OK, first of all, this is not my question, and it’s so full of built in errors I don’t really know where to begin. Furthermore, it’s a question which was asked of me quite recently and, in doing so, it meant that my teaching on Grace was being attacked. To counter that attack, I would recommend to you my two articles about Grace entitled: “The Grace Of Our Lord Jesus Christ – His True Grace – Not The Watered Down Religious Version!” and “For By Grace Are Ye Saved Through Faith – And That Not Of Yourselves – It Is The Gift Of God – Eph 2:8,” in order to understand where these people are coming from, and what their blasphemous attack on God’s Holy Word is all about.
Right, so what’s wrong with this question? Well, straight away there is no mention of Yashua Messiah’s resurrection within this question and we should never leave out mention of His resurrection when mentioning His death, for His death was only half of the arrangement. Second, there is this word ‘license’ and it then linked to the word ‘sin’. Hence their phrase: “A license to sin.”
Now where does this weird phrase come from? I have to admit I have heard it used before by various ravening wolves in pulpits, but I have never taken the trouble to check it out to see if it’s Scriptural, and, of course, it isn’t. Now there’s a surprise!! So why is it used if it’s not Scriptural? Easy, because vain puffed up men love their meaningless jargon expressions, especially in the Cainite-Judeo-Christian Religion. They love to put their egotistic personal stamp on the Holy Scriptures and, as I have said before, they do it because the Holy Word of God is too simple for them. OK, so as it’s not a Scriptural phrase, let’s have a look in my Concise Oxford Dictionary to see what the word ‘license’ means:
License – allow (person to do, thing to be done; rare); allow complete freedom to; grant permit to person; authorize use of premises for certain purpose, etc.(It also means to grant LEGAL permission to a person to do something UNLAWFUL E.g. Licenced to kill) (Brackets mine)
So let’s rewrite this question using one of the dictionary definitions: Did Jesus die so we can now have a permit to sin or to allow us complete freedom to sin, without guilt, and go to heaven? Now is this question dumb or is it mind numbingly dumb? I would suggest to you it’s both.
What we have to ask ourselves here is why would anyone want a licence or a permit to sin? If we were dealing with a lost or unsaved man or woman, would they require licences or permits to sin? Why don’t you try asking one of them and see what kind of a reply you get, that’s after they have stopped laughing at you and wondering if you were unhinged. OK, so we know that the lost and unsaved don’t need a licence or a permit to sin, for they manage very well without one.
That leaves us with the Cainite-Judeo-Christian religious perspective and whether or not they would require a licence or a permit to sin – well, would they, for many in the Cainite-Judeo-Christian religion seem to think they would, but why? What kind of Christian would even bring up such a subject? What kind of Christian rubs shoulders with those who would influence such thinking?
If we come genuinely to Yashua Messiah after The Father has called us, which means our repentance is genuine and our confession of sins is genuine, why would we seek a permit or licence to carry on sinning? Does any of this make any sense? No, it’s complete nonsense. So you see this question could and perhaps should have been worded like this: Should I repent and confess my sins so that I can then have a licence or permit to carry on sinning as I did in my old life, without guilt, and still go to heaven? Never mind that I had no guilt before in my old life anyway.
However, what this question is revealing to us is that we have people calling themselves Christians who are still struggling, through their own admission, with guilt. This means they see themselves as unforgiven and thereby not saved. How wretched is that?
Can you now see the inbuilt stupidity within this question? Why go to all the trouble of repentance, confession of sins (that is, all your sins, past, present and future) and baptism plus gifting of The Holy Spirit, if you want to carry on living as you did before? What would be the point of it and who would you be deceiving? As I think about all this I am actually becoming confused, and of course, that’s just what the Devil wants – confusion.
Moreover, why are Cainite-Judeo-Christians asking this silly question, and what else does it reveal to us? As I have already pointed out, they only mention Yashua Messiah’s death, not His resurrection and that’s because many Cainite-Judeo-Christians don’t understand what His resurrection achieved for them. OK, they believe everything was done at the cross, and yes, in part, it was all done. It was all done in terms of conquering death and sin, but what they don’t understand is the new Spiritual beings we become through His resurrection, that is, perfect in the Father’s sight and sinless beings that do not sin.
Now this is what they can’t get their heads around and that’s because they are not really Born Again. They are men of the Cainite-Judeo-Christian Religion who practise Graceless Judaism – salvation by progress – salvation by process or by self-help, or by their own effort and endeavours, or commonly known as salvation by works. The Faith, Salvation, Grace thing is incomprehensible to them, they cannot understand it. In turn, it is through this blindness that they conjure up questions like the above.
Once more you will also notice the ‘without guilt’ bit in the middle of this question, which means they cannot even get their heads around this:
Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus. [who walk not after the flesh, but after The Spirit.]
Please note I have left off the second part of this verse because it’s missing in the Greek MSS, which means it was falsely added by the translators – it being interpolated from Romans 8:4 and unnecessarily repeated.
Romans 8:4 (KJV) That the righteousness of The Law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after The Spirit.
Now what part of Romans 8:1 do these wretched people not understand, that is, there is now no further condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus. If there is now no further condemnation, how can there be any guilt!? If there is guilt, there is something wrong with their birthing into Yashua Messiah. The guilty mindset is the fallen mindset and it behaves like Adam and Eve after their fall – they went and hid in guilt!
If we are born of God (Born Again) or born from above, we have been lifted out of guilt, for there is now no further condemnation laid upon us. So, this means we are sinless, even though our dead bodies of sin, sin. The thing is, is this a license to sin? Well, yes of course it is, if we are deluded and deceived liars and The Truth is not in us, but is that the case IF we are born of God? No, of course it is not the case, because The Truth, Yashua Messiah lives in us through His Holy Spirit POWER and the Holy Spirit cannot reside with LIVING sin.
So how would we be liars? We would be liars because there is no such thing as: “license to sin”, because as I have already proven, no one needs a licence to sin. If you want to sin, then just go right on ahead and sin, if that’s your DESIRE, and, of course, this is where we get to the nub of this issue, for that’s what it’s all about – DESIRE.
As Born Again believers, what should our DESIRE be, to sin or not to sin? Well, I hope it’s a DESIRE not to sin, and if that is the case, there is nothing wrong with your birthing in Yashua Messiah for your DESIRE not to sin proves that you love your Elder Brother in heaven. All this means is that you would hate to do something that Yashua Messiah would hate you to do. This also means we are endeavouring to please Him, but will this always be so? Not very likely if you’re the average man or woman who has been called out of this world by The Father to His Son and yet still lives in a dead body of sin. We will sin until we die; it’s inevitable, and we need to get this through our heads. I will reiterate, we’re still perfect and sinless in the Father’s sight even though our dead bodies of sin, sin. Paul explains it clearly and twice so we get it through our heads:
Romans 7:17 (KJV) NOW THEN IT IS NO MORE I THAT DO IT, but sin that dwelleth in me.
Romans 7:20 (KJV) Now if I do that I would not, IT IS NO MORE I THAT DO IT, but sin that dwelleth in me.
Now, if after all this we’re still looking for a ‘licence to sin’, because we want to sin, what is this revealing about our birthing into Yashua Messiah? If our DESIRE is to look for a licence to sin, what is this saying about us, and what is it saying about our repentance, our confession, and our baptism? Are we phoneys and fakes? If so, who are we fooling? Were all these things a charade or a façade to hide our real intentions of being or becoming a fake Christian? What would be the point?
OK, let’s leave out the ‘license to sin’ thing for a minute and just deal with the sin issue. What, if after baptism, our DESIRE is to carry on sinning, what would be the point of getting baptised? As I said previously, we can carry on sinning without any need to for baptism, so what is their point in the use of this stupid phrase?
Their point is this – they are looking at the whole thing through the eyes of Grace Killers, for they cannot comprehend the loving relationship of that between a Born Again son or daughter of God and their Redeemer, Yashua Messiah. They think it’s all about obedience to The Law, and if we speak of Grace, they will immediately think we are looking for excuses to sin – which is a judgemental lie. This is the mindset of Pharisees, for they behaved in the same way when Yashua Messiah confronted them with His Grace filled message, two thousand years ago and nothing has changed. These Cainite-Judeo-Christians behave and believe in exactly the same way.
You see when your salvation is down to you and your efforts this is how you will behave and view Grace. There is no room for Grace in their salvation-by-works world. In fact, Grace, from this legalistic Cainite-Judeo-Christian religious perspective, is a complete mystery to them, for it’s not on their radar screens and in reality it doesn’t exist to them. It cannot exist, for if it were to exist their Law based world would dissolve before their very eyes and all the reasons for their Cainite-Judeo-Christian religious existence would disappear. They would be like captains without ships and totally surplus to requirements.
Finally, I won’t go into detail about their nonsensical going to heaven business as I cover this subject in detail in my articles: “Are Christians Going to Heaven?” and “When Christians Die, Do They Instantly “Go To Be With The Lord? – Parts 1 & 2”. Needless to say, Christians going to heaven is as erroneous an idea as that of us needing a ‘license to sin’. Where do they get this stuff? Oh yes, at the bottom of an empty cornflakes packet LOL!
PS Please note, this edited article is ten+ years old.