Greetings In the Name of the Lord:
Romans 6:1-2 (NLT)
1 Well then, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of his wonderful grace?
2 Of course not! Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it?
Just prior to this Paul had stated that where sin increases grace increases even more. So that raises the question, “let’s keep sinning so we can get more grace?” This may sound ridiculous but there are people who have actually taught this. The esteemed Bible scholar F. F. Bruce wrote that the infamous Russian monk Gregory Rasputin (1871-1916) taught that salvation comes by repeated experiences of sin and repentance. He believed that, since those who sin more require more forgiveness, believers who continue to sin with reckless abandon enjoy, every time they repent, more of God’s grace than ordinary sinners (Mohrlang, 101). However, Rasputin obviously never read Paul! Paul answers this question with an emphatic negation, “of course not!” Paul says that the true Christian is dead to sin. Think about it, is a dead person bothered with greed? Is a dead person bothered by jealousy, anger, or lust? Of course not! Neither is a repentant Christian. Does that mean that we are never tempted or struggle with sin? We all know that the answer to that is “yes,” but it doesn’t mean that we continue to make a daily practice of the same sin over and over either. Some of us have sins that we need to die to, and in many cases that is a process over time. The key is are we making progress in the process, or are we using our weakness as an excuse to keep on doing what we know is wrong? To what sin do you need to die?