THE RESULT OF EATING TOO MUCH SPIRITUAL DUNG :
“Works and sin are two different things. Works are the labor we do in the service of Christ to which we’ve been called.17 Sin is something we do or say that directly offends (injures) God or a fellow human being. There is no doubt that sin presents the possibility of damaging our testimony before the world, and therefore could circumvent and distract from the work to which we are called. So, as it says, we are not to allow it to dominate us.18 Nevertheless, it is not going to be what receives judgment at TJSOC.”
Works and sin are two different things?
Obviously some people cannot discern between the sins of THE FLESH, those deeds/acts/works which a member of the body of Christ still does after he is saved in relation to his innerman who is saved and no longer sins.
Roman s 7:17 ~ Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
Everytime I come across this verse it makes me think of Pentecostals who believe the “devil made them do it” because they “certainly didn’t”. 😉
2 Corinthians 5:10 ~ For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his BODY, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.
Done in his spirit? No. In his body….. the flesh – which is still rotten and needs to be reigned in, crucified.
Let’s see how some of us fare as members of the body of Christ in relation to the sins of the flesh :
19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
Let’s list them individually for emphasis and see how we will fare at the Judgment Seat of Christ without even taking into cognisance our ability to rightly divide the word of truth (to be approved unto God) :
Adultery – Any which way you look at it, saved people can commit adultery. Do they KNOW it’s wrong – yes. Are they saved? Yes. I have been accused of committing this sin because a married brother in Christ was my mentor concerning sound Pauline doctrine. It seems some members of the body of Christ are even unable to rightly divide friendships, not to mention rightly divide the word of truth…… The bottom-line : What does the sin of adultery do to one’s ministry?
Fornication – Strange how some single members of the body of Christ point a finger to others’ “idolatry” of the Authorized King James Bible (because they themselves are Bible correctors), yet think nothing of committing this sin under the guise of having a “relationship”. Does it make it right when you classify marriage by a Pastor or the secular institution as wrong and then go on to classify yourselves as being “married” just because you slept in the same bed? One thing people conveniently forget is that God put human government in place with suitable laws to curb sin and wrongdoing. Bottom-line : What does the sin of fornication do to one’s ministry? How do “those without” perceive you?
Uncleanness ~ Not meant as dirt or not bathing or showering, but committing unclean thoughts. which leads to :
Lasciviousness – I know of a member of the body of Christ who is a homosexual and still commits unclean acts with other men. Is he saved? Yes. Will he answer for his deed/s at the Judgment Seat of Christ one day? Yes.
It doesn’t take rocket science to figure out what the sins of uncleanness and lasciviousness do to one’s ministry.
Idolatry – If you think you cannot commit idolatry today as a saved and sealed member of the body of Christ, think again. What or who is your idol? Is it you chosen Pastor of “the moment” whose every word you hang onto without question? You worship him so much that you’re unable to see the wrong he is teaching you. Idols are………… worshipped, make no mistake. The only person one should be worshipping is Almighty God and the only thing you should be worshipping is the Authorized King James Bible.
Witchcraft – This would include things like Astrology – still looking at your horoscope? Still attending that hybrid church assembly which Bible blends on a Sunday? because you “can’t find a church that rightly divides the word of truth”? Not to mention the fact that you still apply and believe that prophecy is still in effect today. That is witchcraft whichever way you look at it, even from a hybrid Pastor’s view who sees himself to be on a higher plane than the rest because of his “advanced” knowledge. Anyone who claims to have advanced knowledge other than what the Apostle Paul has stated in his epistles, is a hybrid who straddles both the Hebrew and Mystery economies.
Hatred – Hate anyone? Your President? A fellow member of the body of Christ? Someone at work? It isn’t good to hate. You can dislike someone, but hatred is an entirely different issue – it means you want to see them in hell rather than get saved – after all, God wants ALL men to be saved and come to the knowledge of truth. The way the world is going is meant to be – it’s part of God’s plan and purpose, it’s His will. Our calling isn’t to change the world, it is to get people saved by preaching the gospel.
Variance – One of the sins of the Corinthians. They varied amongst one another in what they believed and with what the Apostle Paul taught them. Some didn’t even believe the resurrection of the dead, which in turn leads to the heretical belief that Christ wasn’t raised from the dead, the very reason why the Apostle Paul had to preach the (correct) gospel to them once again. How many Corinthians do you think there are in the Grace Movement today? Plenty. They once believed the gospel, but go on to change it because they are in unbelief = variance, and in doing so, others aren’t saved because they believe another gospel. You will answer one day for preaching another gospel.
Emulations – How many emulators do you think there are in the Grace Movement? Plenty. They go on to emulate their Pastors in every word and deed – they become “mini-me’s”. They also emulate those they are jealous of in order to be just like them or better. One upmanship. Showmanship. This in turn leads to disagreements and variances to name but two.
Wrath – Not to be confused with being reprimanded or rebuked, or marking and avoiding someone because of their heretical beliefs and teachings. Can also be classified as revenge. Marking and avoiding someone isn’t taking revenge, it’s being obedient to the Apostle Paul’s command to retain sound doctrine for future generations by upholding God’s pure words. It’s respecting God and not men (who are wrong).
Strife – To continuously strive with someone isn’t good, hence the reason why the Apostle Paul states : A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject; – Titus 3:10. Paul doesn’t say after the umpteenth admonition reject. His reason is because we cannot waste precious time continually admonishing people for their unsound doctrine because there are people out there who will hear, believe and uphold the truth and we need to spend more time preaching to them than the hereticks.
Seditions – Inciting people to rebel against authority. Most see this as inciting people to rebel against the “authority” of heretical Grace teachers and preachers because that’s where they are at (simple-minded).
It’s actually the incitement against the authority of the Authorized King James Bible (by Bible greeking and upholding various Bible perversions) and the Apostle Paul’s authority (by becoming an “advanced” Bible blender by applying Hebrews to Revelation, et al to the body of Christ today).
Heresies – Don’t I know this one all too well….. The “well-behaved, loving” Christians who believe and uphold snot as sound doctrine, namely the empty/ignorant Jesus theory (He couldn’t raise Himself from the dead, folks, hence the reason he “had to have faith in God”, otherwise known as the “faith of Christ”. Pure snot. Not to mention that they believe the Gentiles in Paul’s pre-prison epistles were Jews………… *clears throat*. Total snot. People like these cannot discern between the revelation of the mystery (in progress) and the mystery revealed (completely revealed). What about the fact that they cannot even discern basic truths like the fact that one gets two types of works : works of righteousness and works of unrighteousness (sin). In this current dispensation these mean different things concerning one’s salvation. Our works of righteousness cannot save us today, but they can save us from being ashamed at the Judgment seat of Christ. Our bad works are nothing but sin in the flesh because our spirit man is saved, sealed and set aside – so he cannot sin any longer. *News Flash* to the ignorant.
The other heresy is the “joint-heirs with Christ” variance – be good and you will earn a special title in heaven and be saved a second time round (be declared holy and set-aside), whereas all members of the body of Christ have already obtained said title because it’s through Christ and Christ alone that they obtain their salvation and inheritance as children of God, co-heirs with Christ, brothers – but that doesn’t mean they get exactly the same portion of inheritance. God is just, He will never put a believer who has committed murder on the same level (in glory) as a believer who committed a menial “crime”. The same applies to Bible greekers and those who uphold and believe perverted Bibles – God will judge them accordingly for not having believed that He preserved His perfect words, hence the reason they had to greek them and/or change them.
Envyings – This one is self-explanatory. Ever seen those who envy others who have studied and know more doctrinally than them? They always tend to call it “head knowledge” and that it is wrong. But since we are to STUDY doctrine rightly divided – what would you call that? And isn’t it Biblical-Dispensational knowledge that renews the MIND? What can I say??
Murders – Saved and sealed members of the body of Christ can commit murder. Are they still saved? Yes. Will they answer for it one day? Definitely. At the Judgment Seat of Christ, not the White Throne Judgment with the unsaved.
Drunkenness – There is one particular member of the body of Christ who advertises his drunkenness under the ruse that he is *saved, after all* and that saying it is wrong to get drunk or drink is pure legalism. Same person is much into witchcraft too – would rather look up the workings of evil than preach the gospel. Dood, Paul said *a little wine” for one’s stomach, not a whole case of Ale to stamp out so-called legalism…..
Revellings – Partying and having “fun” all the time, of course, getting drunk would be included under this. We are to remain sober, be watchful of the times, preach the gospel in season and out of season – make men all see. How many men do you think you can make see when either you or them or both are drunk and too busy partying? Zero?
“and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God”.
The above verse tells you the gravity of committing these offences (sins of the flesh/bad works) – it says the unsaved go to hell for committing these crimes, and here are saved members of the body of Christ who should know better, committing the same offences – do you think they’ll get off scott-free for doing these things because they are saved and all their sins have been forgiven?
People can’t seem to discern between the sins OF THE FLESH and the fact that the spirit man (innerman) has been forgiven, saved and sealed and therefore cannot sin anymore, so they go and find the “solution” by saying that (bad) works and sin are two different things. But what they really don’t think of is that one cannot sin if one doesn’t do bad works. Sin is an ACT of unrighteousness, a work. It goes without saying that everyone will sin right up to the day they die and leave this earth, the only difference being that saved people can only sin in the flesh once they are saved because they are clothed in Christ’s righteousness (spiritually), unlike unsaved people who are clothed in their own righteousness (sin – spiritually and in the flesh).
There we have the so-called, exclusive “Joint-heirs with Christ” proclaiming good works to earn this special title, but they too will be in for a huge surprise at the Judgment Seat of Christ because the doctrine they believe and uphold is a sin of the flesh and leaves much to be desired. Dragging Christ’s deity through the mud doesn’t exactly equate to earning a higher level of glory in heaven one day.
This article is meant to open spiritual eyes, not to knock down and demean, after all, the Apostle Paul provides the solution for those caught up in the sins of the flesh :
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.
1 Thessalonians 2:13 ~ For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.
Only by believing and studying the word of truth rightly divided can you allow it to work effectually in you – it’s the only way you will nourish your innerman who will then control the outerman. None can be good by our own admonition. None, no matter how hard they try to be good. Yes, they can make a decision to be good people (by their own admonition), but being good through feeding the innerman by the absorbing God’s words puts an entirely different perspective on being good.