Sin, Repentance, Gospel, and why you might be doing it wrong…

May 23, 2012


“Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline. Communion withoutconfession. Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ.”

-Dietrich Bonhoeffer

What route does your sin take to to the cross?

Its possible–even probable–that the way you deal with sin does more to deny the sufficiency of  Jesus’ work on the cross than it does to rest in it. “Possible sure, but probable? That’s a little overboard.”  Rather than win you over to the likelihood that you will act out of sin and brokenness, denying the sufficiency of Jesus, let me just show you how I have done it:

  • I’ve sought to pay for my sin by doing things that don’t feel good like telling my “accountability partner”, denying myself certain luxuries or even physically purchasing something for someone else  when I fall in to sin. The lie? Feeling bad makes up for my sin.
  • I’ve imposed distance between God and myself for a self-determined period of time.  The lie? My audience before God is based on my track record and I’m still in control.
  • I’ve indulged in self-condemnation of my sin, the “man am I messed up” merry-go-round.  The lie? My sin is too great for Jesus to handle and I know this because I’m  a better judge of my sin than Jesus is.
  • I’ve delved further in to sin, based on the “I’ve already gone this far, why not go further?” thinking.  The lie? God’s already unhappy with me cause I sinned, I might as well enjoy it (because since sin will not destroy me)

Not to oversimplify things, but the reality is that every time I respond to my sin in the ways listed above (and a plethora of other ways I regularly respond) I deny the reality that Jesus is the only one who covers my sin, secures my place before God, judges and makes me acceptable before the Father.  Every time I deviate from the truth of the Gospel I not only end up living the lie, but my life also becomes a soapbox to proclaim another road to acceptance, another lord, another means of salvation, etc.

If you want to read more about this or read the excellent article that spurred these thoughts please follow the link to:

Preaching the Gospel to Yourself

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