I had a question from the radio show about a “license to sin” and I thought I would post my response. The person emailing me had questions on how to respond to this license to sin issue as he had someone telling him that if reconciliation is true, then we can just sin all we want. The person saying this has his quotes in italics below.
“So you’re saying that sin doesn’t matter and we can sin all we like.”
This is religion talking for sure. This is also a disingenuous argument. This is like saying that just because I have an eraser on a pencil, then I will purposefully continue making mistakes.
“Well, I desire the things of the flesh and if my sins are all forgiven then I might as well enjoy” Sure, “enjoy it” – whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he (of the choices sown) also reap.
Religion sees dealing with sin as the salvation issue…whether that is dealing with it by God or dealing with by your own actions. Religion has told many that if they are not guilty for their sins, then it would give them the license to sin. Now, have you ever needed a license to sin? Does your flesh “behave itself righteously” unless it is told it is allowed to sin? No! Far from it! Our flesh is bent towards satisfying self, not God.
So, religion and legalism come in with their remedy – we’ll just make folks walk the “straight and narrow” to make sure they keep sin out of their lives and to make sure God is still happy with them. This ‘straight and narrow” is some form of law-keeping. But, big problem – was the law ever designed to give someone the knowledge of righteousness? In other words, is the goal of the law to eradicate sin from the believer’s life? Let’s let Paul answer that:
Romans 3:20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
Wait – the law brings the knowledge of sin?? Well, sorry religion, but yes, that’s the case.
Romans 5:20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound
Not only was the law to give the knowledge of sin, but it was to expose sin for how sinful it really was – that the offence might abound.
Note this from Paul…this is a very poignant section of scripture concerning this very issue:
Romans 7:5 For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death.
Romans 7:6 But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.
Romans 7:7 What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.
Romans 7:8 But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead.
Romans 7:9 For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.
Romans 7:10 And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death.
Romans 7:11 For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me.
Sin took occasion by the law to deceive Paul. Bottom line: the law was nothing more than a mirror to reflect sin. It showed the Jew just how sinful they were. The law could do nothing about their condition, only reveal it. They needed something outside the law to deal with the their condition.
Galatians 3:23 But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.
Galatians 3:24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
Galatians 3:25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.
Christ fulfilled the law for righteousness sake and was what they needed. Their righteousness was to be found in Christ, not the law.
So, when we think about the remedy offered by most religionists, we can safely conclude it is a false notion.
The issue of sin was settled at Calvary and it is BECAUSE OF THIS that we believers are able to live our lives by the faith of the Son of God. Should we sin more so that more grace may abound? May that thought never cross our minds. That wasn’t the reason that grace abounded. Grace abounded so that we would not HAVE TO BE the servants of sin anymore.
Romans 6:1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
Romans 6:2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
Romans 6:3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
Romans 6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
Romans 6:5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
Romans 6:6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
Romans 6:7 For he that is dead is freed from sin.
Romans 6:8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:
Romans 6:9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.
Romans 6:10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.
Romans 6:11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Romans 6:12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.
Romans 6:13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
Romans 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
Note how verse 14 reads – sin shall not have dominion over you BECAUSE WE are not UNDER THE LAW. What?! According to this verse, the law puts you under the dominion of sin. Sin’s dominion is tied directly to law-keeping. It is only by being under grace that we are freed from that dominion and have reason to render our mortal bodies functionless where sin is concerned. If you live under sin’s dominion, you have no reason to possess your vessel in honor because you have no assurance. Is God pleased with me today? Is God please with me right now? — these thoughts run through folks’ minds every Sunday morning. There is no assurance under the dominion of sin. It is truly only under the dominion of grace that we have assurance of our standing with God and it is so liberating, that we can reign in life by Jesus Christ
Romans 5:17 For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)