Ignoring Sin

Sin Has Forever Been Dealt With But You Should Never Ignore It

If you are a regular reader of this blog you know by this point that you are not a sinner.

(If you don’t frequent this blog I highly recommend you download a free copy of my book – “You Do Not Have A Sinful Nature” )

We understand that sin does not separate us from God. He’s a whole lot bigger than our sins!

In Christ our sin has been dealt with, forgiven and blotted out. God has promised to remember our sins no-more.

Past, present and future!

The only power sin has to separate us from God is when we choose to believe that it can separate us from Him. For more on that check out the video – Can God Look Upon Sin

But the danger we can find with this understanding is that we fall into the trap of thinking that sin doesn’t matter at all.

Sin has consequences

All these truths don’t change the fact that sin has consequences.

Not in the sense that God will punish us or put us under some sort of curse or any of that nonsense!

What I’m talking about is the fact that sin has consequences in the sense that it can still hurt us and damage our lives in many ways.

If we are violent and attack someone you can bet your bottom dollar that there will be very real natural consequences.

If we are unfaithful to our spouse again there will be consequences.

If we steal from someone, you’ve guessed it… consequences.

Sin always, on some level or another, has consequences.

God hates to see us suffering the consequences of our sin – that’s why He paid such a great price to set you free from it’s bondage.

That in itself is a great reason not to turn a blind eye to sin. However today I want to talk about something equally important that many people fail to see.

Recognising sin in your life is a great stepping stone for growth.

Now hear me right – the solution for sin is always to focus on Christ!

However, often times, recognising sin in our lives helps us find out areas we aren’t focusing on Christ.

The nature of deception is that we don’t know we are deceived. Nobody knows the bad beliefs they have… if they did they wouldn’t continue to believe them!

It is in looking at the fruit of our lives that we can discover where we are doing well and where we need to renew our minds. In looking at the fruit we are producing we expose our unhealthy beliefs, the areas where we are not believing God but rather operating out of unbelief.

This is why Paul (who surely could never be accused of watering down grace!) frequently told people to evaluate the fruit of their lives. He would often explain what good and bad fruit would look like.

Many people misinterpret these passages and assume that Paul was calling people to try and produce these good fruits and try to stop doing these bad fruits in their own strength. But that would totally contradict his primary message.

Rather it was a call to continue to evaluate yourself.

He was saying – “Don’t kid yourself – if you still have all this terrible fruit in your life then you need to go before God and ask Him to renew your mind and help you.”

It’s a description of the life of someone with a renewed mind and the life of someone without a renewed mind!

So my question to you today is – are you turning a blind eye to your fruit or are you using that fruit to continually renew your mind and go deeper into the depths of who you are in Christ?

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4 Comments

  1. This is excellent, Phil and clearly addresses sin and its consequences and disarms the false accusations that “hyper grace preachers” (like Paul) turn a blind eye to sin or give a license to sin
    Keep up the good work!

  2. Hi Phil,

    It’s good to see you blogging again. I know we need to focus on Christ and doing that is a lot better than focusing on oneself. However I keep hearing how sin has consequences but I’ve also heard (and I think you have) the phrase “do good get good do bad get bad” and other things along that line. So it seems to me we’re not supposed see any consequences from sin also based on Gal 3:13 I think. I just don’t believe any believer should be experiencing consequences from sin. Maybe I need to study this area more but under law I can understand seeing consequences but under grace it’s supposed to be a whole different ball game. I’m also sure many of us have been spared the consequences of sins in our past. I know I have. Of course I don’t want to take that for granted and seeing better fruit is a good thing but I believe it points others to our Lord. When people who don’t know Christ do things and we do the same things but get different results it points people to Him. It’s like Abraham should have gotten different results for lying about his wife but we know God was gracious and didn’t let the Pharoahs touch her. Also it seems like even when we have dealt with consequences they’re impact is blunted like having peace during a bad situation. I don’t want to go on and on but let me know what you think.

    Peace

    • God is opposed to the proud but gives grace to the humble. If we are proud we will encounter God’s opposition. If we humble ourselves under his almighty hand he will raise us up. God’s humbling in our lives is his unconditional gift of grace to us. God’s raising us up is conditional on our humbling ourselves under this humbling. There is both unconditionality and conditionality in God’s grace.

  3. Again Phil, this is too little too late. Of course we should not ignore sin, when Nathan brought to David’s attention his sin, David did not ignore it. And there were temporal consequnces from sin as well, David’s child die, the Lord said, as a temporal punishment for his sin. Moses was denied entrance into the promised land as a result of sin. David could not build the temple because he had blood in his hands, and God chose Solomon instead. the holy spirit departed from Samson and was killed by the philistines. These are all holy men that sinned and there were temporal consequnces for their sin.

    Nevertheless Phil, we need to go further than not ignoring sin. We need to repent of our sin and acknowledge the presence of sin in our lives 1 John 1:8 “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.” Romans 4:8 “Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.” We need to clearly remember that the only reason we go to heaven is because God does not impute our sin, and this include our present transgressions as christians, not just our past transgressions. The old Adam still sins, as a matter of fact it can do nothing but sin, while the new man always obeys.

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