“This Church is Full of Sinners”

While looking online at some churches in a certain area just recently and reading their “about us” sections, the following statement left me open-mouthed… “This church is full of sinners. Everyone who comes here is one. You’ll need to remember that if you associate with us.”

To be honest I was shocked and couldn’t help but feel that the statement was a little aggressive… Now what does the Bible have to say about “sinners…”?

“Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgement, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.” (Psalm 1v5&6)

“The soul that sinneth it shall die.” (Ezekiel 18v20)

“Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.” (James 4v8)

When I ask someone what their profession is, they may say.…. I’m a lawyer, a carpenter, a doctor, a bank manager, an artist, etc. These are their professions – the things that they do for a living. In the same way (but on a spiritual note) if someone tells me they are a “sinner,” I take it that this what they do habitually and constantly every day.

If this is the case, then what difference is there between the “saved sinner” and the “lost sinner?” The answer is… absolutely none, because the term “saved sinner” does not appear in scripture and is a ridiculous oxymoron – every bit as ridiculous as that other term: “sinner/saint.” Habitual sinners are servants of sin, yet scripture tells Christians… “Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.” (Romans 6v9) 

“Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.” (Romans 6v13) This is a commandment.

The Lord never asked His people to do the impossible. “For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. What then? Shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.” (Romans 6v14-18)

The ancient lies and deception of the devil in the Garden of Eden are still infiltrating today’s churches. However, I am told throughout the Bible from Genesis to Revelation that sin separates from God and that “the wages of sin is death: but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6v23)

Thousands of years ago the serpent told Eve… “Ye shall not surely die” (Genesis 3v4) and today he is deceiving many professing Christians into believing that they can safely sin “in thought, word and deed every day” (an unscriptural phrase), some even believing that repentance is unnecessary.

“My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” (1John2v1) Sin, in the Word of God is portrayed as the exception rather than the rule in the Christian life; something alien – a dangerous virus which must be dealt with by the Lord.

The true follower of the Lord Jesus Christ never stops growing in Him, in every aspect of their Christian lives. They have a desire to be right with Him, to read His Word, to pray for others and they have a love and a burden for souls. “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.” (Hebrews 12v14) This is the message which should go forth from the churches of those who profess to be Christians and yet sadly, we rarely find it preached.

Every chapter of the New Testament echoes the sentiment that we should press on with the Lord and that there is deliverance with Him. We read that “the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness.” (2Peter 3v10) 

In this day of false teachers, when “iniquity is abounding” I pray that individuals would see the dangers and not just be satisfied with what they are told on a Sunday morning, but that they would get alone with the Lord, read His Word and study it for themselves – which is something we are commanded to do. (2Timothy 2v15) “And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.” (1John 3v24)

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6 Responses to ““This Church is Full of Sinners””

  1. bornagain732 Says:

    🙌

  2. Cathy Says:

    Excellent post Elizabeth. Thank you for saying what needs to be said. It’s so important with all the false doctrines that are circulating. Blessings.

  3. Julia Says:

    As long as bibles and minds stay closed there will be churches that will peddle their ways of great deception. Churches like this will always be full, because you can live in your sin and call yourself a christian IN NAME ONLY of course. It is written when we cease from sin we then suffer as a christian, but in churches like this you will never suffer for the sake of Christ since you can stay a sinner!

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