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The Daily Word of Righteousness
A Giant Step Forward, #10
Don't you know when you offer yourselves to someone to obey him as slaves, you are slaves to the one whom you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? (Romans 6:16)
I don't think the issue of slavery is always presented clearly to Christian people. Rather we are being told that we ought to try to do good, but if we do not we will "go to Heaven by grace." This is false teaching.
First, the goal of "going to Heaven" is unscriptural. Our goal is not to take up residence in the spirit realm but to be changed into the image of Christ, and to enter untroubled rest in the Person and will of the Father.
Second, Divine grace is not an alternative to righteous behavior. Divine grace is God in Jesus Christ enabling people to do God's will. To view Divine grace as an acceptable alternative to moral transformation is to be deceived.
The Lord Jesus told us whoever commits sin is the slave of sin. He then went on to say that if He sets us free from slavery to sin we are free indeed; not just politically free, but free indeed from that which prevents our being able to play righteously and joyously in the Presence of God.
The people who today live in the "free world" may be free politically but they are horribly bound with the chains of sin.
When we sin we are the slave of Satan.
He who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil's work. (I John 3:8)
Notice that when we sin, that part of us, that action, is of the devil.
Notice also that the Son of God did not appear to forgive the devil's work in us but to destroy the devil's work in us.
Most of us Christian believers are not accustomed to such plain talk from the Scripture. We have been told we are in a dispensation of grace and that when we sin it is automatically forgiven.
However, our sins are not automatically forgiven unless we are walking in the light of God's will. The careless believers of today are not being forgiven. They are under condemnation because they are not obeying the Holy Spirit in their daily conduct. We are in great deception concerning how God views the sins of the believers!
The more I think about Dispensational theory the more I realize what a horrendous error it is. It has destroyed the churches with its "grace-rapture-Heaven" emphasis.
To be continued.