January 23rd, 2005


confronting sin and the joy of my salvation

On Friday I was talking with a friend about healing from experiences in "mainstream" churches, namely the stigma of sin. I was talking about how there has to be some kind of standard; otherwise, anything goes. What's wrong for me might be completely right for another person. If there's no standard, a person could justify killing another person.

He was saying that it's scary to read about the wages of sin being death. "But then Christ forgives." I sensed that this was very confusing for him.

It made me think about things a lot. Yes, the wages (consequences) of sin is death. And there's not a person in the world who hasn't sinned. But God's forgiveness through Christ is here for me, even while I'm in the act of sin. I deserve death a hundred times over, but He gives me life. If I am never confronted with my sin, how can I appreciate this life He gives? The issue for me isn't about the fact that someone in a church confronts my sin. It's all about *HOW* the person confronts my sin. And if no one does, then in a way the church robs me of the joy of my salvation!

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about living in truth

It is important to realize that God is the "author and finisher of our faith" (Hebrews 12:2 NKJv), which means that we must come to Him for even the desire to follow and obey, not to mention the power. It is not a matter of willpower but of God's ability to save us in every way. With that in mind, make it a priority to seek God specifically about your reception of this material on a weekly, if not daily, basis. As Psalm 119:18 says, "I must ask God to open my eyes to His truth." Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law. (The Foundation Stones, p. 15)

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