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Is My Sin Original or Extra Crispy?

Posted by admin in November 18th, 2008
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To be honest with you, I was born a liar. Yes, really. Lying was second nature to me. As a kid, I’d lie rather than tell the truth even if the truth was better. My poor parents. But I think my compulsion to lie was a part of that whole original sin thing. The thing where each of us is born with a sinful nature because of that silly Adam and Eve. Man, I’d like to have a word with the two of them! Adam, what were you thinkin’?

In my philosophy of ed class we studied a bunch of dead white guys. Loved the class, but Rousseau cracked me up. This is the French guy who believed that children are born perfect and that society corrupts them. Really Rousseau? And who corrupted society? While we were studying him my professor asked me why I was being so quiet and not participating in the discussion. (I was the token evangelical in the class). “Do you really want me to get in on this? ‘Cause I (shocking) DO have an opinion.” She assured me that she did. Then I explained that Rousseau obviously didn’t have any kids of his own and if he did he didn’t have a hand in raising them. Come on! Anyone that has ever lived with a two year old knows that the fallen nature exists. I mean my parents thought I was demon possessed. And rightly so. I was evil.

Let’s face it: we are all born rotten; we are all born sinful. I like the way Pope Paul VI put it:

“We believe that in Adam all have sinned, [thanks again Adam] which means that the original offense committed by him caused human nature, common to all men [and hey dude! women too], to fall to a state in which it bears the consequences of that offense…It is human nature so fallen, stripped of the grace that once clothed it, injured in its own natural powers and subjected to the dominion of death, that is transmitted to all men, and it is in this sense that every man is born in sin. We therefore hold that original sin is transmitted with human nature ‘not by imitation, but by propagation’ and that it is thus ‘peculiar to everyone.’

“We believe that our Lord Jesus Christ, by the sacrifice of the Cross, [and the power of his resurrection] redeemed us from original sin and all the personal sins committed by each one of us, so that, in accordance with the word of the Apostle, ‘where sin abounded, grace did more abound.'”

Preach it Pope guy! In my old country church we’d say we needed to be “washed in the blood.”

Adam and Eve screwed up. We inherited that screwed up nature. Jesus wasn’t screwed up. He died on the Cross for us to be free from the screwed up nature. It worked! Now we are without excuse. Paul (the apostle guy, not VI) says that there is no temptation that comes to us that God does not make a way out for us. John (the one on the island) tells us that if we sin, we can confess our sins and God is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us. That’s excellent!

The other night Big D and I were talking about stuff we were born with. My lying thing. He said his was lust (though it didn’t really show up until puberty). We’re all born with something. People ask me if I think folks can be born gay. Sure. Why not? I think the sinful nature manifests itself in many ways. If Cain can be born with murder in his heart, me a liar and Big D a luster, then surely people can be born gay. We all struggle with something. Doesn’t mean we get to keep it. Doesn’t mean we get to stand before the Throne of God one day and say, “The devil made me do it.” We have to take responsibility for our actions. We have to, okay I have to, recognize my sin, cast it at the foot of the Cross and then die to my flesh. You know Paul talked a lot about being crucified with Christ, putting to death the habits of the flesh, casting aside all unholy thoughts and imaginations–everything that tries to exalt itself above Christ in our lives. Whether it be lusting after the opposite sex (or the same sex for that matter), a desire to be better than everyone else, the craving for substances that appease anxieties, or like me, habitually lying. IT ALL has to come under the blood; IT ALL has to be put to death; IT ALL has to be wrestled to the ground and whooped up on (in the power of the Holy Spirit of course. WE can’t do it in our own strength). The fact that I am born with sin is no excuse for me to hang on to it and to live with it. Welcome to the human race! We all got it and we all are commanded to get rid of it. Dig what Paul writes in Romans,

“Don’t let sin exercise dominion in your bodies, making you obey its passions. Don’t present your body to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and present your body to God as an instrument of righteousness. For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace” (Romans 6).

Wow. Thanks Paul. No wonder they call this the Good News. Because the “under grace” part means that I don’t have to do it on my own. Thank God, literally, for the gift of the Holy Spirit that partners with us to gang up on sin and destroy it in our lives. This is where we don’t rely on the strong arm of our own strength or will power (the flesh is what the Bible calls it), but we cry out to a merciful God that through the power of His Spirit we become conquerors over sin and its bondage in our lives. We can truly say, “I am crucified with Christ! And it is no longer I that live, but Christ living in me: and the life which I now live I live in faith, the faith which is in the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself up for me.” And my original sin is washed away and in its place I become a new creature, a new person in Jesus Christ. No more living with lies. No more living with lust. No more trying to soothe the savage beast, but living in victory because of what Jesus did for me and you and all who cry out for his help. I love the old song we used to sing when I was a kid. Hope you can take time to read over these words. Also, check out this amazing video on YouTube (about 4 minutes long). Peace.

What can wash away my sin?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
What can make me whole again?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Oh! precious is the flow
That makes me white as snow;
No other fount I know,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

For my pardon, this I see,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
For my cleansing this my plea,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Nothing can for sin atone,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
Naught of good that I have done,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

This is all my hope and peace,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
This is all my righteousness,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Now by this I’ll overcome—
Nothing but the blood of Jesus,
Now by this I’ll reach my home—
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Glory! Glory! This I sing—
Nothing but the blood of Jesus,
All my praise for this I bring—
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

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57. little momma said,
February 7th, 2009 at 7:55 pm

ok so the kids are in bed and I’m catching up on my reading of YOU. I figure if your going to be publishing a book I need to read some more of your stuff and make sure it’s suitable for publishing…ha!! I think I’m reading them at either a good time or a bad time, I mean, because all of your words are hitting home big time with me and I want to keep reading everything you write! Where would we be without Christ as our Redeemer and Lord? Love.

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