Worldly Christians

People who accept Christ are given new life. However, our sinful nature still tries to rise up at times. We can NOT make this sinful nature good. It has to be put to death! Colossians 3:5-6 says:

“Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.”

A lot of people think that idolatry is just bowing down to a wooden idol or a golden image. It’s not just that. When you allow sin to gain a foothold in your life, you’ll start to submit to it more and more. Eventually you’ll put your addiction above God. Idolatry is anything that you put above God. Anything. Even if it’s “good.” Money, sex, fame, power, drugs, alcohol, glory, achievement, homes, intelligence, and comfort are things that we tend to put ahead of our relationship with God. Some of those things are bad and some of them are beneficial to an extent. That’s sin. That’s idolatry. True Christians can overcome these sins by denying themselves and choosing to serve God daily.

Some Christians don’t put forth the effort that is needed to overcome sin, though. Instead of resisting the corruption of the world, they give into it often. Because of this these “worldly Christians” stop growing in the faith. They don’t gain a deeper relationship with the Father. For a lot of them, it really doesn’t concern them in the least. All because they allowed sin to get ahold of them.

As you can see, sin causes a downwards spiral in your life. These “worldly Christians” will die spiritually if they continue to allow sin to have power over their lives. Galatians 5:19-21 states:

“The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.”

This is because they will, eventually, deny God and commit apostasy. I know I’ve been talking a lot about apostasy lately, but God has really put it on my heart. I’m beginning to see that the “once saved, always saved” idea is more of a serious issue and far more dangerous than I originally thought. This is because they allow their hearts to harden to sin. They may think they have a “free license” to sin. By doing this they “trample under foot” the blood of Jesus Christ (Hebrews 10:29).

-Austin

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About Austin Coons

20 years old. Follower of Jesus Christ. Studying Pastoral Ministry at Moody Bible Institute.

Posted on April 15, 2012, in Bible and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I believe part of the problem is that people can be talked into accepting Christ–especially at an early age or by being promised God wants to do great things for them–and they make a mental commitment but the heart is not transformed. So you get sincere folks who are trying to shine without being plugged into the Power Source.

    I believed I was a Christian from young on, nevertheless I “got saved” at age eight because I knew it woud make my camp counsellor happy. It wasn’t until I was 21 that God was able to bring me to the point of knowing I was lost and making a complete surrender.

    You’re right: the “once saved, always saved” doctrine is dangerous. First, it’s not scriptural; second, it’s compounded by the practise of child evangelism and the teaching that if you pray the sinner’s prayer God will automatically save you.” God won’t settle for anything less than a full surrender — by a person who understands the commitment they are making.

    We won’t be able to have true victory over the flesh unless the Holy Spirit rules our heart. Sad to say, too many people are being told to have more faith &/or discipline, when they really need to be born again.

  2. In church this morning we began our study in Galatians. Our pastor was pointing out that as Christians, there are 3 ways we can live. 1) By Law – still thinking we have to earn our way to heaven through obeying the letter of the law, rather than by grace through faith in Jesus. 2) By License – what you were referring to above, where people think they’re saved
    and they have a free pass to heaven, so can just live their lives doing whatever they want to. 3) By Liberty – which is the way we are intended to live as Christians. We are “free indeed”. But the 3rd way is the only one that will bring true peace. The first doesn’t, because we can never do enough…never be good enough to earn heaven. The second way doesn’t bring true peace, because if we are truly saved then the Holy Spirit is not going to allow us to just live our lives freely and do what we want. We’ll be convicted every step of the way and while we can try not to listen to those urgings of the Spirit, we will not have peace. The 3rd way is the only way to have God’s peace as He intended.

    I don’t agree that you can lose your salvation. But I do agree that a message that “accept Christ and you have a free pass to heaven” is a dangerous one. I just think that anyone who can say they accepted Christ, and continue in sin without any remorse or conviction about it, never truly accepted him.

    Thank you for your blog. I look forward to reading more!
    Blessings,
    Anne

    • Thank you, Anne for your encouragement! I’m glad God is using this blog to reach people all over the world! All the glory goes to Him!

      I would like to encourage you (if you haven’t already) to read my blog about apostasy. Throughout the New Testament, God gives warnings to the people that either have or could turn away from the faith. He wouldn’t warn them for no reason. A couple verses I found on this topic are Hebrews 3:12:

      “See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God.”

      The Greek word that is used here for “turn away” literally means “standing away from God” and implies an abandonment of the faith. You can’t abandon something that you didn’t have.

      2 Peter 2:20-22 says:

      “If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning. It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them. Of them the proverbs are true: “A dog returns to its vomit,” and, “A sow that is washed goes back to her wallowing in the mud.”

      It really comes down this: If we remain in Him, we will be saved. If we don’t, we will perish.

      https://austincoons.wordpress.com/2012/04/12/apostasy-abandoning-your-faith/

      • Thank you Austin! I will check that out. I’ll try to do it later tonight, but may not get to it until tomorrow. I do know that it’s one of those issues that is disagreed upon among some. And as for me…as the song says, “I have decided to follow Jesus…no turning back, no turning back!” 🙂 God bless you!

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