Why Did the Church Give Up Its Battle Against Sin?
Thoughts to draw us closer to Jesus on the cross
For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power. 57 But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Cor 15:56-57 NLT
The man who does not prefer the evil of death to the evil of sin loves God his Father but little. God has ordained that this evil be brought to an end by death, and that death be the minister of life and righteousness.
The voice of unbelief says, “Yes, I’m a believer. I believe the Bible. I don’t like those modernists, liberals and modern scientists who deny the Bible. I would not do that for the world. I believe in God, and I believe that God will bless.” That is, He will bless at some other time, in some other place and some other people. Those are three sleepers that bring the work of God to a halt. We are believers and we can quote the creed with approval. We believe it, but we believe that God will bless some other people, some other place, some other time—but not now, not here and not us.…
If we allow the gloomy voice of unbelief to whisper to us that God will bless some other time but not now, some other place but not here, some other people but not us, we might as well turn off the lights because nobody will get anywhere.…
Some may look at the title of the blog and expect I will try and condemn all the sinners out there.
It is to you that I write this, wondering why you have given up the true battle against sin. The battle that was won at the cross, where every peson created
Especially those who commit “those” sins, the ones that we bash because they aren’t our sins.
Sin is sin, and it has the power of the covenant law behind it, and all who sin are accursed. Every single one of us deserves condemnation.
Which is why Luther would prefer to deal with death that sin. At least death is temporary!
Because of Christ, the evils of death and dying are temporary. There is something that is free of sin on the other side, and it frees us from the guilt and shame on this side, too.
For the conservative – that is our only victory against those who deny scripture. Our victories aren’t won by arguing against them, winning battles of logic, or at least engaging in it. Those aren’t victories. They are all losses, because of souls that walk away not knowing the mercy of God, and not seeing it in action.
I think we have taken the attitude that Tozer describes, it isn’t time for revival, or it is happening over there in Africa, and over there in South America. We’ve believed the lie that we are in a post-Church culture, and that we cannot win the battle against evil. And so we turn off the lights, or at least encourage others to turn off the lights, and give to those places who might have a chance.
To fight this, the church has to recover the vision of Christ, who came into a world that was totally in darkness… 400 years without a prophet. An empty temple, and only the illusion of being the people of God. It is time, in every era, it is the place, for God would redeem us all, and this gospel is for you and your household, your extreme legalist neighbors and the liberal progressive ones as well.
It is not time to shot out the lights. It is the time to reflect the light of Christ, which will shatter the darkness…
It is time to rescue people from the curse of sin.
It is the time to see the Spirit poured out here and now.
It is time..
Martin Luther, Luther’s Works, Vol. 42: Devotional Writings I, ed. Jaroslav Jan Pelikan, Hilton C. Oswald, and Helmut T. Lehmann, vol. 42 (Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1999), 130.
A. W. Tozer, Tozer for the Christian Leader (Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2015).