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Spiritual Survival in the Coming Days 28

Therefore, brothers, we have an obligation—but it is not to the sinful nature, to live according to it. (Romans 8:12—NIV)

One of the first "Christian" principles I encountered when I went to Bible school is that as long as we are in this world we have to sin. One would look long and hard in the New Testament to find a passage that says we are doomed to sin while living in the world.

In fact, the Bible teaches the opposite.

Paul warns us in the sixth chapter of Romans that if we choose to be the slave of sin we shall die spiritually. "The wages of sin is death."

Then He proceeds in the eighth chapter to advise us that we owe our sinful nature nothing that we should live according to its lusts and appetites. In fact, if we live according to our sinful nature, Paul teaches, we will die spiritually.

For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, (Romans 8:13—NIV)

Now it is absolutely true that each Christian has in his or her personality a sinful nature. But the Books of Romans, Hebrews, and First John, in particular, warn us that if we keep on living in our sinful nature we shall reap corruption, not salvation. God's grace in Christ is given to us so that we might be able to overcome our sinful nature.

Current Christian teaching announces that this is not the case. But it is! Christians have departed from the Word of God!

Man is God's throne. We shall judge not only other people but the angels as well. We were created as God's response to the rebellion on the part of His angels.

As such we have the power of judgment. The moral judgments a Christian makes are of the greatest importance.

Two armies fight the battles of the Lord. The army of angels and the army of people. The angels do the actual fighting. The people are the judges, to the extent Christ is living in them.

Now, when the Spirit of God points out an unscriptural behavior in our personality, it is of extreme importance how we respond. If we justify the behavior it remains in us, in spite of our belief that somehow something will be done about it.

If we, instead, confess the behavior as evil, its proper home being the Lake of Fire, God will honor that judgment. He will bind that spirit and hand it over for sentencing.

When we confess and renounce our sins we are judging them in the spirit realm. When we do not do this we are judging them to be acceptable to God. Since the Lake of Fire maintains authority over all sin, whether or not the sin dwells in a Christian, and we have not denounced them as unfit for the Kingdom of God, when the Day of Judgment arrives we ourselves will be hurled into the Lake of Fire whether or not we name the name of the Lord Jesus.

There shall be no sin in the Kingdom of God. If the Spirit of God points out sin in our life, and we do not judge it as unworthy of the Kingdom, then we have judged ourselves unworthy of the Kingdom.

This is the doctrine of eternal judgment mentioned in the sixth chapter of the Book of Hebrews.

To continued. Spiritual Survival in the Coming Days 29