The church of my youth taught the following: God has a “permissive will”. From my youth until now hearing that statement causes me to cringe! For many years I did not understand why – I do now! This statement implies God is double-minded. God abhors sin and He cannot even look at it! I cannot find anywhere in the written Word that implies or condones what is taught that God has a permissive will!
According to the dictionary the word permissive means: granting or tending to grant permission – it is the same thing as the giving of a permit or license! God does not grant permits for individuals to sin nor does God give out licenses to sin!!
Many self-help books teach there are gray areas. No such thing! Teaching there is a grey area is another way to: justify our sin so we can live it out!
If you try to justify anything that you have done or anything that you are doing. You are holding on to your own self-righteous filthy rags!
God does not have a permissive will – nor does He permit sin in any way! God does not give us a permission slip to commit sin! If God in anyway permitted sin it would be totally against His character and nature! Plus, it would go totally against His written Word! So, what is the answer? God tolerates sin for a season - out of love and hopefully for a greater purpose not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9) (NIV)
In most cases in Christendom the word SIN has been replaced by the word MISTAKE! A mistake is a wrong answer on a math test!
A.W. Tozer wrote: “Sin is a disease! It is lawlessness! It is rebellion! It is transgression, but it is also a wasting of the most precious of all treasures on earth.”
Henry T. Blackaby wrote: “Sin is our most persistent, determined, and pernicious enemy. Sin seeks to rob us of every good thing God has designed for us. Paul tells us that sin brings death (Romans 7:11). Yet it is very subtle. Sin creeps into our lives when we least expect it. It packages itself so attractively that we are lulled into thinking that it cannot really harm us (II Corinthians 11:14-15). Sin stealthily and relentlessly entangles our lives. We will never be able to run the race marked out for us as long as we are entrapped in sin. We free ourselves from sin’s bondage only if we recognize it for what it is. If we call sin a “mistake”, a bad habit.” or a “weakness,” we will never escape its grasp. We must not blame our sins on others.”
“ADONAI’s arm is not too short to save, nor is his ear too dull to hear. Rather, it is your own crimes that separate you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he doesn’t hear.” Isaiah 59:1-2 (CJB)
“Someone with right heart intentions towards God can’t stand the thought of sinning!”
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