Wednesday, July 22, 2020

God Demands Perfection, Not Turning From Sin

James 2:10, “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.”

One of the most damnable heresies being taught in churches today is that a person must “repent of your sins,” or “forsake your sins,” or “turn from your sins,” or “be willing to turn from your sins,” to receive the free gift of eternal life from God. It's not what YOU DO that saves you, it's what JESUS DID! Jesus Christ died on the cross to pay your debt of sin (and mine). Romans 5:6, “For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.” The only type of person that God saves is an UNGODLY PERSON! Matthew 9:12, “But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.”

God expects absolute perfection from you and me to get to Heaven. That is why God gave the Old Testament law, to show all humanity the IMPOSSIBILITY of perfectly keeping it. Romans 3:19-20, “Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.God understands that NO ONE can perfectly obey His Commandments, so He sent His only begotten Son Jesus to pay for our sins on the cross. What an amazing, great and merciful God! 

God couldn't merely pardon our sins just to be a nice guy. That would be evil, and God cannot do evil. When someone commits a crime, and the law looks the other way, that is another crime! That wouldn't be justice! A crime must be paid for. Christ paid our debt of sin, thankfully, so God the Father could JUSTIFY us (Acts 13:39), as if we had never sinned at all. Salvation is not a plea agreement, where you are still convicted, but with a lesser charge. Nor is salvation an acquittal, where the charges are dropped for lack of evidence to convict. God has plenty of solid, irrefutable, concrete evidence to convict all of us to Hell forever! Salvation is to be declared JUSTIFIED by God, “JUST-IF-I'D never sinned! But not only that, God places (credits) Christ's righteousness to your record by faith, as if you were as holy and perfect as Jesus Himself. Thank you Lord!!! 

I used James 2:10 for our text passage, because it says breaking even one of God's Commandments makes us guilty of BREAKING ALL OF THEM! God is 100% perfect, holy and immutable (he cannot change). God cannot do evil, neither can He be tempted with evil. James 1:13, “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:I love that about God! Aren't you glad that the Devil is not the supreme authority of the universe? I sure am! I am glad that the greatest being in the universe is not a malevolent monster! God is not a communist! God is not a pervert or homosexual. God is not a big coward. God is not a thief or a liar. We have a GOOD GOD!!! ...
Psalms 107:15, “Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!”  
Psalms 136:1, “O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.” 
Psalms 143:10, “Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.” 
Psalms 145:9, “The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.
If you want to go to Heaven when this life ends, there are only TWO WAYS to do so. The first is to live a perfect, sinless life. You cannot have even one sin on your record in Heaven. Obviously, no human being other than Jesus Himself has ever achieved this. If you ever hear someone claim to be without sin, the Holy Bible says they are calling God “a liar” and the truth is not in them (1st John 1:8-10). God says in Romans 3:23a, “For all have sinned...” The second way to get to Heaven is for someone to pay your debt of sin for you. It would have to be someone who is without sin, obviously. Only Jesus is sinless. Hebrews 4:15, “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.” Jesus never sinned even one time, not in the slightest way. If He had, He couldn't have been our Savior!

If you understand the Bible truth I just shared with you, then 1st Corinthians 6:9-10 will make sense, “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.” Many people misunderstand this popular passage of Scripture, thinking it affirms the junk theology of Ray Comfort and John MacArthur, that you must “turn from your sins to be saved. They say if you are living a sordid lifestyle of fornication, drunkenness and sin, you are not really saved! That is simply not what the Bible teaches. Please don't miss verse 11, BUT YE ARE WASHED”! Jesus' precious blood washes all our sins away (1st John 1:7).

We all deserve to go straight to Hell and burn forever, but God loves us enough that He made a way of escape! Jesus loves you so much dear friend, that He would rather die than live without you! That's how much the Son of God loves you! Do you love Him? 1st John 3:16, “Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.” 1st John 4:19, “We love him, because he first loved us.The world hates Jesus, because He testifies against their sins (John 7:7). Therefore, the world hates Christians too (John 15:19). So when you hear anyone foolishly preaching another gospel, saying: “You must repent (turn) from your sins” to be saved, they are lying! The world is filled with theological liars today in church pulpits everywhere! Anyone who tells you, that you must “REPENT OF YOUR SINS” to be saved is corrupt. You cannot show me those phrases in the inspired Word of God. Nowhere are we taught to “turn away from our sins to be saved. 

Proponents of the Lordship Salvation heresy love to run to the story of Jonah and Nineveh. The Bible says Jonah 3:10, “And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not.” The Bible doesn't say they got saved, it says they repented of their sins. Judas “repented Himself” of his sins in Matthew 27:3, even returning the 30 pieces of silver, but Judas still went to Hell. You don't get saved by repenting, you get saved by believing the Gospel. The people at Nineveh listened to Jonah. I do think many of them got saved, but it wasn't because they turned from their sins. The prophet Habakkuk in Habakkuk 2:4 says “the just shall live by his faith.

It always irritates me that advocates of the Lordship Salvation heresy will cherry-pick passages of Scripture, while completely ignoring the entire Gospel of John, the Epistle of Galatians, Romans 4:1-6, and other very clear passages which emphasis salvation by faith alone. For example: In the Gospel of John the word believe is mentioned 85 times, but there is no mention of the word repent.” That is simply because the man who believes has repented. We do find repentance (not the word) taught in John 3:21, “But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.Repentance is a change of mind concerning THE TRUTH. Anyone who acknowledges THE TRUTH that you are a needy sinner, and believes THE TRUTH of the Gospel is saved. What saith the Scripture? 2nd Timothy 2:25, “In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;”

If you want to go to Heaven, turning from your sins won't do my friend, you must be 100% PERFECT, WITHOUT SIN! Since you obviously cannot do that, and neither can anybody else in the world, you and I need a Savior! Jesus was born of a virgin. He lived a perfect sinless life. Jesus went to the cross and was beaten beyond recognition as a human being. Isaiah 52:14, “As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men:The Devil finally had his chance, through inspiring an angry mob of soldiers under orders from Pilate, to go to town wailing on the Lord's face, beating Him to a pulp. I have seen the 2004 movie, 'The Passion Of Christ,' by Mel Gibson, and I cried during the film. I don't see how anyone who loves Jesus couldn't cry, seeing the bloodied Lord beaten with whips, assaulted with solder's fists, barely able to stand on His own two fist, spit upon, hit with a big stick, mocked and stripped naked, treated like an animal being slaughtered. Jesus was so weak that He collapsed beneath the cross He carried to Calvary (the hill where He was crucified) in Jerusalem. He did that for your dear reader! Jesus loves you, and so do I as His disciple!

Thankfully, Jesus lived a perfect life, and was accepted by the Father, being the spotless Lamb of God, the perfect sacrifice for our sins. Jesus paid it all! That is why I make such a big fuss over this Satanic heresy that you must “repent of your sin” to be saved. The Bible doesn't teach that anywhere. I triple-dog dare you to show me where the Bible says we must “repent of your sin to be saved. It does not! What the Bible does teach is to “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved...” (Acts 16:31b). Turning from your sins is religion, human reformation, not regeneration (the new birth). I hope you see this! 

Dear friend, if you'll simply place your trust (reliance) in what God has recorded about His only begotten Son in His Word, then you will be immediately and forever saved! The moment that you make the decision to trust Christ, God can read your mind, and He saves you. Christ took your sins upon Himself on the cross, paying the price of your sins with His shed blood. God offers to you His free gift of eternal life, which Jesus paid for. The moment you get saved, God not only washes all your sins away, but He takes Christ's perfect righteousness and applies to you. 2nd Corinthians 5:21, “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.So if you are saved, God only sees CHRIST'S RIGHTEOUSNESS when He looks at you. When you sin, God only sees His redeemed child from now on! You may be a disobedient child (and we all are at times) who require discipline, but God is not an absent Father, He will chastise and scourge His children (Hebrews 12:6-8).

So forget about the idea of turning from sins to be saved, because IT IS IMPOSSIBLE. Even if you could turn from 99.99% of your sins, you'd still go straight to Hell when you die, because of that .01% of sin. That is what James 2:10 teaches! The ONLY way to become perfect in God's sight is you need HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS (Matthew 6:33). You need God's imputed righteousness, which is through faith alone in Jesus Christ (Philippians 3:9).

1 comment:

  1. After we are saved we should stop sinning as much as possible, then?


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