Skip to comments.Advise me: A Christian who does good deeds thinks they can sin because of their good works?
Posted on 12/30/2013 12:45:24 AM PST by dila813
What is it called when a Christian who does good deeds thinks they can sin because of their good works?
Do you know someone like this? How do you deal with them?
I feel like I should confront them, but currently I am just ignoring them. What is the right thing to do?
Some of them have significant influence in and around my family. I am very uncomfortable.
I find it is frustrating to deal with someone who feels they are so superior to others that they can lie, cheat, steal, and do other similar sins all day long because they are involved with a Christian Non-Profit / Missions.
They may feel that they are saving souls; but really, it is at the cost of their own.
Do you know anyone who actually believes this or are you the first to propose this idea?
How can you have faith if you don’t actually follow God?
Where in the Bible does it say one should have personal pride? It seems like it’s the opposite.
“What is it called when a Christian who does good deeds thinks they can sin because of their good works?”
And that doesn’t go just for Christians. It pertains to everyone. It isn’t personal pride either. It’s sheer arrogance and defiance of G-d’s Law.
If the person is stealing, call the police. That will take him down a few pegs.
Silence in the face of evil is acquiescence. If whoever you are speaking of is influencing your family, you need to shine the light. Can you prove what you are charging? If so, then DO it.
OR is this a televangelist who you believe is in it for the money and fame?
Entrance into heaven isn’t based on our good deeds. No one is good enough.
It is based on the person and work of Jesus Christ. He is the only way to gain entrance into heaven.
Good works follow because the Holy Spirit enables us to be good and do good, and because we now want to do what is pleasing to Him and also because we now want to avoid that which displeases Him. If the enablishing and the wanting aren’t there, that person needs to check to see if He is really saved in the first place.
IIRC, correctly there was a term like that back in Europe called dispensation. But that involved money to the church for sins or something like that.
They are abusing Gods grace.
Jesus himself will sort the sheep from the goats.
They should know that.
Its up to him one heart at a time, he will judge.
God knows how one is supposed to constructively influence someone with a superior attitude. So I would recommend prayer. I understand that God is even smarter than us Freepers.
It’s a bit difficult to say as you don’t particularly name too much of what they are doing. Some have just had bad teaching and they may not think they are sinning. Some maybe having trouble with various issues in their lives or are yet to modify certain behaviors that offend your sensibilities. Or are they saying that homosexuality is not sin or something like that?
Ask God for an opportunity to speak to them in all humility. None of us are yet perfected!
Is this person a Catholic or an evangelical Christian? If the latter, the person may be wallowing in the extreme position of the "grace alone" heresy. It might be the converse of what you think; not because of his good works, but in spite of them.
It's called "antinomianism."
This theology metastasized so exponentially during the 70's and 80's to the point that you can now not tell most professing "Christians" from unbelievers. I can't count the number of professing Christian friends and associates, for example, who see no problem with getting drunk. Even many here on this site will defend this practice.
Instead of, “Now go forth and sin no more,”...
It’s, “Now go forth and break last week’s record.”
I have been there. It’s frustrating.
They’re doing it for the wrong reason or have a guilty conscience because they’re sinning and using their good deed to cover up for another sin
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