Christian – revisited

Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. Gal 5:24

I want to revisit what it means to be a Christian once again. It is evident from this scripture that a Christian is to kill the desires of the sinful nature.
To do this, the characteristics of the sinful nature must be identified.
The Bible does this for you.

When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God. Gal 5:19-21

Please take note that the word is very clear about those living that sort of life are not Christian.

Though I took twelve lessons to show the attributes of a Christian, the Bible does it much more efficiently in a few verses.

But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! Gal 5:22-23

Which group are you in?
Claiming to be a Christian while habitually and regularly living out the desires of the sinful nature is an oxymoron.
What has happened is the redefinition of some of the sins listed in those verses. For instance, sexual immorality has been redefined even to the point that if a man and woman are unmarried and having sexual relations, this is viewed as loving and acceptable.
As I have heard numerous times “if two people love each other – then it should be perfectly fine!”
The problem is the two may love each other but they are not committed to each other.
No, fornication is still sin and, as such, a Christian has no business with it.

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