[anzac] A 'SINLESS' LIFE- CAN IT BE? - Andrew Strom

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From: "REVIVAL List" <prophetic@...>
Date: Thu, 08 Dec 2005 13:59:24 -0600
-by Andrew Strom.

Let me be very clear in opening this topic:  We are talking about
the "inner man" here. And this is the secret to the 'sinless' life.

Paul wrote about it in Romans - John too in 1 Jn 3. Much of
Wesley's powerful preaching revolved around this one issue. And
Finney wrote about it this way: "I could not feel a sense of guilt or
condemnation by any effort I could make. My sense of guilt was 
gone, my sins were gone, and I do not think I felt any more sense 
of guilt than if I never had sinned... I felt myself justified by faith, 
and, so far as I could see, I was in a state in which I did not sin."

Wow! Shock!  Are we saying that it is possible to live in a state in 
which there is no consciousness of "present sin" at all?  Am I 
saying that this is actually "normal" Christianity?  -Yes, that is
exactly what I am saying.

"Normal" Christianity is this:  Walking before God with a totally
clean conscience and a pure heart - as our 'normal' state before
Him. -Utterly clean. No STRIVING or "TRYING to be good". This
is clearly what the New Testament describes as normal. -Literally 
walking before God with "no consciousness of present sin". Notice 
that Finney (above) refers to this as a state of "justification by faith". 
And he is absolutely right. That is exactly what it is. It is as basic 
as that. -Elemental Christianity. 

The saddest thing of all is that we never hear it preached today.
It is almost as though such a thing is too "lofty" - out of reach
of the average church-goer. Or perhaps the preachers themselves
do not believe it is possible to live in such a state. They do not 
experience it themselves, and therefore they do not preach it. How 
awful beyond words!  How we are robbing people blind with the 
neglect of these basic truths! No wonder so few are getting truly saved. 

I tell you, this is the basic Gospel we are talking about here. It is
nothing less. Today we somehow think that we preach the 'gospel'
simply by relating the facts of Jesus dying for our sins, rising again
and offering salvation freely. -Yes, these things are important. But 
what about becoming a "new creature" and walking in it?  What 
about the fact that Jesus came to 'TAKE AWAY' our sins?  What
about a 'new birth' that utterly transforms us from the inside out?
-That actually MAKES us clean and KEEPS us clean? Where is 
this basic stuff in our preaching? Where do we actually describe
what happens inside a "truly saved" person?

We have so reduced the gospel today to make it more "convenient"
that it is no gospel at all. And thus we have entire church-loads
of people who are completely unsaved. They go down the front 
and pray the "little prayer", then they spend the rest of their lives
paying their tithes and "trying to be good". -This is what a lot of
our Christianity amounts to. And it is all garbage. It is no "new
birth" at all. Wesley would be rolling in his grave to see what we
preach as the 'new birth' today.

Such was Wesley's preaching of the 'sinless life' in his day (and 
Finney too) that both of them were accused of "perfectionism".
But I think that what a lot of people misunderstand is that it is 
the 'INNER LIFE' that we are talking about here. -Yes, we are still
attached to a "fallen" body - which sometimes stumbles - much 
as we hate it. Paul says, "Oh wretched man that I am, who will 
deliver me from the BODY of this death?" (Rom 7:24). But in the 
very next breath he answers: "I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord..."

So it is not the 'outer' life, but the INNER one that we are speaking 
of here. (-Though the 'outer' will be affected, of course. We must 
walk in "NO KNOWN SIN"). It is Jesus who gives us robes of 
righteousness to WALK IN - in the "Inner Man". That is what 
Romans chapters 5 - 8 are all about. That is what 'justification by 
faith' is all about:  WALKING in a "sinless life" inside.  Pure white 
robes - given to us by God - for us to walk in and keep "unspotted".

That is true Christianity:  To walk before God with a totally clean
conscience and a pure heart before Him. -No known sin.  Anything 
less is no Christianity at all. It simply cannot be found in the New 
Testament. You are either a "new creation" and WALKING as a 
'new creation' - or you are not. There is no room for a "half-way" house.

Today, we are no longer bringing people into this state with our 
preaching. And therefore I say to you - "WE HAVE LOST THE 
GOSPEL". And when we lose the gospel, we lose Christianity itself.

Wesley spent much of his life preaching on this stuff. (Go and
read his sermon "Marks of the New Birth" for instance. -One of 
the most convicting messages of all time).  Little wonder that
sometimes when he preached, thousands of people would be left
on the ground under agonizing conviction. Little wonder too that
after Finney preached, sometimes church-goers were in such
shock that they could not speak or stand for days - they were so
stricken. These were people who thought they were 'saved' but 
Finney had shown them that they were not - in the most direct 
and piercing way.

We say we want "apostolic preaching" and true "Revival" preachers.
I don't think we realize what we are asking for. -Such searching,
direct, bold and convicting preaching as we have never heard in our lives.

In August 2003 God woke me up at 4:00am one morning with a
sudden insight into Finney's preaching - how he would expose "false 
assurance". God showed me that I had to start preaching that way
too. From then on, every time I preached this message I began to 
notice a big increase in anointing and conviction. I have seen whole
congregations of up to 1000 people stand as one when the altar 
call was given, and people coming forward weeping and confessing
sin. And I have noticed a similar impact when I preach on "A Sinless 
Life" (-ie. Walking before God with a pure heart and conscience as 
our NORMAL STATE). But I'm convinced that there is a greater 
anointing yet unseen, waiting for us all in future days.

[If you want to hear these kinds of sermons, please download
"Repentance in Kansas City" and "Are You Walking in Romans 8?" 
on the right hand side of our website-  http://www.revivalschool.com ]

So are YOU walking in a 'sinless life' today, my friends?

God bless you all.

Kindest regards in Christ,

Andrew Strom.