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License To Sin?!

Question Text:   I was a Hindu, saved at the age of 14. I backslid many times and then I repented. I had a horrible childhood of abuse etc, never had a childhood or teen years as a normal kid even unto adulthood. When i was 22 i committed fornication once, also drank and smoked. I repented. I stopped then I committed fornication again although a bit unwillingly. I read Heb. Chap. 10. Am i saved?

Answer Text:  You said you were saved at the age of 14, though a Hindu. Praise God for the grace given to you. Then you talked about your backslidings and coming back again and again. You talked about your reluctant sins in your life and wonder whether you are saved. Truly you need to wonder about it. The Bible teaches that a child of God can NOT continue in sin (1Jn.3:9). The very fact that you are reluctant shows that the Spirit of God is within you. That you are concerned about your salvation is an indication that you are indeed a saved person! People of the world not only commit these sins but they enjoy doing it and want to have more and more of it. The Bible teaches that God can not tolerate sin where ever it is found. There is NO forgiveness for willful sins either in the OT or in the NT (Num.15:30,31; Heb.10:26). Sin in the life of a believer is punished here and now while we are in the body (1Cor.5:5). To a sinning child of God there is NO condemnation; but there WILL BE chastisement (1Cor.11:32). The Bible clearly teaches that salvation is a gift from God (Eph.2:8). All that we can DO to get this salvation is to receive it by faith. Since you can not DO any thing to get it, you can NOT do any thing to lose it either. The Bible teaches that once you are saved you are always saved. But that does NOT give you license to live in sin. Sin will be punished where ever it is found. I am going to give you one or two links from where you can go to many other related links and learn all about being saved and the need for a holy life. May the Lord give you grace to live a life pleasing to Him so that you may not be ashamed at His coming (1Jn.2:28). May His name be glorified. Amen. Please study the following links thoroughly and live a life acceptable to Him.  http://www.gotquestions.org/once-saved-always-saved.htmlhttp://www.gotquestions.org/license-sin.html .  Praise His Holy Name.  Amen

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Posted by on June 28, 2009 in Christian life

 

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A Question About Culture!

Question Text: 

I am a Malayalee Indian living in America. I believe in Christ. I get confused over some things when I have to do them. When I do things, I struggle between Malayalee, American and Christian ways. I went to a single male`s house  to do homework alone. Everyone in my community I talked to said it was wrong because I put myself for an assault and bad name.  I don`t want to be raped or assaulted or get a bad name in the future. I went because I had a test due and this gentleman is my tutor at school and he offered to help me for free. What should I have done?  (Profile: Female 18-30).

Answer Text:

I am glad that you believe in Christ.  And I know there are a lot of adjustments needed when you live in a foreign country with its completely different cultural set up. You said you talked to some in your community about this matter   If it was just a normal thing, there would not have been the need for talking about It at all.   And every one said it was wrong.  Ok.,   There is a principle you should follow before doing any thing.  If there is a question mark about any thing you wish to do, DO NOT ever do it till all doubts are cleared!   

You asked what you should have done in your situation.   You should have politely refused his offer to help you freely because one never knows whether he is trying to fish with a bait.   From our daily experiences we know how corrupt the world around us is.  Tragically none can predict what is in the mind of another person near us.  Yea, some times even we ourselves do things against our own wishes and only after the action, we realize the seriousness of it!  The Bible describes human heart as deceitful and desperately wicked (Jer.17:9).  Please read a verse from the Bible.    “And the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.  (Gen 6:5).   Jesus said that the human heart is the seat of all evils (Mk.7:21,22).  This has nothing to do with culture at all.  Human heart is corrupt every where.   In educated society it takes a more subtle form.  That is all. 

It is alright for ladies to meet up with men alone, whether married or unmarried, under supervision or in public places. But one has to make sure that the opposite thing never takes place.    As for me, as an Indian (Malayalee), living in India and a senior citizen now,  for what ever reason, I would NEVER go alone in to the house a lady staying alone.   And  Dr.  Billy Graham made it a policy never to be alone with another lady under any circumstances. . I am citing Dr. Billy Graham to show you that culture has nothing to do with this decision.   If not for any thing else, do not give others a chance to scandalize our name for any reason.  Remember there are so many critical eyes watching us and it is best for us to criticize ourselves before we do any thing rather than letting others criticize us.  When they do it, it will some times be with out mercy and it would hurt us rather deeply and some times it will even affect our whole future itself.  So why give the devil a chance (Eph.4:27)?

You can not take back what you have already done.  But never ever do it in future.  It may never end up in raping or in an assault of any kind.  But who knows whether it might not end up in illegal actions with mutual consent?!  One can never rule out either possibilities!!  So take heed to yourself and keep yourself safe from any assault of the devil (1Pet.5:8).  May the Lord give you grace for His glory.  Amen.

 
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Posted by on June 4, 2009 in Christian life, Wisdom

 

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Evil Thoughts in a Child of God

Question text:   I have a problem with thinking lustfully. I don`t understand, because I hate when I do it, but I like it at the same time. I want to stop because I know it`s against God`s will, but I still end up doing it and wanting to continue. I grew up as a Christian and I`m 15 now. Many times, as a born again believer, I`ve deliberately thought lustfully even though I knew it was a sin. Does this mean I`m not really saved? I`m so confused, because the Bible says we are made right with God as soon as we believe in Jesus, but then it goes on to say that those who continue to sin won`t be saved, or aren`t really saved in the first place. Christians are so quick to condemn those who have sex before marriage or commit physical adultery, but what about those who commit adultery in the heart by lust? I`m confused, because I truly believe Jesus is Lord, but sometimes I still willingly follow sinful desires. Am I saved? Please help.

Answer Text:  My dear son/daughter, I am so proud to meet you here with your question. At the age of 15 you are demonstrating such insights into life that very few ever have. Your insight that we are made right with God as soon as we put out trust in Christ is thoroughly Biblical (Jn.1:12; Rom.5:1). You are also right in saying that those who continue in sin are not saved (1Jn.3:1-10). Jesus our Lord condemns lust as adultery and there is no question about it either (Mt.5:28). Now, your problem is very real. THE FACT THAT YOU ARE DISTURBED BY YOUR BEHAVIOR IS THE INDICATION THAT YOU ARE A CHILD OF GOD! If you were NOT born again, you would have continued in your secret enjoyment of lust till it comes out as physical fornication or adultery.

What actually happens when some one becomes a child of God is that our spirits which were dead in trespasses and sins were made alive (Eph.2:1) and the Spirit of God comes to live in and with our quickened spirits (Rom.8:16; 2Tim.4:22). While we were unsaved, it was the soul which was guiding us. The word ‘natural man’ in 1Cor.2:14 is literally ‘soulish man’. In a child of God the ‘soul’ becomes ‘the old man’ or ‘flesh’ or ‘self’. The position of the soul in a child of God is that it is being crucified with Christ (Gal.2:20). As long as we are in our physical bodies, we are in the sinful flesh (Rom.8:3). We need to keep it always crucified with the Lord. And we need to strengthen the newly born ‘new man’ or the spirit in us to take control of our lives (Rom.8:14). And as long as we are in this body of ours, sin is at the door. Listen to what God says in Gen 4:7 “If you do well, shall you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin crouches at the door; and its desire is for you, and you shall rule over it”. This is true of every believer as well. Listen to what John the apostle has to say in 1Jn 1:8 “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us”. So this is a reality in all our lives.  A child of God who does not strengthen his ‘new man’ by daily feeding on the Word of God and by prayer will continue as a carnal Christian, living like ordinary men (1Cor.3:3).  And God hates it (Rev.3:16).

People of the world indulge in sin to perish forever. People of God have to overcome them by the power of the Spirit of God within us. We are told to strive against sin till the point of blood shed (Heb.12:4). That means even if we have to shed our blood, we decide not to sin against God. If a saved person continues in sin, he/she is crucifying the Savior again (Heb.6:6). I hope you understand the situation that a child of God is in and I know that you will NEVER want to enjoy the lustful thoughts of your life. As long as they disturb you, you are in the will of God for this time of your life. So what to do about it?

In 1Pe 2:11 we are commanded to “abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul”. So to have lustful thoughts is NOT sin. That happens as long as you live in your physical body. After all, the body is made of the dust of the earth and weeds are bound to come. But to enjoy it in secret IS sin. So it is our duty to bring every thought unto the obedience of Christ (2Cor.10:5). Arrest every thought and bring them to obey Christ. So from now on, think about what you are thinking. If any unwanted thoughts come, PLUCK them away immediately. Tragically our minds are so active that it can not remain vacant even for a second. So the moment you pluck away the weeds, PLANT the seeds of the Word. For that you need to be EQUIPPED with the seed of the Word. So take time out to memorize the Word of God and meditate on it night and day as the psalmist of old and you will find that you have displaced the lustful thoughts with the fruitful seed which will bring forth the abundant fruit of the Spirit which is: love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faith, meekness, self-control; against such things there is no law (Gal.5:22,23).

Remember, too, that at 15, your body is warring against you. Your mind is affected by the hormones raging through your bloodstream and causing all kinds of havoc. Take comfort in the fact that things will settle down in time as you mature. In the meantime, fill your mind with Scripture. David said, “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you” (Psalm 119:11). David was a man who understood the power of lustful thoughts, and he came to the conclusion that the Word of God alone has the power to redirect our thoughts toward godliness, which is certainly the desire of your heart.

Most of all, pray continually for the strength and ability that comes only through the Spirit of God that dwells in your heart. God loves to hear us say, “Lord, I can’t do this. Help me!” He will never leave such a prayer unanswered. He “is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us” (Eph. 3:20).

Please feel free to mail to us for any further clarifications or for any other spiritual problem in your life. Kindly accept my holy kiss along with this answer. I BEG GOD TO BLESS YOU, MY DEAR CHILD, WITH SINCERE PRAYERS THAT GOD WOULD GIVE YOU VICTORY FOR HIS GLORY.. AMEN.

 
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Posted by on November 20, 2008 in Christian life, Uncategorized

 

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