A few days ago somebody asked the question “does Christ promote sin?” My first thought was what kind of question is that? However, I was reminded that everybody talking about Christ is not about Christ. Additionally, because this question was posed in a Christian academic class it was necessary to determine whether it was intended to stimulate debate, entertainment or answer a legitimate question. Unfortunately, either one of these reasons resonating from a professed believer should cause concern. believer’s toBased on scripture, we see that
In answer to that question, not only does Christ not promote sin, He gives us “free will” to avoid committing sin. Although not committing sin is impossible, we still have the option available to us. At times choosing certain options may not be popular, exciting or easy but God makes them available just the same. He gives us grace for times like these if we have faith and believe. Additionally, Jesus gave us His Word to use as a weapon against sin. It seems as though, there are times when God does permit sin but He does not promote sin because “He is without sin.” All sin works against God.
As it maybe, blaming God for sins we commit is not only baseless but blasphemous as well. To opt out of applying self-discipline is a personal choice which usually does not involve seeking God’s face before the choice is made. Asking ourselves “what would Jesus do in a particular situation would protect us from ourselves or the flesh.” The problem is that we do not want to know what Jesus would do; instead, we want to do what we want to do?
1 Peter 2:22 – “He committed no sin, nor was deception found in his mouth”. New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures
Hebrews 4: 15 – “For we have as high priest, not one who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who has been tested in all respects like ourselves, but without sin”.