The Sad Truth Behind Christians Living a Sinful Lifestyle

In this post-Christian world that we live in, many people who claim to be Christians are living a sinful lifestyle that is holding them back.

The Sad Truth Behind Christians Living a Sinful Lifestyle

I’m going to start this post off with a statement that you wouldn’t expect to read here on DailyPS. Sin is fun. “Gasp! Did Alex just say that?” Yes, yes I did. But don’t act surprised, you know this to be true. Everyone knows that living contradictory to the word of God isn’t difficult, and it is often fun. Or at least… it’s fun at first. The truth is, sin leads you down a path in life, just like every other decision you make. Christians living a sinful lifestyle need to understand that the decision to live a sinful life is taking them down a dark path that is very difficult to correct or change.

What does living a sinful lifestyle mean?

We live in a post-Christian world. Most people who claim to be Christian aren’t Christians (I’m not judging anyone or picking specific people out.) But, the Bible talks about knowing His people by their fruit. Some “Christians” aren’t producing fruit, so what does that mean?

By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thorn-bushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them. – Matthew 7:15-20 NIV

This passage from the Bible is about everyone who claims to be a believer. If you’re not bearing good fruit, the question is this: are you actually a Christian? Anyway, this post is not about salvation – For more on that topic, read this post: Am I really saved? (Will I make it to Heaven?)

Today’s post is not intended to scare you. Instead, it’s to encourage and challenge you to live a lifestyle free from sin.

I see many Christians that decide to live contrary to the word of God because they believe it’s something that is benefiting their life. There are many things in life that at the beginning seem like they are helping you, but they end up leading you to a dark place.

A fitting example that I can use is drinking.

You may be going through a rough time in life, and you decide to start drinking a little bit to help mask the pain. I’ve known many well-meaning people that have started down this road. At first, people find that drinking does help. It masks the pain and makes you feel numb to the difficulties of your life. But, not long after beginning this emotional drinking, many people find that they’ve become addicted to it, and it becomes their first place to turn when they are feeling pain.

Here’s the deal, I have no problem with drinking at all. However, Drinking, as you know, has ended many lives or leads people to live a very sinful/unproductive lifestyle. When people reach the point of becoming an alcoholic, they have entered a place of real bondage. And guess what? This place of bondage started with a single drink at some point.

Think about that. Entering a place of severe bondage and unhealthy actions began with a single drink to mask a painful time in someone’s life.

Sin starts with a feeling of freedom but ends in a place of bondage.

Please do not miss my point; there is nothing wrong with drinking. I am not bashing it or saying that you should never drink. I’m just using drinking as an example. Because I’ve watched this form of sin destroy the lives of many people that have been precious to me. Again, it’s easy to go to the bottle instead of to God when you get hurt. In the end, the people I’ve seen turn to drinking, feel worse than when they started, and now have serious addictions and health issues to overcome.

Here’s the deal; all sin leads to bondage. As my example, I could have just as easily talked about how people who are experiencing self-worth issues turn to sex to make themselves feel better. Or how about the person who gets easily offended and cuts off friendships instead of mending them? These are other examples of sin leading to bondage.

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Here’s what I want you to do (this is the point of my post today):

Think about the choices that you’ve made in your life. Are any of them sinful or leading you down a path that you should not go down? If you take a step back, are you already in a place of bondage? Now think about your future. What affect will the choices you are making today have on your future? Are your actions taking you in the right direction?

If you’re a Christian living a sinful lifestyle, I urge you to make an immediate change!

I encourage you today, really pray and ask God to convict you of any sin in your life. Repent and surrender it to God. Begin living the life of freedom that He has given to you freely. God has better in store for us all!

Question from Alex Sanfilippo, the author.

What sin have you given to God throughout your life? How are you living in His freedom instead of bondage?

Written by Alex Sanfilippo

My mission is to live a life honorable in every way to God my father. I am passionate about building disciples and strengthening the church. My daily goal is to be a positive influence on the people around me and to make the world a better place.

10 thoughts on “The Sad Truth Behind Christians Living a Sinful Lifestyle

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  2. Why not focus on what Jesus has done for us on the cross? We all know we fall short. Maybe a paradigm shift might be, pointing people to the love that WHILE they were still sinners, Jesus went to the cross. A revelation of God’s love will change behaviour and help us choose the way of love. Ticking boxes won’t stop you missing the mark.

  3. I appreciated your courage to write about this topic. Too many Christians think of sin too lightly and don’t believe living for Christ should involve giving up anything. Dietrich Bonhoffer calls that cheap grace in his book by that title.

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  5. I may be missing your point? In your example you use drinking. You point out that you are not against it, but it may be sin for the Christian.
    And if that is your point I would agree as far as it goes. But, I suggest that it is not the drink then that is sin, but the abuse. It’s much like the gun. It’s not the gun that kills but the one behind it. The forbidden fruit of the Christian is not the drink, but the drunkenness. The sin is in the motive. Is the motive to lose your sorrows in Alcohol, or God? As a fruit inspector I do not look at does he take a drink, but does he get himself drunk and out of control? Not finding fault just looking for what is your truth on this?

  6. “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord’ and do not do what I say?” (Luke 6:46) Jesus makes a pretty valid point here, are we for him, because if we’re not, were against him, and surely if we’re for him we would strive, with his help, to do what he says and produce the fruit spoken of.

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