Practicing Sin

Interesting title.  What does it mean?  My definition of ‘Practicing sin’ goes something like this – “the act of engaging in a pattern of sinful behavior with fore-thought”.

While sin is sin, there are differences.  Practicing sin is a behavior that destroys Christian witness, and endangers the salvation and long-term spiritual relationship we have with Christ and God the Father.

Practicing sin requires fore-thought, planning, and deception.  It is a behavior pattern designed to let the believer eat from both the tree of forbidden fruit, and from the tree of life.

While it is a myth that Christians ‘must’ sin because they are human, it is true that because we are human we not yet perfect and make mistakes.  And sometimes we sin.  Sometimes we make mistakes.  Sometimes we make wrong choices.

These sins are covered by the blood of Christ, but repentance and forgiveness are still required.  However, practicing sin falls into a different category.  Here are some of the things I think are the biggest problems with practicing sin:

  1. It becomes a pattern.  This pattern changes our thinking, our behavior, our future path.
  2. It promotes more sin, as practicing sin can become addictive.  One sin can certainly lead to others more easily.  “If I’m already in trouble, then it really doesn’t matter what I do”, becomes the thinking of the individual who has fallen victim to practicing sin.
  3. It challenges our relationship with God.  The more we practice sin, the more unresponsive we become to the guidance of the Spirit in our life.  In other words, our hearts become ‘hardened’.

The Christian must be aware of the danger of falling into the trap of practicing sin.  No one is immune, or so spiritual as to not be tempted.  But, the chain can be broken.

 

One Response to “Practicing Sin”

  1. Barbara L. McGuire Says:

    This blog should be posted in every church around the world! No truer words spoken than these! This is good sermon material right here! Great blog! Blessings…..

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