I've had this question and no one has really fully
answered me: sinning. Christ died for our sins, so that if we accept him as Lord we'll have eternal
Where does that leave Christians who sin? If Christians believe in Jesus and accept
him does that mean that Christians are free to sin or free from sin? Or do we have to be as
Holy as possible and stop sinning period?
Many people make it seem as if we accept Christ we are automatically going to
heaven. But there are also gay people who accept Jesus as Lord, does that mean
the homosexual sin is overlooked because they've accepted Christ? No sin is
bigger than the other so where does that leave Christians who still knowingly
I've always seen it as, if you accept Christ, then you accept and follow His
Word. Stop sinning and if you slip, repent.
What do you think Christ really meant about Christians and sinning?
May God Bless you!
Thank you for your question.
God, who is holy and wants only what is good for us, commanded Christians to be holy in all of
"As obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the
former lusts, as in your ignorance; but as He who called you is holy, you also
be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy."
(1 Peter 1:14-16)
But God knows that we are not perfect and that we will not completely stop
sinning during our time in this sinful, fallen world:
"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."
"If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and
the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to
forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that
we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us." (1
True Christians anguish over their sin:
"Has then what is good become death to me? Certainly not!
But sin, that it might appear sin, was producing death in me through what is
good, so that sin through the commandment might become exceedingly sinful. For
we know that the law is spiritual, but I am carnal, sold under sin. For what I
am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice;
but what I hate, that I do." (Romans 7:13-15)
They cry out to the Lord to deliver them from their sins:
"For I delight in the law of God according to the inward
man. But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind,
and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O
wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? I thank God
- through Jesus Christ our Lord!..." (Romans 7:22-25)
True Christians recognize and admit sin as sin, anguish over
it, confess it to the Lord - not to a human being (see
Catholicism Christian?) - and cry out to Him for
deliverance. They will be delivered from some sins immediately, while
the frequency of and the desire for other sins decline dramatically over time. Eventually, there will be a drastic difference in conduct
that evidence "new creation":
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation;
old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new." (2
To be sure, a person's drastically different conduct does not save that person.
Rather, it serves as evidence that the person has been saved, much like a shadow
cast by your body on a sunny day does not give rise to your body, but
indicates that your body is real.
Jesus died on the cross not because Christians will never sin
again but to pay in full the
penalty for all past, present and
future sins committed by Christians, and it is by the grace of that
sacrificial payment that
we have eternal life.
Self-declared "Christians" who take this grace as a license to sin
prove by their attitude and actions that Jesus is not their Lord,
for by definition "Lord" is someone who is obeyed unconditionally (see
Lord, Liar or
Homosexuals who become true Christians will: (1) recognize
and admit homosexuality as sin (2) anguish
over their homosexuality; (3) confess it to God; (4) cry out to Him for deliverance; and (5) receive it
Should they relapse momentarily, they will be torn up about it and fall before the
Lord again in tears of confession, true repentance and supplication for His
forgiveness and deliverance.
Homosexual "Christians" who do not admit
homosexuality to be sin (see
Against Homosexuality) and/or continue in
it unchanged will be in for a rude awakening when they stand before their
"Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the
kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will
say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast
out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will
declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice
lawlessness!’" (Matthew 7:21-23)
A good starting point for someone dealing with homosexuality is to recognize
that neither they nor anyone else deserves sexual gratification, food, water or even the next breath of air. The only
thing sinners, homosexual or otherwise, "deserve" is the fire of hell, from which we have
been saved by God who gave us His life to save us.
What more do we "deserve" from Him who already gave us His life? See
Justice of God.