7 Warped Doctrines That Make Sin Acceptable

Sin typically only bothers us when someone else does it. Our own sin lost its ugliness long ago.

Although not true for all, this is the view of the majority about sin.

One would think the Church would help people see their sin. But typically the Church fosters judgmental Pharisaism more than holiness.

Most church-goers don’t think their sin is a problem. Here are some doctrinal justifications that lead to this view:

1. Grace forgives all sin, so it doesn’t matter if you sin.

2. Your old nature did it, it had to happen, nothing you can do about it.

3. God doesn’t see you. He sees Christ’s righteousness.

4. Love covers a multitude of sin.

5. Baptism guarantees your entrance into heaven.

6. If sin is a problem, you can work it off in purgatory.

7. We’re justified by faith, not works; therefore it doesn’t matter what I do as long as I believe.

Although some of these doctrines have elements of truth, if they make you view sin as not being a problem, you’ve warped those elements of truth.

Grace teaches us to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts. Love does cover sin, and it also patiently teaches and chastens. We are justified by faith and not works, and faith brings with it the power of the Gospel that makes us sons of God and equips us to every good work.

Sin is bad. We’re not supposed to do it.

Don’t ever lose sight of that simple idea.

Theology takes simple issues and makes them confusing so we can use our confusion as an excuse to do what we want.

Don’t do that.

Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.
–1 John 3:7

4 thoughts on “7 Warped Doctrines That Make Sin Acceptable”

  1. Would you put Bible verses refuting these points? I’m especially interested in 2, 3, and 5. Thanks!

  2. Sin typically only bothers us when someone else does it. Our own sin lost its ugliness long ago

    So true – which is why Christians particularly condemn those sins they’re least likely to commit. Those sins are given special attention.

    Homosexuality for example.

    Certain terms have been applied to homosexuality and homosexuals to describe how sinful they are: such as “sodomy” and sodomite”. What could more blatantly illustrate the depravity considering God destroyed the city of Sodom because of its homosexual associations!
    Or did He?

    Of course He destroyed it and we are told God destroyed it because of its sin – but was homosexuality the primary sin that moved God to destroy it?

    The ONLY place in scripture where we are told specifically WHAT Sodom’s sin was is in Ezekiel 16

    Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy. They were haughty and did detestable things before me. Therefore I did away with them as you have seen

    OUCH! ” …arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy… ”
    That hits much closer to home than the common idea that homosexuality in Sodom specifically caused God to destroy the city. It covers things that Christians are NOT so keen to address.

  3. Ruth,
    It would take a lot to address each point and most have been addressed on here before, but briefly to the points you mentioned:

    2. Your old nature did it, it had to happen, nothing you can do about it.
    –This one has truth in it, the problem arises when it’s presented as inevitable, that the flesh can’t ever be defeated. Romans 8 says we can mortify the deeds of the flesh. We’re told that the old man is crucified with its affections and lusts (Gal. 5:24) and that we’re crucified unto the world and the world unto us (Gal. 6:14). These verses have to mean that the flesh can be defeated. It’s not annihilated, nor does it ever lose its power, but we have power through the Spirit, through new life in Christ in us, to overcome the flesh and resist it. We’ve been given everything we need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3). If we sin, it’s our fault, it’s not some lack in God’s provision to us.

    3. God doesn’t see you. He sees Christ’s righteousness.
    –The idea that God doesn’t see you is just silly. He’s all-knowing.”all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.” Hebrews 4:13. The idea that we cease to exist to God is contrary to every page of Scripture. It would eliminate any concept of judgment, of giving an account for every deed in the body. There is also zero scriptural evidence that Christ’s good deeds have been accounted to me. In Christ the Believer is made the righteousness of God (2 Cor. 5:21)> That is stated clearly. The fact that people take this to mean Christ’s good deeds are accounted to us and God no longer sees what we do is a philosophical extrapolation and nowhere stated.

    5. Baptism guarantees your entrance into heaven.
    –People think that some one-time act guarantees their salvation. That as long as they did that one thing, they are good to go and nothing else they do matters. For some it’s baptism, others it the sinner’s prayer, or some other churchy act. The Old Testament and most of the New has a problem with people who did circumcision and since they did that one thing assume they don’t have to do anything else. The Bible clearly says that the just shall live by faith. Salvation life is all about walking by faith. Faith is ongoing, it never ends until we die and enter His presence. To say it’s about one act at one time is to completely miss the entire point of the Bible about faith and life.

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