The reason I decided to come up with this topic it emanate from a question asked by a colleague who asked me:” Billy How can I say that I have repented if I commit the same types of sin over and over?” The colleague, “Shadrack,” said he often is “seized by depression” when he thinks of having to ask for repentance over and over again for the same sin.
I want to also ask you to bare in mind “Shadrack’s question is one of the most common questions that an honest and serious Christian has to ask.” This question is an “urgent” and “common” one within the lives of honest Christians.
‘My advice:Don’t Call It Repentance’
Its incorrect to use the word repentance for habitual sins we commit . The language in the New Testament, specifically in 1John1:8-9, where the word confession is used instead of repentance.
Let me put it to you like this:
Any thought, any attitude, any word, any facial expression, any gesture, any action that does not flow from a treasuring of Jesus is sin….Sin is a condition of the heart that is bent away from God in preference for other things, and sin is any expression of that preference in our mind or attitude or behavior.
When the Bible uses the word repentance in the New Testament, it is referring to the experience Christians have when they surrender their life to Christ. Repentance happens if a Christian’s life takes a terrible turn into a path of destruction from which we need to be called back, allow me to reference the beginning chapters from the book of Revelation. We are on Confession and Repetitive Sin
Allow me to defined two different types of confession . One type of confession is an expression of guilt and sorrow for a sin that one really has no faith they can’t control themselves in giving into it again.
Just allow me to list five different examples later, for now one of those is this: someone thinking to himself “I’m going to respond in a belittling way to my wife when she looks that way at me again, probably two days from now.” Meaning the confession is “superficial” and is a “cloak for fatalism” regarding those type of sins. I term this an “I feel bad about it, but I can’t help myself” type of mentality.
The other type of confession is like the first in that a person feels guilt and sorrow for sins, but different in that the person chooses to wage war on the sin itself. You aim, by the power of the Holy Spirit, to defeat it. You plan to rob the sin of its power over you.
Allow me to give two different types of sin a Christian commits, one that “blindsides you” and one that is “premeditated or planned.” Describing a blindsiding type of sin, further allow me to give examples of some I experiences, such as “spontaneous, unkind words that just pop out of my mouth.” that sin leaves me ashamed as soon as I says the words or even typethe words.
Planned or premeditated sin is something one thinks about before committing. “You actually sit there or stand there weighing whether to do it or not.”
How Much Sinning Proves That I’m Not a Christian?
“I don’t think we can provide a list of sins or a number for the frequency with which you can sin and get away with it. It is more dangerous for a Christian’s soul to get into a habit of premeditated sin because confession is cloaked with fatalism and hopelessness, and one develops a peace with sin. “Both are dangerous; don’t get me wrong,” futher all me to cite the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Roman’s :I do what I do not want, and I do not do the good I want, a “wretched man” and fleeing to Christ for cleansing.
In further response to my colleague’s question, “To the degree that your confessing of sin has made a kind of fatalistic peace with sin’s inevitability, and to the degree that your sin falls into the category of premeditated unrighteousness, to that degree, you should be frightened that you are on a path that may well lead to destruction.”
We will never be sinless until we are made holy in the presence of Christ and it is obliterated for all eternity, therefore with the power of the Holy Spirit’s help we must wage war on that sin until that day.