Clarification for The Gospel of Trying
Last week, I wrote an article about if a devout Christian can live in sin. There are a couple of clarification points that I want to make that I didn’t make when I first wrote the article:
- A person who seeks Christ and lives in sin is living wrong. This person is wrong as his actions are sinful and wicked; he however is righteous through Christ even though he is wrong doer. In other words, a person actions do not make a person just, his faith Christ alone does that. This is explained in Romans 3:21-24 “But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Disobedience is disobedience, and it is not good whatsoever. I was member pointing out that a disobedient Christian is still righteous through his believe and pursuit of Christ.
- Just because we are saved by grace and are righteous through Christ, we should not accept our sinful fate. This should be made clear. Just because we are saved through faith in Jesus and are covered by his supreme grace and mercy doesn’t mean that we should continue in sin without trying not to. His grace does not provide us a license or permission slip to sin. Romans 6:1-2 says “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not!” We then should always stay in constant pursuit of holiness in God despite our sinful habits and wrongful nature.
- The key is remembering that we are saved by grace and must continue to seek him. Articulating this point is key; we must seek God with all of our hearts and with everything that is within us and remain in constant pursuit of doing so. The blood of Christ and God’s grace covers the sins that we do not know about and the sins that we cant overcome ourselves. But we must seek him, and grace will abound in our lives. Romans 6:4 speaks to this “Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” Hebrews 11:6 says “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Walking may mean you may stumble, but you are still walking.
- The pursuit of sinlessness requires action. It is not enough to simply read scriptures and pray to God for forgiveness (and, in Terry’s example, asking God to take away his desire to habitually sin). One needs to take physical action towards renewing their mind and pursuing Godliness. This is the works aspect of faith. In Terry’s example, his active pursuit of an escape measure out of his situation should have been implemented. He should have tried anything that he could to avoid his sinful deeds. Often this may prove to be difficult and sometimes impossible, but we should at least try. It is a part of the trying effort and pursuit of Christ.
If we fail habitually after doing these things (trying our hardest to remain obedient yet consistently failing), Christ will forgive us and we will remain righteous in his eyes. We will be seen as being in right standing with God just as long as we continue in the faith and stay diligent and genuine in our efforts.