I Find the Path to Cast Off the Bondage of Sin

By Minyi, United States

Now, many brothers and sisters who truly believe in the Lord are distressed by sinning in the day and confessing in the evening. They want to cast off the bondage of sin but are powerless. I was once also in this condition, but now I have found the path to leaving sin behind and I am no longer troubled by it. So I want to communicateshare my experience with brothers and sisters.

When I was a middle school student, I was baptized to become a Christian. After getting married, I had a son and a daughter. Later, my husband started a restaurant, and I busied myself in it that I had no time to look after my children. Afterward, my daughter started to play games at night and didn’t do her homework; but in the daytime, she always dozed off in class. Her grades were slipping. I was often told by her teacher about her situation, so I frequently couldn’t help but bawl her out for this. Gradually, we were estranged. On another occasion, my son had a fracture caused by playing soccer and went into hospital, but I didn’t have time to take care of him at all because my husband cared nothing about the restaurant and counted on me to do everything of it. As a result, I was increasingly dissatisfied with my husband and often quarreled with him.

Couple sitting in a chair on the cold warOne time, during our quarrel, my husband said to me, “You call yourself a believer in the Lord! Should your believing in the Lord be like this?” Having heard his words, I was ashamed and thought: Yeah. I am a Christian. The Lord teaches us to love others as we love ourselves and forgive others seventy times seven, but whenever the words and actions of my husband or my children did not content me, I couldn’t restrain my anger and always got mad at them. Although I felt very guilty and regretful after that and constantly prayed to the Lord and confessed my sins, I still couldn’t control myself when such a matter happened again. I then thought that it is said in the Bible: “for he comes to judge the earth: with righteousness shall he judge the world, and the people with equity” (Psm 98:9). The Lord will come to judge all sinners, could such a person like me sinning in the day and confessing in the evening be qualified to enter the kingdom of heaven?

Afterward, our business gradually sank because the restaurant was not doing well. And even later, I had to borrow money to support our daily expenses and to pay the salaries of the clerks. I worried so much all day that I went without appetite and sleep. I couldn’t draw breath under various stress so that my temper became nastier. For this, I sought out my good sisters and the wife of our pastor in the church about how to put the Lord’s words into practice. Their answer was: “We will pray for you, and you should have faith in the Lord.” However, I developed doubts in my heart: Every day I asked in prayer before the Lord, but why could I not put the Lord’s words into practice? I felt extremely miserable because of the pressure of life and because I was withered up in my spirit. I was just like a deserted child and thus often sobbed at night: “O Lord! Where are You? I’m living in much pain. May You lead me …”

Later on, I became acquainted with Brother Liang on the Internet, who often communicated biblicalshared the verses with me to console and encourage me. Once, Brother Liang asked me: “Do you think you have sin?” I answered, “I have no great sins but small sins that everyone has.” He went on saying: “Now that we have sins, then can we enter the kingdom of heaven?” His words made me silent: That’s right. Can we enter the kingdom of heaven if we are sinful? This is also the question confusing me all the time. Finally, the brother invited me to explore the question with brothers and sisters. Thinking that this question also made me perplexed, I agreed.

At the meeting, Brother Chen sent us two passagesparagraphs of scriptures: “Truly, truly, I say to you, Whoever commits sin is the servant of sin. And the servant stays not in the house for ever: but the Son stays ever” (Jhn 8:34–35). “But as he which has called you is holy, so be you holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be you holy; for I am holy” (1Pe 1:15–16). Brother Chen fellowshiped: “From the scriptures we can see that God is holy and it’s impossible for Him to allow the filthy and corrupt people to enter His kingdom? So He requires us to cast off the bondage of sin and get cleansed. Only when we no longer sin or resist Him can we enter His kingdom.” Hearing this, my heart sank. I thought: Yeah, why did I not notice these scriptures before? The Lord has said that only the holy people can enter His kingdom, and in that case, is there no hope for me who commit sins every day?

Christian browsing pageAs I was pondering, Brother Chen sent me another passageparagraph of words: “Man was … forgiven his sins, but as for just how man was to be purged of the corrupt satanic dispositions within him, this work had yet to be done. Man was only saved and forgiven his sins for his faith, but the sinful nature of man was not extirpated and still remained within him. The sins of man were forgiven through the agency of the incarnate God, but this does not mean that man no longer has sin within him. The sins of man could be forgiven through the sin offering, but as for just how man can be made to sin no more, and how his sinful nature may be extirpated completely and transformed, he has no way of solving this problem. The sins of man were forgiven, and this is because of the work of God’s crucifixion, but man continued to live within the corrupt satanic disposition of old. This being so, man must be completely saved from his corrupt satanic disposition, so that his sinful nature may be completely extirpated, never to develop again, thus enabling the disposition of man to be transformedbut the work for just how the corrupt satanic dispositions within man could be cast away was not done in him. Man was only saved and forgiven his sins for his faith, but the sinful nature of man was not taken away and still remained within him. The sins of man were forgiven through God incarnate, but it does not mean that man has no sin within him. The sins of man could be forgiven through the sin offering, but man has been unable to resolve the issue of just how he can no longer sin and how his sinful nature can be cast away completely and be transformed. The sins of man were forgiven because of the work of God’s crucifixion, but man continued to live in the old, corrupt satanic disposition. As such, man must be completely saved from the corrupt satanic disposition so that the sinful nature of man is completely cast away and never again develops, thus allowing the disposition of man to be changed” (“The Mystery of the Incarnation (4)”). Brother Chen fellowshiped: “We can see from this passageparagraph that the Lord Jesus did the work of redeeming mankind through the crucifixion and saved us from sin. By His redemption, we can come before Him and enjoy the peace and joy blessed by Him, but our corrupt satanic dispositions within us are deep-rooted, such as arrogance and conceit, deceit and crookedness, selfishness and despicableness, and so on. Therefore, we still cannot help ourselves but sin and resist God. We notwithstanding have believed in the Lord, we still can pursue money and fame; in order to protect our personal interests, we still can tell lies and deceive others frequently; when seeing what others do don’t conform to our own thoughts, we still can often flare up; sometimes, we still can follow the evil trends and are always bound by sin, living in unbearable pain. Because we are corrupted too deeply by Satan and don’t have the strength to overcome sin, we are only freely fooled by Satan, living in the state of sinning in the day and confessing in the night. Just like Chinese chives of the ground, if not being uprooted, they will grow again after cutting them once. So, if we want to be thoroughly purified rather than bound by sin, we still need God to do a further step of work to completely dispel our corrupt satanic dispositions which are deeply ingrained. Only when we truly break free from the bondage of corrupt satanic disposition and have our dispositions changed, can we be eligible to enter God’s kingdom.”

I acknowledged the fellowship of Brother Chen very much. I also understood that the reason why we live in the condition of sinning in the day and confessing in the night is because our satanic nature has not been rid of. Well, where do these words the brother read come from? Why can it unravel our confusion? I’d never heard it. It seems not to be the words spoken by an ordinary man. Brother Chen said that it is necessary that God comes to do another stage of work. I was filled with curiosity for this and more looking forward to the next fellowship of Brother Chen.

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