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).
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