You’re out of the sinning business now

My friend related how she was talking with a Christian when he said he planned to do something that she knew was sinful. Her reply was excellent. “Don’t you do that. You’re out of the sinning business now.”

What is the sinning business? A disobedience to the will of God is sinning. A person who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin (James 4:17).

Who can get out of the sinning business? The invitation is open to all. The vilest sinner can be forgiven of their sins. Jesus told the woman in adultery to “Go and sin no more” (John 8:11). Anyone who has faith in God and obeys His will can be forgiven of their sins. Who? Anybody.

Where can one get out of the sinning business? The Ethopian eunuch was riding in a chariot when God sent Phillip to teach him. The eunuch said, “Here is water. What hinders me from being baptized?” He confessed he believed that Jesus was the Son of God. They went down into the water and Phillip baptized him.) He went on his way rejoicing (Acts 8:26-39). Where? Anywhere.

Why should one get out of the sinning business? Only those who are sincerely trying not to live a sinful life will go to heaven when they die. There is a way that seems right unto a man but the end is the way of destruction (Proverbs 14:12). We are warned of traveling the wrong path, the way to destruction. Jesus said, “If you love me you will keep my commandments” (John 14:15). He also said, “If you deny me before men, I will deny you before my Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 10:33) Why? It’s the right thing to do.

How does one get out of the sinning business? Faith plus obedience equals salvation. The plan is simple:

  • One must HEAR the gospel of Christ (Romans 10:17).
  • One must have FAITH in God. He must believe in God (Mark 16:16).
  • One must REPENT of their sins and desire salvation (Luke 13:3).
  • One must CONFESS that Jesus is the Son of God (Romans 10:9-10).
  • One must be BAPTIZED into Christ for the remission of their sins (Acts 2:38).

#sin

What does the Bible say about worshiping God your own way?

The Bible does not teach that a person can worship God his or her own way. The idea or concept is foreign to what the Bible says. In fact, the Bible clearly and plainly teaches the specific way in which we are to worship God. At John 4:23-24, Jesus says, “the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth: for the Father is seeking such to worship him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” Notice Jesus said we must worship God not only in spirit but also in truth!

The Old Testament says God was to be worshipped in forms and rituals in the sacrifices and praises they offered to God at designated holy places on the altars, in the tabernacle, and later in the temple. Now, since God is spirit He is to receive spiritual worship from our hearts, as we humble ourselves to God at any time and place since God is everywhere present, and is not limited to any specific place. Continue reading

What does the Bible say about attendance at worship?

“Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together” (Hebrews 10:25).

The early Christians “continued steadfastly in the apostles doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers” (Acts 2:42).

The New Testament shows that Christians in Bible days met regularly on the first day of the week to worship God, and at other times as well for study, prayer, encouragement, teaching others about salvation, etc. (Acts 2:46-47; 20:7; 1 Corinthians 14:23; 16:2). Continue reading

What does the Bible say about our soul never dying?

“And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul” (Genesis 2:7).

“Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it” (Ecclesiastes 12:7).

“For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also” (James 2:26).

Matthew 25:46 states that Jesus will say to those who did not prepare for heaven, “these shall go away into everlasting punishment; but the righteous into life eternal.” Continue reading

What does the Bible say about kindness

“What is desired in a man is kindness” (Proverbs 19:22).

“And on her tongue is the law of kindness” (Proverbs 31:26). With many other things
this is said of a good woman.

“And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you” (Ephesians 4:32).

The Bible tells us that love is kind (1 Corinthians 13:4); that we are to put on kindness (Colossians 3:12; and to have brotherly kindness (2 Peter 1:7).

As Jesus was perfect in every way, He is our great example of kindness. The following story illustrates the importance of being kind. Continue reading

What does the Bible say about salvation

Referring to the name of Jesus, the Bible says, “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes” (Romans 1:16).

“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all” (Titus 2:11).

“He (Jesus) became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him” (Hebrews 5:9).

“Behold now is the day of salvation,” (2 Corinthians 6:2).

The Old Testament tells of salvation from various things, but our interest is in salvation from sin and eternal salvation in heaven. The Bible tells us, “Salvation is of the Lord” and that it is “an everlasting salvation” (Jonah 2:9 and Isaiah 45:17). After David had sinned he asked God to “Restore to me the joy of your salvation” (Psalm 51:12).

There are many important subjects and questions, but none that is more important than the Bible question, “What must I do to be saved?” (Acts 16:30).

This question is also asked and answered in similar wording at Matthew 19:16; Acts 2:37; 9:6. In Matthew 19, while Jesus was on earth He told the man to keep the commandments, but after Jesus died, and His will came into effect, people were told to believe, repent, confess faith, and be baptized for the remission of sins. So we must also obey these instructions of Jesus and follow the examples in the book of Acts to be saved.

After Jesus death, resurrection, and ascension, He left the instructions to his disciples, and we read in the Book of Acts what was required for salvation and that Jesus said all must obey until the end of the world.

Without obedience to Jesus, no one can be saved. A person may have great knowledge about all things and live a good moral life, but these things will not provide salvation. Therefore, salvation only comes because of the death of Jesus and His blood that must be appropriated in our lives by our obedience to the gospel of Christ in becoming a Christian. Then with God’s blessings, we can live a faithful life here on earth and enjoy eternal salvation in heaven.

We understand then that our obedience to the answer to the question, “What must I do to be saved?” is the most important thing we can do in this life.

  • Douglas M. Williams, Sr.

#obedience, #salvation

What does the Bible say about temptation

“And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one” (Matthew 6:13).

“Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation” (Matthew 26:41).

“Let no one say when he is tempted, ‘I am tempted by God’; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death” (James 1:13-15).

“No temptation has overtaken except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:13).

“Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him” (James 1:12).

We can be assured that the devil is at work and he tempts everyone. Even Jesus was tempted as stated in Matthew 4:1-11. But how thankful we should be that with God’s help we can resist temptation as stated in the above verses. And when we do yield to temptation, that we can be forgiven because of God’s love and the blood of Jesus’ sacrifice for us on the cross.

The words of a song are encouraging as it states, “Yield not to temptation, for yielding is sin; each victory will help you, some other to win; …dark passions subdue. Look ever to Jesus: He’ll carry you through.”

  • Douglas M. Williams, Sr.

#temptation