Category Archives: Fallacy of the Sinning Christian

Love Is Strong as Death

“Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave” (Song of Solomon 8:6). This is how Jesus wants us to feel about him. The Christian faith isn’t about “doing it right” or “believing the right way”–it’s about being transformed into a new creature by the blood of Jesus Christ. The normal Christian life is oneness with Jesus: a soul freed from all rebellion and sin, and filled with hunger and love for Jesus. We may follow Jesus while trapped in the cycle of “sin and repent,” but we will not be one with Jesus. Do your actions and words show that your love for Jesus is as unyielding as the grave?

In preparation for tomorrow’s broadcast, Pastor Ray suggests reading the book of Malachi, Hebrews 10, and Romans 6.

That You May See!

After advising the church at Laodicea to buy gold tried in the fire (faith) and white robes (righteousness), our risen Lord adds, “and eye salve, that you may see.” This salve signifies the anointing of the Holy Spirit that allows us to see and hear what the Lord is doing and saying in this time. It includes both the spiritual awareness of one’s condition needed for true conversion and the Pentecost anointing that allows us to speak the word of God with boldness and power. Are your eyes anointed with this salve?

Are You an Overcomer?

The risen Christ’s second admonition to the church at Laodicea is to buy “white garments.” Like Adam and Eve, those in the church were naked because of their sin–unlike Adam and Eve, they didn’t realize it. We receive these garments by faith from Jesus when we completely consecrate ourselves to him and remain consecrated. The finished work of holiness is not an absolute perfection, but a moral perfection from which we can fall. Do not trust in a past experience. Are you overcoming in Jesus, right now?

(NOTE: Although the broadcast was live online, it did not air on the radio due to some technical difficulties. We will be re-airing the broadcast tomorrow.)

Putting Out the Fire of God

Is there a fire for God in your heart? A close look at Jesus’ parable of the sower sheds light on his message to the lukewarm church at Laodicea. Like these early Christians, many in the modern American church, as well as much of the western world, have had the fire of God in their hearts diluted by the ice water of the responsibilities of life and pursuit of prosperity. Indifference to this concept is a sure sign that you are lukewarm. Where are you today with Jesus?

Nothing Is Hidden from God

When Achan stole and hid gold, silver, and fine clothing from God, the Lord withdrew from Israel, and thirty-six people died in battle. The Lord exposed Achan’s sin to all Israel, who stoned and burned Achan and his family. Just as the fire of judgment consumed Achan, the fires of hell will consume us if we do not allow the Holy Spirit to probe us and uncover the worst parts of our hearts. And just as Achan’s brothers died because of his sin, our fellow men are dying in sin while the Church at-large remains powerless because she refuses the work of the Holy Spirit to bring her to repentance, and brays, “We’re all sinners!” Are you still a sinner? Or do you fear sinning? Will you spread your sin before the Lord now in deep repentance and a holy fear of God, that you and those around you might be saved; or will you wait until the Day of Judgment, and be damned?

Giving up the Place of an Egyptian (Encore)

Many have stumbled in their pursuit of holiness over 1 John 1:8. A close reading of this verse as one in a series of couplets shows that John expects his readers to leave behind their lives in Egypt–the world–and live without sin in this life. As Adam Clarke wrote, “So he that says the blood of Christ either cannot or will not cleanse us from all sin in this life, gives also the lie to his Maker, who has declared the contrary…” God will not walk with us if we walk like Egyptians. But, God will bring us into the desert, like he did with Moses, to cleanse us from all our Egyptian ways. Will you go all the way through the desert with Jesus, and let him give you a heart to weep for others and for revival?

The Crooked Lane

After Bunyan’s Christian and Hopeful leave the Delectable Mountains, they meet a pilgrim named Ignorance from the Country of Conceit. He entered the way by a crooked lane instead of the narrow gate. Ignorance refused to be convinced that he would be unable to enter the Celestial City unless he was crucified with Christ and born again. If you believe that Jesus was literally punished for your past, present, and future sins; that his obedience is credited to you; and that you will always be a sinner until you die; then you are following in the steps of Ignorance. Will you, like him, reply, “Follow the religion of your country, and I will follow the religion of mine?” Or, will you decide to hate sin and forever forsake it?

Jesus IS the Atonement

For the past 1,000 years, the doctrine of penal atonement, developed by Saint Anselm, has pervaded Christian churches of nearly every denomination. The Puritans, John Wesley, and Charles Finney were some who stood against this false teaching that Christ literally became sin and that believers will always be sinners. An in-depth look at Scripture, in translation and in the original Greek, reveals that Jesus Christ is atonement and that he offered himself to forgive our past sins and to remove sin from us in the here and now. We must be made holy now, and stay holy to the end, in order to be saved. If you’ve never considered this before, this broadcast is a good place to begin.

(Note: There is no YouTube video for today’s broadcast.)

A New Creation

There is no sanctification after death. A close look at the original Greek text overturns a cornerstone of this false gospel: Jesus did not become sin. Instead, “The one not having experienced sin took sin on our behalf in order that we might be made righteous.” The death of Christ condemned all who sin. You must become righteous and holy now, or you never will be. Would how you are living right now be acceptable in heaven? Won’t you fly to Christ, and let him make you into a new creation?

Determined to Be a Doulos of Jesus

The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ provides for a full reclamation of the human race from sin right now. In Christ, we are restored to the holy and blameless condition of Adam and Eve in the garden. The only reason the world is still in such a miserable condition is because sinners refuse to repent and believe in the full and present salvation of Christ. Beloved, it is time to cast out your love of sin and unbelief and to walk in holiness!

Made Righteous by Jesus

We must be made righteous and walk clean, like Job, or we will go to hell. Without suffering, we will not be made righteous. However, we must not mistake our righteousness as our own: righteousness is a gift from God that is infused into our soul. Perhaps you understand this intellectually, but do you still lament your inability to conquer the monsters in your life? If so, you must take the practical step to put your voluntary trust in Jesus Christ, and allow Him to heal and redeem all that is broken. Get out of yourself! Get a good look at Jesus, and you will know that all sin can be broken at the cross!

Seeds of Destruction

The battle is on for the soul of America. Morality is crashing in America as the pulpits no longer burn with righteousness and no longer directly confront sin. The seeds of destruction have created an “inclusive” gospel that no longer rebukes sin or legalistic righteousness that’s full of rigidity, with no underlying power. It’s time that these seeds of destruction be removed from the church through the power of the blood of Jesus Christ, so that a pure gospel can be proclaimed throughout the land! The heart of Jesus is that you and I be utterly transformed through a work of His amazing grace!

The Common Gospel

Has anyone ever told you that following Jesus requires you to give up all of your hopes, dreams, and life to Jesus Christ? If this offends you, it’s because you have never dealt honestly with your love of sin and rebelliousness. You must leave behind the sentimental, powerless gospel of the modern church that says you will always be a sinner. Eternal life is a free gift, but it’s not imaginary: you must be made righteous through faith. Will you stop struggling and simply believe Jesus?

Get to Jesus!

American Christians, as a whole, have jettisoned the true gospel. Many teach that we can still be saved even if we love the world and walk according to our own understanding. But the gospel of Jesus Christ requires us to die to our sin in order to be born again. Has the supernatural work of God transformed you into a new creature in Christ? Or have you just used a little bit of Jesus spray paint to gussy up the old man? Has it hit you yet that you are going to be judged by your works–and the only way to be saved is to allow Christ, by faith, to make you and your works really righteous?

It’s All in What We Say (James 1, 3)

What does your tongue reveal about your spirit? The focus of the Christian’s heart is twofold: to care for those who cannot care for themselves, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world. Do your words reveal this about your heart? Will you accept the noble call of the true gospel that lifts us out of poverty and division and into love and righteousness?

Putting off All Moral Uncleanness (James 1)

Today’s study in the book of James continues with the focus today being upon the issue of the sinning Christian and the skewing of the modern translations that imply you can never get the victory over sin. What do you believe the Gospel to be? Do you believe that there is a place where Jesus can bring us into complete victory, as reflected in the actual Greek?

Will You Awaken from Your Slumber?

Today’s message is a call to wake up as we see chaos and destruction on every front. It’s time for the church to awake from its slumber. Are you awake or asleep in the Spirit? Have you believed in the lie of the sinning Christian, which has ultimately led to God’s judgment upon America (more than once). If you are asleep, don’t be content with that and cry out to Jesus for deliverance.

Come near the Throne of Grace

Today’s broadcast continues with the exposition of Hebrews 4.  Here’s the key verses: Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience.For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. (Hebrews 4:11-12).

God’s Final Word! (Hebrews and 1 John)

Today’s broadcast is an introduction to the study of the book of Hebrews, as well as a historical background on the lie of the sinning Christian. Much of the modern western church simply believe in Gnosticism and believe that they can be saved in the midst of sin and that the blood of Jesus does not have the power to transform and change them. Be willing to have an open mind and a willingness to search the scriptures on this very critical doctrine, which has become twisted in the modern church.

(NOTE: If you regularly peruse the website, you’ll notice that the posts this week have changed somewhat. The focus of this series is to do a very methodical exposition of the book of Hebrews. It is true that this book deals with the issue of eternal security but it also elaborates in awesome detail, the wonder of the atonement, which Jesus made for you and me. Jesus died to destroy the works of the devil, to set us free from the wickedness that is in each of us. He died to make you righteous, for real, right now, not at some future point.)

True Grace

Using Titus Chapter 2, 1 Peter Chapter 5 and Hebrews Chapter 11, Pastor Ray explicitly describes what true grace is and what it is not. In the modern Gnostic American church, grace has been falsely described as a covering for sin, which implies that death is somehow is our Savior. Listen to the message and resolve in your heart to go all the way through to victory with Jesus Christ, despite whatever suffering and difficulties you may face, Jesus is worth it!

No More Fiat Christianity! (Encore)

Using a reading from the great revivalist Charles Finney, Pastor Ray asks the question if we have a “fiat” Christian life, that is not backed by anything other than religious gibberish and wishful intentions. We must must all face the great white throne of judgment and our actions will be judged. Have you thought your intellectual information, even if true, would true would save you? Will you honestly come before God and hungrily search after Jesus?

Isaac Marsden, Earnest Merchant Preacher

Using the story of Isaac Marsden, Pastor Ray asks you to make that same resolution made by Isaac when he was resolved that if there was a Heaven, he would gain it, and if there was a Hell, he would shun it. Finally, the Holy Spirit showed him who he was and he was born from above. God removed all sin from this dear man’s heart and he wants to do the same for you. WIll you allow Him to do that work in your heart? Jesus wants to make you righteous, will you have all that Jesus wants to give to you?

We’ve Lost the Gospel (Encore)

Using an article of Andrew Strom entitled “We’ve Lost the Gospel,” a dear pastor from New Zealand, Pastor Ray talks about losing the Gospel. We’ve largely believed the lie that it’s impossible to stop sinning but that’s simply because we have a gospel that is simply a wonderful add-on. We’ve equated the blood of Jesus to that of the bulls and goats, meaning that it doesn’t remove the sin, it just masks over it. Pastor Ray details the glorious Gospel, where there is real victory in Jesus as we repent and surrender to Him.

Reaping the Harvest of Wickedness (Encore)

Pastor Ray exposes the critical lie that we can believe the lie that we’re saved, even in the midst of walking in sin. Have you believed in the fallacy of the sinning Christian? If so you are already reaping the harvest of wickedness in your life. There is a companion sermon entitled “What You Must Not Do to be Saved.”