I really, really hate it when a *Christian* puts a burden on one of God’s Children that Jesus Himself never did. It’s the old bait-and-switch tactic of telling people about how God loves them and that if they accept Him as Lord and Savior, they will have a great life and go to Heaven when they die.
Of course, as soon as they say the prayer to do so, they are given the List. You know the List: all the things a Christian has to do (and can’t do) to remain saved and in God’s good graces, not to mention go to Heaven. Ugh! It makes me sick.
Grace is free and unending. Jesus dies to abolish all sin. Period. If a born-again Christian sins (*gasp*) there are repercussions, but Hell is not one of them. You don’t lose your salvation like you lose your car keys, people!
Sin is not good, nor is it a deal-breaker.
From what I have read and been taught, it is clear that sin is typically something that is done for yourself with no regard for how it impacts others (directly or indirectly). Sin has more effect on your body & soul than your spirit (honestly, it has no spiritual consequences since your spirit does not choose to sin). But I’m getting off topic.
My initial reason for this post was to point out the hypocrisy of those teaching that all sin leads to Hell. (I would argue that it leads to hell on earth, but again, off topic.) I believe making that statement is of greater consequence than a Christian committing a sin.
“You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye!” ~Jesus
Why can’t we look at a Christian’s fruit (or lack thereof) and, from that alone, measure their maturity level – not their sin level or if they are really a Christian. The Bible says a good tree will bear good fruit, shouldn’t that be the bar rather than the last three things we did wrong?
“A good tree produces good fruit, and a bad tree produces bad fruit.” ~Jesus
Not sinning is not a good way to determine a person’s spiritual maturity nor their salvation. (I mean, these people still teach in a manner that implies that accepting Christ saves you from God’s wrath. Sick! But again, off topic.) These people need to wake up and look at the fruit they are producing – shame, guilt, condemnation, burdens, legalism… All leading to burn-out! Christ came to take away the sin of the world, not to judge the world (His words, not mine). He came to set us free from ourselves!
“For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” ~Jesus
I came across something that set me free: Don’t spend your time and energy trying not to sin because if you focus all your energy on not sinning, you not only won’t get any real work done, you will be so consumed with sin that you will never escape it’s grasp on you. It is better to focus on God, His finished work, being a member of His Body, and co-laboring with Him… Doing these things will bring about good fruit in/through your life.