There have been a lot of threads lately instructing Christians that they shouldn't sin. This is basically a no-brainer. Every Christian knows that they should not sin. Every Christian knows that sin is bad. Sure, some Christians may have a deeper revelation of that than others, but generally all Christians know that sinning is something they should not be doing.
What hasn't been discussed at any great length is how a Christian can overcome sin. Most Christians would say something like, "You overcome sin by walking in the Spirit." Okay, how do you do that? Additionally, just because you stop sinning doesn't mean you are walking in the Spirit. There have been many unbelievers who have stopped committing a particular sin such as cheating on their spouse or getting drunk who didn't do so by walking in the Spirit.
Most Christians would then say, "Well, you have to believe." Okay, believe what? "You have to be obedient." Okay, how? Did Paul not desire to be obedient in Romans 7 when he stated his will was to obey God even though he couldn't?
This is a typical pattern of the church today. You see a lot of folks stating the obvious. Telling people they shouldn't sin is not the answer to the problem. Telling someone in bondage that they shouldn't be in bondage is not what will get them out of it. You have to tell them how the chains can be broken. The way to break those chains is not by saying, "Hey, you shouldn't be in those chains!"
Imagine a man standing over another who is bound by shackles and chains only to say, "You know, you shouldn't be like that." Well, duh! Saying something like that doesn't do anyone any good. You have to tell a person how they can be free! If you can't set the captive free you shouldn't make things worse by condemning them for being that way.
The church is supposed to bring the keys to freedom, not add more weight that will smother those in captivity. Condemning someone who already doesn't want to be in captivity is only going to bring more discouragement and defeat. A person in such a situation will only give up and feel as though there is no hope for them. This IS NOT what Jesus did, and it IS NOT what He commanded His disciples to do.
So, in this thread let us discuss the keys to freedom. Let's actually discuss something that will do someone good instead of making them feel worse about themselves.