How dare anyone claim to be without sin. Yet there are many who make this very claim, and tell the rest of us that we are without faith, are not saved, and do not know the Lord.
How dare they!
Anyone who has been called by God and drawn to Christ are aware that we must be ever-vigilant, that the heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked, and that sin can and often does flare up in us if we are not constantly on our guard against temptation. If, when a person is saved they are made perfect, then why does our Lord continually warn us about false teachers, lest we be deceived by them? Would Jesus have to warn us if we were truly perfect?
“I have hidden Your Word in my heart, that I might not sin against you”. (Psalms 119:11)
Why should we bother to hide His word in our heart since we are perfect now? In fact, I guess that once you are born again you must have no need for God’s Word, so I guess we can dispense with the Bible reading altogether. What would be the point? We are just like our Lord now, and are without sin. We may as well throw our Bibles away, they serve no useful purpose for us now.
Have you any idea how arrogant and boastful that sounds? Yet there are some of you (many) in fact, who have taken this stance on YouTube, and have even made videos concerning this very topic. You claim that those of us who are not without sin are not saved. Mind, it goes a lot deeper than that. Openairpreacher called me a satanic wiccan and other things not fit to print. Same thing with finalcall07, just two of the plethora of false teacher and heretics to be found on the internet. Have these people failed to read and understand I John I:8,7? “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make Him out to be a liar and His word has no place in our lives.”
How do they justify these Scriptures? I can tell you this; a person has to be blind not to see those Scripture verses and cringe if they have been going around boasting about being sinless. Yet I confronted one of them with those verses, and instead of being convicted and admitting that they were wrong, they made up some convoluted story about how those verses were expressly for the “arrogant Calvinists that are not part of the body of Christ. Those who believe in the sovereignty of God cannot be Christians!” Don’t we believe, after all, that salvation is a work of God in us? And isn’t it true that God may have made the sacrifice, but it is our WILL which either declines or chooses to be good little children?
No. That is not true. Our will is depraved, unless God called us to Himself we would never know Him.
When will they face that we are a FALLEN race? We are not able to come to God of our own volition! The Father must do a prevenient work in the soul of the believer to draw him to Christ. If He did not do this, nobody would come to Christ! NOBODY. God grants us repentence. It takes a good man to repent, but a good man wouldn’t need to repent. Therefore God grants some to repentance; that is, His elect.
“When the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and honoured the Word of the Lord, and all who were appointed to eternal life believed.” Acts 13:14
You see, people do not like the hard truths of Christianity, and so make a god after the imaginations of their own hearts. Jesus said that those who stand for the truth stand with Him. People who distort Scripture to mean what they want it to say actually oppose Christ, and cannot possibly love Him. If you love the Lord, you will be irrisistably drawn to His Word and to Him. You will accept the Word as it is written, and not put a spin on the things that you find unfair or hard to take.
There is something which we must believe. God is perfect, and perfectly good. And though there may be parts of the Bible that you feel must be wrong, you have to trust God and His justice and trust that He is perfect and perfectly good. The longer we walk with Him, the more we realise that there is nothing in the Word that makes our God out to be anything other than that. If we still believe that, then we also have to realise that as fallen people who are born evil, we are hardly in a position to determine that which is good anyway. God says His ways are not our ways, and that our absolute best is as filthy rags to Him. Mind you, once we are in Christ, He sees us differently. Righteousness has been credited to our account. Though we will strive for the rest of our lives to submit to God in every area of our lives, we are still going to fall short.
Thank God for Jesus Christ!
Please, young Christians, it is imperitive that you are grounded in the Word, that you do hide His Word in your hearts so that you might not sin against Him. Do not take everything at face value, but be like the Bereans, and compare everything that a so-called Christian says and measure it against the Word of God.
There are an awful lot of wolves in sheep’s clothing out there. There are a lot of false teachers out there. There are a lot of people who profess to be Christians out there, but that does not make it so.
Your Bible is the most important possession you have. You must read from the Word every day, and more, study it! Jesus would not have given us all those warnings for nothing. There are people who seek to harm you and your faith, and while nobody can ultimately cause you to fall away if you are truly His, we also must do everything to make our calling and election sure. We must ‘work out our salvation with fear and trembling’.
May the God of all peace bless you to the fullest measure, and may He keep you until the Day of Christ Jesus.
“For by grace you have been saved by faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest any one should boast.” Ephesians 2:8.9