Romans 6:1-2: “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?”
The English philosopher Francis Bacon once said, “It is not the lie that passes through the mind, but the lie that sinks in, and settles in it, that does the hurt.”
The Bible declares that once we decide to follow Jesus, we are supposed to “walk in newness of life”. We are no longer allowed to sin. Paul stated that since we have been “baptized” or “buried” with Christ, our old way of living in sin is no longer acceptable. God calls us to die in order that we might live.
Sadly, many believers allow a huge lie to settle into their minds. They listen to the lie of the devil, who says: “God has saved you by grace and forgiven you forever. Now you don’t have to worry about sin, because Jesus has died for it. You can do whatever you want!” These deceived people turn God’s grace and mercy into an excuse to disobey God with no fear of consequences.
They sin with no shame and no regrets, believing that “eternal security” enables them to live like lost people and still go to heaven. Nothing could be further from the truth. This lie sinks in and hurts us terribly. Continuing in sin, while abusing the grace of God, results in God’s discipline and a loss of inner joy. The built-in punishments of sin damage our lives and testimonies and keep us from fulfilling our God-given purpose. Our sin hurts other people and it hurts the heart of God. Jesus did not die in order that sin would destroy us. He died in order to free us from it.
Is it normal for a Christian to keep on sinning once they have been saved? The Scripture says: “Certainly not!” Don’t believe the lie. It will hurt you.