Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Pride: the Subtle Sin

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. - 1 John 1:8

This from Greg Laurie's Daily Devotions:

I had to laugh when I heard the story of two men who approached the great British preacher, C. H. Spurgeon, one day and told him, "Spurgeon, we have reached sinless perfection."

"Really?" he asked.

"Yes," they said, "We are absolutely perfect."

Spurgeon was holding a pitcher of water at the time, and he poured it on their heads. When they began to react like any other sinners would, he found out just how perfect they were.

You see, the people who walk around claiming to have reached sinless perfection are victims of one of the most powerful yet subtle sins: pride. None of us will reach sinless perfection—not in this life.

Granted, before we were Christians, we were under the control and power of sin. We went along with whatever our sinful natures dictated.

But something dramatic happened when we received Christ. We were changed. The Bible says that we became new creations in Christ. Old things passed away and all things became new (see 2 Corinthians 5:17).

That is not to say we still don't struggle with sin and temptation. The Scripture clearly teaches that we will sin and that we will have lapses.

Although the Bible tells me I will sin, there is a difference between sinning and being sorry for it, and sinning habitually, persistently, and continually. If someone claims to be a Christian and yet continues in sin, my question is whether that person has ever been truly converted.

Some people wonder whether such a Christian ever could lose his or her salvation. I would suggest that another question should be asked instead: Did he or she ever experience salvation to begin with?


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Cody Carter said...

that's one thing i always wonder about. did they ever really lose their salvation. their name could not have temporarily been in the book of salvation. I have a hard time believing that people can know God on an intimate level and then fall away. it's a scary thought to think that people who you looked up to have now fallen away and now people are looking up to you as a spiritual leader. what is different about you then the first guy that was passionate and on fire and had the spirit in him. I pray that God would never let me move even an inch farther away from him but instead that i might continually draw closer to him every day of my life.

Keith Thomson said...

Yes, we all sin. Its repentance that makes all the difference. Jesus died in order for our sins to be forgiven. His death didn't make us perfect, it was the means for our forgiveness.

Nice blog