Have you ever met someone that claims to be Christian but never actually acts like it unless they’re in church or around their parents? If so, unfortunately you’ve seen a common occurrence across the world. A lot of them will say that they’re going to heaven anyways, they might as well have fun down here while they can. They will also say that God will forgive them for their sins that they decide to do every Friday and Saturday before church on Sunday. Let’s look at why this is dead wrong when presented with the Bible.
“The law came along to multiply the trespass. But where sin multiplied, grace multiplied even more so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace will reign through righteousness, resulting in eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. What should we say then? Should we continue in sin so that grace may multiply? Absolutely not! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Or are you unaware that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death”
Romans 5:20-6:3Hcsb Bible
Remember that chapters and verses weren’t originally in the letters to the churches. It was just a long letter on a piece of parchment and the chapter and verse were set in place so we could better remember where certain themes were. Also we could organize it. To understand a passage, a lot of times you have to go back to the previous chapter to have a better grasp of it. This is one of those passages.
In the beginning of this section of scripture, it brings a truth that the law of God exposes more of our sin and that the grace of God multiplies even more to cover it all. Though this is true and that God can forgive any sin(except deciding not to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior), people with their sinful nature decide that they want to abuse this. The same way a child will take advantage of their babysitter if they don’t know where the boundaries are that keep them safe.
Paul then asks a sarcastic question if this is right. Obviously not because if you have died to your sin go back to it. So we ask ourselves, how did we die to sin? Well in order to actually be saved and go to heaven, one has to actually repent(acknowledge that it’s wrong and turn away from it) and then believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
You can’t be saved without both. You can’t be saved by just repenting but never acknowledging Jesus’s Lordship and Godship, because only God could have came down and lived a perfect life in order to be a perfect sacrifice for our sins. You can’t just believe Jesus is God without repenting because even the demons acknowledge he is God and they aren’t in heaven because you need to acknowledge that you are wrong in your sin in order for his sacrifice to mean anything to you. Again, you have to have both.
So when asking if you can just continue sinning so Gods Grace May increase, remember that if you are truly a saved Christian, you would acknowledged your sin is wrong and repented from it. So why would you decide to do something willingly when you know it’s wrong and slap God in the face. How can you repent of your sin but continue to live in it? You can’t because it would be a severe contradiction. Repentance means that you decide that you will not go back to that terrible act or sin.
Now is this saying that after you repent that you won’t sin again? Obviously not, but rather you will choose to not go back to that life of sin willingly. You will choose to try your best to worship and make God proud of the life that you live instead of him having to bail you out each time you sin.
So when you ask, ‘how much sin can a Christian do?’ or say that ‘I’m going to heaven, so party it up’, I want you to seriously ask yourself if you truly are saved and going to heaven. Are you a true Christian or a cultural Christian? Are you truly following God or are you using him as a psychological fire insurance? Ask yourself these questions and truly think deeply about it.
If you have any questions or thoughts, comment below and I’ll respond when I can.