This question has been on my mind for days and I just had to ask it. The reason being is that Jesus said in Matthew 7:15-23 to beware of false prophets, that you can identify them by their fruit. A prophet, by definition, is:
1. somebody who interprets divine will: somebody who claims to interpret or transmit the commands of a deity.
2. somebody predicting the future: somebody who predicts the future.
3. advocate of something: somebody who advocates a cause or idea.
Jesus goes on to say that good trees produce good fruit and that good trees can not produce bad fruit. To show how serious he is about bad fruit he says that every tree that does not produce good fruit will be chopped down and thrown into the fire.
He then goes on to say that not everyone who calls out “Lord Lord!” will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually DO the will of his Father in heaven will enter. And, that on judgement day, many will say to him, “Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.” But that he will reply, “I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.”
I’d like to recap what Jesus said.
1. Beware of false prophets.
2. Good trees can not produce bad fruit.
3. Every tree that does not produce good fruit will be chopped down and thrown into the fire.
4. Only those who actually do the will of God will enter the Kingdom of heaven.
5. On judgement day MANY will argue their case for reason to enter into eternal life.
6. Jesus will reject those who break God’s laws.
Alright, so now that I’ve made that clear, here’s where the questioning begins.
Paul says in Romans 1:1 ‘This letter is from Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus, chosen by God to be an apostle and sent out to preach his Good News.’
He then goes on to say in Romans 7:14 ‘So the trouble is not with the law, for it is spiritual and good. The trouble is with me, for I am all too human, a slave to sin.’
So, you tell me, can a Christian be a slave to God and to sin at the same time?
I do recall reading in Matthew 4:10 –“Get out of here, Satan,” Jesus told him. “For the Scriptures say, ‘You must worship the LORD your God and serve only him.'”