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SINLESS PERFECTION
CAN CHRISTIANS BE SINLESS AND PERFECT

A few people have asked me if I taught what is known as “sinless perfection.” My answer was, “If it is in the Bible I teach it, but I don’t even know what that is, since it’s not written in the Bible anywhere.” I’m a Bible teacher, and not a crowd pleaser (Galatians 1:10, 1 Thessalonians 2:4-6). I’ve been called by God to teach His Word, and not called by man to fill a building; huge difference.

Curiously, I decided to do a word search on the internet to see what I was being accused of teaching, and I found a white haired, George Washington looking guy who teaches “Methodism,” which is another word that is not in the Bible. Therefore, I won’t be teaching it; end of discussion. However, if the Bible says that we can be sinless, and perfect, I will teach that.

Now I do see words like sanctification, holiness, and perfection in love, which I will teach because those are in the Bible. I’m writing this article as I am scanning over some of these pages.

There are several thousand articles, and most of them seem to be against sinless perfection, which I am assuming means being sinless, and perfect. Like any other Bible subject, the unbelievers clog the pages with philosophy, but if we strip away all of the philosophy, and all of the man-made fifteen letter words, what we are left with is one or two verses. So, lets get to the point.

Can Christians be sinless? I think I have already answered that question several times over on this website for those who believe their Bible, but one more verse won’t hurt anything. Can we cease from sin in this lifetime according to the following passage of scripture?

1 Peter 4:1-5
Therefore, since Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, 2 that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but for the will of God. 3 For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles — when we walked in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries. 4 In regard to these, they think it strange that you do not run with them in the same flood of dissipation, speaking evil of you. 5 They will give an account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. NKJV

Obviously all Christians can stop sinning completely according to that passage of scripture. We either believe God, or we don’t believe God, hence the terms believers, or unbelievers. We are one or the other, but believers do not speak in opposition to the faith just because we don’t live up to it (Romans 10:6-8, 2 Corinthians 4:13).

No, believers, believe God unto salvation (Romans 10:10), and repent when they fall short. Unbelievers mock God’s Word, and in the last days mockers (scoffers, ridiculers) will come speaking against the Word of the Lord (2 Peter 3:1-7). So, what is happening today should not be a shock to anyone who knows the truth, but it’s probably confusing to those who don’t know the truth for themselves. My advice is to never side with anyone who does not accept and believe everything that is written in the Bible.

So, as I look at the search results, most of these people are unbelievers, disguised as believers. An unbeliever will always have a good reason why he can’t just accept what his Bible says. So, don’t be tricked by their titles.

Jesus used the title of a servant, and made Himself of no reputation, and so should we (Philippians 2:5-8, below).

Philippians 2:5-8
5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. NKJV

We can be sinless, but what about perfect? Continued below.

Can Christians be perfect?
What does God say?
I could list the many verses that have the word perfect in them, but let’s just answer the question. If someone asked me if Christians could be perfect, I would ask them, “What does the Bible say?” We may not like what it says, but one thing is for sure. If God said it, believers believe it just as Abraham believed God and it was credited to him as righteousness (Romans 4:18-24).

Why? The only way that we can be imputed righteousness is to believe as Abraham believed. He is our example of how we have got to believe in order to be credited righteousness (Romans 4:19-24 below) and according to Jesus Christ, only the righteous make it into the Kingdom of Heaven (Matthew 5:20).

Romans 4:19-24
19 And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. 20 He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, 21 and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform. 22 And therefore “it was accounted to him for righteousness.” 23 Now it was not written for his sake alone that it was imputed to him, 24 but also for us. It shall be imputed to us who believe in Him who raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead, NKJV

By that alone you will know where the people who speak agsint the verses I’m about to show you will end up unless they repent. How can we be fully convinced that what God has promised, He will also perform (verse 21 above) if we speak in opposition to it? We can’t.

So, does the Bible say we can be perfect? Yes it does, and it also tells us how.

James 3:2
2 For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body. NKJV

Now, according to God, not Alan, who is perfect, and how can we be perfect, and what will it benefit us to be perfect? Whenever I teach perfection, someone always starts their question with, “you believe,” which I finish with “God.” I believe God, point, blank, period.

I believe God, and God has defined what He calls “a perfect man” in the verse above. So, first things first, take all of those who do not believe God and label them “unbelievers,” since that is what they are according to God unless they repent. Never sit under an unbeliever, because when the blind lead the blind, both fall into the ditch (Matthew 15:14).

Can Christian believers be perfect according to God? The answer is “yes!” How can Christians be perfect according to God? According to James 3:2 above, we would have to “never stumble in word,” which is something that all Christians should be practicing already, and I will prove it.

Also, notice that James 3:2 above says that we all stumble in many ways. It has nothing to do with stumbling. Once made perfect, we will have the ability to control (bridle) our whole body. In other words, we should all be seeking perfection in God’s eyes in accordance with God’s ways first, so that we can stop stumbling.

We got the cart before the horse! People without understanding like to point out every little sin that a righteous person may do, but if they would repent and turn they would understand what the righteous are trying to accomplish. We have to be righteous before we can stop sinning, and the seal of our righteousness is the putting off of our sinful nature (Colossians 2:11, Romans 4:11).

Jesus came to call sinners to repentance, but the righteous have already repented and are now heading in the right direction; belief, and living by faith (Romans 1:17). Grace reigns through righteousness (Romans 5:21).

Luke 15:7
7 I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance. NKJV

Luke 5:31-32
31 Jesus answered and said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 32 I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.” NKJV

The righteousness of faith includes saying certain things and not saying certain things, even in our heart.

Romans 10:6-8
6 But the righteousness of faith speaks in this way, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?'” (that is, to bring Christ down from above) 7 or, “‘Who will descend into the abyss?'” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). 8 But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): NKJV

Notice that these are the verses right before Romans 10:9, which we all use to get a new convert saved, but if we would start at the beginning of Romans chapter ten, we would see that this passage is about submitting to God’s way of being righteous (Romans 10:3), which includes speaking in-line with the faith.

Romans 10:3-4
3 For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God. NKJV

How can we be righteous by faith if we speak in opposition to what God has said? We can’t, and if we never make the tree good, the fruit will never be of any count either, and that is what we see today.

We see millions of well-trained unbelievers today, who cannot possibly speak in-line with the faith because they do not submit to God’s way of being righteous, and so they have to reject what God said because they can’t live up to it. Therefore, they have established their own way.

How do we make a bad tree good? Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks (verse 34 below). We’re either speaking in accordance with God’s Word, or man’s garbage, but only God’s Word leads to perfection.

Matthew 12:33-37
33 “Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit. 34 Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. 35 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. 36 But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. 37 For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” NKJV

Now, I know that unbelievers will try and twist what I am saying into some type of undesirable label like fakeism or some other made-up word, but you learn the verses for yourself, so that you will not be tricked.

Does this involve human effort? Again, it’s not what Alan says, but what does God say? What is our part of the promise?

James 3:2
2 For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body. NKJV

Our focus should be on “never stumbling in word,” if we want to have the God given ability to bridle (control) our whole body. So, call it what you want, but that’s our part of the promise, and praise God it’s working for me. That’s another reason why I refuse to use words like “trinity,” and phrases like “go have a personal relationship.”

In light of that verse, guess what happened over a hundred years ago, when evangelist started skipping over Romans 10:1-8 in their rush to count the number of people coming to the stage? They started making Christians who knew nothing about the righteousness of faith, which is what the promised inheritance given to Abraham is based on (Romans 4:13).

Guess what the outcome has been. Now the church is full of “saved” people who cannot control their body; no self-control, addictions, bad habits, etc. Sounds like 2 Timothy 3:1-5 (below) is happening right on schedule doesn’t it, and if I decided to follow those instructions, what would I do?

2 Timothy 3:1-6
3 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! NKJV

Better hurry up and repent! Time is running out my friend. Start reading the New Testament, out loud like there ain’t no tomorrow. After my dear wife edits this page, she will replace that word, ain’t.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tithing verses

Therefore, learn the verses above for yourself before it is too late. Already, millions of Christians are being taught to speak in direct opposition to the verses above, as well as the next few verses that I will show you.

They call it “apologetics.” I call it “what to say, when your own Bible proves you wrong.”

What else is in the Gospel that we should be hearing? If we were obeying the Gospel, what would we be doing? According to the following passage, we would be supplying the needs of the saints. It too is a part of the Gospel that we need to hear, and believe in order to have an inheritance in the Kingdom of God.

2 Corinthians 9:10-15
10 Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness, 11 while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God. 12 For the administration of this service not only supplies the needs of the saints, but also is abounding through many thanksgivings to God, 13 while, through the proof of this ministry, they glorify God for the obedience of your confession to the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal sharing with them and all men, 14 and by their prayer for you, who long for you because of the exceeding grace of God in you. NKJV

In fact, all of the verses found in 2 Corinthians chapter 8 and chapter 9 are giving verses. In other words, these verses are talking about giving to help other Christians and not to build buildings, or tithing in accordance with the Laws of Moses.

Do any of the following verses suggest tithing in accordance with the Law, or giving according to what a person has to give, and not by commandment to meet the needs of other like-minded Christians who are in need?

2 Corinthians 8:3-5
3 For I bear witness that according to their ability, yes, and beyond their ability, they were freely willing, 4 imploring us with much urgency that we would receive the gift and the fellowship of the ministering to the saints. NKJV

2 Corinthians 8:8
8 I speak not by commandment, but I am testing the sincerity of your love by the diligence of others. NKJV

2 Corinthians 8:12-14
12 For if there is first a willing mind, it is accepted according to what one has, and not according to what he does not have. 13 For I do not mean that others should be eased and you burdened; 14 but by an equality, that now at this time your abundance may supply their lack, that their abundance also may supply your lack — that there may be equality. NKJV

2 Corinthians 9:1-2
Now concerning the ministering to the saints, it is superfluous for me to write to you; NKJV

2 Corinthians 9:5-9
5 Therefore I thought it necessary to exhort the brethren to go to you ahead of time, and prepare your generous gift beforehand, which you had previously promised, that it may be ready as a matter of generosity and not as a grudging obligation. 6 But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7 So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. 9 As it is written: “He has dispersed abroad, He has given to the poor; His righteousness endures forever.” NKJV

After you learn these New Covenant verses on giving for yourself, then you will be able to see why you never hear them in church. If you can be held under the Laws of Moses, to tithe according to the Laws of Moses, then you would be required to bring a tenth of your food (not money) to the church (Hebrews 7:5).

However, now that we have a new High Priest, the law has changed (Hebrews 7:12), and our new High Priest wants us to take our gift straight to the one who needs it (Matthew 25:40). In fact, 2 Corinthians 8:12-14 teaches equality among believers, which is exactly how the early church lived according to Acts 2:44, and Acts 4:32.

So, why would anyone believe that tithing is first of all money, and second that it is required for Christians (Christ followers Acts 11:26), who are supposed to be free from the Law? Simple; the Gospel is not being preached because of greed.

2 Peter 2:1-3
1 But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. 2 And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed. 3 By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words; for a long time their judgment has not been idle, and their destruction does not slumber. NKJV

The question is not whether or not tithing works. Of course it works! It’s a part of God’s Law given through Moses. However, the only people who teach Law in order to keep people under the Law, rather than leading them to Christ, “do not know what they are talking about,” according to the Word of the Lord written in 1 Timothy 1:7 below. Read it for yourself and be set free!

1 Timothy 1:3-7
3 As I urged you when I went into Macedonia — remain in Ephesus that you may charge some that they teach no other doctrine, 4 nor give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which cause disputes rather than godly edification which is in faith. 5 Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith, 6 from which some, having strayed, have turned aside to idle talk, 7 desiring to be teachers of the law, understanding neither what they say nor the things which they affirm. NKJV

If you have questions, ask, or please refer to my book “Stop Sinning and Be Healed,” which is only 99 ¢, for more on this subject. Millions of Christians can be healed today if they would simply know the truth for themselves, and fulfill the Law through faith in Jesus Christ (Romans 13:8-10). That would change health care in this country. Glory be to God, not to mention that those under the Law cannot stop sinning (Romans 6:14).

Jesus Christ, our new High Priest (Hebrews 3:1), wants us to give alms. That’s charity.

Luke 12:33
33 Sell what you have and give alms; provide yourselves money bags which do not grow old, a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches nor moth destroys. NKJV

Luke 11:41
41 But rather give alms of such things as you have; then indeed all things are clean to you. NKJV

I suggest that you find your local Christian based Soup Kitchen, homeless shelter, children’s shelter, or any organization that directly helps Christians who are in need. In the end, this is what Jesus is going to say to the people who make it into the Kingdom of Heaven.

Matthew 25:34-40
34 Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; 36 I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’ 37 “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? 38 When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? 39 Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’ NKJV

No matter what you believe, or what your denomination, the people who are going to make it into Heaven are the people who are doing what the verses describe above. Why are they doing it? Are they earning their salvation? No, they were obeying the Gospel. Read the following verse again.

2 Corinthians 9:10-15
10 Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness, 11 while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God. 12 For the administration of this service not only supplies the needs of the saints, but also is abounding through many thanksgivings to God, 13 while, through the proof of this ministry, they glorify God for the obedience of your confession to the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal sharing with them and all men, 14 and by their prayer for you, who long for you because of the exceeding grace of God in you. NKJV

What else is a part of the Gospel? If you ever hear a complete Gospel, you will hear that we need to keep the Gospel in memory. That too is a part of the Gospel message.

1 Corinthians 15:1-2
15 Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, 2 by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you — unless you believed in vain. NKJV

Notice it says “saved if” you hold fast (keep in memory) the Word that was preached to you. Check your Bible to see if it says “saved if,” because if it says “saved if” why do millions of Christians today support the “once saved always saved” man-made doctrine that is not written in the Bible? It’s because 1 Timothy 4:1-2 is in full swing in this country.

1 Timothy 4:1-3
Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, 2 speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, NKJV

You don’t have to believe me, but I would learn these verses for yourself so that you won’t be tricked. Please see my blog post “Is there a preacher left that preaches the Gospel.”

 

 

 

Christians Should Warn Christians / Associations

In the same way, we need to be checking to make sure that we are working on what God has called us to do. The Apostle Paul warned every man (Colossians 1:28), and we too should be warning one another.

Colossians 3:16-17
16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. NKJV

Usually, all we ever hear is that Jesus loves us so much, but Jesus told people that what they were doing was wrong, and the people hated Him for it.

John 7:7
7 The world cannot hate you, but it hates Me because I testify of it that its works are evil. NKJV

Is anything different today? If Jesus was standing next to us, would He mention a few things? If He came to our next meeting, wouldn’t He mention the things that we need to correct, or just ignore them?

If Jesus came to our next worship service, would He correct a few things? Would He say anything about the worldly sports, or the worldly songs? He has turned tables over before you know, but somehow we have lost sight of the Jesus Christ mentioned in the Bible, and replaced Him with an “anything goes” Jesus.

Are you beginning to see why Christians cannot stop sinning today? We’re not living by faith in this country, but by what Dr. so-and-so said. Dr. so-and-so is so smart that his instructions have replaced what God’s Word, even inside the church, but Jesus said long ago that those who replace God’s Word with a man-made doctrine worship Him in vain.

Matthew 15:8-9
8 “These people draw near to Me with their mouth, And honor Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me. 9 And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.'” NKJV

You see we worship God not just in singing songs, but in truth too. We’ve got to worship in spirit and in truth. Take away the truth and our worship is in vain.

John 4:23-24
23 But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. 24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” NKJV

It takes grace to be able to live the Christian life, and we gain access to grace through faith. If we shrink back from living by faith, we shrink back from receiving grace.

Romans 5:1-2
1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. NKJV

Most Christians believe that grace is an automatic thing, and it is if we are righteous (Romans 5:21), but the righteous live by faith (Romans 1:16-17). Therefore, no faith, no grace.

By faith Noah built the ark to save his household (Hebrews 11:7), and by faith we’re going to live the Christian life (Romans 1:16-17). However, faith comes by hearing the Word (Romans 10:17).

Did you hear Romans 12:1-2 above? Think of it this way. If God gave Noah the instructions found in Romans 12:1-2, what would those instructions (evidence of things not seen) make him do? That’s what it ought to make you do. In the same light, look at the following instructions.

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

There is a set of instructions given to us by God through the Apostle Paul. He is speaking to us as if we have already “obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered” (verse 17 above), and have already “been set free from sin” (verse 18 above), but we would have stoned Paul back at the turn of the century for saying such as that in this country. He would never be able to set foot in our church.

That may be funny, but it’s true. Is there a denomination left that would welcome the Apostle Paul’s teachings today, over their own set of man-made doctrines? I’m just asking.

If I am Holy Spirit filled, then I ought to be able to speak in-line with what the Spirit wrote (John 3:34, 2 Peter 1:20-21). Is it even possible to claim to be hearing from the Holy Spirit, and led by the Spirit, but yet at the same time speak in opposition to what the Spirit wrote? What? Does the Holy Spirit in us, not convict us of sin (John 16:8)?

According to Romans 6:15-18 above, if we practice righteousness (doing what is right), we can be controlled by it (slaves of righteousness). That my friend is exactly what saved people do.

1 John 2:29
29 If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him. NKJV

Remember back when you first got saved. Did you have a burning desire to help people who were in need? That was God’s grace making you deny ungodliness, and giving you an opportunity to be controlled by righteousness.

Titus 2:11-15
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. 15 Speak these things, exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no one despise you. NKJV

Grace was working in you at that time, and if you would have continued in your faith (faith comes by hearing the Word of God, Romans 10:17), then you would have remained in a position to receive more grace (Colossians 1:21-23, Romans 5:1-2).

However, most all of us have never heard Colossians 1:21-23, much less live by it. So, millions of unsuspecting Christians fall away from the faith, not only because they do not continue in their faith, but they are being taught to speak in opposition to what is actually written in their Bibles (1 Timothy 6:20-21).

So, what do you need to do? Repent of the past first, and then start back doing the things that you were doing when you first got saved; reading your Bible, and helping people in need, especially people of faith (Those who are doing that same thing).

Basically, instead of working against the Spirit, which most of us are taught to do in a place called church, we need to sow to please the Spirit (verse 8 below), in speaking the faith as it is written, refusing to proclaim unwritten doctrines (such as trinity), and helping the least of God’s people who are in need.

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

The Spirit is also trying to lead us into all truth (John 16:13), and into putting to death the misdeeds of the body (Romans 8:12-14). As I have said before, we can insult the Holy Spirit (Hebrews 10:29), and resist the changes He is leading us to make, which will grieve Him (Ephesians 4:30), and make Him jealous for us (James 4:4-10). Sadly, that describes where most Christians are today.

Repent of the past and start doing the things I am showing you, and you will be set free from sin’s control. That means that you can stop sinning, if you want to stop sinning.

There is no such thing as an addiction for Christians, who want to stop sinning. The term Christian means Christ follower (Acts 11:26).

There is no such thing as someone who is following Christ into sin. No, he isn’t following Christ. Christ followers (Christians) are on their way out of darkness.

John 8:12
12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” NKJV

John 12:46
46 I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness. NKJV

You will soon realize that your willingness to trust God will be evident in how you hear His Word. Those who belong to God hear it, and those who will not listen, simply do not belong to God (John 8:47 below).

John 8:47
47 He who is of God hears God’s words; therefore you do not hear, because you are not of God.” NKJV

We stumble because they disobey the message (1 Peter 2:8). Let that sink in.

1 Peter 2:7-8
7 Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who are disobedient, “The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone,” 8 and “A stone of stumbling And a rock of offense.” They stumble, being disobedient to the word, to which they also were appointed. NKJV

What else are Christians supposed to be doing in order to stop sinning? We have already touched on it, but we’re not speaking the Word of God as it is written. If we believe the Word of God, we should be speaking it like it is written (2 Corinthians 4:13, Romans 10:6-8).

2 Corinthians 4:13
13 And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I believed and therefore I spoke,” we also believe and therefore speak, NKJV

Romans 10:6-8
6 But the righteousness of faith speaks in this way, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?'” (that is, to bring Christ down from above) 7 or, “‘Who will descend into the abyss?'” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). 8 But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): NKJV

Speaking the Word of God like it is written will give us the ability to control our whole body.

James 3:2
2 For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body. NKJV

The ability to control our body is in the words that we speak. So, the question becomes, “How can we always speak the right words, when no man can tame the tongue (James 3:8)?” We stop conforming to this world, and renew our mind / heart with the truth (Romans 12:12). That’s how we turn a bad tree into a good tree.

Matthew 12:33-37
33 “Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit. 34 Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. 35 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. 36 But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. 37 For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” NKJV

Notice that what is mostly in our hearts, will come out of our mouth (verse 34 above). That could be football, golf, the Word of God, or advanced basket weaving, the choice is ours. The mind-set and desires of the people around you will tell you much about where they are in the faith (Romans 8:5-8).

If when we get together, all we talk about is baseball, basketball, or the latest news on TV, then our mind-set is far beyond the Word of God (Philippians 3:17-19). Our mind-set will reveal our fellowship with God (Romans 8:5-8).

You might say, God doesn’t want us to keep our mind-set on Heavenly things 100% of the time!” My friend, if what you are doing is not working, come back and try what I am telling you. Remember how much we need to deny ourselves, which we discussed at the beginning of this page.

According to verses 36 and 37 above, we will have to give an account of our words, and by our words we will be condemned or justified. Therefore, some of us need to hurry up and start speaking the right words before it is too late. Not only is that going to require putting the Word in our heart, but also keeping it in mind so that we will speak it.

Have you ever interrupted someone talking about golf, just so you could mention a verse? If you do what I’m telling you to do, you will want to, because the Spirit leading you will bring the verses for the situation you are in to your remembrance.

Our words are very powerful, even to the point of life and death (Proverbs 18:21), and healing (Proverbs 12:18). Good days and bad days can be controlled by the words that we speak (1 Peter 3:10-12, James 3:6).

Proverbs 18:21
21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit. NKJV

Proverbs 12:18
18 There is one who speaks like the piercings of a sword, But the tongue of the wise promotes health. NKJV

1 Peter 3:10-12
10 For “He who would love life And see good days, Let him refrain his tongue from evil, And his lips from speaking deceit. 11 Let him turn away from evil and do good; Let him seek peace and pursue it. 12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, And His ears are open to their prayers; But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” NKJV

Two more reasons why Christians cannot stop sinning is our unwillingness to suffer, and to be separate from unbelievers.

There is great value in suffering for the right reasons. It doesn’t seem right humanly speaking, but spiritually speaking the willingness to suffer is directly connected to our ability to cease from sinning. In fact, it should be our mind-set, according to 1 Peter 4:1 below.

1 Peter 4:1-5
4 Therefore, since Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, 2 that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but for the will of God. 3 For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles — when we walked in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries. 4 In regard to these, they think it strange that you do not run with them in the same flood of dissipation, speaking evil of you. 5 They will give an account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. NKJV

Notice that verse one above says that we can cease from sin. That’s like being done with sin, period; finished with it. Over and out, but who wants to suffer?

We can cease from sin, but we would have to be willing to suffer in our flesh in order to do it. It’s not a matter of wanting to do it, when we are called by God to do it.

1 Peter 3:8-9
8 Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous; 9 not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing. NKJV

We were called to suffer in order that we would inherit a blessing (verse 9 above). Therefore, suffering is an opportunity to advance in disguise.

Think of it this way. If we reap exactly what we sow (Galatians 6:7), then suffering at the hands of someone else means blessings for us. Our ability to cease from sinning (done with it once and for all) is directly related to our willingness to suffer wrongfully.

Think of it this way. Jesus did not sin, but boy did He suffer. God says, have the same attitude (1 Peter 4:1). Think of it as something that has been granted to us, since that is what God calls it in Philippians 1:29, below.

Philippians 1:29-30
29 For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake, 30 having the same conflict which you saw in me and now hear is in me. NKJV

Most Christians are unwilling to suffer, probably because they have no knowledge of this method, and that is one of the reasons why Christians cannot stop sinning. However, suffering is a part of the Christian life. We are called to suffer in accordance with God’s will (1 Peter 2:21, 3:9, 14, 17). It’s how we know that we will be counted worthy to enter the Kingdom of God (2 Thessalonians 1:4-5, Acts 14:22, 5:41, Matthew 5:10-11). Check the verses from your Bible.

We can’t avoid it unless of course we stop going in the right direction. If we continue the path we are called to take, the people of this world are going to hate us, and Christians who have not taken the right path will also persecute us. In fact, all who desire to live godly will be persecuted; treated unfairly (2 Timothy 3:12).

John 15:18-21
18 “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. 19 If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. 20 Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also. NKJV

John 17:14-16
14 I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 15 I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. NKJV

Galatians 4:28-30
28 Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are children of promise. 29 But, as he who was born according to the flesh then persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, even so it is now. NKJV

2 Timothy 3:12
12 Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. NKJV

If you learn those verses, then you will not be as shocked when well-meaning Christians who are not free from sin persecute you. Don’t give them a reason, and know that there are many more of them than us and in high places (Luke 13:22-28, Matthew 19:30). They still can be saved, but only through fire, and none of them take part in the first resurection.

If you learn those verses, then you will not be as shocked when well-meaning Christians who are not free from sin persecute you. Don’t give them a reason, and know that there are many more of them than us and in high places (Luke 13:22-28, Matthew 19:30). They still can be saved, but only through fire (1 Corinthians 3:15), and none of them take part in the first resurrection, as they so boldly proclaim, but only those who overcome (Revelation 20:5-6, 2:11).

Just as most of us do not like to suffer, we also do not like to be separate, which is another reason why Christians cannot stop sinning.

Once you know the verses that we have covered, and will cover, then you will be able to see how we will never fit in with the everyday Christian crowd of this day if we desire to stop sinning completely. We never talk about these verses as a group, no one preaches them anymore, and if someone is bold enough to bring them up, they are shunned (persecuted) by the church.

What does that tell you? It tells me, welcome to the last days, which brings up the first set of instructions.

2 Timothy 3:1-5
1 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! NKJV

Our instructions tell us to turn away from people who are on that list. It doesn’t say debate with them, do everything you can to reach them, or anything of the sort, but turn away.

However, it doesn’t necessarily identify Christian or non-Christian. So, what if it’s a Christian Brother?

2 Thessalonians 3:6-7
6 But we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you withdraw from every brother who walks disorderly and not according to the tradition which he received from us. NKJV

2 Thessalonians 3:14-15
14 And if anyone does not obey our word in this epistle, note that person and do not keep company with him, that he may be ashamed. 15 Yet do not count him as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother. NKJV

Those two verses should clear that question up, but if not this next passage of scripture will leave no doubt for those who chose to live by faith.

1 Corinthians 5:9-13
9 I wrote to you in my epistle not to keep company with sexually immoral people. 10 Yet I certainly did not mean with the sexually immoral people of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world. 11 But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone named a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner — not even to eat with such a person. 12 For what have I to do with judging those also who are outside? Do you not judge those who are inside? 13 But those who are outside God judges. Therefore “put away from yourselves the evil person.” NKJV

Those verses make it seem like that if someone is called a Christian, they should not have the type of sin problems that people of this world have, and we shouldn’t. The problem is that either we are not getting the right message, or we have fallen away and need to repent.

Like I have mentioned before, there is no such thing as a Christian who has an addiction, or who is caught up in sins that lead to death. That would be considered a process failure, and it would identify something as being way off track, and it is in this country.

The first place to check is with the preaching. See my blog post, “The Gospel is not being preached, but we are only getting people saved,” and “Is there a preacher left who preaches the Gospel.” No one is preaching a complete Gospel any more. No, not even close. We need to repent of that. For more information about what is actually supposed to be in the Gospel of the KIngdom, see “Who will inherit the Kingdom of God.”

The second thing to check is the instructions. We stumble because we disobey the message (1 Peter 2:8-9). We’ve got to hear the message first, but if we can’t hear it in the Christian community, we need to pull the Bible out at home.

God calls us to be separate, and to cleanse ourselves of all filthiness.

2 Corinthians 6:17-7:1
17 Therefore “Come out from among them And be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, And I will receive you.” 18 ‘I will be a Father to you, And you shall be My sons and daughters, Says the Lord Almighty.” 7:1 Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. NKJV

Bad company will corrupt you, rather than you changing them.

1 Corinthians 15:33-34
33 Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.” 34 Awake to righteousness, and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame. NKJV

The Word of God is what changes believers (Jeremiah 23:22). If they have repented and are willing to follow the instructions, give them another chance, but it can’t be business as usual.

If they have a problem with any of the verses I have mentioned on this website, you are fighting a losing battle. An unbeliever cannot possible receive from the Lord, and without the Lord’s help, living the Christian life is impossible. It takes grace (Titus 2:11-14), and grace takes faith (Romans 5:1-2), and faith takes believing the Word of God (the evidence of things not seen, Hebrews 11:1).

If you are unwilling to suffer in associations, as I have mentioned above, how will we be able to deny our flesh in order to stop sinning? We won’t. Now do you see why our everyday choices in life make us powerless when it comes to stopping sin?

 

 

 

 

Associations

Get your Bible out because it is time to check to see what it actually says.

When a Christian has been trying to stop sinning, they usually put all ten methods into practice except one; associations. Does the Bible say to avoid certain Christians? Yes it does, and we have to because they will talk us right out of living by faith (1 Corinthians 15:33-34). Check the verses below and know that at any time you have a question about what I am teaching, just ask for the verses that confirms what I am saying. You don’t have to believe me, but you do have to believe the verses.

2 Thessalonians 3:6, 14-15
6 But we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you withdraw from every brother who walks disorderly and not according to the tradition which he received from us. 14 And if anyone does not obey our word in this epistle, note that person and do not keep company with him, that he may be ashamed. 15 Yet do not count him as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother. NKJV

Who does it say to withdraw from and to not keep company with according to the verses above? You can say, but this and but that, but a big part of our problem is “who we associate with (1 Corinthians 15:33-34), and I’m not talking about non-Christains (1 Corinthians 5:9-13). You may even be on one of the list of people that we are instructed not to associate with, but understand that the first order of business is to change.

1 Corinthians 5:9-13
9 I wrote to you in my epistle not to keep company with sexually immoral people. 10 Yet I certainly did not mean with the sexually immoral people of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world. 11 But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone named a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner — not even to eat with such a person. 12 For what have I to do with judging those also who are outside? Do you not judge those who are inside? 13 But those who are outside God judges. Therefore “put away from yourselves the evil person.” NKJV

I have tried to help a lot of people in the past who were unwilling to follow the instructions which contributed to their problem. They chose human wisdom above what was written in their Bible and so they ignored God’s advice; His wisdom. Therefore, they ended up not receiving what is promised and if they continue that path long enough they will not even be able to see the scriptures they reject (Ephesians 4:17-19, 1 Timothy 6:20-21).

Why would one person say that we can’t stop sinning and the next say that we can? One does not believe what is written and the other does. The one who does not believe what is written is in danger of losing what he has and having a darkened understanding (Mark 4:24-25, Ephesians 4:17-19). His worldly stature does not matter. Even if he has a ten year degree, his understanding will be darkened because he rejects what God says and replaces it with human wisdom, which takes away from the power already contained in the Word (1 Corinthians 1:17-18, Acts 20:32, James 1:21, Hebrews 4:12).

There are two things that most people who continually fall into sin fail to see. First of all they do not associate “not following the instructions” with having problems that arise when we do not follow the instructions. Second, when people do not simply accept and believe what is written, they begin looking for reasons as to why the verses cannot be true. They search for an explanation that they can live with to quiet their conscience. That shows the unwillingness to die to self and live by faith (Matthew 16:24-25, 10:34-39).

In the last days there will be plenty of explanations out there that fit that description and plenty of people who support it. Why? Because that is what is written will happen and it is already happening today. According to 2 Timothy 4:3-4 below, people will not put up with sound doctrine, but they will gather up (heap up) teachers who are willing to say what they want to hear and turn aside to myths (fables).

2 Timothy 4:3-4
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

This is surely happening right before our eyes today. The test to see if someone has fallen for it is if they accept what is written in the Bible, or do they believe myths (fables) above what is written.

Let me give you an example. According to the following verses, does the Bible say that we can cease from sin and live the rest of our time in the flesh for the will of God?

1 Peter 4:1-5
4 Therefore, since Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, 2 that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but for the will of God. 3 For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles — when we walked in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries. 4 In regard to these, they think it strange that you do not run with them in the same flood of dissipation, speaking evil of you. 5 They will give an account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. NKJV

We can cease from sin, but we would have to be willing to suffer to in the flesh in order to do it according to verse 4 above. If you are unwilling to suffer in associations, as I have mentioned above, how will you be able to deny your flesh in order to stop sinning? You won’t. Now do you see why our choices make us powerless when it comes to stopping sin?

Suffering is a part of the Christian life. We are called to suffer in accordance with God’s will (1 Peter 2:21, 3:9, 14, 17). It’s how we know that we will be counted worthy to enter the Kingdom of God (2 Thessalonians 1:4-5, Acts 14:22, 5:41, Matthew 5:10-11).

Philippians 1:29
29 For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake. NKJV

If the Bible says that we can cease from sin, and it does in the verses above, only those who do not believe what God has said and do not have the Word of God living on the inside of them would speak in direct opposition to it. Think about that. I will explain why that is so important in the section on the righteousness of faith below, but it is the reason why these verses are hidden from many today; they have spoken against them.

1 Timothy 6:20-21
20 O Timothy! Guard what was committed to your trust, avoiding the profane and idle babblings and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge — 21 by professing it some have strayed concerning the faith. NKJV

You cannot speak against the faith and remain in the faith (Romans 10:6-8). There are a lot of things that I will show you that very few people know, and that is because many of us willingly speak against what we do not know. You are going to have to get your Bible out and read it out loud so that you can hear it in your ears (Romans 10:17), and from this day forward make a habit of checking before you speak. If you do not know where something is written, ask and I will help you, Lord willing, and I know he is willing. Praise God.

There are many verses in the Bible that say that we can stop sinning. For more information on that, please see the web page “Can We Stop Sinning”, and my book “How To Stop Sinning any type of sin.” Although, you do not have to buy my books in order to receive my help. Just ask a question.

I read, but I don’t understand it
Why can’t I understand the Bible?
You may not understand the things we have covered so far, and if you do not believe you will never have an understanding (Proverbs 3:5, Ephesians 3:17-19). You have to believe first, obey, and then you will gain an understanding (Psalms 111:10, 119:97-105) and Jesus Christ will simply open your understanding so that you can see the scriptures (Luke 24:45, 1 John 5:20).

Read the following verse and know when you will have a good understanding according to God.

Psalms 111:10
10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; A good understanding have all those who do His commandments. His praise endures forever. NKJV

Most of us get that backwards. We want to understand it first and then try it out. That’s dangerous because what that is saying is that we do not trust God. We trusted His Word to get saved, but we cannot trust Him with our life here on earth.

Know that it’s going to take all of you, and not just a devotional first thing in the morning, and a good night prayer at night. No, God wants all of us. See if the following verses make it clearer.
2 Corinthians 5:14-15
14 For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; 15 and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again. NKJV

Romans 12:1-2
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. NKJV

Colossians 3:5-10
5 Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. 6 Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience, 7 in which you yourselves once walked when you lived in them. 8 But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. 9 Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, 10 and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him, NKJV

Matthew 16:24-26
24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. 25 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. NKJV

Do any of those verses suggest that we can keep one foot in the world? No. If you followed those verses, could you possibly be the same person you were before? Nope. If you’re going to do this, you’re going to change. Everything about you is going to change. He wants all of us.

Jeremiah 29:13
13 And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. NKJV

This is the point where most of us run out to get one of the newer Bibles with watered down verses that sound better which is exactly what is predicted to happen according to 2 Timothy 4:3-4. Problem solved right? Wrong! We still don’t understand and even worse, our minds are filling up with human wisdom and philosophy (Colossians 2:8).

Like I said before, we have to obey, or live up to what we know first (Philippians 3:16), and then we are given an understanding. Most of the newer Bibles are filled with philosophy, which sounds good to a person who doesn’t understand the scriptures, and that is why most people are switching, but they are being lured in. The scriptures that are changed are not the ones that a person without an understanding would ever notice.

Look at the passage of scripture below see just how much of an understanding is available for the person who follows the instructions to receive it, and notice what the instructions say to do.

Psalms 119:98-105
98 You, through Your commandments, make me wiser than my enemies; For they are ever with me. 99 I have more understanding than all my teachers, For Your testimonies are my meditation. 100 I understand more than the ancients, Because I keep Your precepts. 101 I have restrained my feet from every evil way, That I may keep Your word. 102 I have not departed from Your judgments, For You Yourself have taught me. 103 How sweet are Your words to my taste, Sweeter than honey to my mouth! 104 Through Your precepts I get understanding; Therefore I hate every false way. 105 Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path. NKJV

Now imagine that you asked me how to get a good understanding of the scriptures even to the point of understanding more than the people of old. If I believed God I would tell you to do what the verses above say to do in order to have a good understanding. If I did not believe God in those verses, I would tell you to go out and buy one of those newer Bibles that sound better to your ears.

I have never studied this in college and don’t want to. God has given me a far better understanding that comes with power (1 Corinthians 4:20). That doesn’t come from a class room, but by following His instructions above.

That kind of understanding is available to all who believe, but you have to follow the instructions, which call for obedience to the Word (precepts, teachings, commands). If you ignore what is written your heart will become blind, and once your heart becomes blind to the truth, ignorance and a darkened understanding are soon to follow according to Ephesians 4:17-19 below.

Ephesians 4:17-19
17 This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, 18 having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart. NKJV

As you can see, how you live has a lot to do with how much you are able to understand. if you turn away from the instructions that you hear from the Word of God you will have a darkened understanding and soon learn what being “alienated from the life of God means. God destroys the wisdom of the wise according to this world’s standards and He brings to nothing the understanding of those who are prudent, or practical (1 Corinthians 1:19-30). In other words, you can’t just follow the ways of this world and expect everything to work out as planed because it will not.

There are two different people in the next passage of scripture. Take a look back over your life since you have been a Christian and know that these verses have worked just like they are written.

Luke 6:46-49
46 “But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say? 47 Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like: 48 He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock. 49 But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great.” NKJV

What is in the near future of the person who hears God’s Word, but does nothing? See, you can be a prophet and predict the future according to those verses. You can also see that the solution to avoiding calamity is to put the Word of God into practice.

Now I know that a lot of people who will read this are in the middle of calamity right now, and I am sorry for that, but if you do not learn the truth now, you may never learn it. Somebody has got to stand up and tell you the truth so that you will not go through calamity over and over and over as I did.

Starting over again, with the right view
The Word works. The problem is on our side.
Sometimes we just need for someone to point in the right direction (conformation), and sometimes we are so far away from the right path that pointing isn’t going to work out. In the past ten years, I have discovered that there are Christians who want to do what is right, and receive the results they are seeking, and then there are those who want results without following the instructions.

Get the instructions right. write them down, check them off, or whatever you have to do, but get it right.

I didn’t get everything right the first time, or the 50th time. No, I still have notes on the dash of my truck, on my computer, and sometimes even taped to me. It depends on how bad I need to be reminded of something.

God has ways to help us remember His ways too. However, you may be like me. I’d rather get things under control before God needs to.

Psalm 119:67
67 Before I was afflicted I went astray, But now I keep Your word. NKJV

I’ve had plenty of what I call “wake up calls.” So many that I don’t want any more. I know some of you think that I woke up one day, and haven’t sinned since. I wish that was the case, but that far from even being close to the truth.

I’ve had to figure out what I could do, and what I could never do again over the past twenty years, and God has been very merciful to me. Now, I also had to do all of that while well-meaning Christian folk were telling me that we could not stop sinning.

I did a website name search for the term “How To Stop Sinning” back when I first wrote the book, and that’s when I purchased both howtostopsinning.com. At that time, there were only 4 no name people like myself on the internet, who even dared to say that Christians could stop sinning. We were like outcasts. Now, every denomination has a “stop sinning” page. I think even the atheists are saying that they can stop sinning now. Praise God.

The main thing that I want you to know is that everything is connected to believing the evidence of scripture to the point of living by it. That’s faith, which is the substance of what we hope for, the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1). Learn a lesson from Noah concerning how to live by faith.

Hebrews 11:7
7 By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith. NKJV

God warned Noah of what He was about to do and told Noah what he needed to do in order to save his family. Noah believed God and therefore Noah’s faith in God caused him to obey what God said to do. Obedience comes from faith (Romans 1:5).

In the same way through our faith in Jesus Christ, we believe what He said and react accordingly. Let me give you an example. Just as God told Noah that he was going to have to build a boat, Jesus told us that “if we do not forgive, we would not be forgiven” (Matthew 6:14-15).

Matthew 6:14-15
14 “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. NKJV

Faith in Jesus Christ will make those who believe in Him act in response to the written evidence and forgive others. In this way the substance of our hope (to be forgiven), causes us to follow the evidence of things not seen (forgive others) in order to receive the promised outcome. That’s how we live by faith.

Now, do you see where lack of knowledge could easily bring about someone’s destruction (Hosea 4:6)? Imagine what would happen if Noah did not believe God concerning the flood, and then became darkened in his understanding of what was to take place. Would there have been any hope?

You might be thinking that Christ died for our sins and so we are forgiven past, present, and future. That sounds good, but allow me to tell you the truth and then show it to you in black and white.

God so loved the world (John 3:16), and Jesus Christ died for the sins of the whole world, past, present, and future (1 John 2:1), but that doesn’t guarantee that any of us will make it. There is no promise in the Bible that says Christ died for our sins so it doesn’t matter how we live. No, not at all. How we live this life will determine where we end up in the next.

We were forgiven of sins when we accepted Jesus as the Lord of our lives, praise God halleluiah! As far as future tense goes, the blood of Jesus purifies or cleanses the sins of those who walk in the light, but those who walk in darkness have absolutely no fellowship with God or those who walk in the light and they do not practice the truth. They need to confess their sins (1 John 1:5-9).

1 John 1:5-10
5 This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. NKJV

What does the evidence say? You need to believe the evidence and not something that is figured. Yes we may all sin from time to time, but we don’t all walk in the light, and there is sin the leads to death and sins that does not lead to death (1 John 5:16-17). Which are you involved in? For more on sins that lead to death see my webpage “What is Sin that leads to death” or my books, “How To Stop Sinning any type of sin” and “Stop Sinning and Be Healed.”

Get this. The just, justified, righteous, or whatever your Bible says in Romans 1:17, shall live by faith. In other words, those people who are right in God’s eyes live by faith. They may have just fallen 10 times in one day alone, but they are righteous because they live by faith. You need to know that.

So who are the righteous? The righteous are believers who live by faith. If you do not understand what we have covered so far on faith start this section over, because you are going to have to learn to “live by faith” if you are going to receive God’s righteousness.

If you are looking for a righteous person then you are looking for someone who believes every Word of God and not necessarily someone who did not sin today (Romans 4:20-24). As I have already mentioned, faith always includes the evidence of scripture. You have to believe that evidence in order to respond to that evidence and your belief must be in line with Abraham’s belief described below. Only those who are of faith are children of Abraham (Galatians 3:6-7).

Romans 4:20-25
20 He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, 21 and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform. 22 And therefore “it was accounted to him for righteousness.” 23 Now it was not written for his sake alone that it was imputed to him, 24 but also for us. It shall be imputed to us who believe in Him who raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead. NKJV

Imputed righteousness is because of “belief,” and believing in the way Abraham believed who was “fully convinced” about what God said and he did not waver through unbelief. Are we on the same page so far? If not ask and Lord willing I will help you understand it, but make sure that you read the whole page and believe the verses that I have shown you. I have wasted a lot of time in the past on people who did not believe and they delay me from helping people who want to learn.

Now, according to the verses above, you can’t look out and say that because a person sinned they are not righteous. No it doesn’t work that way, but if that person speaks in direct opposition to what is written in the Word of God they cannot possibly believe what God has said. That person cannot be righteous because the righteousness of faith involves speaking in line with the faith and refusing to speak against the faith (Romans 10:6-8). It’s just that simple.

Romans 10:6-8
6 But the righteousness of faith speaks in this way, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?'” (that is, to bring Christ down from above) 7 or, “‘Who will descend into the abyss?'” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). 8 But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach). NKJV

According to the verses above, the righteousness that comes by faith involves saying certain things and not saying certain things. Those who speak against the faith need to repent and then refuse to speak against the faith in order to be righteous by faith.

If you cannot see what I am talking about then try reading the verses out loud so that you can hear them in your ears (Romans 10:17). This will help if you have spoken against the faith in the past, which most people have (1 Timothy 6:20-21). If you still don’t understand it, and you do believe the verses, please contact me and maybe I can help answer any questions you may have.

Now think about that for a moment. I know some pretty good people. They are well to do, they pay their bills on time, they drive the speed limit, they never bother anyone, and they’ve been married forever. They do the “expected thing” in the world’s eyes, and they attend church every week, but they are very far from being righteous by faith. You wouldn’t know that by looking at them, but only by listening to what they say. A tree is recognized by its fruit (Matthew 12:33-37, 7:15-20, 15:15-20, John 7:38, James 3:2).

Let me ask you this. Would you say that Jesus loved to the Pharisees who spoke in direct opposition to the faith? Would you say that Paul loved Peter when he opposed him to his face in front of everyone (Galatians 2:14)? It’s very easy to make a judgment call according to the world’s standards because that’s how we were raised. Jesus said that we should not judge by appearance, but according to righteousness (John 7:24).

Like the Pharisees, those who claim to know the right path, but lead people astray need to be corrected. They are in danger of becoming blind and their sin remaining (John 9:39-41). Some can simply be shown a verse and they will change their mind. Others need a little nudge, and still some need to be rebuked sharply (Jude 1:22-23, Titus 1:13, 2:15, 1 Timothy 5:20). It is written in Titus 1:14, Give no heed (pay no attention) to those who reject or turn away from the truth (Titus 1:14). Withdraw from them (1 Timothy 6:3-5, Romans 16:17-18).

As you can tell, it is far more dangerous to listen to someone who speaks worldly wisdom or philosophy that is in opposition to the Word of God, than to listen to a sinner who believes every word written in his Bible. The most righteous person I’ve probably ever met did some time in jail, got off drugs a few years ago, and he is now a deacon in a denominational church. He is certainly righteous by faith and his righteousness is probably close to being sealed by now (Romans 4:11, Colossians 2:11, James 2:20-24). However, most will not allow him to preach because their kind of faith is based on what they can see with their eyes.

2 Corinthians 4:18
18 while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal. NKJV

Now that you know how to be righteous by faith, and how to gain understanding, and just how important the actual Word of God written in your Bible is, let me show you a promise that is for the righteous.
Romans 4:6-8
6 just as David also describes the blessedness of the man to whom God imputes righteousness apart from works: 7 “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, And whose sins are covered; 8 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord shall not impute sin.” NKJV
Who is this promise for? You see if you did not know about righteousness and the things we have covered so far, then like millions of people who quote promises out of context you would not be able to see who this promise is for or how to apply your faith to it. Everyone claims this promise, but as you can see it is only for the righteous person, and how can those who speak against the faith, be righteous by faith?

Grace only reigns through righteousness (Romans 5:21). In other words, if you are righteous by faith, you cannot out sin grace. Every Christian in the world thinks that we cannot out sin grace, because that is what we are taught every Sunday, but grace only reigns through righteousness. A lot of people are going to have gnashing teeth on the last day when they realize they have been deceived.

So now imagine that you were living in sins that lead to death, and someone just showed you this verse and said, “live like you want to live because God loves you so much!” God does love us, but we live by “every Word of God (Matthew 4:4). We have to read scripture with scripture. Our interpretation of the book of Romans should not violate the book of Ephesians and so on. God is not leading one group in one direction and a different group in another. There is only one way, one path and it is narrow (Luke 13:22-28).

The people who read verses like Romans 4:6-8 above and quote it out of context cannot see the things you have learned so far. You can try and explain it to them if you want, but they will have to be a believer before they will turn. For more on righteousness, see my blog post “Righteousness is Connected to What We Say, Romans 10:6-8,”, and my blog post “Who are the Righteous.”

If you have questions, Lord willing, I have answers. Just ask.