“What I am saying is this; run your lives by the Spirit. Then you will not do what your old nature wants. For the old nature wants what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit wants what is contrary to the old nature. These oppose each other, so that you find yourselves unable to carry out your good intentions. But if you are led by the Spirit, then you are not in subjection to the system that results from perverting the Torah into legalism. And it is perfectly evident what the old nature does. It expresses itself in sexual immorality, impurity and indecency; involvement with the occult and with drugs; in feuding, fighting, becoming jealous and getting angry; in selfish ambition, factionalism, intrigue and envy; in drunkenness, orgies and things like these. I warn you now as I have warned you before: those who do such things will have NO share in the Kingdom of God! But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, Kindness, goodness, faithfulness, humility, self-control. Nothing in the Torah stands against such things. Moreover, those who belong to the Messiah Yeshua have put their old nature to death on the stake, along with its passions and desires. Since it is through the Spirit that we have Life, let it also be through the Spirit that we order our lives day by day. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.” Galatians 5:16-26
We continuously have the battle between good and evil; in this case, our flesh, being evil and corrupted, and the Holy Spirit within us, being pure and righteous, and pleasing unto Adonai. They stand in constant opposition of one another, warring continuously.
Please note that this book of the Bible, Galatians, was written well after the death and resurrection of Yeshua (Jesus Christ) (approximately A.D. 48); yet according to this passage here, those who do ‘these’ things will have no share in the Kingdom of God. I didn’t write it, Paul did; so any anger or arguing against me won’t help anything. The Bible clearly states, and this isn’t the only place, that people who do these things will have no part of the Kingdom of Heaven; and if we have no part of the Kingdom of Heaven, what this means to me, is we go to hell. Since this passage is talking about living “in” the Spirit, I believe this applies to living “in” sin. I don’t think Paul was implying that if we make a mistake, that’s it, we’re going to hell. Although since Jesus was able to be sin-free in the flesh, apparently it’s possible, but I don’t believe for one minute that mistakes are out of the question.
I’ve described in past articles the difference between purposeful, blatant sinning and making mistakes. For example; I know it’s a sin to commit adultery, yet I go and do it anyways. That’s purposeful. But let’s say even though it was purposeful, I succumbed to the temptation and did it. Afterward, I feel so guilty and convicted I’m on my face before the Lord in true repentance. I’m not just saying I’m sorry because I’m afraid, or it’s the right thing to do; my heart is genuinely pained over what I have done. Afterward, I do not contact the person in whom I have committed this act except to tell them that what we did is wrong, and that I apologize for engaging in this immoral activity with them. I explain to them that I have repented and that hopefully, they can come to repentance in their heart as well. I then go to my partner and confess to them what I have done, hoping for their forgiveness, but knowing that they may not be able to stay with me because I have violated our marriage bed. This is an example of making a mistake.
Now let me give you an example of purposeful, blatant, disobedience. The same act above happens, however, even though you feel bad about it, you keep doing it and keep doing it. You may’ve asked God for His help, yet you do not allow the Holy Spirit to help you, and you do not repent. (Repentance by the way means to confess (admit), apologize, and stop doing it.) During this time, you die or the Lord comes back…according to this passage here, you’re not going to heaven, and it’s not God sending you to hell, it was the demonic spirits you followed that led you there. Again, I am sure I will get some people who tell me I am wrong, or argue it…people looking for loopholes in order to keep on sinning and believe it’s all okay. But look, I can’t help what your mind is conditioned to believing; this is what the Word of God says right here.
The death of Jesus did not give us more leeway to sin; rather, His death gave us forgiveness for the sin, and the forgiveness is free, meaning, you don’t have to go burn a sacrifice or pay money, all you have to do is truly repent. And how is God supposed to forgive someone if they’re not sorry? If you’re sorry, you stop doing that thing, and you’ll be forgiven. If you walk up and kick me in the shin really hard, and you say, “I’m sorry I did this thing to you.” How am I supposed to truly forgive you if you turn right back around and keep doing it? If I were God, I would feel compassion for you because you would apparently have some sort of serious mental condition going on there <smile>, and I want to forgive you more than anything, but I am not able because every time you say your sorrow, you don’t mean it because you immediately kick me again right after you say it.
So, the gift is free (meaning we can take the gift of salvation even though we didn’t earn it or deserve it), but from that point forward, we can’t walk around and live in disobedience and purposefully sin. We must come to repentance. This is one of the reasons many of us suffer. God doesn’t want us to suffer at all; He just wants you to stop living in sin and disobedience. But the fact is you won’t, and so He’ll sit back and let your master, Satan, give you payment for working for him..and that payment is never pleasant.
You’ll get a nice hot place in hell, probably a lake view shack of all of the beautiful scenery hell has to offer, you’ll never get cold, never have to pay an electric or gas bill again—you can have all of the heat you want for free! Guaranteed a good burn everyday—sunscreen isn’t provided—and no need to worry about what to wear, everyone goes naked! Wow! What a place! Is this your dream of a luxury get-a-way? For some reason, I’ve never seen this offered on the Price Is Right..I’m sure they’ll offer it up as a prize eventually.
Search the scriptures and let go of the false teachings you may’ve learned all of your life. Once again, we won’t be perfect, won’t go to hell for not being perfect, but we won’t make it to heaven if we are living in purposeful sin without true repentance. The Bible really isn’t so complex; it’s simple. We make it complex, as I mentioned, to justify living in the flesh because we don’t want to suffer by giving the things up we like and enjoy. But let me tell you this; walking in Him, if you can really allow Jesus to lead you in the walk, is way more fulfilling and enjoyable than the suffering is bad. It’s way more enjoyable and fulfilling than anything of this world you could possibly do…and obeying our Father through the power of the Holy Spirit, and desiring to do it..not being forced, is a wonderful thing when you love the Lord.
Furthermore, (but this shouldn’t be your driving force, just an added extra), a place with mansions, streets of gold, and things so wonderful your mind can’t imagine sounds way better than the one way trip to hell.
Don’t be lured into getting buckled in on the jet only to look up and realize your flight attendant, whom you thought was a beautiful woman or handsome man, has fangs and red eyes with slits, cackling madly at you as you frantically try to unbuckle, but can’t. Instead, ride the friendly skies with Jesus Christ. The ride is much smoother, and the destination is a lot more alluring and lucrative. From outside, the one way trip to hell looks better; but that’s because Satan uses false advertising to get you inside, but once you’re in, it’s a different story altogether. Jesus is upfront and honest—it’s harder to get to My jet; the steps are steep, the path is bumpy, and the outside doesn’t seem as beautiful as the other one. I know you can’t see the inside of my jet until once you’re in; but trust Me, looks can be deceiving. You’ll be amazed once you enter at what you’ll find.