Re: Can we advance in spiritual Character or only Walk in the Spirit Moment to Moment
Originally Posted by marianna
This is the human reasoning that has entered into the mainstream to sidetrack the truth. Christianity is not a scapegoat system...of blaming another for what we have done...but a sacrificial system of entering into a new life through a death of the old. We are to FOLLOW Christ...not just point to Him. Unless we die to the sin nature we can have no part with Christ. Jesus didn't just replace animal sacrifices....He was resurrected to grant new life...HIS LIFE.. To miss this is to miss the gospel entirely and settle for a scheme that has no effect in the redeeming of creation back to God.
The verse you quoted was directed at the gnostic notion that we can sin and then say we have no sin. Gnostics believe that they are no longer responsible for sins they commit...it is no longer an issue for them...just like most Christians falsely believe today. An honest look at the rest of what John is saying confirms that he taught that we who are dead to sin can no longer sin.....just as Paul also taught.
We live in a time of complete irresponsibility among men....and this same irresponsibility has invaded the church. Christianity is now taught as a system of irresponsibility and immunity from reaping what we have ourselves sown. This stance is self-condemnatory as it goes directly against the truth. So the glorious truth has been rejected in favour of a convenient lie.
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