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WHAT DO CHRISTIANS LOSE IN SIN


WHAT DO CHRISTIANS LOSE IN SIN

    Many times as Christians we sin, so why is this happening? Even though we have been born again, we have not lost the sinful nature (disobedient nature). You may be asking right now disobedient to what? Essentially, disobedient to the principles and precepts set forth in the New Testament, not by the Law of the Old Testament. As a result, many times Christians are not aware of what they are missing out on by remaining in the sinful nature. There are seven things Christians can lose in the virtual sin. The Lord deals with sinners and Christians differently in the context of sin. First, God deals with sinners judicially. Secondly, God deals with Christians parentally. God chastens his rebellious children by using consequential principles to the point of their repentance. Does this mean Christians cannot lose their salvation as the Calvinistic theology of 1571 has implemented. Absolutely not, the reason Christians sin is because they have lost faith in Jesus Christ. When Jesus Christ claimed "I am the way, the truth and the life" he was essentially referring to the word of God {John 14:6-7}. Does this also mean we lose our freedom of choice? Nowhere in Scripture will you find the slightest evidence that we lose freedom of choice or "Once saved always saved". Let us continue by looking at King David as a classic example and the parable of the prodigal son{ Luke15:11-31}. This also demonstrates God's work in the life of his children in a parental context.
    So, let us next examine and discuss the effects of sin. The child of God immediately loses the following six things upon sinning, and a seventh may also be lost. The first thing to be lost is the loss of light- Of Christians perspective, it is dulled due to the pre-occupation for survival, or of the pursuit of significance. {First John 1:6}. The second thing to be lost, is the loss of joy- A Christian becomes discouraged due to believing a lie {First John 1:4}. The third thing, to be lost is the loss of peace- This is when a believer often feels lonely and vulnerable {First John 3:4 -10}. The forth thing and probably one of the most important, is the loss of fellowship. This must be emphasized, it is a loss of fellowship and not of relationship. The believers fellowship with God and perhaps with other Christians is broken! Complaining becomes the norm {First John 1:3-7}. The fifth thing, is the loss of love for God, Church, and etc. The believer at this point is in serious trouble. They become vulnerable to the seduction of the Devil, and his wicked ways.  {First John 4:12}. The sixth and final loss, may be the possible loss of health and physical life {First John 5:17}.
    The relationship one who is privileged to have with Jesus Christ is deeper, than any relationship the human mind has ever, or ever could understand. Salvation by God's Grace, gifts the Christians with the mind of Christ, and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, which is both personal and perpetual. One of the most important aspects of God's grace is the gift of inseparability  {Romans 8:38-39}. As a believer you can be  sure  that the Holy Spirit will be assertive in  speaking to your Spirit when confronted with the situation, or a decision that would take you outside the will of God if you are truly saved. That will be characteristics that will assure you of your salvation.

 

 

                                         Rev William A Tyler Sr
                                         B.A. Min., B.A.Ch Adm., M.Th.

 


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