Teachings from the Devil
So how did the church manage to get so ensnared in the idea that we sin every day even after we have been born again? Did you know that there is not one verse in the Bible, Old Testament or New Testament, that says God’s people sin every day? Look for yourself. I think I have a very good guess as to who put that idea into the minds of the church. I’ll even give you a hint; he’s really good at deceiving people…
I believe that this doctrine from the devil has caused an extremely significant amount of damage in the church because it is a foundational doctrine in every believer’s life and it can completely reshape our thinking into something other than what God wants. Christians are expected to mature and grow, but if we can’t even get past the most elementary principle of sin, then how can we progress at all? We will just satisfy ourselves with milk when there is solid food out there to be eaten. Let’s examine Hebrews 5:12-6:1 briefly.
“For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first [elementary] principles of the oracles God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. But solid food belongs to those who are of full age [i.e. mature in the faith], that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go onto perfection [ i.e. maturity], not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God“Hebrews 5:12-6:1
Hebrews 5:12-6:1 is one of the most clear sections of scripture that illustrates my position. As we examine the passage above we can see that there are two distinct groups: those who only drink milk and those who eat solid food. To define the ones that only partake of milk, they are: 1) unskilled in the word of righteousness, 2) they seem to repeatedly lay the foundation of repentance from dead works, and 3) they lack some level of faith towards God. Amazingly, the author of Hebrews is referring to the exact problem that I am describing in this book. Those who only partake of milk are unskilled in understanding righteousness because they repeatedly have to repent from dead works due to the fact that they really don’t have the proper foundation of faith towards God. In other words, these baby Christians are continually falling into sin because they do not have faith that God can make them righteous, therefore, they do not understand the word of rightousness. Are you seeing this? Evidently, those of full age are 1) the ones who are skilled in the word of righteousness, 2) they have a strong foundation for faith toward God, and 3) they understand how to discern both good and evil. That means that the mature believers understand how to keep themselves from dead works (i.e. sin) because they know good and evil and they have the faith in God that is required to propel them into maturity.
The immense failure of our modern-day churches by not teaching this stuff is truly horrible. But unfortunately it gets worse, because by teaching dual nature theology (i.e. the exact opposite of the true biblical doctrine) pastors are instead teaching Christians a slavery doctrine instead.
Romans 6:16 states, “Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?” This is a scary verse considering the doctrine of sin generally taught today. How often is it taught that we can’t help but live in some level of sin, even after we have Jesus in our lives, because we are still imperfect creatures? Sounds like slavery to me. Not only that, but when pastors imply that it’s a normal thing to sin for the born-again individual, isn’t it obvious that they are setting up their own flock for failure? What’s the first thing that an immature/baby Christian is going to do when his pastor tells him that he still has to live with sin after being born again? He’s going to fall right back into his old sinful patterns and lifestyles and continue living an enslaved life.
I’m sorry to be so frank because it is not my intention to crush peoples’ toes, but the idea that we continue to sin after being born again is completely from the devil. If I were the devil, I would want a Christian to believe Christ can’t change your situation one bit, and keep you believing that you have to continue fighting a battle that has already been won. This mentality will trap the average Christian in works (like the end of Romans 7) because it just returns the believer back to the law! And when we return to the law, we have lost all the power and fruit of Spirit and we end up just trying to avoid sin or trying to be a good Christian. At that point, we’ve missed the entire picture and have completely halted our growth and power in the Lord! This is exactly what the devil wants us to do, because let’s face it, infants are much easier for the lion to hunt down and devour.
Now that the current doctrine of sin taught in churches today has been thoroughly dismantled, I am going to move on to the second position to consider about sin in the body of Christ. As you go into this second section, keep in mind that God desires our focus to shift. He doesn’t want us to focus on the middle ground between sinfulness and perfection; He wants us to keep our eyes on the prize! God does not want us to maintain a balanced diet between good and evil; He wants us to have an imbalanced diet by only feasting from the Tree of Life!
In case you haven’t figured it out yet, the entire purpose of this book is to increase your faith towards God, and on that note it is my hope that this book helps you achieve the freedom and more profound spiritual maturity that God desires for you to obtain.