What if I Keep Sinning?

 by Chuck Snyder
 co-chaplain for the Seattle Mariners

 

This reader who struggles with lesbianism raises some extremely important questions about the impact our sins have upon our relationship with Jesus. The following is Part 2 of her email exchange with Chuck Snyder as she asks if there's still a possibility for her to go to Heaven. Click here to read her first letter to Chuck, Is Homosexuality a Birth Defect?, or her third letter, I Gave in to Temptation

Dear Chuck,
Thank you very much for your reply. I still acknowledge God as my Heavenly Father, Lord and Savior, though I am indulging in lesbianism now. Everyday, I have to say "sorry" to Father in heaven and I still see Him bless me in certain ways, though I strongly believe that I am not getting the best deals since I am sinning.

Can I continue my act of lesbianism and still get into Heaven but just as one "escaping from fire?" Is the sin of lesbianism in the same magnitude of sinfulness as "sexual immorality, impurity, and debauchery; idolatry and witch craft; hatred , discord, jealousy, etc..." [Galatians 5: 19-21] ? Does inheriting the kingdom of God mean getting into Heaven? I still wish to get to Heaven.

I really hate to carry this body of mine around, always having to be subjected to temptations. I am really tired of it. I felt very lonely at times because I need physical touch, and yet I could not have it from a man. I cry each time I think of my situation, as I am doing now.

Please help,
Your anxious Sister-in-Christ

Chuck's Response:
You're on pretty shaky ground when you know what God wants you to do but disobey anyway. Here's what it says in Romans 6.

"Well then shall we keep on sinning so that God can keep on showing us more and more kindness and forgiveness? Of course not. Should we keep on sinning when we don't have to? For sin's power over us was broken when we became Christians and were baptized (spiritual) to become a part of Jesus Christ through his death the power of your sinful nature was shattered. Your old sin-loving nature was buried with him by baptism when he died, and when God the Father, with glorious power, brought him back to life again, you were given his wonderful new life to enjoy. For you have become a part of him, and so you died with him, so to speak, when he died, and now you share his new life and shall rise as he did. Your old evil desires were nailed to the cross with him; that part of you that loves to sin was crushed and fatally wounded, so that your sin-loving body is no longer under sin's control, no longer needs to be a slave to sin, for when you are deadened to sin you are freed from all its allure and its power over you."

My guess is that one of two things has happened. Either you have accepted God as your Heavenly Father, Lord and Savior in your head but not in your heart, or you are comfortable shaking your fist at Him and telling Him to go jump because you are going to do things your way. Sorry to be harsh but I have to be honest. You can decide what you want to do.

We are not saved by what we do or don't do in this age of grace. We are saved by who we know. And because of our awesome gratitude to God for sending Jesus to take our place on the cross, we don't want to disappoint Him by continuing in sin. Sure we make mistakes, but habitual sin of some sort is a sign that we really don't know God. God hears your prayers and sees your tears and maybe the Exodus ministry will be able to help you to run from temptation. At least it's worth a shot. You can disagree with me for sure. I'm not trying to tell you what to do. I just grieve for you and pray for you and ask God to be your comfort. Thanks for getting back to me.

Here's the address of two Christian organizations that might be able to help.

Exodus International
www.exodus-international.org
PO Box 540119
Orlando, FL 32854

Phone: (406) 599-6872 or (888) 264-0877
email: info@exodus-international.org

Narth
www.narth.com

16633 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 1340
Encino, CA 91436-1801
Phone: (818) 789-4440
Fax: (818) 789-6452
Chuck Snyder

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