Faith’s Role In Sin
(This will likely be my shortest blog ever.)
Ponder these scriptures, and ponder my conclusion…
- Scriptures says in Romans 10:17 that “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing from the word (Rhema) of God.”
- Scripture teaches in Hebrews 11:6 “Without faith it is impossible to please God”
- Scripture says “Anything that is not of faith (ie: produced by, a product of), is sin.” (Romans 14:23b)
- The Scripture tells us that “Jesus was perfect, without sin”. (Hebrews 4:15)
- And… “We are to be like Jesus” (1 John 2:6)
- Lastly, Jesus said of Himself: “I only say what I hear the Father say”, and “I only do what I see the Father do.” (John 5:19; 12:50)
So, anytime we “say” something that the Father hasn’t said, or “do” something we don’t see the Father doing – what we are saying or what we are doing, is, therefore, not a product of faith, and is must be sin.
So next time I am tempted to ask “Is this sin?” or “Is this evil?” or “Is this wrong?” – the simple answer becomes “did I hear the Father say to say it, or did I see the Father do it?”
It “no”, then it is not “of faith”, it is therefore “sin”, and the Father is not pleased.
This is why sin should grieve the Christian. Not because we have broken a rule on a list – but because we have failed to please the Father.
The primary difference in the “sin(s) of a sinner”, and the “sin(s) of a Saint”, is that the Saint is grieved, ashamed, convicted and disgusted by their sin(s), which though likely frequent, should be, by-and-large, accidental, not premeditated. The sinner loves their sin, and find themselves typically, deliberately and naturally, comfortably at home with their sins, proud of them, and not at all convicted by them.
Christian (Saint): When you sin, are you proud or ashamed? Are you convicted or comfortable? Are you in love with it, or disgusted by it?
Again, the question is not, “did I break a rule on some list?” The question, for the Christian, is “Did I act displeasing to my Father?”