2nd Deception









Satan wants Christians to think they can continue to commit sin and still be saved. Satan whispers to the believer that it is impossible to cease from sin. To prove his point he tells believers that they are committing sin every time they have evil thoughts or desires.


Then, once they believe that lie, he soon has them thinking like this...


IF: Lustful thoughts are sin, and committing Adultery is a sin.


AND: I can have lustful thoughts and still be saved.


THEN: I can commit Adultery and still be saved.


As you can see, the Satanic deception depends on the false premise

that a believer who has lustful thoughts is committing a sin. That

simply is not true, the Bible carefully distinguishes between a

person's "SIN NATURE" as described in Romans 7:17, and Galatians 5:17:


"...sin that dwelleth in me."


"...the flesh lusteth against the Spirit."


and COMMITTING SIN as found in 1 John 3:8:


"He that committeth sin is of the devil;"


There is a great difference between the sin nature as an active force

in man and committing sin which is rebellion against God. The Sin

nature is that which urges us to commit an act of sin; and that is what this

booklet is about - the difference between our Sin nature and acts of



Comparing Acts of Sin and the Sin Nature:


AN ACT OF SIN consists of an intentional choice to break one of

God's Commandments with full knowledge that it is wrong. The

Bible refers to this as "Presumptuous Sin" as opposed to sins of

ignorance. A sin done in ignorance of the law could be atoned for by

the offering of a sacrifice (Lev 5:17) but willful transgression of

the law was punished by death. (Lev 20:10 - Adultery) If a Christian is

obeying God up to the knowledge he has and unwittingly breaks one

of God's Commandments it is not an act of willful sin and he is not

condemned. The atoning sacrifice of Jesus (The Blood of Christ)

covers any sin done in ignorance until such time as the Holy Spirit

makes the believer aware of his wrongdoing.


We can see the principle clearly illustrated in 1 John 1:7:


"But IF we walk in the light, as he is in the light...the blood of

Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin."


Look closely, the condition for cleansing is that we must walk in the

light. If a believer is doing what he knows to be wrong, he is not

walking in the light and therefore he is not covered by the blood of

Jesus. The blood of Jesus only cleanses from sins done unintentionally

or in ignorance of God’s law.


If the Christian has come to know that it is wrong, and continues to

transgress the law, he is guilty of rebellion. If he will not put

that sin away completely and forever, he is a rebel against God's Kingdom

and will be condemned to death. He will not inherit eternal life.

This is what John meant when he said:


"All wrongdoing is sin,

but there is SIN which is not mortal." 1 John 5 :17


"....SIN is the transgression of the law." 1 John 3:4


All wrongdoing is transgression of the law, but any transgression

done in ignorance is not mortal.


God does not consider a sin to be mortal unless there is rebellion in

the heart. Without an attitude of rebellion there is no act of sin.

Perhaps this analogy will help explain what it means to "commit



A man was walking in the park and saw a sign that said:



Police Dept.


He walked up to it and contemptuously kicked it over and said: "I'll

walk where I please!" That man acted in rebellion to the law.


Another man was walking in the same park and strayed on to the

forbidden grass without seeing the sign, but as soon as he did see it

he immediately obeyed. That man did not act in rebellion. Both men

trespassed, but only one was rebellious.


So it is with sin, we do not "commit sin" unless we are aware that

what we are doing is against one of God's Ten Commandments, and

do it anyway. The word "commit" implies an intentional act as in:

commit murder...commit robbery...commit Adultery. No one can

commit sin accidentally.


Does a born-again Christian "commit sin"? The apostle John said NO!...


"No one born of God commits sin." 1 John 3:9


Many who think they are born-again are not. The fact is that a

person is not "born of God" the moment he first believes. Just as in

the natural world where a child is begotten before it is born, so it

is with the spiritual rebirth. First we are "begotten from above" then

if we continue to grow we are born. The seed in the womb has "power"

to grow and so do we! John said:


"But to all who received Him, who believed in His name,

He gave power TO BECOME children of God..."

John 1:12 RSV


Please notice that John did not say "...all who believed in His name

ARE children of God, but that all who believed had power TO

BECOME children!


With the new birth comes the power to obey through the indwelling

Holy Spirit. The true child of God will suffer anything, even death

before he will deliberately offend God by disobeying even one of His

commandments. According to the scriptures, if we do not obey

God's commandments we do not love God! John said: "For this is

the love of God that we keep his commandments." (1 John 5:3) If

that is not clear then listen to what Jesus said:


"He that hath my commandments, AND KEEPETH THEM,

He it is that LOVETH me:

John 14:21


Only those who love God are going to inherit eternal life!


Is it possible for someone who is born-again to commit a deliberate

act of sin against God's law? Yes, because he still has free will and

is able to choose good or evil. But woe to him if he chooses evil...


Think about it! This is a blessed person who has made a covenant

with God to obey Him, and in turn has been given the faith, the

strength, and the power to obey; yet he treacherously chooses to

rebel and betray the one who has shown him great mercy. He spits in

the face of the Holy One who suffered the agonies of the cross and

died in his place.


The return of a born-again believer who has come to the “knowledge

of the truth” unto willful and deliberate sin is an act of high handed treason.

( See Heb 10:26)


God's righteousness demands judgment without mercy and eternal

destruction for such a wretch. (Read Proverbs 1:28-33 and Hebrews

6:4-8 and tremble!)


In order to keep new believers from understanding these things and

recognizing that they must stop "committing sin", the Devil wants

them to put errors such as lustful thoughts and angry words, in the

same category with deliberate acts of rebellion such as Lying,

Stealing, and Adultery. He wants them to think that it is normal to

"commit sin" very day so that they will lose the distinction between

rebellion against God and simple manifestations of the Sin nature.


THE SIN NATURE is that part of man which generates evil desires.

The Sin nature is used by the Devil to tempt a person to commit sin.

Through the Sin nature, Satan is able to stimulate the body, soul and

mind towards evil.


The spiritual powers of Satan's kingdom work directly through the

Sin nature in order to tempt a person into breaking God's law. Like

the carrot on a stick held in front of a donkey, Satan dangles the

reward of pleasure as an inducement to lure the person along the path

towards actual transgression of God's Ten Commandments.


Through rewards of greater and greater pleasure the unwitting victim

is drawn ever deeper and deeper into his own lusts, until lust

overcomes him and he becomes willing to rebel against God and

commit an act of sin.


Sinful lust is best defined as: "desire for that which is forbidden".

The scriptures teach that although lust in itself is not an act of sin

(i.e. a deliberate transgression of the law) it will soon lead to an

act of sin if not checked. Here is the way James described the process by

which our lusts lead us into transgression and death:


1st Stage. DRAWN AWAY!


"But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of

his own lust, and enticed."


The moment the Sin nature is given an opportunity it begins to act on

a person's will by drawing him away from what is right through his

own lust. - (Greek: Epithumia 1939, "a longing for what is

forbidden.") Those "longings" will soon entice. - (Greek: Deleazo

1185, "to entrap.") Once the person is entrapped, his desires have

grabbed hold of his mind, and the sin nature will work to draw him on

toward actual sin by rewarding him with pleasure or the promise of

pleasure if he will continue to entertain his "longing for what is





"Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin:"


Very soon the lust will have "conceived," and the living seed of rebellion is planted in the fertile soil of the mind. It begins to take root and grow and then bringeth forth sin. - (Greek: Tiktei 5088, "to produce from seed.") Once the seed of rebellion has taken root in the mind of the believer actual transgression is not very far away and is inevitable unless the person slams on his spiritual brakes and puts a stop to the process. This can only be done by an express act of the will and calling upon Jesus to rescue him from Sin's power.




"and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death."

James 1:14, 15


If the person does not stop entertaining his lusts, the power of sin

will have its way and the person will soon commit sin by choosing to

set aside God's Law. Then Sin, "when it is finished (Greek:

Apoteleo 658, "to complete entirely i.e. consummate.")



Listen to the warning that Paul wrote to the born-again Christians at

Rome. What he said to them, he said to us:


"...his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of SIN UNTO

DEATH, or of obedience unto righteousness."

Romans 6:16


A true Christian will not long entertain lustful fantasies about

forbidden desires because he knows they are evil, dangerous, and

offensive to God. The mature Christian knows that the longer one

does entertain wrong thoughts or desires, the more one will suffer

when trying to shut them off. The longer they are entertained, the

deeper they become rooted and the more difficult to overcome.


The Christian need not fear that he will not be able to overcome

temptation because God promises that He will not allow us to be

tempted beyond what we can endure. (See 1 Cor 10:13) That same

verse also proves that anyone who really is born-gain and has the

Holy Spirit of God is able to say "NO!" to any temptation that comes

his way. (I pray that any believer who finds himself unable to avoid

acts of sin will realize that he is not yet born of God and will cry

out for God's Holy Spirit, and surrender himself completely in obedience

to God's Law.)


If the Christian will not turn away from his lusts--then he wants to

keep them. If so, then sooner or later, he will inevitably succumb to


the power of the Sin nature, reject the Lordship of Christ and commit

sin. If he was truly born-again and then turns away from obedience

to God's law, he will be lost! Not only lost, but according to Peter

the punishment for the dog returning its vomit will be worse than for the unbeliever who was not able to obey. Christians, beware of your desires that are contrary to God's law, for the Devil is patient and has lots of time.




A good example of willful sin would be Adultery, which is an act of

sin that occurs when a person chooses to set aside God's law and

have sexual relations outside of marriage. Please take note that to

commit Adultery is an act of sin, but the lust which precedes the

decision is NOT AN "ACT" OF SIN, rather it is the manifestation of

the Sin nature.


It is very important to notice that when Jesus said:


"But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman TO lust

after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart."

Matthew 5:28




"If you look upon a woman *WITH* lust ye have committed

adultery in your heart."


Jesus was saying this: "The Pharisees have told you that you are

committing Adultery only if you actually have relations with a

woman, but I say to you that it is the intent of your heart that God

judges. If you look upon a woman lusting to have sex with her, and

the only thing stopping you is the lack of opportunity, then you have

already broken God's law in your heart."


The word TO means: "indicating intention, purpose or end."

(Websters) If a man is looking on a woman with the intention of

lusting after her then he certainly is not trying to avoid lust! He

may be sure that his heart is still set upon evil. He may also be sure

that if he would commit Adultery given the opportunity, he is not truly

born-again because John says that "Whosoever is born of God doth

not commit sin." (1 John 3:9)


Looking upon someone TO lust after them is a sin, but the Devil

wants Christians to think that just looking at the opposite sex and

feeling desire is also an act of sin. That is not true! It is simply

the first stage of temptation. Temptation to commit sin does come

through lustful desires, fantasies, etc. but those lusts are not in

themselves an act of sin because temptation does not involve rebellion.


If lust itself is an act of sin then Jesus committed sin because the

Bible says that "every man is TEMPTED when he is drawn away in

his own LUST," and that Jesus was TEMPTED like as we are,".





Here is the final proof that sinful desires are not an ACT of sin; the scriptures say this about Jesus:


"Wherefore in all things it behooved Him to be made LIKE

UNTO HIS BRETHREN, that he might be a merciful and faithful

high priest..."

(Hebrews 2:17)


"For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities;


BUT WAS IN ALL POINTS TEMPTED LIKE AS WE ARE, yet without sin." (Hebrews 4:15)


"But every man is TEMPTED, (Greek: Tested) when he is

drawn away of his ow LUST..." (James 1:14)




IF: "Every man is TEMPTED when he is drawn

away of his own lust..."





THEN: Jesus was TEMPTED when he was drawn away of his

own LUST.




IF: Jesus was TEMPTED when he was drawn away of his

own LUST,


AND: Jesus was "yet without sin".


THEN: Jesus was without sin when he was tempted.


Therefore If Jesus was tempted by lust (sinful desire) then lust is not an

act of sin. The Bible says that all Christians are tempted and drawn away of

their own lust, but "He that committeth sin is of the devil." (1 John 3:8)


The Devil wants us to commit sin and "sin is the transgression of

the law." Those who knowingly choose to disobey any part of God's

Ten Commandment Law (including the Sabbath) are obeying the

Devil. They are his servants and will share his fate on Judgement

day. Paul warned:


"Know ye not that, to whom ye yield yourselves

servants to obey, his servants ye are..."

Romans 6:16


The most important question a Christian can ask himself is: Whose

servant am I?


"Jesus answered...Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin."

John 8:58














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