“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” II Corinthians 5:17 (NLT)
A Lack Of Understanding
Until a person is saved by grace, he most probably doesn’t understand how salvation works. What he has heard from Christians is that a person merely has to confess their sins, repent and accept Jesus as their Savior.
The Bible does say that we have to confess, repent, and accept Jesus, but it is not the complete picture. It takes the Spirit of God to open the heart so that the person is able to take this step. In other words, God is the One who initiates salvation
So many people have the impression that they must change first in order to be a Christian. They try, but it doesn’t happen.
And as a result of their failure, they believe their present status is who they are and change is impossible. They are absolutely right! We are not saved by anything we do, but by God’s grace.
All Sin Is Equal
Whether it’s a matter of personal lifestyle, addiction, abuse, or a plethora of other things, changing on one’s own was never a prerequisite of salvation. We are all born into sin. Some may seem worse than others, but in God’s eyes sin is sin and all sin leads to death.
We can only become who God created us to be when we are saved by His grace, and that is received through our faith in Jesus as Son of God. So when people say they can’t change, they are spot on. The only way we can change is after we give our lives to Christ. He then makes us into the person He created us to be. The old person with its ungodly behavior is gone. A new and better life comes into being.