It is our responsibility to put to death whatever belongs to our earthly nature (Colossians 3:5-9), and we can do that if we allow the Spirit to lead us (Romans 8:12-14). Notice I said “if” we allow the Spirit to lead us. That's not an automatic thing as some proclaim. The following verse makes it clear that we "have to sow to please the Spirit, in order to reap eternal life." If I told you the exact opposite of what the following verses say, then I too would be a false teacher.
7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. 8 For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. NKJV
Many Christians today have been deceived into thinking that this is an automatic thing, but we can refuse to follow, grieving the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:30), and by doing so, making Him jealous to the point of becoming God’s enemy (James 4:4-5, Philippians 3:17-19, Romans 8:5-8). Check the verses.
It is our responsibility after we come to the Lord to cast off the works of darkness and put on the Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 13:12-14), put to death our sinful nature with its passions and desires (Galatians 5:24), be transformed by not conforming to this world and renewing our mind with the truth (Romans 12:1-2), and to walk in the Spirit so that we will not fulfill the lust of the flesh (Galatians 5:16).
For more information on who will inherit the Kingdom of God, see "Sin that leads to death," and "Who will inherit the Kingdom of God." You don't have to believe me, but look the verses up in your own Bible and believe them. There are many false teachers today, and in fact most are false in keeping with 2 Timothy 4:1-4, so know the truth for yourself (Ephesians 4:13-14). That's the only sure way not to be deceived.
The question answered in this article is should we stop sinning? Now that we know that Christians can stop? Should we stop sinning, and what will happen if we do not stop sinning? The passage of scripture above is a good example as to why we should stop sinning. Millions of Christians have been deceived into thinking that saying a sinner’s prayer is the beginning and the end of their ticket to Heaven, but where is it written in the Bible? It isn’t!
Nowhere in the Bible does it say to go out and have a million people say what is known as a sinner’s prayer, but to preach the Gospel (Mark 16:15-16, below), and make disciples of Jesus Christ, by baptizing them and teaching them to obey Jesus (Matthew 28:19-20, below).
15 And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. NKJV
19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Amen. NKJV
Think about this. Who would try and stop Jesus’ disciples from following His instructions above? We’re not preaching the Gospel any more, many churches are not baptizing any more, and very few are teaching people to obey Jesus, but only to be His friend.
Imagine what would happen if you told Peter, James, and John not to baptize any more, don’t preach that people have to obey Jesus any more, and don’t preach a complete Gospel, but just have people say a sinner’s prayer. Listen to what Jesus told them.
14 You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. NKJV
Why is obeying Jesus so important, rather than just being His friend? Jesus is the source of eternal salvation for those who obey Him.
9 And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him, 10 called by God as High Priest “according to the order of Melchizedek,” NKJV
Those who do not “obey” Jesus, do not abide in Jesus according to what Jesus said in John 15:10 (below), and those who do not abide in Jesus are burned in the fire in the end, according to the Words of Jesus written in John 15:4-6 (below). Read it from your Bible.
4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. 5 "I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. NKJV
10 If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love. NKJV
As you can see we Christians have something that we must do, after we get saved. That is the doctrine of abiding in Jesus that all preachers should be preaching today, but they are not because we are in the "falling away" (2 Thessalonians 2:1-4 below). Jesus will not come back until after the falling away, and the man of sin is reavealed, which is what is due to happen next.
2 Thessalonians 2:1-4
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, 4 who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. NKJV
We were warned not to receive anyone who does not bring the doctrine of abiding in Jesus, as I have mentioned above, and that is one of the reasons why we are way off track in this country (2 John 1:9-11, below). Because of it, we will welcome the man of sin with open arms.
2 John 9-11
9 Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son. 10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him; 11 for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds. NKJV
Read the passage of scripture below and know that as a church, if we would have learned how to abide in Jesus, we would not sin, but because we have rejected God’s instructions, we have fallen away from that today.
1 John 3:6-9
6 Whoever abides in Him does not sin. Whoever sins has neither seen Him nor known Him. 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
Those verses describe where the church should be today, if we would have gotten our instructions straight out of the Bible, and that’s why the church is full of sinners today. So, what are we going to do about it? We need to repent, and return to our instructions before it is too late. Millions, and millions have already died under false doctrines.
Jesus has appointed us to go and bear fruit (John 15:16), and those who do not are cast out (John 15:6, above). For more information on bearing fruit, and how to bear fruit, see the What is bearing fruit page of the website.
Imagine the millions who only said a sinner’s prayer, thinking that was all they needed to do, because that is what they were told, and nobody tested what they heard in keeping with 2 Thessalonians 5:21. They just took it at face value.
Being saved (Romans 10:9)is not the same as eternal salvation (2 Thessalonians 2:13-15). We were simply "qualified to share in the inheritance at that point. Read Colossians 1:12 below and know the truth for yourself. We are guaranteed an inheritance only after we hear the Gospel and believe it (Ephesians 1:13-14), and once you see what is contained in the Gospel, you will realize that there are very few preachers left in this country who actually preach the Gospel.
12 giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. 13 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, 14 in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins. NKJV
At the point of being saved, which included redemption (verse 14 above), we were qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints (verse 12 above). Now that we are saved, we are supposed to seek first God’s Kingdom and His righteousness (Matthew 6:33). Blind guides don’t believe Colossians 1:12 and 13 and so the Word that they have rejected has been taken from them (John 5:38, Matthew 13:18-20, Mark 4:24-25). See the article "If we can stop sinning, why do so many say that we can't" for an explanation as to why people preach against what is written in their own Bible.
See "Who will inherit the Kingdom of God." for an explanation of what is actually in the Gospel that we should be hearing according to the Bible. Learn the verses for yourself so that you will not be tricked.
Remember that Jesus Christ, the One and only One mentioned in the Bible is the source of "eternal salvation" for those who obey Him (Hebrews 5:9 below). Therefore, those who say a sinner's prayer, and continue to practice sins that lead to death will be the ones with gnashing teeth on the last day. Take another look at Hebrews 5:9 and ask yourself why no one ever preaches it? Eternal salvation is not the same as being saved.
9 And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him, 10 called by God as High Priest “according to the order of Melchizedek,” NKJV
That’s a tragedy because most have never even heard the Gospel in this country. Please see my blog post Is there a preacher left that preaches the Gospel,” and "Will the blind lead the blind on the right path."
Another reason why we should learn to stop sinning is Hebrews 10:26-30. Jesus Christ is our sacrifice for sins, but not if we willfully continue in sins after receiving the knowledge of the truth. You see at some point in the Christian life we are expected to stop willful sins, because we can’t just use grace as a license to continue in sin.
26 For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries. 28 Anyone who has rejected Moses' law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29 Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know Him who said, "Vengeance is Mine, I will repay," says the Lord. And again, "The Lord will judge His people." NKJV
If we willfully continue in sin, no sacrifice for sins remains. Wow, imagine that. Jesus is our sacrifice for sins. Is Hebrews 10:26-30 above truth or myth? Would you bet your eternal future on it being a lie? Most do. Either we believe the Word of God, or we don’t, it's just that simple. We are either believers or unbelievers.
Some people say that the letter of Hebrews is written to the Hebrews and not to us. That sounds good, but in that case, who is Romans written to? Contrary to popular belief there aren't two separate paths, but Jesus has made one new man out of the two, so that both Jews and Gentiles are members of the same body (Ephesians 2:11-3:7). Check the verses so that you will not be deceived by false teachers.
Who are the Hebrews according to the following passages of scripture?
6 But it is not that the word of God has taken no effect. For they are not all Israel who are of Israel, 7 nor are they all children because they are the seed of Abraham; but, "In Isaac your seed shall be called." 8 That is, those who are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God; but the children of the promise are counted as the seed. NKJV
28 For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh; 29 but he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, not in the letter; whose praise is not from men but from God. NKJV
Let me tell you a secret my friend. If Abraham is not your father, in God's eyes, you are not going to make it. Everyone who is going to make it to Heaven is Hebrew. Abraham is the father of us all, and childern of Abraham, do the works of Abraham.
16 Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed, not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all NKJV
39 They answered and said to Him, "Abraham is our father." Jesus said to them, "If you were Abraham's children, you would do the works of Abraham. NKJV
I don’t have to use the book of Hebrews to prove my point. No, Jesus said the same thing in a slightly different way in John 8:35. Whoever remains a slave to sin, has no permanent place in the family.
31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." 33 They answered Him, "We are Abraham's descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can You say, 'You will be made free'?" 34 Jesus answered them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. 35 And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. 36 Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed. 37 "I know that you are Abraham's descendants, but you seek to kill Me, because My word has no place in you. NKJV
We are saved into the Kingdom of Christ (Colossians 1:13), but only those who are set free from sins abide (remain) according to verse 35 above. That's because in the end Jesus is going to weed them out of His Kingdom (Matthew 13:40-41, 7:21-23). See the article, "What is sin that leads to death" for an explanation of how the Kingdom of Christ and the Kingdom of God are going to work in the end (verses included).
There is no such thing as "Once saved, Always saved" mentioned in the Bible. So be careful not to be taken captive by philosophy (Colossians 2:8). The Bible says "Saved if" in 1 Corinthians 15:1-2. That one verse alone should reveal the false teachers who proclaim the "Once saved, Always saved" doctrine, not to mention many others such as 2 Peter 2:20-22, and James 5:19-20 below.
19 Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back, 20 let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins. NKJV
According to that passage of scripture, any of us including myself, can turn in the wrong direction and lose our soul if we continue in that direction. That’s what this website is all about. I’m open for correction that comes straight out of the Word of God according to the Bible I use (New King James Version), and any of us who correct others should be open for correction ourselves.
Where should you go next? How To Stop Sinning