Thursday, September 06, 2007

How seriously do you take sin?

How serious are you about getting rid of sin in your life? How far are you willing to go? Here is what Jesus recommends.
If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go into hell, where the fire never goes out. And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than to have two feet and be thrown into hell. And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. - Mark 9:42-47
What result does Jesus say awaits us if we don’t deal with the sin in our lives?
It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell, where “their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.” Everyone will be salted with fire. "Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with each other." - Mark 9:47-50
Does Jesus think it is important to get rid of the sin in our lives? Yes. Then why don’t we see more Christians getting serious about it? Why do Christians apparently live at peace with such sins as lust, greed, materialism, drunkenness, anger, and gossip? It appears as though the teachings of Jesus are being substituted with a popular "cheap grace" message that says “what we do just really doesn’t matter”. (This is actually a form of false teaching called Gnosticism.)

Christ didn’t teach this aggressively about the need to kill sin our lives for no reason and he didn’t die on the cross in victory over sin so that we could continue sinning. What we do matters. Sin matters. Praise God that through the cross, his grace, and the help of the Holy Spirit we can have the real victory over sin that Jesus very clearly expects.

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