“I love to talk about sin, which makes little sense to people who want to label me as a liberal. I think perhaps that actual liberals equate admitting we are sinful with having low self esteem. And then the conservatives equate sin with immorality (only some times do sin and immorality converge). So one end of the church tells us that sin is an antiquated notion that only makes us feel bad about ourselves so we should avoid mentioning it at all. While the other end of the church tells us that sin is the same as immorality and totally avoidable if you are just a good squeaky clean Christian. But when sin is boiled down to low self esteem and immorality then it becomes something we can control or limit in some way rather than something we are bondage to. The reality is that I cannot free myself from the bondage of self. I cannot keep from being turned in on self. I cannot by my own understanding or effort disentangle myself from my self interest and when I think that I can …I am trying to do what is only God’s to do.”
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Very sad story.
I don’t agree with the fathers statement….
“Sin needs to be taken out of homosexuality,” said Joe Clementi. “Our children need to understand – and adults need to understand – that they’re not broken.”
We are all broken. We are all in need of oneness through the power of God in Christ reconciling the world unto himself. We don’t have the power or the right in and of ourselves to remove our own sin or make ourselves whole.
I want to invite you to read the debate this month in the Pulse Magazine. The topic is about how we present the gospel… should we begin with sin or the image of God? Pastors Rob Cave and Randy Lemke debate this issue. I put my thoughts below. Read the article and tell me what you think.
Creation, Fall, Judgment, Redemption and Consummation. This is the biblical rhythm of Gospel hope. The melodic line is Jesus I am a harmony and blessed to be a part of the music. If we mess with the order we run the risk of making the Gospel about me and my personal salvation rather than about the Christ… the Messiah… the promised one. I am not the point of the music… Jesus is.
Genesis doesn’t start in Chapter three. John begins his Gospel with Genesis Chapter one… in the beginning. If I start with evil and personal sin than I have missed the very good beginning and ignored John’s Gospel model. Genesis 3:15 is not centered on me it is centered on the promised image restoration of which my salvation will be a part of but not the centre.