Anonymous said: Does being a christian who struggles with lust invalidate your faith? What if there is improvement, but slow improvement? Like... instead of viewing porn every day it goes to every week, then every month. Does God still love me even if I still fail but am trying to do better?
Thanks for such an honest question!
God will always love you. I cannot stress this enough! There is no sin you can commit that will invalidate your faith. Look at Peter, who denied Jesus 3 times in fear. Jesus said that he would be the rock on which the church would be built! He didn’t say “Oh, Peter, if you didn’t screw up, I would have accepted you.”
Because you are a Christian, you have the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, and that is why there is a part of you that no longer wants to sin. You have been made a new creation! Check out what Paul said:
"For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.
So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!
So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.” - Romans 7:18-25
As you can see, just because you are a Christian, that doesn’t mean that you will not sin or struggle. What matters is that you are struggling and fighting and praying to overcome the struggles of your sinful nature. You will always fight and struggle with sin until the Lord returns. Until then, what you need to know is that God loves you no matter what, and He is calling you to a greater life of freedom in Christ. So keep pursuing Him, and don’t give up!
There’s just one more thing you need to know:
Good people don’t go to Heaven. Forgiven people do. Jesus knows every sin that you have ever committed, and every sin that you will commit in the future. He took your punishment for all of them. If you confess and believe in your heart that Jesus is God and Saviour, you are forgiven. No strings attached. And that is why you are living differently, because you truly believe that He loves you and gave you the gift of eternal life. You cannot earn it, you can only accept it and pursue Jesus in love because of it!
So be open about your struggles. Find people that you can trust who will help you through it. Every Christian is struggling with something, so do not be ashamed!
I will be praying that you will find freedom from your addictions and sins, and that you will keep pressing on against your temptations. I will also pray that you will come to understand God’s unconditional love. If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to ask!
God Bless and Much Love,