Explore God: Why Do Christians Still Do Bad Things? – October 2, 2015

1 Corinthians 10:13, No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

1 John 2:1, My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. 2He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.

Romans 6:1, What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? 2By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? 3Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? 4We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. 5For if we have been united with Him in a death like His, we will certainly also be united with Him in a resurrection like His. 6For we know that our old self was crucified with Him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin— 7because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.

I recently preached a message entitled “Why Does God Allow Pain And Suffering?” Another question that is closely related to that is, “Why do Christians still do bad things?” or “Why do Christians still sin?” The truth is that Christians are not perfect; we are just forgiven. No one is able to live up to God’s standard of perfection. Even strong believers still succumb to temptation, and sadly, there may even be times when a non-Christian may appear to be more moral than a Christian.

Their is a common misconceptions that believers circumvent temptation, and many perceive that people who know the Lord have the ability to use that knowledge to be exempt from the daily temptations that bombard our society. However, for both Christians and non-Christians, temptation is always present and constant. Temptations never go away, but if we look to God, He will always provide a way out.

Scripture is clear when it says, “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” 

So, why do Christians sin? They sin because temptation is real, because no one is exempt from temptation, and because in our human flesh, we are vulnerable to sin. In fact, the real question should not be, “Why do Christians sin?” but, “Why don’t Christians take the way out?”

Think about that, and have a blessed weekend.

John Mark Caton, Ph.D