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To: Elsie; Boogieman; JustTheTruth
If you have thought it, Christ said, you’re as guilty as if you did the deed.

Uh...

Not exactly...


Actually, it's the desire that God wants to remove from your heart, the thought could be just a temptation.

Elsie, as Boogieman has posted the relevant scripture, he was not far from the mark.

Furthermore, reading 1 Corithinians 5:17:

New King James Version (NKJV)

17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

Christ came to completely save us from our sin, in word, deed, and desire, not keep sinning and falsely calling ourselves Christians.

I John 2:3-9

3 Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. 4 He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5 But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. 6 He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.

7 Brethren,[a] I write no new commandment to you, but an old commandment which you have had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which you heard from the beginning.[b] 8 Again, a new commandment I write to you, which thing is true in Him and in you, because the darkness is passing away, and the true light is already shining.

9 He who says he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness until now. 10 He who loves his brother abides in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him. 11 But he who hates his brother is in darkness and walks in darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.

God makes real no distinction between sins with regards to these scriptures. Elsewhere in the New Testament it is declared that if you are guilty of one of the sins, you are guilty of them all.

But Christ is the solution for all of our sins and as Romans Chapter 8:1 states:

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus,[a] who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.
29 posted on 12/07/2012 12:40:40 PM PST by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency.)
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To: SoConPubbie; Elsie; Boogieman; JustTheTruth
There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus,[a] who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.

Futhermore:

When Paul is talking about "do not walk according to the flesh" he is talking about sinning as he so clearly and emphatically has already proven in Romans leading up to Chapter 8. Conversely, when Paul talks about "according to the Spirit" he is talking about walking in Christ above and victorious over the sin of our lives as he also has already proven in Romans leading up to Chapter 8.

The only reason we, as sinners, do not grasp this Victory that Christ/God has both promised and delivered through Christ's death on the Cross and subsequent Resurrection and victory over Death, is our own mortal sinful Unbelief.
30 posted on 12/07/2012 12:45:58 PM PST by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency.)
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To: SoConPubbie; Boogieman
Elsie, as Boogieman has posted the relevant scripture, he was not far from the mark.

True - not far from.

The 'trouble' is that using it they way BM said it is what the devil will USE against one who was tempted:

"Well; ya THOUGHT it - ya may as well DO it!"

33 posted on 12/07/2012 1:20:51 PM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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