Here’s The Cure For Sin – No Religious Pills Needed
The Apostle James said we all stumble in many ways. Paul described his struggles with sin. As Christians we all sin. All Christians hate sin. All Christians want to avoid sin. However, all Christians don’t fully seem to understand the cure for sin.
What’s the cure for sin? If you’re a believer then your sin has been cured. You have been purified. You have been cleansed. Your sins have been taken away. Off the record books. Note: I did not say you don’t still sin. You do. So then how can I say your sin has been cured? Because when you put your faith in Christ you died to sin. Oh yes, you still sin, and sin is still very much alive, but what Christ did on the cross took care of it – at least for those that believe.
You died to the law:
[Romans 7:4] So, my brothers and sisters, you also died to the law through the body of Christ
And where there is no law there is no violation.
[Romans 4:15] for the Law brings about wrath, but where there is no law, there also is no violation.
So you are DEAD TO SIN, but sin is still very much alive.
[Romans 6:11] In the same way consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.
Grace is the system that the Holy Spirit uses to counsel and teach us on a daily basis. We worry that an absence of law will result in a lifestyle that is out of control. This concern is natural. But it contradicts what the Scriptures say about the effects of grace. Grace isn’t just a treatment for sin; it’s actually the cure for sin!”
While you may act out sin or let it use the members of your body you are not the source of your sins. This is why scripture advises us not to obey “it’s” lust (Rom 6:12).
Even though we have been cleansed of all unrighteousness, it’s normal to hate the fact that we still allow the tempter to cause us to stumble. While there’s not a cure for the power of sin (in this life) there is a solution to help limit your struggle with against the enemy. It’s not by getting back under that law – because Romans 5:20 teaches us the law came in that sin would INCREASE. Romans 7:5 tells us the law AROUSES our sinful passions. So if the law doesn’t work then what is the closest thing to a cure that we have for avoiding it? The answer is grace. Believe that you have been forgiven of ALL your sins and you’ll be able to renew your mind and fight against the dark powers of this world. I’ll say it again…Though you may still struggle with sin, you are NOT the source of it. Romans 6:2 says you died to sin, and that’s why God can ask us to avoid it. If you didn’t die to it you couldn’t possibly avoid it (in your dead in Adam state).
[Romans 2:4] Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?
So we see it’s God’s kindness to leads us away from sin, not His law. I know, we are called to be self-controlled and to be godly. We see that in 2 Peter 1:5-8. Let’s read those verses and then find out what God prescribes to those that lack in these things.
[2 Peter 1:5-8] Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge, 6 and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness, and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
I love those verses, and we should strive for those things. The legalist would read those verses and stop. But if we just read one more verse we discover that the reason we might be lacking in these areas is not because of an effort problem, but because we are failing to remember that we have been totally purified from all of our sins.
[2 Peter 1:9] For he who lacks these qualities is blind or short-sighted, having forgotten his purification from his former sins.
You still struggle with sin, but you are not the source of sin.
Your sins have been washed-1 Cor 6:11, Taken off the record book-Col 2:14, Remembered no more-Heb 10:17
You are not an evil person trying to be good. You are a righteous, sanctified, washed, holy person trying to fight against sin. If you go on thinking you are an evil dirty sinner you will live out who you think you are. If you believe God has made you alive in Christ, washed your sins, and made you a new creation that is good, you will then be able to live out who you really are.
Author: Mike Cynar
Mike Cynar was raised in a church setting where he frequently noticed that many attendees would eventually drift away. The church labeled these individuals as ‘back sliders’ or ‘fake Christians’ just looking for ‘fire insurance’. However, Mike realized the issue was rarely with these individuals but instead with the church’s message itself. The teachings heavily emphasized behavior improvement and one’s flaws, with only a fleeting mention of one’s identity in Christ. It felt as though every sermon was tailored to the church of Corinth, who as we know or committing sins that even unbelievers don’t partake in. This trend was noticeable not just in one denomination, but across Baptist, Catholic, Pentecostal, and many other churches. Upon understanding the true essence of the gospel – that our righteousness comes from Jesus’ actions, not our own – Mike was inspired to liberate believers from lifeless sermons and reconnect them with the genuine teachings of Jesus. He believes that one can nurture a vibrant and growing bond with Jesus, unhindered by rigid religious practices. And thus, “Jesus Without Religion” was born.
It turns out that it is grace that leads to repentance. And if our heart is to get others to walk in the Spirit and live a godly life, then the best approach is not a beat down sermon, but rather to remind other that it is only when we understand our true identity in Christ that we will live it out. Yes, it’s true, if you’re convinced that God thinks you’re a dirty sinner, you will ultimately continue a lifestyle that mirrors that view, but if you truly believe that even on your worst day, you are called holy, sanctified, justified, and will be presented blameless in the end, well, it turns out this is the secret to living out on the outside what has been worked in to the inside.