Where There is No Self-Control, There is No Spirit

Among many Christians there is a fascination with the Holy Spirit. We ask many questions about the Holy Spirit’s role in the Christian life. Thankfully, the Bible gives us an answer. Galatians 5:22-24 says this:

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 

Granted, the Spirit does a lot more than this, but these are the evidences of having the Spirit in your life. All of us fail at these, especially myself, but thankfully God continues to work in our lives to make us more like him. What bothers me is that there are churches and communities that openly reject one of these listed fruits of the Spirit. What is that fruit? Self-control. Don’t believe me? Check this video out:

This video does not represent Christianity. This video does not represent the working of the Holy Spirit. This video represents a lack of self-control. So, what is my point in bringing this up? Well, if the Spirit’s fruit is self-control then these people, and others in the same circles, do not have the Holy Spirit. God does not contradict himself because that would be lying. So, to claim that the Spirit is causing them to get drunk means they are saying that God is contradicting himself. This type of action is foolish. But when you say this drunkenness comes from the Spirit, you are blaspheming God.

Galatians 5:25 says:

If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. 

Where there is no self-control, there is no Spirit.

Thanks for reading.

About Travis Berry

I am a blatantly honest person who loves to think, read, discuss, and write about God and theology. I have a bachelor's degree in Youth Ministry from Crown College. I work at a church in Houston, TX as a Youth Director and love every minute of it! I am married to a wonderful woman named Becky and we are expecting our first child in June! I have a love for God's Word, and a fervor to live it out in the fullest, and I pray this blog reflects that. Thanks for checking out AnotherChristianBlog!.

Posted on July 5, 2012, in Christianity, Theology and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. ohhh…love your premise – hence every fat person on the planet is not a Christian – but on this clip I would be careful, in fact, on any issue involving the Holy Spirit I would be careful. Even the angel fighting over Moses’ body was careful with what he said – there is something called the unforgiveable sin and you might be playing with that…just saying be careful and your determination that there is much to be questioned here is really valuable and worth the heads up.

    • I have no idea what “hence every fat person on the planet is not a Christian” means. Also, I don’t think I am out on a limb or walking on thin ice with this one. The Word of God tells us about himself. If people are acting against what the Word says then it is false. I think I made a good, though brief, case for my position. I know that people will disagree and I enjoy bantering about the issues, but I am not sure where I need to be careful. Could you enlighten me?

      Thanks for reading,

      Travis

      • Travis, thanks for replying. When we judge, we fail to love. In failing to love, we miss the story – regardless if we like the journey these people are on or not – it is their journey and I know that God is not abandoning them on their journey. To be mature instantly on all elements of the fruit of the spirit is quite and intense expectation.
        My comment on fat people is that they are fat because they do not have self-control – sorry, I thought that was evident and your arguement for one person not having self-control would apply to all who have no self-control.
        The careful part involves blaspheming the Holy Spirit ie declaring the work of the Holy Spirit as anything other than the work of God…and even though you are as sure and absolutely sure that you are right…I think it best to love first and judge later, question, but let God answer it…hence be careful that you not give yourself a promotion as judge and jury to the things that belong to God to judge. Love never fails.

      • Let me address some of your comments.

        You: “When we judge, we fail to love.”

        Me: I would say that we fail to love when we fail to point out where people are compromising God’s word. Also, many people use Jesus’ words in Matthew 7:1 to assert what you are asserting. Jesus said, “Judge not, that you be not judged.” What many people miss is the next sentence. Verse 2 says, “For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you.” Jesus is saying that we will be held to the same standard by which we judge. I try to follow Scripture to the best of my ability because I love God. I will be held to that standard.

        You: “To be mature instantly on all elements of the fruit of the spirit is quite and intense expectation.”

        Me: If the pastor is not mature then he shouldn’t be pastoring.

        You: “My comment on fat people is that they are fat because they do not have self-control – sorry, I thought that was evident and your arguement for one person not having self-control would apply to all who have no self-control.”

        Me: So, all fat people lack self-control? That it very judgmental.

        You: “The careful part involves blaspheming the Holy Spirit ie declaring the work of the Holy Spirit as anything other than the work of God…and even though you are as sure and absolutely sure that you are right…I think it best to love first and judge later, question, but let God answer it”

        Me: God has answered it. If self-control is a fruit of the Spirit then how could the Spirit be responsible for their lack of self-control?

        You: ” Love never fails.”

        Me: Amen to that.

        Travis

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