Maintaining good works helps to stop sin from controlling us


How To Stop Sinning any type of sin eBook
How To Stop Sinning any type of sin eBook

Most of us have good intentions, but the problem is that we don’t know how sin works. God’s people are destroyed for lack of knowledge (Hosea 4:6).

Your wife doesn’t want to fool around with another man, but what she doesn’t realize is that the things she is doing or the things that she participates in will eventually lead her into being controlled by sin (Romans 6:16, 2 Peter 2:19). Once sin is in control, then she will do things that she will be ashamed of later (Romans 6:20-22).

Once sin has complete control over her and ruins her life, then she will enter into what I call the “don’t judge me stage.” That’s what happens after we get caught up in sins to the point of doing things that are way out of character for us. At that point, we can’t stop because sin is literally in control, and so we don’t want people to judge us.

This is the point where some of us spend our hard-earned money to speak privately with someone who has no idea what is happening to us, but talking about it helps to relieve the pain. We leave there with a sense of not  being alone. “Oh, it’s not just me, but there are plenty of people just like me in the world.” However, the solution is in that book resting on the coffee table back at the house that we pick up once a week, usually on Sunday mornings called the Bible.

Romans 6:20-22

20 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21 What fruit did you have then in the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. 22 But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life. NKJV

You may be so caught up in sins right now to the point of not being able to understand that verse, but allow me to make you aware of two things. Everyone who is a slave to sin will do things that they do not want to do. That includes things that they will be ashamed of later. We have all been there regardless of how well we fit into society right now. Therefore, no you are not alone.

All sin is common to man, point, blank, period (1 Corinthians 10:13). So even the well-trained psychiatrist, who has no idea how sin works spiritually, has done the same things you have done, and what he is going to explain to you is how to fit into society without making a mess of everything around you. Basically, he is going to teach you how to be a “good” slave to sin like everybody else, which amounts to fitting in with a world of sinners and keeping your private matters private. Don’t be taken captive by philosophy!

Colossians 2:8-10

8 Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. 9 For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; 10 and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power. NKJV

The second thing I want you to know about Romans 6:20-22 above, is that only a slave to God is set free from sin, and bears the fruit of holiness which results in eternal life. Here is the verse again. Please read it out loud.

 Romans 6:20-22

20 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21 What fruit did you have then in the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. 22 But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life. NKJV

He is talking about the same person here, but under two different circumstances. He “used to be” a slave to sin with the fruit of things he is now ashamed of, and then it says “but now having been set free from sin, and having become a slave of God,” which means that now he has fruit unto holiness. His fruit made a 180 degree turn around simply because he became a slave to God.

So now let me ask you a question. Is there a single place left in this world that is going to tell a person who is caught up in sins that they do not want to commit, and that they are ashamed of, that the solution is simply to become a slave to God? I really don’t think so. Call me proud or whatever you like, but I haven’t heard this teaching anywhere and I’ve been a Christian for the past twenty years. We are so far beyond God’s ways that are written in the Bible, and so caught up in philosophy that you won’t even hear this teaching in church, but let me show it to you.

Romans 6:15-18

15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not! 16 Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness? 17 But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered. 18 And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. NKJV

Look at verse 18 above. Only a slave to righteousness is set free from sin. Imagine that. Only a slave to righteousness, or righteous acts is set free from sin. If only a slave to righteous acts is set free from sin, why isn’t that taught in church? Why aren’t we checking to make sure that everyone becomes a slave to righteousness? That needs to be one of the first things taught to new converts.

It is the first thing taught to new converts if you get your Gospel straight from the Bible. Take a look at what John the Baptist taught.

Luke 3:7-14

7 Then he said to the multitudes that came out to be baptized by him, “Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 8 Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance, and do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones. 9 And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.” 10 So the people asked him, saying, “What shall we do then?” 11 He answered and said to them, “He who has two tunics, let him give to him who has none; and he who has food, let him do likewise.” 12 Then tax collectors also came to be baptized, and said to him, “Teacher, what shall we do?” 13 And he said to them,” Collect no more than what is appointed for you.” 14 Likewise the soldiers asked him, saying, “And what shall we do?” NKJV

Bear good fruit! Give to those in need! If you have two hats, coats, or whatever else, give to those who do not have one. Do what’s right. Matthew 21:28-32 explains that John the Baptist came in the way of righteousness or explains the way of righteousness, depending on your version of the Bible.

There it is in black and white, but who gets their message straight from the Bible anymore? I have never understood why preachers say they have to prepare their message when all God needs is for someone to speak His message (John 3:34). It’s already prepared, just speak it! What’s wrong with preaching God’s message? If nothing is wrong with it, then preach that every tree which does not bear good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire (verse 9 above). We need to know that, but we won’t preach it.

Do you think that you will hear that passage of scripture in a place called church today? No you won’t. You “would” hear it if Jesus Christ was in charge or if one of His disciples was in charge, but you will not hear “Every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire” in a worldly church. I haven’t heard it in twenty years, so can I testify that the Word of God is being preached? Can you?

Allow me to show you more of the Word of God that we so willingly ignore and yet we declare that we preach it. Does the Bible say that we need to maintain good works?

Titus 3:8

8 This is a faithful saying, and these things I want you to affirm constantly, that those who have believed in God should be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable to men. NKJV

 Titus 3:14

14 And let our people also learn to maintain good works, to meet urgent needs, that they may not be unfruitful. NKJV

Have you ever heard those verses? No, in fact you have more than likely heard the exact opposite ; we don’t have to do good works and shouldn’t do them. However, God wants saved people to be careful to maintain good works, even to the point of being set free from sin. People who are sent by God to preach, speak His Words (John 3:34, Jeremiah 23:22), but the well-trained by man preach a different message; one that you will pay to hear in keeping with 2 Timothy 4:3-4. That’s why every time I preach Titus 3 like it is written in the verses above, someone jumps up and says, “That’s works salvation!” I’m not telling anyone to work for their salvation, but I simply preach God’s message.

If God’s Word says to “maintain good works,” and it does in Titus 3:8, 14 above, then that is what I will preach. If God’s Word says to “work out your salvation with fear and trembling,” and it does in Philippians 2:12, then that is what I will preach. If God’s Word says that Jesus is the source of “eternal” salvation for those who obey Him,” and it does according to Hebrews 5:9, then I will preach that because there are millions on the path of weeping and gnashing of teeth that will come to realize they have been tricked on the last day. Let those with the spirit of an antichrist (1 John 2 18) take their stand against God’s Word, but I will preach according to what is written.

Did God say that we were created in Christ “to do good works?” If He did then why is there so much confusion as to why I would preach doing good works? Is there anyone left that preaches God’s message?

Ephesians 2:8-10

8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. NKJV

In other words, we were saved to do good works and God has already prepared in advance the works we should be doing. Now who would tell you not to do what God has saved you to do? Right! Jesus Himself taught that He appointed us to bear the fruit according to John 15:16. He also taught that every tree that doesn’t bear good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire according to Matthew 7:15-20, and John 15:1-6. The Apostle Paul taught the same thing according to Acts 26:20.

I don’t have room to explain all of it here, but I have explained it in my book “How To Stop Sinning any type of sin.” Look the verses up and know that our biggest problem is that we don’t know our Bible even though we have been in a place called church for many years. That’s because we are not hearing the message written in the Bible preached, but only sound good- feel good preaching in keeping with 2 Timothy 4:1-4 below.

2 Timothy 4:1-4

1 I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: 2 Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; 4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. NKJV

You can tell that we are in the last days today because you have not heard any of the verses I have shown you so far, and in most cases you will hear the exact opposite of the verses I have shown you straight from the pulpit. That’s an opposition Gospel, and we have been warned that this day would come. Read the verses below and know that all who continue in unrighteousness and take their stand against God’s Word will be condemned, and if you have a problem with the verses I have shown you, then you are most certainly in that group. You have been deceived.

2 Thessalonians 2:9-15
9 The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, 10 and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, 12 that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. 13 But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth, 14 to which He called you by our gospel, for the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast and hold the traditions which you were taught, whether by word or our epistle. NKJV

Who is going to be condemned? Do you love the truth or have you taken your stand against what is written in the Bible like so many even in high places? If so, there it is in black and white; you’re not going to make it. You’ve got to believe the truth in order to be saved. There is no such thing as a saved person who does not believe. I’m trying to help you. I’m trying to save your soul from death. Read the verses below and ask yourself what would happen for a person who wanders from the truth.

James 5:19-20

19 Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back, 20 let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins. NKJV

Can we wander away from the truth and still be saved? Forget about everything I have said and just ask yourself if what you believed matched the verses I have mentioned in this blog before you started reading it. Think about that. If you have been in church for ten years and you did not know the things I have covered so far, then what have you been learning? My friend there is a huge crowd of people who attend church services every week that are only following the strong delusion. According to 2 Thessalonians 2:9-15 above, they will be condemned.

You may have learned to quote, “There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ,” but false teachers always take verses out of context. However, when you read the whole passage you will find that “There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit” (Romans 8:1-4), and those who walk according to the Spirit keep their minds on the thins above (Romans 8:5-8). Also, those who walk according to the Spirit, do not carry out the lust of the flesh (Galatians 5:16). Now you know why you won’t hear the rest of that passage in a worldly church. It’s a death trap; a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God (James 4:4, 1 John 2:15).

Who has eternal life according to the following verses? Is it those who sow to please the flesh, or those who sow to please the Spirit?

Galatians 6:7-10

7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. 8 For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. 9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith. NKJV

If my Bible tells me to sow to please the Spirit, who do you think would tell me not to? Did God really say sow to please the Spirit and reap eternal life? Did God really say maintain good works? Did God really say, do not eat the fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden?

Show me a Christian who is not maintaining good works and I will show you a Christian who is caught up in all kinds of sins with more to come. It’s just a matter of time and opportunity. Don’t look at the crowd and say there goes a Christian because you can’t tell by looking at the smiles and the pretty clothes, but only by the fruit. By their fruits you will recognize them (Matthew 7:16-20). If they have a problem preaching the Word of God like it is written, then you can be sure that God didn’t send them to preach (John 3:34, Jeremiah 23:22).

Satan’s disciples always look like you expect them to look, but they will never preach the verses I have shown you today (2 Corinthians 11:13-15). They will never teach you how to be set free from sin, but only show you verses that explain how people get stuck in sin. For example they eagerly quote 1 John 1:9, but they never seem to be able to quote 1 John 2:1, which is only two verses after. They never seem to get to 1 John 3:6-10 or 1 John 5:18. All you would have to do is read one of those verses and then you will understand why they never cover them.

1 John 3:7-12

7 Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous. 8 He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. 9 Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God.

10 In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother. 11 For this is the message that you heard from the beginning, that we should love one another, 12 not as Cain who was of the wicked one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his works were evil and his brother’s righteous. NKJV

He who practices righteousness is righteous. That is exactly what I have been explaining to you in this post, and even to the point of being a slave to righteous acts so that you will be set free from sin, but who wants to hear that? Even today some have rejected what is written in their own Bibles, but gladly welcome a man-made program to help alcoholics right inside the church. Their unspoken testimony is that God’s Word doesn’t work, so we have replaced it with this lifelong buddy system that doesn’t set anyone free from sin.

Did God really say that we could be set free from sin (Romans 6:15-18)? Did God really say that we could reach a point that we would never stumble again (2 Peter 1:10)? Did God say that we could cease from sin (1 Peter 4:1-4)? Did God really say that we could walk in the Spirit and not fulfill the lust of the flesh (Galatians 5:16)? If He did, then why aren’t we teaching it if we are believers?

Look at verse 9 above. Wow! Whoever is born of God does not sin. Do you ever hear anyone quote that verse? No, because we have replaced what is written with our own version of being “born of God.” Look at verse 10. Wow! Now you know why all you hear people quote is 1 John 1:9. Like them, they don’t want you to overcome sins that lead to death. They are thinking that if the crowd is big enough, God will have mercy on them, but they are wrong. According to Luke 13:22-28, you don’t want to be in the crowd that thinks they are going to make it, but the book of First John was written so that you would know that you are going to make it (1 John 5:13); stop sinning!

Now think about this for a moment. Where could I go to receive God’s advice as to how to stop sinning? Who is going to advise me to go and help the least of God’s people in order to be set free from sin? Who is going to tell me that I need to go volunteer at my local soup kitchen in order to control sin in my life? Who is going to tell me that I need to help the poor in order to control sin in my life? Who is going to tell me that I need to help people who cannot pay me back in order to control sin in my life? Where can I go this day and age to get God’s advice rather than sit in a meeting every week with people who do not want to become slaves to righteousness?

Get this! If you have received God’s grace, then there are two things that will happen to you whether you realize it or not. The first thing is that grace teaches us to reject (deny) worldly lusts. The second thing is that you will be on fire (zealous) for good works. Check the verses below and do not allow anyone to swindle you out of following what God has put in you. Yes, contrary to popular belief, we can fall away from grace (Galatians 5:4) and receive the grace of God in vain (2 Corinthians 6:1).

 Titus 2:11-14

11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, 12 teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, 13 looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14 who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works. NKJV

All of this and many more methods that we Christians are supposed to be using to stop sin’s control is explained in my book “How To Stop Sinning any type of sin.” If you have been a Christian for a year or two then you should already know these things, but they are not being taught. There is a link on this page to learn more about the book, or just click on the photo of the book above in this post. Right now the E-book, which can be read on any computer, is only $2.99. It will teach you things straight out of the Bible that all of us need to know.

The bottom line is that only a slave to righteousness is set free from sin. Maintaining good works helps to stop sin from controlling us. So the question is, how much do you want sin to control you rather than you controlling it? Become a slave to God, a slave of righteousness, and be set free. Find out what your Bible says for yourself and stop chasing those who have never preached the truth. I really don’t think there is a single one left that doesn’t willingly avoid verses or suppress the truth for the sake of their denomination, and your Bible clearly says to avoid such (2 Timothy 3:1-5). Did God really say to avoid certain people? You might want to check the verse. I speak in accordance with what is written and not with man-made garbage.

I’m Alan Ballou; a servant. If I may be of service to you, please contact me through my home page HowToStopSinning.com.

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