Continuing the new Agora series by Ruddy Adam.
Question Regarding “Believers Cannot Sin”
“Doc R, our group loved the study `Believers Can No Longer Sin.’ All us ‘old heads’ agree totally, thank you! As always, though, a couple of the new members of our group asked the same old question: `Does Paul’s teaching mean we can do anything without fear of the Lord punishing us or taking our salvation from us?’” Love to you and the crew. H & D, SC.
Let’s begin Part 2 with these Three Khristian absolutes, which I have shown and will continue to show are true: 1) No matter what we do physically in the flesh while here on earth—whether good or bad—those acts can neither keep us from going to the Positive Side of that gulf after we die that is filled with salvation and grace; nor can our physical acts while in the flesh here on earth help us enter the Positive Side in the Upper-Levels. It is purely and perfectly what we believe that either saves us or condemns us.
2) Not one fleshly act that we carry out in the flesh can condemn our souls, or cause us to lose our salvation. That does not, however, mean that our flesh ought not be punished for certain actions. Khristians are indeed free to do as they please—but there are things that they ought not do. Certainly, Khristians ought not take advantage of the freedom Khrist has given them.
3) Khristianity is mental—it is now and always has been about what we believe—not what we do!
Indeed, it is somewhat of a paradox. It is what I have called, The Great Paradox in Khristianity, regarding the freedom Khrist has granted us by His actions on the Cross and His ensuing Resurrection.
Paul informs us of this freedom, and then informs us what we are supposed to do with it—rather than take advantage of it by indulging ourselves in the flesh.
We have learned so far that we are indeed absolutely free from physically doing anything to save our souls, because Yasu Khrist has already done everything there is to do.
The Lord’s Courier Paul explains to us in his Letter to the Divine Assembly at Galatia how we should look at this amazing freedom and what we should do because of it.
As a reminder regarding what had occurred in the Assembly at Galatia, again, as they did all over the new Khristian world, the Pharisees had infiltrated the Galatian Assembly and had pulled the Galatians away from Khrist by convincing them that they could not be saved by faith alone—rather that they had to carry out rituals and follow the law to be saved.
Here Paul is specifically attacking rituals, by using circumcision as the prime example. He says that neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any impact in respect to the salvation of their souls. Again, circumcision represents all rituals in this context.
Here is how he begins this marvelously enlightening passage:
1. So then, stand firm in the freedom in which Khrist freed us,
and do not be imprisoned by the chains of slavery again.
2. Pay attention to me!
I, Paul, declare to you that if you allow yourselves to be circumcised for the purpose of being saved—*Khrist will be of no use to you!
*Khrist will be of no use to you! (Galatians 5.2): Get that, folks? Take part in rituals thinking that they will help us to obtain salvation separates us from Khrist, making His actions on the Cross worthless to us. Does anybody want that? I for one don’t want to do any work that I don’t have to do, especially when the Creator of the entire Universe informs me that He has already completed that work. Are His actions not perfect?
Imagine how the Lord feels when people try to do things to aid Him—the very creator of all we see!—in saving our souls. Imagine that He Himself suffered to free us from the chains of sin, the law, rituals, and all else—by allowing His Own creation to torture and murder Him—and yet some humans actually think they might be able to do something physical to help Him out with the greatest event in the history of all the universe, which He finished once and for all time. To me it’s such a burden on my mind that humans think that way, that I have to blank it out, for the sake of saneness.
Before we move to our main verses in which Paul addresses the absolute freedom we have in our union with Khrist, in the following verse he says what he wishes would happen to the anti-Khristians who were pulling the Galatians away from Khrist by convincing them they had to be circumcized, that is, perform some kind of ritual to be saved.
After enticing Paul’s Galatian Converts to Khrist to go out into the woods to be circumcized, the Pharisees were castrating them, at best making eunuchs out of them or at worst leaving them to die.
Paul was not happy with what these Khrist-haters were doing, to say the least. Paul was no wimp. He took vicious beatings from the enemies of Khrist. (39 lashes five times; beaten with rods three times; and stoned once; 2 Korinthians 11.23-25) No wonder he takes a harsh tone regarding Khrist’s enemies.
Here he tells us what he would love them to do to themselves.
12. I wish those who are inciting you to pull away from Khrist would castrate themselves!
Paul then finishes his discourse in Galatians by creating The Great Paradox in Khristianity. That paradox begins in Galatians 5.13:
13. Indeed fellow Khristians, you were called (to be in union with Khrist) for the purpose of being free! Only do not take the freedom which you have been given as an opportunity for fleshly indulgence. But rather, serve as slaves to one another through love!
14. For the whole law is fulfilled by this one reasoning, which states as follows: “You shall love your fellow-kindred as you love yourself.” (Paul quotes Leviticus 19.18, just as the Lord did in Matthew 19.19 & Mark 12.31)
But the old translations say to “love your neighbor as yourself” rather than what the text actually means. See below where the quotation comes from, and it is clear. Besides that, it is foolish to think that the Lord or Paul would order their people to love everybody who is their neighbor. Did it sound as though Paul loved those who were castrating the Galatians?
The Scriptures are written to Adamic man. In that sense, it is therefore a local order, meant for the Adamic race only (Yasreal in this case), and because of a bad translation commentators have turned it into a universal order—which it surely is not!
In this context Moses is giving out rules, regulations, and reasonings from the Lord. Here is the one Yasu and Paul quoted.
17. You ought not hate your fellow-kindred in your heart. But you ought certainly to reason justly with him regarding any error so that his guilt does not remain upon him.
18. You ought not take vengeance or hold a grudge against the offspring of your own race, but you must love your fellow-kindred as you love yourself. I am the Ever-Living.
As the Scriptures continue on down through The Book That Reveals the Scriptures (Revelation), this order (to love your fellow-kindred) narrows down to Fellow Believers—and again, not to the whole world. And then, finally, for those who are alive and here in the flesh at the end of the age—to your fellow-chosen, your fellow-elect. Anyone who is here at that time must remember that their alliance is no longer to their blood kin—but to those who know that the Antikhrist is not the true Khrist.
Paul sometimes uses different words to relay to us that we are purified of our sins. We could put it this way: We stand purified/cleased/santified. And the Lord has justified us, which means He has judged us innocent because we trust in Him—His actions when He walked the earth, and in His promises.
When Paul was excoriating the Divine Assembly at Korinth for allowing the same creatures to come among them, he made these things clear to them by emphasizing their freedom that Khrist had brought about.
In my ignorant, somewhat profane vernacular, I would most likely put it like this to someone I had been trying to get the fact through to that they were saved and stand in a state of grace from now until doomsday as long as they trust in Khrist and they no longer need to do anything to remain in that state, except believe. These, let us say, would have been letting creatures in among them who wanted to enslave them by pulling them away from the faith by claiming they had to continue asking for the forgiveness of sins or that they had to carry out some ritual to aid in saving themselves:
Here I go—certainly having lost my patience:
Dammit! Get this through your hard-ass freaking, frocking kryptonite skulls! The instant you accepted Khrist (or for some even earlier, as Paul says: “before the destruction of the prior kosmos,” Ephesians 1.4), the Lord has your soul in His loving, tender hands, and He’s going to guard that soul—for the ever-lasting, ageless ages, and no one can change that. You cannot sin unless you are dumb enough to desert Him! If you do that, then to hell with you!
I think that’s blunt enough to get it across to anyone who believes they can save themselves by being good or that they can condemn themselves by being bad. Or that they have to continue asking the Lord to forgive us of our wrongdoings.
Now, brother Paul—believe it or not—is just as harsh when he states something very similar to the Church at Korinth. In the Greek (Helada) of his day, the structure and syntax he uses here shows he is practically banging his fists on the table trying to get this through to the stubborn Korinthians.
In the verses prior to this verse, Paul tells us to whom he is speaking, that they were once race-mixers, thieves, drunks, con-artists, etc; and he says “Certainly some of you were these types!”
But then he explains to them that because of their trust in Khrist, those things have been wiped off their slate. In the Lord’s eyes, those physical sins He no longer sees or remembers.
1 Korinthians 6.11
11. But nonetheless, you were cleansed! Indeed, you were separated! Indeed, you were justified by the Name of the Lord Yasu and by the Spirit sent by the Ever-Living!
*were cleansed: Washed perfectly clean of all of your sins.
*were separated: Mentally separated from the rest of the kosmos (the world-system), thereby allowing Believers to walk among the hellions who hate Khrist, who ignore Him, who do not respect Him, who not trust Him, who do not have time for Him—indeed, mentally separated to the point that their disbelieving arrows cannot touch us.
*were justified: Judged and found innocent.
Judged and found innocent! The Lord is not going to try us twice. And how has He judged us? Whether we trust in Him—and when we do our souls are eternally innocent.
In the following Scriptures, Paul is teaching our ancestors how a new contract comes about. He uses the marriage law as an analogy, to help them understand what Yasu Khrist did at the Cross.
The Apostle Paul Speaking to Those Who Know the Law
1. Do you not understand brothers (for I speak to those who understand the law) that the law rules over Adamic man as long as he lives?
The Explanation of the Last Clause in Verse One
2. For the married woman is bound by the law to stay with her husband as long as he lives. But if her husband dies, she is freed from the law of being bound to her husband.
3. So then, as long as her husband is alive, she shall be designated as an adulteress if she goes to another man. But if her husband dies, she is free from that law. She is no longer an adulteress if she goes to another man.
Our Physical Contract to the Law Died at the Cross
4. Therefore, my brothers, you certainly were put to death through Khrist’s Body with respect to the law, in order that you can go to Another One, to the One Who was raised from the dead, in order that we can produce fruit for the Ever-Living.
5. For when we were in the flesh (before becoming Khrist-followers), sinful passions were always exposing themselves through the law in our fleshly members, for the purpose of producing fruit for Death.
6. But at this time we have been freed from the law, dead to that by which we were firmly bound, so as for us to slave *in a new spiritual state, and not under the rule of an obsolete Contract.
*in a new spiritual state, and not under the rule of an obsolete Contract (Romans 7.6): Notice the contrasting parallelism Paul uses here to emphasize we His people stand in a new state with Him, by means of a New Contract—a Spiritual Contract, in which He looks at our minds, and not at our fleshly acts. And He judges us on our faith in Him. That contrasts quite sharply with our having to obey every law, every rule, every ritual, every reasoning, every command—because that fleshly state died with the old fleshly contract. Thank you Lord!
Moses wrote on stone. The Lord writes in our minds.
We were formerly bound in contract to the law, and thus ruled by it, and bound to follow every speck of it. That included going to priests with sin-offerings and they in turn entered the Temple to offer them to the Ever-Living.
Now, however, we are ruled by a Spiritual Contract, a Mental Contract, in which we now safely stand in a spiritual union with Khrist—Who has cleansed/purified/sanctified us of all our sins by the fact that He made one sacrifice for us on the Cross: Himself, indeed He, the Sacrificial Lamb sent by the Ever-Living. And by our belief (which is mental, spiritual) He forgives us of the entirety of our sins—and in fact remembers them no more.
Now, just as the Lord no longer remembers our wrongdoings, we ourselves are obligated to forget them, too. I have no memory of mine, except when El brings them up to me—even then I play dumb.
End Part Two