Lies Some Christians Believe About Sin

Lies some christians believe about sinIt is understandable when non-Christians grapple with sin and its context, but it is unacceptable for believers who have God’s word to guide them and help them put everything in its right perspective when they believe lies about sin that have no founding in God’s word.
I will attempt to expose some of these lies by shedding the light of God’s word on them.

1. Sin is relative; it all depends on the circumstance.
Some people hold this thought that sin is not really sin in some situations. For instance, if a man watches pornography to enhance his sex life with his wife, it is no longer sin because it is for a good course. Or if a woman takes stealsmoney from her husband’s wallet because he has not been generous to her and the children it is not really sin.

All wrongdoing is sin, and there is sin that does not lead to death. 1 John 5:17 (NIV)

For Your Information… the sin that does not lead to death is the one that is repented of, this means being sorry and not doing it again.

2. God understands when we sin even if knowingly.
Some others believe that God understands our helpless nature so He does not really mind when we sin, even if we do it knowingly he understands that we are “flesh and blood” so He will not count it against us. The problem with this is that when a person continues to sin willingly, the person has despised and rejected Christ. Everyone who rejects Christ is rejected even on the last day.

For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, Hebrews 10: 26

3. We can go on sinning as long as we keep asking for mercy.
This thought holds that God’s mercy is forever, so people keep sinning with the plan to quickly repent afterwards.
The problem with this is that:
Since… No one knows the exact time or day when the trumpet would sound. Matthew 24:36 …It would mean risking heaven.
And God cannot be mocked, if you so deceit you will reap…
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. Galatians 6:7-8

What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? Romans 6:1

4. Some sins are bigger than some.
As long as they do not commit any “major” sin like murder, armed robbery, adultery, fornication…. they are all right. The “little” sins of lying, cheating, deceit, unforgiveness, bitterness, envy… do not count much.
Here is the truth:
All wrongdoing is sin, and there is sin that does not lead to death. 1 John 5:17 (NIV)

For Your Information… the sin that does not lead to death is the one that is repented of, this means being sorry and not doing it again.

But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. Revelation 21:8

Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 1 Corinthians 6:9

5. Everyone has one sin they cannot overcome
Since they have been struggling with a particular sin for a long time, it must be so for others. Everyone has a particular “cross” of sin to bear all their lives, so they accept a particular sin and do nothing more about dealing with and forsaking it.

But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:57 (NLT)

For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. Romans 6:14 (KJV)

The power of God can break the yoke of every sin in a man. The only problem is that sometimes people are careless, lazy or are simply “enjoying” the sin.

6. It is impossible to overcome sin.
“Even in Christ we are flesh and blood”, you hear many say, and they believe they have no power over sin. They believe as long as they live, especially in this sin full world, they cannot effectively live free from sin so they do not even try to…

Read this:
But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:57 (NLT)

For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. Romans 6:14 (KJV)

7. God is too loving to condemn someone because of sin.
God is a God of principle, He is a disciplined God and cannot break His word. He is a very merciful and awesomely gracious God but He is also the fairest of Judges. He would not be a God of integrity if He does not judge according to His word.

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:23

As for the Rock, his work is perfect, for all his ways are just. He is a reliable God who is never unjust, he is fair and upright. Deuteronomy 32: 4 (NET)

The LORD is waiting to be kind to you. He rises to have compassion on you. The LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all those who wait for him. Isaiah 30: 18 (GWT)

  • So what lies would you add?
  • Have you ever believed any?

Copyright© Teshuva 2014

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Ugochi Oritsejolomisan is a Christ-follower, wife to Benson, mother of 3 awesome boys, God's agent, speaker and blogger. Writing to inspire you for a better life in God! Find her on: google
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14 Comments

  1. Yes the Holy Spirit will convince and convict, and we must not sin wilfully and crucify Christ afresh, for there will remain no more sacrifice.

    1. Thanks for coming by Brenda, and concurring too.

  2. Great write up, Ugochi. I will just like to add what the bible says in James 4: 17- ” Therefore, to him that knoweth to do good and doeth it not, to him it is sin”
    This passage has helped me alot as a believer, because most times, what is sin is not the conventional ones that we know, lie, envy, murder, deceit, adultery, etc. If as a believer, you know it is good to witness and you dont do it, it is sin.
    On the judgment day, there will be a lot of surprises because, the scale for ‘A’, will not be used to measure ‘B’.
    Shalom!!!

    1. Very true, we always have to rely on The Holy Ghost to prompt us on doing the right thing when it is not very clear. As for judgement, I believe God’s standard is just and fair. His word will be the yard stick.
      Thanks a lot for coming by my sister, have a super blessed day!

  3. A good reminder, Ugochi! Thanks and stay blessed!

    1. Praise God sis! Have a super blessed weekend!

  4. Nice article with well stated points. However, I want to understand something. from this verse ‘For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, Hebrews 10: 26’. Does that mean, if one who repents and finds his/herself misstep on the wrong path, there is no more sacrifice to atone for the sin(misstep)?

    Anyway, my opinion is that most people who call themselves believers have not truly believed. Myself included cause I am constantly trying to believe in order to see the big picture. Many times, we Christians are made to worship God out of fear and not love. You hear things like for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God, the wages of sin is death. What about the loving side of God. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that whom so ever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life, Behold what manner of love the Father has lavished on us, etc.
    God is love and that is what He has been trying to tell us. He used the law, prophets but we still didn’t see it. He came in the form of one of us, yet we still didn’t see. Well, most of us. Thanks to God through Jesus and the evangelization that began, we now see the truth.

    Salvation is a free gift given to anyone that believes. As long as you believe that God sent Jesus and He died for our sins, you are saved. What now matters is how we run the race to get a crown. For instance, it is like a race where you need to qualify to run the race. That ticket is salvation. God’s love for us. The first, second and third prizes and so on is up to each and everyone of us. That is why Rev 22:12-15 states ” 12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. 13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. 14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
    If we as Christians should acknowledge what God did for us, that no one as long as he/she believes in Jesus will go to hell. We would all be in love with one another and praising God for the mighty deed He has done. We would no longer be attached to this world or believe in the lies the Devil has made us believe in since we were born.

    I better stop here before I go off key. Just my opinion though. So in summary, I think what you call sin depends on how you view it as the law no longer applies to those that believe. However, if you believe, then you will heed Jesus commanded simply summarized as love because God is love.

    Thank you.

    1. That scripture in Hebrews is actually for those who knowingly and willingly sin.
      I agree that only worship of God in love and reverential (not scared fear) will amount to anything. Yet I know that the scriptures you mentioned are real and very important in our bid to win people to Christ. I however believe that the manner with which it is presented is important. Jesus in Luke 13: 3 says, “I tell you, No; but unless you repent [change your mind for the better and heartily amend your ways, with abhorrence of your past sins], you will all likewise perish and be lost eternally.”
      Of course, once we believe and repent, and live obeying God will escape hell.
      Thanks a lot for coming by and sharing with us here Olisa, I hope to see you more often. Do have a super blessed weekend!

  5. I’m sure there are many I could add, but off the cuff I’m not coming up with one. You’ve got a nice list here though, and the scripture to back it up!! This is an awesome share.

    1. Thanks Rosey, just incase you come up with one at any time, please come back and share. I would love to learn of some more.
      Have a super blessed weekend!

  6. Awesome! Thanks for posting! Great use of Scripture to combat the lies.

    1. Praise God Justin, the enemy is trying hard to make believers care less…
      Have a super blessed day!

  7. {Melinda} Great thoughts, Teshuva. Solid truth. I think it our human nature to want to minimize or justify sin — and then expect God to do the same. That right there is a sin. His holy character will not allow Him to see sin as anything other than what it is — rebellion against God.

    1. He is holy… Praise God He is not a task master! He has given us power to be Holy too. Thanks for coming by Melinda, do have a super blessed day!
      Love

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