Truth or Myths about sin

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Christians should warn fellow Christians about sin.
Truth or Myth?

Should Christians warn Christians about sin? The answer to that question would probably shock most Christians today, but what does the Bible actually say about it, and are there any Christians left today that live by it?

The truth can set us free from what?

The truth can set us free from sin (John 8:31-37), sanctify us (John 17:17), save us (James 1:21), and give us an inheritance (Acts 20:32). It’s alive (Hebrews 4:12), and it works all by itself on the inside of those who believe it (1 Thessalonians 2:13).

God is looking for people who will worship Him in truth, and Spirit (John 4:23-24). By obeying the truth through the Spirit (Romans 8:12-13, John 6:63), we can put to death the miss-deeds of the body, and be born again (1 Peter 2:22-25) to the point of being able to see the Kingdom of God (John 3:3). However, what is truth?

John 17:17-19
17 Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. 18 As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. 19 And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth. NKJV

The actual Word of God is truth. At this point some might ask which version of the Bible are you using? Use your version of the Bible until the Lord instructs you to change (Philippians 3:15-16). I can only testify of the version that I believe “works just like it is written” and that would be the New King James version, which I am using.

At this point the only version I have read that I would totally stay away from is the Message Bible. However, I’m not telling you what to do and like I said, I can only testify to what I have experienced working.

You may not be able to understand the Bible, but if that is the case, please see the article “Why can’t I understand the Bible” on the “Help, I’m Stuck” page.

All sin is the same, Truth or Myth

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There are sins that lead to death and sins that do not lead to death (1 John 5:16-17).

1 John 5:16-17
16 If anyone sees his brother sinning a sin which does not lead to death, he will ask, and He will give him life for those who commit sin not leading to death. There is sin leading to death. I do not say that he should pray about that. 17 All unrighteousness is sin, and there is sin not leading to death. NKJV

As it is written above, “All unrighteousness is sin,” but some sins lead to death and some do not. Consequently, the consequence of sin depends on the type of sin committed. Therefore, all sin is not the same.

On top of that, sin for people who are under the Laws of Moses is different than for those who are not under the Laws of Moses. Sin is lawlessness (1 John 3:4), but apart from the Law sin is dead (Romans 7:8). See the article “What is sin” on the Q and A page of this website for an explanation of this.

Whoever knows the good he should be doing, sins if he doesn't do it, but the person who doesn’t know does not sin in this way.

James 4:17
17 Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin. NKJV

With knowledge comes responsibility (Luke 12:47-48). In cases like this, what may be sin for one person is not necessarily sin for the next person. Romans chapter 14 confirms the same thing.

Romans 14:5, 14, 23
5 One person esteems one day above another; another esteems every day alike. Let each be fully convinced in his own mind. NKJV
14 I know and am convinced by the Lord Jesus that there is nothing unclean of itself; but to him who considers anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean. NKJV
23 But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because he does not eat from faith; for whatever is not from faith is sin. NKJV

Therefore, all sin is not the same. It doesn’t have the same result, and sin is different for different people depending on their faith. For a list of sins that lead to death see “Sin that leads to death” page.

We sin everyday without even knowing it, Truth or Myth

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Sin starts with a desire or lust coming from the inside of us (James 1:13-15). Once we decide to make that desire happen or once we entertain the thoughts of fulfilling that lust, it is sin. Walking in the Spirit prevents that from happening (Galatians 5:16, Romans 8:5-8).

We have already discussed sins that we don't know about in the article above this one. Therefore, no we don't all sin every day without knowing it.

To learn more about sin, see the article “What is Sin” found on the question and answers section of this site.

Once saved Always saved, Truth or Myth

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A. First of all, know that “once saved, always saved,” is not written in the Bible and with good reason. After being saved, those who “do not believe” will be destroyed (Jude 1:5, 2 Thessalonians 2:12). The condition for eternal life is belief and not whether or not you said a sinner’s prayer. The goal of our faith is the salvation of our souls (1 Peter 1:9). Read the following verses and notice that a brother can indeed commit sins that will bring about his death, but if he turns his soul will be saved.

1 John 5:16-17
16 If anyone sees his brother sinning a sin which does not lead to death, he will ask, and He will give him life for those who commit sin not leading to death. There is sin leading to death. I do not say that he should pray about that. 17 All unrighteousness is sin, and there is sin not leading to death. NKJV

This is the very reason why I am in the soul saving business. There are millions of well-meaning Christians who have been deceived. For a list of sins that lead to death and “keep a brother out of the Kingdom of God read Galatians 5:19-21, Ephesians 5:3-7, and 1 Corinthians 6:9, and watch the video series “Sin that leads to death.”

Now read the following verses which show that shrinking back from living by faith is what brings about the destruction of the soul, but those who believe save the soul.

Hebrews 10:36-39
36 For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise: 37 "For yet a little while, And He who is coming will come and will not tarry. 38 Now the just shall live by faith; But if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him."39 But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul. NKJV

Here again we see that the person who does not continue to live by faith will not make it to the saving of the soul. Some might say that if this is true then salvation is not a gift. First of all know that every Word of God is true point, blank, period. You just may not be able to see it with your level of understanding. Twenty years in college doesn’t guarantee any understanding at all, but obedience does (Psalm 111:10, 119:97-105).

Second, we were given the faith to come to the Lord or to accept the Lord (John 6:44, Romans 12:3, Ephesians 2:8). We were saved by grace, but it is only through faith (Romans 5:1-2). No faith, no salvation of the soul (1 Peter 1:9, Hebrews 10:36-39). No faith, no protection by God’s power unto salvation (1 Peter 1:5). No faith, no access to grace (Romans 5:1-2). We were warned to continue in our faith in Colossians 1:21-23, but no one gave heed to the verses.

Actually, I believe the “once saved, always saved” doctrine is a part of the strong delusion sent by God to condemn those who do not believe the truth, but notice in the passage below who is “chosen for salvation,” and how they will be saved.

2 Thessalonians 2:9-15
9 The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, 10 and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, 12 that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. 13 But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth, 14 to which He called you by our gospel, for the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast and hold the traditions which you were taught, whether by word or our epistle. NKJV

Any time you believe something that isn't even in your Bible, and the person who is teaching it can't just turn to a verse that isn't a part of the Laws of Moses and simply read it, then you should know that is it philosophy teaching (Colossians 2:8).

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What is sin that leads to death, and what role do we play in stopping it? Whose responsibility is it to cast off the works of darkness, and put on the Lord Jesus Christ according to Romans 13:12-14?

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