Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death; but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ…”
I think this scripture means far more than what it looks like it means at first glance… "For the wages of sin is death…" does that mean we’ll fall over dead if we sin? No. I believe among several things it’s saying it will cause death to whatever we value, whether it's our faith, a relationship, a career or our self-esteem. For example, I value my relationship with God, with Jana, with my kids, with my church, with my friends, with people in this community and around the world who have perceptions of God and ministers…I don’t want to contribute to an already negative perception.
I want to do bad things, and many times I do … but what is it that keeps me from doing them are the “wages they pay”. For example; I want to go to a strip club… but I don’t and actually never have (hard to believe I am sure)… but again it’s not from a lack of desire… it’s the results I don’t want… I do not want to damage all the relationships I mentioned above… besides Jana ending my life, or worse removing my manhood.
And, not just the results (or wages) of Jana being upset with me… actually the results of what that would do to my heart, mind and soul. So, would I go to heaven if I died while in a Strip Club? YES. So, this isn’t a Heaven or Hell issue… except that it may cause “hell on earth” for you. This is an issue of our heart… going to a Strip Club would mess up my heart and the Bible says that I should “Guard your heart more than anything else, because the source of your life flows from it.” Proverbs 4:23
I Want to Do Bad Things… Pt. 3 “So, what’s the problem?”