Sometimes it is hard to tell the difference between a Christian and a non-Christian. Some people are Christians because they have professed Jesus Christ as their Savior. However, they have not made Him the Lord of their lives. They are not committed to reading and obeying God’s word. They don’t communicate with God on a daily basis. Therefore, when tempted by sin, they have not exercised enough in the spiritual disciplines to keep from sinning.
You are still worldly. Are you not acting like mere men? (I Corinthians 3:3)
According to the above scripture, Paul says many Christians are still worldly and act like mere man. They profess to be Christians but consciously sin, and there is no evident of a change in their lives. They give way to pleasures of the flesh rather than to the spirit of God.
It is true that all have sinned and continually fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23), but sin should not be a dominant force in the life of a Christian.
Why, then do Christians consciously sin?
- There is always a battle going on between the flesh and the spirit. Those who are not firmly anchored in God easily give way to the flesh. In other words, the flesh is weak.
- Also, Christians willingly sin because they have either never known their true identity in Christ or they have forgotten that they are children of God. (Romans 8:16)
- Some Christians sin because they have lost sight of what God has done for them. (2 Peter 1:9)
- Christians choose to sin because they don’t believe there will be severe consequences.
- Finally, some Christians sin because they have lost their focus on the future. They say, “What’s the use of doing what is right on earth if I have to wait to get to heaven to be fully compensated?” These Christians who fail to keep eternity in mind tend to sin in the here and now.
These are some of the reasons Christians willingly sin. However, there is a way of escape for our past sins.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins, and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)