Obsessed With Sin

15 Mar

Do you know why so many believers have no peace in their relationship with God? They would tell you it is because God is angry with them and their sin, but the real reason is they are ignorant of him and his righteousness. In the kingdom, peace always follows righteousness. If you are more conscious of your sin than his righteousness, you will never enjoy peace with God.

The church has an unhealthy obsession with sin. We spend our lives watching out for sin, resisting sin, fighting sin, hiding sin, running from sin, owning up to sin, talking about sin, turning from sin, and hopefully, overcoming sin. With so much emphasis on sin, guilt, and shame, is it any wonder so many of us don’t feel righteous? We need the ministry of the Holy Spirit now more than ever.

Paul_EllisPaul Ellis

The Gospel in Ten Words, KingsPress, 2012, 95-6.


5 Responses to “Obsessed With Sin”

  1. Allen March 15, 2013 at 9:11 am #

    I love the “Peace always follows righteousness” word picture. God says that His kingdom looks exactly like righteousness, peace and joy. One FOLLOWS another. His gift to us is righteousness. When we truly believe and rest in that, we experience His peace. Our automatic response to that peace is joy, in the Spirit.
    Lose your joy? Check your Peace. Don’t have that? Where did you lay down your Gift?

  2. irenedavid March 15, 2013 at 12:34 pm #

    Paul, I needed to read this today. I can’t promise that it will sink in like it needs to, but I’m praying it will at some point. I’ve read The Gospel in Ten Words twice and will probably have to read it over and over. Old messages take a while to root out.

  3. Harold May 28, 2013 at 1:01 pm #

    The obsession many Christians have with “sin” causes much misunderstanding of scripture. Scripture in fact confirms that in Christ we are righteous, holy (Rom 11:16), sanctified (Heb 10:10), perfected (Heb 10:14), and cannot sin (1John 3:9, 1Pet 4:1).

    Rom 8:33. “Who shall lay ANY THING to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifies”

    If Satan, the accuser, cannot charge us with “sin'”, then why would we then try to charge ourselves with sin?
    Clearly no “sin” can be charged against a Christian.

    We cannot be charged with sin/transgression of the law (1John 3:4) as we’re not under the law anyway (Rom 8:2, Rom 10:4, Gal 5:18).
    We cannot be charged with sin/unrighteousness (1John 5:17) as our faith is counted for righteousness (Rom 4:5).
    We cannot be charged with sin/unbelief in Jesus (John 16:9) as we do continue to believe in Jesus.

    Jesus truly set us free from sin, John 8:36.

  4. berniwBernadette January 15, 2014 at 7:38 pm #

    Question and I am not asking in sarcastic way: what would you say to those who say “churches need to teach Christians about sin so that they know what is right and wrong” I personally say teach about Jesus instead but seem to run into those who give me this reply. Thanks in advance

    • Paul Ellis January 15, 2014 at 8:01 pm #

      I would say, “Where is that in the Bible?” Jesus commissioned us to preach the gospel, not to preach the tree of knowledge of good and evil or the law. I’m with Spurgeon who said, “A sermon without Christ as its beginning, middle, and end is a mistake in conception and a crime in execution.” And he also said, “The motto of all true servants of God must be, ‘We preach Christ; and him crucified.’ A sermon without Christ in it is like a loaf of bread without any flour in it. No Christ in your sermon, sir? Then go home, and never preach again until you have something worth preaching.”

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