Sunday, June 14, 2009

Does OSAS promote sin?

Does It Matter Whether I Sin Or Not?

Q. I continue to read your question and answers. I have accepted Christ as my Savior but am having trouble accepting that I can continue to commit adultery, to steal, murder or whatever and be in heaven with him. Was his death a licence for me to be able to do all these things and be saved or can his spirit live his life through me and I stop doing these sinful things? Or either way I go I am saved?

A. Our salvation is based on belief, not behavior, but it’s not a license to sin. Over and over we’re admonished to follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit and change our behavior as a sign of our gratitude for what we’ve been freely given. This change pleases the Lord and so He blesses us with His favor and gifts of all kinds. If we don’t follow the Spirit’s guidance we’re both communicating our ingratitude and disqualifying ourselves for these additional blessings. This explains why so many Christians live defeated fruitless lives. But since our salvation was extended as a free gift conditioned only on our faith to receive it, we’re saved either way. For a more complete explanation read OSAS, the Whole Story.


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