16 - Obstacle 5: Current Sin or Past Sin Failures

No one who lives in him keeps on sinning.  No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him.    – 1 Jn 3:6

When we knowingly live in sin, it robs us of God’s best blessings now and of eternal life later if we stay in it.  If we call ourselves “Christians” and we are still living in or “struggling” with some stubborn known sin, Jesus says, “Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you." (Jn 5:14). 

We must call sin, “sin”, and stop making excuses.   This is VERY serious and if we ignore this, Jesus says we are flirting with hell (Mat 5:29-30).  We must not allow watered-down or false teaching to deceive us into thinking we’ll be ok because we’re "covered under grace".  The Bible teaches the exact opposite of this.  It amazes me that so many pastors are not teaching the whole Bible.  (Heb 10:26-31, Jude 1:4)

The man who says, “I know him, but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him.  But if anyone obeys his word, God’s love is made complete in him.  This is how we know we are in him; whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.  – 1 John 2:4-6

God does not expect sinless perfection, but He demands that we hate sin like He does, and if His Spirit is truly in us, we will hate it.  In Christ, we are slaves to righteousness, not sin (Rom 6:16-18). We may occasionally stumble into a sin, but we are no longer practicing or living in lifestyle sin (Gal 5:19-21).  As He sanctifies us, we should sin less and less.  The grace of Christ is the power to set us free from sin, not the permission to stay in it.

True Spirit-filled Christians cannot continue in sin and they don't want to!  I know because I tried it for a time and it was too painful.  I am a slave to righteousness now, not sin.  The reason so many say they just can’t stop sinning is because they don't want to stop. They aren't afraid of losing life to the full because they've never had it. So they stay in sin, remaining deceived, saying "I'm covered under grace". This issue has been confused by so many false teachers, but the Bible is crystal clear.  (2 Tim 2:19, Heb 10:26-31, Jude 1:4, 19)

The real issue is a lack of spiritual motivation due to false teaching and poor understanding.  I’m confident if God held us by a thread over the pit of hell for one split second, we would find instant spiritual sobriety and the motivation to finally STOP whatever sin we are still in.  In an instant, the excuse, "I just can't stop", would be done away with and proven wrong.  If you are still struggling with sin, please start believing in the flames of hell now, lest you believe through experience upon your arrival.  You say, “Wow Michael, you’re preaching hell, fire, and damnation.”  Yes I am because so did Jesus.  The truth of God’s word has never changed, only our cultural intolerance to hear it has (2 Tim 4:3).  Satan has done a great job offending people with the idea of hell—ironically the very place many of the offended will end up.  Please, I beg you in tears to take this seriously!

Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray.  He who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous.  He who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning.  The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.  No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God.  This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God… – 1 Jn 3:7-10