Apparently the 1st Century church of Jesus Christ had the same problem of a false doctrine known today as “sinners saved by grace.” Where the grace of God has been perverted to become a licence to sin in all types and shadows. Yet this kind of Life style denies Jesus Christ as Lord,
Jude 4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation [judgment], ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness [living a sinful life], and denying the only LORD God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.
Sinners saved by grace doctrine is nothing more than a doctrine of demons, denying the delivering power of Jesus Christ, silently proclaiming: ‘His blood is not sufficient enough to deliver any sinner from all their sins, transgressions, iniquities, abominations and 50 more other shades of sins under the sun.’ This type of teaching absolutely denies Jesus Christ as Lord.
Here’s the absolute real truth from God’s Holy Bible: Jesus Christ came to die on the cross at Calvary for the remission of sins, raised from the dead and ascended back into Heaven to save (deliver) His people from their sins. Not to keep people bound in sin,
Matthew 1:21 And she [Mary] shall bring forth a Son, and thou shalt call His name Jesus: for He shall save His people from their sins.
Here’s a Note: The name Jesus is a Greek translated name from the Hebrew Jeshua, which literally means: “the Lord is salvation.” Born again Christians are no longer sinners, but are now the righteousness of God through the blood of Jesus Christ by faith in Jesus Christ (Romans 3:25-26). And since we are the righteousness of God through Jesus Christ and no longer sinners, we are then a new creation in Christ and no longer identified as sinners dead in our past sins as it is written,
2 Corinthians 5:14-21 For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if one died for all, then all died; and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves [in sin], but for Him who died for them and rose again. Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
This is specifically teaching us, we have been regenerated by the precious, powerful blood of Jesus Christ and no longer living in the carnal flesh as sinners, with sinful habits, and sinful thinking according to the sinful fallen world. But as a new creation, living this new life in Christ as the righteous, because we repented from sinning and Jesus Christ’s blood cleansed us from all past unrighteousness an sins and also justified us in God’s sight, whom now see us as His righteous children of God through Jesus Christ
Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses [sins of the past] to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.
Now then, we are ambassadors [a direct representative] for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. For He [the Most High God] made Him [Jesus Christ] who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
The Holy Bible also ministers, Jesus Christ is Light (John 1:1-10) and sinners are darkness. And Jesus Christ has no fellowship with darkness (sinners) at all
2 Corinthians 6:14-15 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion [fellowship] hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with belial [belial literally means “children of the devil]? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
Jesus Christ is not a “friend of sinners.” That was an accusation against Him by the Pharisees (Luke 7:34). Because the Holy Bible forbids being friends of the devil and His children (the world) as it is also written:
James 4:4 know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
Furthermore, whom did the Lord Jesus Christ called His friends? The answer is simply, His disciples whom loves the Lord, lives a penitent life and follows Jesus Christ as Lord and Keeps His commandment, that’s whom He calls His friend
John 15:7-15 If ye abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is My Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be My disciples. As the Father hath loved Me, so have I loved you: continue ye in My love. If ye keep My commandments, ye shall abide in My love; even as I have kept My Father’s commandments, and abide in His love.
These things have I spoken unto you, that My joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. This is My commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
Ye are My friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of My Father I have made known unto you.
This is why God concludes His answer based on this last question in, 2 Corinthians 6:16-18 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? For ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.
Wherefore come out from among them [separate yourselves from living in sin and living according to the sinful fallen world], and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be My sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
From here we come to the conclusion that sin is idolatry, because sin is worshiping the flesh. Be not deceived, neither can a born again Christian drink from the cup of Christ and the cup of demons. What does that mean? In context of that particular Holy Scripture, Jesus Christ has ministered in Matthew 6:24 “No man can serve two masters:” you cannot serve sin and God at the same time. You cannot serve God and riches, nor can you be a worldly, sinful Christian.
1 Corinthians 10:18-21 that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils.
Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.
Therefore you cannot have fellowship with God and have fellowship with the devil at the same time. You cannot be a saint and sinner. Your either one or the other. You cannot have one foot in the world and one foot in church. You cannot live a life in Jesus Christ stuck in between two opinions, being double minded. Because a double minded man is unstable in all his ways (James 1:5-8). As the Apostle John further exposes this truth that children of God (born again Christians) do not continue in sin because sin is of the devil
1 John 3:2-10 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is. And every man that hath this hope in Him purifieth himself, even as He [Jesus Christ] is pure.
Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. And ye know that He was manifested to take away our sins; and in Him is no sin. Whosoever abideth in Him (Jesus Christ) sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen Him, neither known Him.
Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as He is righteous. He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.
Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for His seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.
Living The New Life In The Power of The Holy Spirit
The Lord Jesus Christ came also to give us His Holy Spirit, John 14:15-17 If ye love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter (The Holy Spirit), that He may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth Him not, neither knoweth Him: but ye know Him; for He dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
He has given the Holy Spirit to God’s children to give us power to stop sinning and also keeping the fruits of repentance, Galatians 5:16-17 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
As we should do likewise in the newness of Life, raised from the dead in holy power of Jesus Christ since we are now the righteousness of God through the blood of Jesus Christ by faith in Christ our Lord (Roman 3-5). Therefore, the Apostle Paul concludes by the Holy Spirit in Romans 6, how we should walk in the Spirit of God as being dead to sin and alive to Jesus Christ as a new creation of Christ through His baptism and resurrection
Romans 6:1-19 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into His death?
Therefore we are buried with Him by baptism [water baptism unto repentance] into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead [being dead to sin, but alive in Jesus Christ], by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of His death, we shall be also in the likeness of His resurrection:
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. For he that is dead is freed from sin. Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him: Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over Him. For in that He died, He died unto sin once: but in that He liveth, He liveth unto God.
Likewise reckon (recognize) ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. 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, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
Jesus Christ Himself has stated as fact in John 8:34 ‘Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.’ And just as we already established from 1 John 3:8 ‘anyone who sins is of the devil.’ Therefore, when you sin, who is your master? satan, for sin is not of God. And if you apply Roman’s 6 then you are obeying God and not satan
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. I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.
This is the very reason why you can’t be a saint and a sinner at the same time. You cannot be alive and dead. You cannot be hot and cold at the same time lest you be lukewarm as Jesus Christ has warned: if you continue in sin He will spue (or reject) you out of mouth (Revelation 3:13-22). Spue is literally rejection of something that is not right and being a saint and a sinner is not right with God. And if you continue in that He will reject you, unless you get right according His terms and conditions.
You see, the problem with “sinners saved by grace” doctrine is, you never identify yourself abiding in Christ. You will always identify yourself still alive in the flesh of your sins and never truly be free from sin completely. We are to be dead to sin but alive in Jesus Christ. This is why it was first mentioned: “Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? God forbid! How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Second “reckon (recognize) yourself dead to sin but alive to Jesus Christ.”
The reality of true Christianity is that you cannot have salvation apart from complete repentance. God never lowered His standards in order for a sinner to be saved. Neither did He lower His standards for a Christian to be righteous in His sight. Some would argue this and quote 1 John 2:1 while using the excuse: “since no one is perfect, meaning nobody can live without sinning, Jesus Christ will always be our advocate and forgive every sin of my past and every sin I will ever commit in the present and future.”
What does 1 John 2 actually say? My little children (referring to born-again children of God), 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:
“Sin not” is Apostle Johns first point of discussion, pointing back to Jesus Christ’s teachings of John 14:15 “If ye love Me, keep My commandments” and John 8:1-11 “Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.” Then John continues to His second point “And if any man sin,” Didn’t say, ‘And when any man sin’ and that’s the big difference. “If” we sin, not when we sin, we therefore “have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:”
There are reasons why a Christian might sin (not deliberately or willfully). It boils down to letting our guard down or getting lazy, complacent or apathetic. Even stop walking in the Spirit of God can allow the temptations of satan and the will of sinful flesh get a foothold in our life.
Now show me where in the Holy Bible does it teach “we are sinners saved by grace?” Can you show me, at least where the principle is taught? You can’t because it doesn’t exist anywhere in the Holy Scriptures. The Holy Bible does advocate born again Christians who abide in Jesus Christ can live a life without sinning. Oh yes…There is a big diference between claiming a life without sin and living a life without sinning
1 John 1:5-10 This then is the message which we have heard of Him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness [sin], we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin.
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.
You see it all boils down to this very fact… The Holy Bible is spoken by The HOLY Most High God, inspired (God breathed) by His HOLY Spirit, written by HOLY men, instructing and sanctifying His children in HOLINESS by God’s HOLY word. So the next time the devil and his disciples says to you, “What are you, a holier than thou?” Tell them, “it is written, BE YE HOLY FOR I AM HOLY thus saith the Lord! Because we are the righteousness of God through the blood of Jesus Christ by faith unto those who live the Holy fruits of repentance in Jesus Christ our Lord.