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How to Convince Christians to Sin

Those born from God don’t practice sin because God’s DNA remains in them. They can’t sin because they are born from God. 10 This is how God’s children and the devil’s children are apparent: everyone who doesn’t practice righteousness is not from God, including the person who doesn’t love a brother or sister.

1 John 3:9-10, CEB

If you are a child of God you can’t sin. If you’re a child of your shouldn’t practice sinning. So, how do you convince a Christian to sin? You make them forget their true identity. It’s that simple, really.

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Restoration: Will Things Ever Get Better?

This is part of my manifesto series.
You can download my Fully Satisfied Manifesto for FREE here.

There is restoration from mistakes.

Fully Satisfied Manifesto

I’ve made mistakes in the past. I’ll make mistakes in the future. I’ve made mistakes today. We all do.

Mistakes

Quick poll: Who reading this hasn’t made any mistakes?

…. No one?

Ok, good. We all in the same boat.

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Afraid: How To Stop Beating a Dead Horse

Sin has been defeated or it hasn’t. And if sin hasn’t been defeated then I should be afraid of it.

– Danny Silk

This is a big deal. I’m still working through the truth of it. I’m settled on it, but still unpacking it.

Jesus defeated sin at the cross.

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Root or How To Live in the Extreme

Jesus doesn’t just deal with splinters, He takes care of the root.

I have four children. three of which are mobile and highly active, one is an infant. I have dealt with my share of cuts, scrapes, scratches, and splinters. I have taken the time with each of them to clean it, bandage it, and kiss it. This is similar to how Jesus helps us. But, He takes it up a notch.

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Cure

Don’t be a doctor that only tells you how bad the different diseases are, be the one who offers the cure!

Benny Perez

Sin is bad. Try not to sin. We get it.

Constantly telling people the different kinds of sins and how bad they are is not necessarily going to make them not participate in them. You have to give the answer and show them something better. You must tell them of how grace delivers us from sin. You must tell them of how Jesus is better. You must tell them how they are dead to sin and don’t have to answer it’s call.

I’ve quoted it before, but Tullian Tchividjian has said, “Everything we need, in Christ we already possess.”

For any earthly pleasure you want there is a better heavenly alternative.  We have to train our minds and bodies to turn to the real thing rather than settling for the knock-off version.

But the bottom line is, you don’t have to sin. Will you? Odds are yes. But, there is forgiveness. There is grace. Should you continue to sin?  NO! There is grace!

Grace is not only the forgiveness of sin but the power to overcome it! That’s good news!

and from Jesus the Anointed, the Witness who is true and faithful, the first to emerge from death’s cold womb, the chosen Ruler over all the kings and rulers of the earth. To the One who loves us and liberated us from the grip of our evil deeds through His very own blood

Revelation 1:5 Voice

So here is how to picture yourself now that you have been initiated into Jesus the Anointed: you are dead to sin’s power and influence, but you are alive to God’s rule

Romans 6:11 Voice

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Darkness

“Don’t curse the darkness but light a candle.”

Brother Andrew

I woke up today to some news that simultaneously made me mad, broke my heart, and flooded me with compassion. Yeah, that’s a lot to feel at one time. The news was of the moral failure of Tullian Tchividjian. Those who have read this blog for any length of time have probably heard me quote or reference him. You could say I’m a pretty big fan. So, I feel like I should say something.

Now, I am in no way condoning what has happened, sin is sin. However, I will not judge Tullian. I am no better though my sin may look different.

What I don’t want to see happen is us throwing the baby out with the bathwater. We shouldn’t discount what He has said that is the truth of scripture just because he has sinned.

What needs to happen is love. Love and support. Love and prayer. Prayer for Tullian, his family, and the other parties involved.

Accusations aren’t needed.

Judgement isn’t needed.

Tullian and everyone involved has my prayers, support and love. Nothing less.

6:1 Brethren, if it seems that someone continues to 1anticipate their next 2failure (by carrying just too much load, see verse 2), from your position in faith restore such a person in a spirit of courtesy and grace, keeping your own attitude in check; a legalistic approach would want to suspiciously probe into problems. (The word, 1prolambano, means to anticipate, take in advance; 2paraptoma, comes from para, close proximity, proceeding from a sphere of influence, and pipto, means to lose height, stop flying, to fail. Remember you represent grace not law.)

6:2  The law of the Christ-life distinguishes your spirituality; taking the weight off someone’s shoulder is fulfilling the law of Christ. (The message of grace removes all law-related burdens such as guilt, suspicion, inferiority, shame and a sin-consciousness.)

6:3  Anyone who imagines to be someone they are not, lives a lie. (The law system sponsors pretense; grace reveals your true identity redeemed in Christ.)

6:4  Now, without the pressure of pretense, you are free to give expression to your individual self and not some phony life you’re trying to fake. Evaluate your own conduct in such a way that you do not need another’s approval to confirm your joy.

Galatians 6:1-4 Mirror

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Life

“God’s action in the world takes place entirely in plain old messed-up human nature. He does not kill off sinners; rather, he himself dies a totally human death in order that they may live new a fully human lives in the power of his resurrection.”

– Robert F. Capon , The Mystery of Christ… & Why We Don’t Get It

Human. Covered in skin. Originating from dirt.

It’s a big deal to understand that Jesus was human. He was just as much flesh and blood, sinew and bone, hair and toenails as any of us. But, at the same time He was divine; like Creator of all, Partner in the Divine Dance of Love, and Elder brother of all humanity.

The gospel of John tells us that Jesus became flesh.

The Word became flesh
and made his home among us.
We have seen his glory,
glory like that of a father’s only son,
full of grace and truth.

John 1:14 CEB

You need to pay attention to the word that John uses for flesh. He uses the word “sarx” which is the same word that Paul uses for describing the “sin nature”. If John would have said that Jesus became human it could be the same as saying the Jesus was the Goodyear Blimp, here but not on the ground with us. Jesus became “sarx” and got in the trashcan of sin with us.

Jesus got in our trashcan of sin with us and got out as all of us! Now, we can live in His resurrected life!

GOOD NEWS!!!

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Memory

What though th’ accuser roar
Of ills that I have done!
I know them well, and thousands more:
Jehovah findeth none.

Whitlock Gandy from Hymns for the Little Flock

What a powerful line! What a freeing truth!

Yes, God does not remember your sins. He’s said it.

“But I, yes I, am the one
who takes care of your sins—that’s what I do.
I don’t keep a list of your sins.”
Isaiah 43:25 MSG

The only list He keeps is your name in His book of life.

Every priest goes to work at the altar each day, offers the same old sacrifices year in, year out, and never makes a dent in the sin problem. As a priest, Christ made a single sacrifice for sins, and that was it! Then he sat down right beside God and waited for his enemies to cave in. It was a perfect sacrifice by a perfect person to perfect some very imperfect people. By that single offering, he did everything that needed to be done for everyone who takes part in the purifying process. The Holy Spirit confirms this:

This new plan I’m making with Israel
isn’t going to be written on paper,
isn’t going to be chiseled in stone;
This time “I’m writing out the plan in them,
carving it on the lining of their hearts.”
He concludes,

I’ll forever wipe the slate clean of their sins.
Once sins are taken care of for good, there’s no longer any need to offer sacrifices for them.

Hebrews 10:11-18 Message

Emphasis mine. You see what He says?

Clean slate.
Forever.

Let’s look at one more verse.

 You see, God takes all our crimes—our seemingly inexhaustible sins—and removes them.
    As far as east is from the west, He removes them from us.

Psalms 103:12 Voice

One more, this is too good not to include.

With the arrival of Jesus, the Messiah, that fateful dilemma is resolved. Those who enter into Christ’s being-here-for-us no longer have to live under a continuous, low-lying black cloud. A new power is in operation. The Spirit of life in Christ, like a strong wind, has magnificently cleared the air, freeing you from a fated lifetime of brutal tyranny at the hands of sin and death.

Romans 8:1-2 Message

Take a deep breath of the clean free air of grace that Christ has cleared out for you.

Throw away your old slate of wrongs that you’ve committed.

Your memory is the only record of sin. God has gloriously and graciously forgotten it.

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Greater

15 But the gift of God through Christ is a very different matter from the “account rendered” through the sin of Adam. For while as a result of one man’s sin death by natural consequence became the common lot of men, it was by the generosity of God, the free giving of the grace of one man Jesus Christ, that the love of God overflowed for the benefit of all men.

16 Nor is the effect of God’s gift the same as the effect of that one man’s sin. For in the one case one man’s sin brought its inevitable judgment, and the result was condemnation. But, in the other, countless men’s sins are met with the free gift of grace, and the result is justification before God.

17 For if one man’s offence meant that men should be slaves to death all their lives, it is a far greater thing that through another man, Jesus Christ, men by their acceptance of his more than sufficient grace and righteousness, should live all their lives like kings!

Romans 15 (Phillips)

One of these things is not like the other.

Too many times I’ve allowed Adam’s fall stand taller and more unmovable than Christ’s finished work. I’ve also put more faith in what Adam did than what Christ did.

Let me explain.

It’s not that I haven’t believed what Jesus did was powerful, it’s just that I know that what Adam did messed up a lot of stuff. I can see what Adam’s sin messed up. I see it everyday. What Jesus did changed everything. I get it. But when I look around, it can be hard to see the effects.

Enter faith.

First, let’s determine what faith is. Merriam-Webster states that faith is a strong belief or trust in someone or something. The bible in Hebrews tell that “Faith is the reality of what we hope for, the proof of what we don’t see.”

Now, let’s look at how faith allows us to see Jesus’ work as the greater.

I could take several texts to prove this to you, but only one comes to mind. Paul put it so well to his letter to the Ephesian church.

that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might  that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.

Ephesians 1:17-23

So, it may not be easy. It may not be what you’re used to. It may not be “natural”. But, it’s truth. Unlearn, retrain, and re-learn the truth.

Jesus is greater, better, and more powerful than anyone else.

Free

“I am and I am not a universalist. I am one if you are talking about what God in Christ has done to save the world. The Lamb of God has not taken away the sins of some — of only the good, or the cooperative, or the select few who can manage to get their act together and die as perfect peaches. He has taken away the sins of the world — of every last being in it — and he has dropped them down the black hole of Jesus’ death. On the cross, he has shut up forever on the subject of guilt: “There is therefore now no condemnation. . .” All human beings, at all times and places, are home free whether they know it or not, feel it or not, believe it or not.

But I am not a universalist if you are talking about what people may do about accepting that happy-go-lucky gift of God’s grace. I take with utter seriousness everything that Jesus had to say about hell, including the eternal torment that such a foolish non-acceptance of his already-given acceptance must entail. All theologians who hold Scripture to be the Word of God must inevitably include in their work a tractate on hell. But I will not — because Jesus did not — locate hell outside the realm of grace. Grace is forever sovereign, even in Jesus’ parables of judgment. No one is ever kicked out at the end of those parables who wasn’t included in at the beginning.

Robert Capon

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