We Have Been Trained to Sin – Chuck Swindoll

seeds 750Mike and I have really enjoyed reading David by Chuck Swindoll and highly recommend this book to you. Here’s a thoughtful quote from pages 211 – 213, 215:

What we don’t like to face, of course, is that the pain that comes in the harvesting of those sinful seeds eclipses the short-lived pleasure.  Nothing concerns me more than today’s prosperity for using grace as a tool to justify sin or to take away the pain of the consequences.  Too much teaching on corrective theology and not enough on preventive theology…

Most of us were taught 1 John 1:9 long before we learned Romans 6.  Why? Because we have been trained to sin.  Sounds heretical, doesn’t it?  But look!  From our earliest days we have been taught that “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).  So, when you sin, claim it.  Claim God’s forgiveness.

That’s a marvelous verse.  I call it our bar of soap in the Christian life.  It keeps us clean.  It certainly is the answer to the problem of sin once it has happened.

But it’s not the best answer.  The best answer is in Romans 6: “Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body that you should obey its lusts, and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.”(vv. 12 – 13).

Meaning what?  Meaning, as I yield myself to God, when sin approaches, I can say “No. ”  And in the power of Jesus Christ, I can turn away from it.  I don’t have to sin hour after hour, day after day.

Part of the reason we don’t get the full truth of Romans 6 is that nobody’s talking about the consequences.  Grace does not take away the consequences of sin…

Do you see what faulty theology has led us to believe?  We have set ourselves up with a sin mind-set.  We have told ourselves that grace means those consequences are all instantly removed, so we let ourselves be sucked under by the power of the flesh, rather than believing what Paul teaches, that we don’t have to sin day after day after day.  We sin because we want to.  We have the power in the person of the Holy Spirit to say no to it at every turn in our life.  If we choose to say yes against the prompting of the Holy Spirit, we may be certain we will live in the backwash of the consequences.  Unfortunately, so will innocent people who are closely related to us…

NOTE: Wikimedia Commons has a wide variety of seed images from the natural history Museum of Toulouse.

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