|Questions and Answers: Says He's Saved, But Still Drinks and Takes Drugs|
My brother says he's saved, but he still drinks and takes drugs. If a person is born again, they should want a change in behavior, right?
I'm very sorry to hear about this. You describe a situation that we see far too often. Each of us does have a sinful nature, and we all have to be set totally free from sin, death, and the power of the devil. Actually, Jesus has already set us free, but we have not yet accessed His free gift to set us totally free. That being said, there is a path that we can take to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ of which Ephesians 4 speaks. And, if we do not proceed in that direction, we are very likely to proceed in the opposite direction, letting these things slip, crucifying Christ in our bodies once again, and finally coming disconnected from the Head, Jesus Christ. I have watched Christians, Spirit filled Christians, actually do this and become Atheists who attack all Christians in a very vile way. This is incredibly sad, because we know the terror of the Lord.
There is often a problem with habits. Salvation is much more than just being born again. For each person, the born-again experience is different. Some have a greater deliverance for some when they are born again. Some struggle against sin more than others. The Holy Spirit is given for our progressive walk out of sin. God has provided many ways in Scripture for us to appropriate the salvation of God, but all of them involve a yielding to the Spirit of God. All of them involve paying attention to God rather than our own fleshly mind, the pressures of the culture, and demonic forces.
Last updated: May, 2014
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