I was talking with a co-worker recently, and he made it quite clear to me that "consequences" are what was missing from the sermons these days. He grew up going to a traditional (Methodist, I believe) church and, apparently, every sermon was full of "Don't do [sin of the week] or you're going to Hell!" That … Continue reading Consequences… Are They Missing?
I have heard it said that God can’t bless you because of your sin. I can’t not disagree with that statement. Why the double-negative? Because of the perspective of it. God is not incapable of blessing me when I am drowning in sin. However, if I am at a low point and sin is front … Continue reading Sin & Self-Perception
I really, really hate it when a *Christian* puts a burden on one of God’s Children that Jesus Himself never did. It’s the old bait-and-switch tactic of telling people about how God loves them and that if they accept Him as Lord and Savior, they will have a great life and go to Heaven when … Continue reading Plank-Eyed Christianity
Romans 7 is not an excuse for your habitual sins. It is Paul explaining how our minds work (human nature) - the more we focus on something, the more likely we are to do it. That’s why he tells us in Romans 12 we need to renew our minds.
I just read an article (honestly, I couldn’t finish it) that was about why homosexuality is the worst sin (right now). I don’t get it. Is it listed in scripture as a sin? Of course it is! So is lying, cheating, lusting and being greedy. Surely, no one reading this can honestly say they have … Continue reading You Can’t Hate Someone Into The Kingdom!
Many people think of God’s Grace much like the grace period they have on their car payment: I have up to a week after I sin before I have to confess it before I get extra penance tacked on. The truth couldn’t be further from this. A more accurate analogy would be that you are struggling to make … Continue reading Grace Analogy
I feel like I need to say a little bit more about the effects of Sin in our lives after rereading my previous post, “Is ____ A Sin?” To sum up what I said in that post, Sin (or sinning) is not detrimental to our eternal life but it has potentially severe ramifications in our natural (physical) life. But … Continue reading More About Sin… Really?
I hate this question. Not because I feel like I have to justify my faith or anything like that, but because it is usually coming from someone who knows what my answer will be (and often wants to pick a fight). Another scenario is that someone is asking the question to try to find a … Continue reading Is ___ A Sin?
Many wonder if the expression “love the sinner, hate the sin” is biblical. Yes, it is: Jude 22-23 (MSG) says,“Go easy on those who hesitate in the faith. Go after those who take the wrong way. Be tender with sinners, but not soft on sin. The sin itself stinks to high heaven.” Romans 12:9 (NIV) … Continue reading Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin
Good question. Let’s break it down: Do I sin? Yes. Do I, as a Christian, find my identity in my sin? No. I think a lot of Christians take the whole, “I’m a sinner, saved by grace,” line a little too far by constantly reassuring themselves that it’s okay that they messed up, after all what can … Continue reading Am I A Sinner?