Is Your Christianity a Sham?

Adorable Sin

It may come as a shock to some, but many who claim to be Christians are not, actually. It is obvious because of their unrepentant love of sin.

For example, I know a person who willfully admits his failures and flaws (which is a good thing), but happily continues to do the very things he knows are wrong. He says, “I know I have a problem with (blank), but I know I’ll never change, so I’ll just have to keep asking for forgiveness.” In reality, the problem is that he loves his sin, and therefore refuses to truly repent and “turn from his wicked ways.” His particular sin is his claim to fame, his identity. Without it, he wouldn’t be noticed.

Am I suggesting that Christians NEVER sin? Of course not! The Bible plainly tells us that if we say we never sin, “we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us” (1 John 1:8). Furthermore, just two verses later the Apostle John declares that if we say have have no sin we make God a liar!

But what about 1 John 5:18? Does it not clearly state that “whosoever is born of God sinneth not?” Yes, in the Authorized Version it does. However, the NIV renders the first part of 1 John 5:18 as: “We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin [emphasis added]…” Similarly, the NLT says that someone who is born of God (a Christian) does not “make a practice of sinning…

No, I’m not saying Christians never sin. What I am saying is that if you are a true follower of Jesus Christ, sin may happen, but it’s not what you’re known for. What is being expressed here is the idea of continual, habitual sin – the kind one has no desire to change and even brags about it.

Advice for the Soul

depressorsMy advice to you, dear reader, is that you take a moment and conduct a spiritual self-examination.

David prayed, “Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; try my reins and my heart” (Psalm 26:2). The Apostle Paul even urged church members to “Examine yourselves to see if your faith is genuine” (2 Corinthians 13:5a NLT).

The hard, cold truth is that when one claims to be a believer, a Christian, yet habitually, characteristically, and proudly continues in the practice of a particular, obvious sin, his salvation/conversion/Christianity is most likely a sham.

Christianity is not just a label one wears, but a change that is made, both initially and on-going, in the life of the believer. Sin may happen, but when it does, a sorrowful and repentant heart is the result.

Please understand, I only wrote these things “that your joy may be full” (1 John 1:4). 

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6 responses to “Is Your Christianity a Sham?

  1. It’s a good word – thanks. When we hold on to sin – it doesn’t cause our condemnation – it is simply the evidence. We are born condemned, and the evidence of a new life in Christ is a renewed mind and a heart that yearns after God.

  2. SHUTTHATNEGATIVENOISEOFF!

    Great post! I have a chapter in one of my books, shut that negative noise off. .., that specially talks about addiction to negative energy.

    Keep up the great work! Blessings ,Emma

  3. I don’t know about That guy’s ‘problem’ but I’ve been a collector of music since i was 5 years old and i’m 61 now..i collect everything from The Andrews Sisters to the Beach boys to Metallica to Green Day and current Pop..and of course ‘willingly’..This thing of watching horror movies or collecting music being in a catagory of ‘extra special horribleness’ because it’s ‘willing’ sin is one of those legalisms that turns people away from Christianity..It’s that age old teaching that “how you get saved is ,you ask Jesus into your life then throw all your secular music and movies in the dumpster”..Even if this guy’s problems are deeper than just a “media” thing ,i certainly wouldn’t judge the man,,and btw, the most absurd era we ever went through in Christianity recently was the WWJD thing because that just further put many people back into bondage of the law..Reliance on performance..If you really seriously believe it’s our ‘performance’ that saves us then you’re totally incorrect.. On the one hand these idiot preachers push a message of ‘unconditional’ ,meaning accept Jesus for wo’m he is and as Lord of your life ,but then push this nonsense that one must not continually commit any willful sin(secular music,movies,etc etc )or they’re really not saved or whatever..I’ll keep my horror movies thank you as well as my music collection. The fact is that i love and trust my Lord enough that i’ve been healed from COPD and 3 other major illnesses DUE to the lord’ s grace and mercy and love and via my trust and ongoing faith and relationship,and via my own prayers and relianceIn Him(as not even once did i mention my illnesses to anyone ,requesting prayer),that i laugh at legalists,as i was healed and without having to sacrifice my music my movies or a sheep..I did consider the sheep thing for a while though…anyway,whatever this guy’s problems are ,i can’t place judgement on whether he’s a Christian or not..I don’t know what’s truly in is heart.I’m sure the Church(not Jesus) would think i’m an evil being for listening to Tarja Turunen..Then again.. I don’t owe the Church an explanation …or anything else for that matter..period.

    • Sir, it’s obvious you’ve been hurt by legalists. It’s also obvious you’ve got a chip on you’re shoulder about the music thing.

      Listening to music is not a sin. Listening to different styles of music is not a sin. Those who would say you must toss your music out the window in order to be saved are wrong. On the other hand, there is clear biblical precedent for “judging” someone if that person is living in literal unrepentant sin. Remember the man in Corinth who was living with his father’s wife?

      Lying; abusing one’s wife; partying every weekend with a different girl; regularly stealing from the elderly, etc….a person who claims to be a Christian should not be a person known for these things, but one who has turned from them. I don’t know how you call that legalistic.

      You keep your movies and what have you; I’m not judging your faith because of what you watch. But if you do anything YOU know to be sin on a regular basis and have no problem with it, even brag about it, then you need to do a re-check. My point is that a true believer will be convicted of his sin and at least try to turn. If not, what’s the point of a “contrite” heart?

      Only God knows our heart, but our actions can certainly be a reflection of what’s inside.

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