A Christian is not free of sin…….. no one is free of sin!
I have seen several post recently judging Christians’ beliefs; some going as far as saying “Christians are hypocrites”. John 8:6 says, “When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.”
- Did I doubt or deny that God exists?
- Did I refuse to believe the word of God?
- Did I give time to God each day in prayer?
- Did I have false Gods such as money, work, TV, fame, pleasure etc.?
4th Commandment – “Honor your father and mother.’ (EX 20:12)
- Did I neglect my duties to my husband, wife, children or parents?
- Did I neglect to give good religious examples to my family?
- Did I cause tension and fights between my family?
- Did I cause anyone to leave the faith?
5th Commandment – You shall not kill.” (Ex 20:13)
- Did I physically injure anyone?
- Did I give bad example by drug abuse, drinking alcohol to excess, fighting, quarreling?
- Did I attempt suicide?
- Did I get angry, impatient, envious, unkind, proud, revengeful, jealous, hateful toward another, lazy?
6th Commandment – “You shall not commit adultery.” (Ex 20:14)
- Did I willfully entertain impure thoughts or desires?
- Did I use impure or suggestive words? Tell impure stories? Listen to them?
- Did I deliberately look at impure TV, videos, plays, pictures or movies? Or deliberately read impure materials?
- Did I commit impure acts by myself (masturbation)?
7th Commandment – ‘You shall not steal.” (Ex 20:15)
- Did I fulfill my contracts; give or accept bribes; rashly gamble or speculate pay my bills; deprive my family of the necessities of life?
- Did I waste time at work, home or at school?
- Did I steal, cheat help or encourage others to steal or keep stolen goods?
Hmmmmmm……I, personally, have broken each of these commandments at one time or another. I’ve asked for forgiveness because Jesus said, “If we confess our sins, HE is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” – 1 John 1:9. Does this mean that I will never commit the sin again? No, it doesn’t. It means that when I say I’m sorry, I’m truly sorry! I ask God to give me the courage, strength and faith to turn away from sin.
I don’t pretend to know what convictions you hold or what you have in your heart. I just ask that the next time you see a Christian and you feel that they are being hypocritical, please whisper a quick prayer asking our Father to forgive them and show them the errors of their ways!