I can’t list the numerous times I have heard professing Christians make excuses for living a life of sin. It seems that many claiming salvation in the U.S. have bought into the idea that we can continue in sin and “still” be saved. This is why we now see “christians” who look and sound more like the world and nothing like Christ. Comfortable Sunday saints who cuss, drink, sleep around, etc…. but are “still saved tho’.” The Bible does not support this way of thinking or living.
Because we are human and live in this sinful world temptation will ever be before our hearts, trying to get in through various means i.e. eyes and ears. We are susceptible to holding anger, thinking wrong thoughts, etc…. This is why the Bible tells us, for example, to be angry but sin not (Eph 4:26), to think on wholesome things (Phil 4:8), touch not the unclean thing (2Cor 6:17, be Holy (1 Peter 1:16, Matt 5:48)…. However, Satan has subtle means to bring deception and he often tries to use the Word of God to do it, just as he did with Jesus, in order to keep closed the bridge that God has so graciously opened for us. This deception is to keep us from the fact that if we continue in sin we are not saved. God, however, has provided a tool to fight against this deception. The Bible Says We will know the truth and the truth will make us free. The Word of God is that soul freeing truth.
There is a difference between an honest slip (getting angry in traffic and calling the offending driver a dummy) and refusing to let go of the sin that gratifies the flesh (i.e. pornography). There is a difference between having to repent for a prideful thought and making a conscious decision to become the dog that has returns to his own vomit ( 2Peter 2:22). Many try and use Romans 7 to justify their belief that we will continue to live in sin after salvation, because of the “fallen nature of man.” However, we must continue on to Romans 7:24-25 and on to Romans 8:1-2.
It is a disgraceful, disrespectful, and abominable thing to tell God, “even though You gave Your only Son to pay for and cleanse us from sin, He (Jesus) can’t do it. Sin is too strong and we can’t help but continue in it.” The Devil is a liar. The blood of Jesus Christ, God’s Son, cleanses us from all sin and filthiness of the flesh and spirit when we truly give our lives to God.
In Christ we become new creatures, old things are passed away and behold all things are become new (2Cor 5:17). If he has cleansed us from sin we are clean. If we refuse to obey the commandments for our new life in Christ (i.e. 2 Cor 6:17) but choose to go back to wallowing in sin then we are not saved. IF a man is drowning in the ocean and someone saves him, is he saved in the water or out? He now knows he can’t swim, and the ocean is detrimental to his health and life. If, because he has been saved, he feels free to jump back in the water (knowing he can’t handle it) is he yet saved back in the water? I tell you no; he needs saving! So if the Lord saves us from sin, and we go back for whatever reason (our hearts and minds are not settled), then we are not saved. This is the perfecting truth.
We must stop telling God that we can’t and say as Paul said, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Phil 4:13). There is victory in Jesus. If we continue to follow Christ, never taking off our armor but continuing to fight against sin (not give in to it James 1:12) we will remain faithful till the end and see what God has prepared for those of us who love Him. (Eph 6:11-18, Matt 24:13, 1 Cor 2:9)