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Sin – what . will keep us from God, Part IV

The human will continues to fly the red against after the human intellect raises the white flag to God.

Many rational reasons exist why we should accept Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.  Among them are:  he’s God’s Eternal Son John 3:13; in God’s mind Jesus was crucified eternally I Peter 1:20; he’s the image of the invisible God Colossians 1:15, the exact representation of God’s being Hebrews 1:3; he holds in himself the fullness of the Godhead in bodily form Colossians 2:9.  He demonstrated all the above by willingly sacrificing himself on Calvary and, after three days and nights, rose bodily from the grave.  That was never done before and hasn’t been done since.

True, many don’t accept these Biblically-stated truths about Jesus Christ.  That’s their problem.  They must explain him and his continuing impact on history without the above—and that’s impossible.

But many people agree with the above truths without committing themselves to his Saviorhood and Lordship.  Why?  Because they WILL not to obey him.  Percy Shelley decided that God didn’t exist:  because his idealism considered the abuse of power in religion, politics and commerce disproved GOD.  He didn’t even consider, let alone investigate, the human WILL as the cause of evil.

How casually unbelievers and believers alike excuse humanity’s flagrant rejection of God as the cause of all human problems.  They don’t want us to assume responsibility and want God to assume all the blame when any wrong afflicts the race.  That’s stupid.  God won’t accept any blame, let alone all.

The human mind accepts the validity of God long before the human WILL bows before evidence the human mind accepts.  Remember that when talking with unbelievers and believers alike.

– Fini –

 

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Sin – what . will keep us from God, Part III

Sin won’t keep us from God.  Our WILL, expressed in opposition to God, keeps us unsaved.

George Washington once said that errors once discovered are half resolved.  Flexner’s Biography, I, 381.  Not always true.  The Pharisees knew God as the source of Christ’s power, but they WILLED to believe Satan employed him.  Liberal politicians know that big government has no answers to our problems, but they WILL to develop bigger and bigger government.  Liberal theologians know they can’t sustain their rejection of Christ as God’s Son, yet they WILL to believe that the Gospels are largely the composition of the disciples.

With no bars on the windows, and with them propped open, our minds can still be captive to our WILL against any idea, good or bad, and any truth from God, however compelling.  Christians can adopt sins from the world.  Non-Christians can borrow virtues from Christians.  But that’s simply the human WILL going undecided and being unconverted and perverted.  – End Part III –

 

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Sin – what . will keep us from God, Part II

Sin itself won’t keep us from God.  Our Will, refusing to repent of any sin, keeps us alienated from God.

The Pharisees combined growing isolation from God’s truth with hardening prejudice for their traditions.  They proved only that people can grow more distant from God’s truth as they demand more evidence that he IS TRUTH.  The WILL determines that.

Some late 19th and early 20th century polar explorers tried to stay warm by mixing European and Eskimo clothes.  Roald Amundsen, the great Norwegians explorer, instead opted to wear only Eskimo clothes.  He found it superior to any European clothes.  The wool of Europeans easily got wet and couldn’t protect.  While Eskimo reindeer skins fit loosely, dried easily, didn’t need to be washed and felt comfortable from the first.  Explorers knew the benefits and liabilities of both.  Their WILL determined their choice.

We can be forgiven any sin, but we must acknowledge it as sin, our guilt participating in it, our INTENTION to repent of it and to REPENT of it.  To exercise the WILL to repent.  In addition, as Kurt Singer said about communists who recanted communism, WILLING themselves out of it wouldn’t eliminate the effect of their crimes, but it would put the guilty in a position to be forgiven.  Trojan Horse, 214         –  End Part II –

 

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Sin – what . will keep us from God, Part I

Consider sexual immorality.  Will it guarantee condemnation, not blessedness, for us?  Or idolatry?  Or adultery?  Or prostitution?  Or homosexuality?  Or thievery?  Or greed?  Or drunkenness?  Or slander?  Or swindling?

Only if they aren’t repented.  And everyone is a repentable sin!  EVERY ONE.  Read I Corinthians 6:9-10.  No sin, no violation of grace is so hideous God won’t forgive if repented.  He forgave murder in Saul of Tarsus, cowardice in Simon Peter, adultery in David and lying in Abraham.

No reason exists to believe the self-imposed deception that God would never forgive that sin.

However, this disclaimer:  while sin won’t keep us from God if we repent, our WILL constantly keeps us from God.  It can be Felix’s procrastination—come back later.  That’s an act of the will.  It can be Herod Antipas’ unrepented sin.  He never failed to hear John the Baptist and never failed to be troubled by it.  Trouble came to him by an act of his will; he refused to repent.  It can be Pilate’s indecisiveness:  refusing to defend the Savior’s innocence against the hatred of the Jewish leaders.  That was an act of his will.

–  End Part I –

 

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Sin – blood still forgives

For some years now medical authorities have worried that super-bugs would limit the effectiveness of anti-biotics.  That would produce a colossal reversal in the effectiveness of medicine.  No one’s health would profit.  Anti-biotics became necessary because folk medicine had limited effectiveness.

The long-dreaded return of a long-gone disease is upon us.  Even now the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that at least 2 million annually contract anti-biotic resistant infections.  At least 23,000 die.  San Diego U-T, 5/30/17

A new generation of medicines must be developed if the medical profession is to continue to improve the nation’s health.  Time will tell if our geniuses are equal to the challenge.

Preachers never worry that the message of Christ’s cross weakens before Satan’s increasing wickedness.  That Satan will produce a Super Sin that baffles, weakens or destroys Christ’s cleansing power over ALL SIN!  From the Garden of Eden to the day Jesus died, the shedding of blood delayed God’s punishment of sin—the legacy of the Jewish Day of Atonement.  On the day Jesus died, to this very day, the Master’s blood, shed to forgive all sin from Adam on to the end of history, has removed, not delayed God’s punishment of sin.

No Satanic wickedness can become too great for Christ’s blood to remove.  It takes only Christians being honest with unsaved people:  you’re lost in sin.  And telling them the good news:  Jesus died for you and he’ll forgive any sin you have committed or will before you die.

Both factors have to be at the center of Christian outreach.  We dare not overlook human sin in an effort to make our appeal more amenable.  That will only disgrace Christ’s sacrifice and remove his invincible Presence from our outreach.  Stressing human sin to the unsaved energizes the Gospel with an appeal to sinners.  What they need to hear, and long to hear, is hope for escape from sin.  And Jesus is that HOPE.  All repentant sinners have access to the power of GRACE in forgiveness by accepting Jesus as Savior and being baptized for the forgiveness of their sin.

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Sin – reducing penalty won’t make it less attractive

James Hawker poached the game preserves of wealthy landowners in Victorian England.  It angered him that the patricians fed their wild pheasants on “hard-boiled eggs” while working-class laborers went hungry.  He became the non-pariel poacher of forbidden game.  The means he used to poach included feeding pheasants raisins “soaked in rum or gin.”  They made easy prey once staggering from the effect.

Landowners employed every strategy possible to prevent his thefts, including hiring the best guards who targeted him.  Nothing worked.

While making himself a nuisance to the rich, he maintained a lively patter with them.  They knew he stole from them.  He knew they knew.  Regardless, when meeting on social occasions they remained speaking friends.  One man, who had earlier threatened him with arrest for being a poaching blackguard, later apologized.  While walking together the landowner volunteered that he wouldn’t prevent the poacher from taking his game.

While appreciative of the invitation, Hawker said he would never take any more of his game since “it won’t be half as much fun getting them.”  Other landowners also stole his fun of stealing by inviting him to freely poach.  A Victorian Poacher, Introduction xvii-xxi.

Some people think that God’s prohibitions keep the lure of sin alive.  If he would merely lift his prohibitions, sinners would find the allure of sinning less attractive.  If we weren’t warned against lust, the male or female form would lose its attraction.  If we could lie all we pleased, truth would be the basis of our relationships.  If God didn’t allow all misbehavior, mankind would behave.  And on and on.

In Romans 5:12-14 Paul debunked that nonsense.  Whether or not a law exists prohibiting certain illegal attitudes and behaviors, we still embrace them.  Law merely particularizes the sin we commit.  Death still reigned from Adam to Moses, though the Law of Moses didn’t exist in written form.  Since it did exist in God’s mind, and in the psyche of humanity, all mortals were punished for disobeying the conscience God quickened to know right from wrong.  A conscience that early man denied by prostituting it to human lust and depravity—Romans 1.

Today’s society also wants to deny labeling misbehavior as sin by the expedient of allowing the broadest tolerance possible for all behavior  Though even we have limits on what’s acceptable to an increasingly tolerant society.  However, we will more often be found embarrassed or offended by behavior that harms animals or the environment than what offends God’s word. 

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Sin – baleful effects last

Early 19th century Californians raised multiple herds of cattle and made great profits selling the hides.  Richard Henry Dana’s book Two Years Before the Mast records his experiences aboard a ship gathering cattle hides for shipment to Boston.

The business produced a malodorous stench.  Coyotes, eagles, vultures and assorted other scavengers couldn’t eat enough carrion to reduce the smell produced in the killing grounds.  It could be “sensed” miles before “seen.”  After the warehouses that stored the skins had been empty for years, no one could doubt what had been stored there.  Spanish West, True-Life, 176

Sin often has that effect on life, even after the Master’s cleansing blood purifies the sinner.  More than a few rescued from Satan’s darkness by the merciful Jesus still stare from ghost-like, hardened faces.  Yes, those worn and ruined by drug abuse, alcoholism or sexual immorality reveal a past forgiven but with still-evident results.  And yes, those in designer clothes and shoes, surfeited with their possessions and success, whose egotism protrude like spears from haughty eyes.

We can sometimes tell where a person has been by the condition of their body or spirit.  Christians have this hope, however.  We can thank God that, whatever we were, and still reveal in our body, WE aren’t that person now.  And, thank God, what we ARE gives no hint of what we’re YET to be when Jesus returns and clothes US in his likeness.

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Sin – every unforgiven will be surfaced at Judgment

He had been convicted of robbery by force.  He had been sentenced to a 17 year prison term.  On August 22, 1968, he walked away from a work camp and vanished.  In May 2016 Marshals arrested him in a small Connecticut community.  San Diego U-T, 5/11/16

Cold-case crimes can be, and are regularly, revived and pursued.  Which should give pause to anyone convicted and sentenced to prison, but not showing up for jail (which happens) or escaping detention by walking away or breaking out.

But that’s nothing compared to the dread unforgiven sinners face at Judgment.  Any unforgiven sin is surfaced.  ALL unforgiven sins are recorded in permanent ink in unchanged books for unforgiven sinners.

The good news is that no sin, or multiples, will ever be recorded in the books if Jesus Christ has forgiven us.  Micah 7:19 promises, “You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl our iniquities into the depths of the sea.”

David in Psalm 103:11-12 promises, “For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.”

Jesus stands the difference between what we naturally are before God—sinners subject to wrath; and what we become under his blood—sinners cleansed and declared free from guilt because Jesus forgives.  Obviously unforgiven sinner:  accept Jesus Christ as your Savior!

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Sin – why it’s so deadly

A report from Reuters news said that only one of every 100 doctors creates 32% of all malpractice claims.  With well over a million medical doctors practicing, the number of incompetents isn’t small.  The study covered a period of 15 years.  Those doctors shouldn’t be allowed to continue practicing.  They are the ones who give “medical practice” its opprobrious curse.  San Diego U-T, 1/29/16

Consider the spiritual implication:  if 1% of doctors cause 32% of malpractice suits, what spiritual damages do 100% of all responsible mortals cause humanity?

Since “once a parent, always a parent” is a true maxim, ponder for a moment what offense 100% sinners cause God every single day.  To say nothing of the harm, pain, destruction and misery caused each other.  To say nothing of the discipleship that should give sinners reasons to obey Jesus, not excuses to remain afar.

Medical associations, like churches with incompetent ministers, often shrug them away to other cities.  That cannot be tolerated.  Thanks to Jesus Christ’s all-encompassing grace, every saved sinner has the privilege of forgiveness before his sin becomes unbearably onerous.  All unforgiven sinners can be rescued by the Master’s same grace.  For he is ABLE to save each one completely, to the uttermost, every stain removed, every perversion banished, every guilt eclipsed.

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Sin – breaking from is hard

The long-distance cattle drives from Texas to Missouri and Kansas railheads posed numerous and dangerous problems for the drovers.  The challenges began from the very first day on the trail.  The wild herd had to be carefully watched and guarded as it was “driven briskly” for enough days to break any desire to return home.  All hands in two shifts stood duty for the first nights on the trail.  They rode around the herd and its bed-ground from dusk to dawn.  Two drovers replaced the whole crew once the cattle became accustomed to the new habit.  Distant Horizon, p. 418.

Getting away from, leaving, abandoning, and otherwise departing from a sinful lifestyle once we accept Jesus as Savior AND Lord pose an ongoing problem for all disciples, but particularly for those new at the job.  The wise new Christian will be ruthless with, not forgiving of old bad habits from the first, knowing that however unwelcome to his new life they are, they are the comfortable behavior he has known.  More often than not, like wild cattle first on the trail, the new disciple will be tempted to break from the Savior’s discipline and return to Satan’s free-style life.

Here is where Christian leaders need to oversee, and be in touch with and aware of the new disciple’s challenges.  Leaving him unguarded exposes him to threats he has little or no skill in handling.  Keeping new members on a short life-leash, not at the end of a long one, helps them break with their past.  It helps them learn to say NO to temptation with an exclamation point, not a hyphen.  As they become accustomed to, and acquiescent in what Jesus demands of them, oversight can be reduced.  By that time, the new Christian can continue to strengthen his new life by helping another new Christian activate his.

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