Thursday, 31 July 2014

Are you really a Christian?

A preacher once asked the question - How many of you are Christians? Seeing that we were in church everybody raised up their hands. Then he asked a follow up question - How many of you didn't sin during the week? It was obvious enough that we all had, so no one raised up their hand. Then he narrowed it down to the last 24hours, still nobody raised their hand. The preacher then asked for our understanding of the term Christian - we all agreed that a Christian referred to someone who was Christ-like. He then asked if Christ ever sinned - we all confidently said NO! Then he said if a Christian is someone who is Christ-like and Christ never sinned, how can we call ourselves Christians yet we persist in our sins?

He asked us to turn our bibles to 1 John 3:1-10 (please may you read those verses for yourself) I will just quote verses 8 & 9 here: 

"He that commits sin is of the devil; for the devil sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. Whosoever is born of God does not commit sin; for his seed remains in him: and he can not sin, because he is born of God."

From those verses we learn that, there is no such a thing as a Christian living in sin. If you sin then don't call yourself a Christian. 

In closing I would like to leave you with a quotation from the book 'Selected Message, Vol 3' by Ellen G. White:

"This goody-goody religion that makes light of sin and that is forever dwelling upon the love of God to the sinner, encourages the sinner to believe that God will save him while he continues in sin and he knows it to be sin. This is the way that many are doing who profess to believe present truth. The truth is kept apart from their life, and that is the reason it has no more power to convict and convert the soul. There must be a straining of every nerve and spirit and muscle to leave the world, its customs, its practices, and its fashions.... – {3SM 155.1}
If you put away sin and exercise living faith, the riches of heaven’s blessings will be yours." – {3SM 155.2}

Oh, to be like Jesus more!

Wishing you all a blessed new month ahead :)


2 comments:

  1. I humbly offer that there is a difference between sinning, which is something we all (including the preacher of this message) do, and living a lifestyle of sin. Christ's grace covers our fleshly faults, and enables us to walk through the day with our hands in His, unafraid that He will pull away His hand and slap us with it.

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    1. I have to say that I agree with this comment. This is good for us to continue struggling with! Thanks for sharing it at Booknificent Thursday last week! Hope to see you again this week.
      Tina

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