PLEASE oh PLEASE Watch the video below by Steve McVey called, Christian Religion Lie #35: “God Punishes You When You Sin“ and read my comments below…
This is one of the biggest, most insidious, most hurtful lies in Christianity today.
In fact, right now, it’s keeping the life of a woman I LOVE dearly in total bondage. She’s unable to see that God is NOT angry with her… that God is NOT punishing her for past sins… that God is NOT “withholding blessings” from her.
She is unable to see God as the loving God that He is… who lavishly pours out MERCY and GRACE and LOVE.
Here’s how it breaks down…
We were born into Adam, into sin nature, and we were sinners. The wages of sin = death. Throughout the whole Old Testament, priests had to sacrifice animals to pay the PENALTY for the sins of the people.
Once God forgives you, Your sins are FORGOTTEN!
BUT… and this is IMPORTANT:
Once the sins of the people had been paid for by the blood of an innocent sacrifice — they were completely forgiven AND forgotten by God. The Psalmist writes in 103:12 (NASB):
” As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.”
Once the penalty for the people’s sins was PAID FOR it was stricken off the record. The slate is cleaned. God removes that sin from you as far as the east is from the west… you are totally and COMPLETELY forgiven.
Which means if God has removed those sins from you… has forgiven you of those sins — then He certainly will NOT punish you for them!
Christ = Ultimate Sacrifice for ALL TIME…
Then Christ was born. He was God’s son. He was God — yet fully man. He lived perfectly, letting His Father’s life be expressed through Him every moment of every day, He was without Sin. This made Him the perfect, ULTIMATE sacrifice for the sins of the ENTIRE world and ALL TIME.
Christ died on the cross as the once and for all “payment” for ALL the sins of the world. Your sin… my sin… the world’s sins… past, present AND future! Your debt was paid by Christ’s blood.
Scripture says in John 19:30 (NASB, emphasis mine)…
“Therefore when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.”
When Christ died for the sins of the world on the cross He completely forgave all the sins of the ENTIRE world. Once again, ALL sins of ALL time of ALL people. The only thing we are required to do to receive this forgiveness is ACCEPT the free gift of salvation.
Once we do this, we are immediately put IN to Christ and Him IN to us. As Christians we now have Christ’s spirit. And we are completely forgiven for all time for all sins because we’ve stepped into this life in Christ.
Will you believe scripture… God’s words… or your feelings?
God’s word says we were born into Adam and into sin…
The wages of sin is death — (Romans 6:23)
To pay the penalty for these sins (so we don’t have to) a sacrifice can be made, in the OT a blood sacrifice was required (Leviticus 4:35; 5:10)
But when this death penalty is paid, our sins have been totally removed from us — they don’t count anymore (Psalms 103:12)
That with Christ it was finished (John 19:30) He was the ultimate sacrifice (1 Timothy 2:6) — your sins were forgiven.
Now that you are IN Christ — through salvation — your sins of all time… past, present and future have been removed from you, they’ve been wiped from the record, which means…
God Will NOT Punish You For Sins He Has Already Forgiven You For!
To do so would be against His very nature. His very just system that He has put into place.
Now that we are IN Christ, we’ve been joined to His life, there is now NO CONDEMNATION for those in Christ (Romans 8:1-2).
So the idea that God punishes us for our sins is a COMPLETE LIE!
To believe this is to believe a LIE… to call Jesus a liar when He said it was finished… to call the Psalmist a liar… to call the apostle Paul a liar!
And even worse, it will keep you in bondage. Because when you sin, you will think God is angry and is going to punish you so it will keep you from turning away from your sin and running back to God.
Believing this will keep you worrying about your past sins and thinking God is cursing you… punishing you… “spanking you” for them and it will keep you from running back into the loving arms of your father, who doesn’t want an apology, who doesn’t want you to feel “guilty for your sins”, who simply wants to hug you and take you back into His arms and lavish love on you. This is what Jesus’ prodigal son story is a picture of — the Father’s love for us (Luke 15:11-32)
But isn’t God punishing you = reaping what you sow (Galatians 6:7)?
No. Reaping what you sow is a part of living on earth…
God made a perfectly ordered world.
If the moon was just a couple feet off of it’s alignment, gravity would be thrown off on Earth and life couldn’t exist.
Everything in nature has a balance to it, an equal and opposite force. Science, Physics specifically, proves this. And every cause has an equal effect…
So if you sin, it will naturally work it’s course in your life. There will be consequences.
But this is NOT God punishing you! You are NOT cursed! Your sin can NEVER be big enough to block God’s blessings, God’s love in your life.
This is sin punishing you — this is reaping what you sow — this is cause and effect.
So the idea that “God punishes you when you sin” is a complete and utter LIE. Scripture proves it. This is one of those lies that Satan uses to control Christians… to keep them feeling defeated… to keep them feeling unworthy of receiving God’s love.
Please, please, PLEASE be transformed by the renewing of your mind (Romans 12:2), EVERY TIME you hear this lie, or your emotions start to feel guilty over some past sin… Tell yourself the TRUTH!
- I am already forgiven for that sin, Christ said “it is finished!”
- I’m in Christ, and there’s no condemnation for those in Christ
- I am fully loved by God and nothing I can do can change that, my sin will NEVER be bigger than God’s love!
These are Biblical truths. NOT LIES. And if you remind yourself of them daily, you will start to see God for who He really is…
God LOVES you!
Nothing you can do can get in the way of God’s love for you. (Read the prodigal son story!)
If you can just FATHOM how MUCH God loves you, then you won’t ever have to worry about “being a good Christian” because you will automatically love God back and start doing things for Him and submitting to Him and wanting to spend every waking moment with Him just like you would a human love (scripture confirms this , “we love Him because He first loved us”–1 John 4:19)
So please, I BEG you, with tears in my eyes to not be fooled by this LIE.