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It’s a Rocky Path   2 comments

There’s a flip side to the argument that a good lifestyle won’t get you to heaven. That teaching has led to a heresy that Christians can do whatever they want and “get away with it”. This heresy existed as far back as the writing of Revelation, AD 90-95.

There are some people who think that since we are saved by Christ’s finished work on the cross, we can just go on sinning and God will forgive us.

This is a complicated concept. Once saved, always saved, and Christians are forgiven when they sin, but good works will result from a true saving faith. Thus good works are evidence of a saving faith, but they do not impart salvation. This is very different from saying that we are saved by being a good person. While the Bible teaches that we are saved by God’s grace through faith, the Bible does not teach “easy believism.” Christianity is an active faith; it will show evidence beyond walking an aisle or attending church.

The complication comes because all humans sin. We will never be anywhere near perfect and even “good”. The uncomfortable truth is that Christians are all hypocrites and that it is impossible for us not to be. Our goal is not perfection, which is impossible, but obedience to God to the best of our human abilities, which are limited by our humanity. Christians will have ups and downs, but a true Christian will repent of his sins continually and surrender his life to God, continuing to improve his/her relationship with God over time through a process the Bible calls sanctification. So, while we are saved as a gift of God available to all who trust in Christ, after being saved, a Christian, by the power of the Holy Spirit, will seek to conform his life to God’s will—as best he understands God’s will and his duty.

So when the world sees Christians who are not perfect, it’s best to understand that the Christian life is more about direction than perfection. Jesus is perfect. His followers are human. Humans are not perfect. Only God is perfect.

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