Reblogged from Saved by Grace: http://iamhis-lyn.blogspot.com/2012/10/labeled-and-definedwere-all-victims.html

‘If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.’ – 1 John 1:8

In our world, sin is no longer understood or rightly defined. We see drunkenness defined as a disease and labeled as alcoholism. Sexual sin is grossly misunderstood; men and women are living together outside the covenant of marriage where there is no commitment. How convenient is it to walk away from someone you are not bound by a covenant with? Children are being born due to rampant sexual immorality and have no stable environment for proper upbringing; society is churning out mindless thoughtless little ‘robots’ that have no direction, no discipline, no guidance, and most importantly…no love. They are being left to raise themselves; how can a child do such a thing? They cannot.

Homosexuality is labeled as gay and defined as orientation {see my post on orientation}, it is treated with kid gloves and viewed as a ‘special issue’ in society . We do not want to provoke shame or seem unloving by calling it what God calls it…sin! This sin seems to be outside the realm of sexual immorality and poked and prodded into as though it were ‘special’. The homosexual is a ‘victim’, their ‘attraction’ to the same sex is seen as something they cannot help. Society tries to analyze this sin and pry into the sinner’s past looking for a reason as to why they have this ‘attraction’. It really is not that complicated, ‘Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me’ {Psalm 51:5}. We are born sinners, radically depraved; God-hating and sin-loving. We will always gravitate towards sin, it’s what our hearts desire and lust for; it is our nature to do so. Why do some gravitate towards the sin of homosexuality and others do not? Choice. As born again believers, we need to stop using worldly terminology such as ‘orientation’ and phrases like ‘struggles with same sex attraction’ which are NOT found in the Bible and use words that are, like ‘abomination’ and phrases like ‘flee from sexual immorality’.

Addictions are rampant, everything from gambling, to sex, to drugs and alcohol are labeled as an addiction and defined as some mental disorder, genetic defect or disease. Rehabs and organizations like AA are leading those in bondage to sin down a false road of hope, claiming to have the ability to cure the addict and help them overcome their addictions. Due to a failure to understand sin and its bondage, that we are all enslaved to sin, love it, and cannot free ourselves from it; sinners, out of desperation, flock to man-made programs in hopes of overcoming something that controls them and more often than not…destroys. I just saw a news headline stating internet addiction is going to be defined as ‘mental illness’, you can read about that here if you like. Briefly, from the article, “Psychologists believe that Internet addiction should be categorized like other addiction disorders as it has similar symptoms, including emotional shutdown, lack of concentration and withdrawal. Parents have noted their children becoming angry and violent when their electronic gadgets are taken away from them, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. In other instances, kids preferred to play a videogame over eating or social interaction.”

This describes the results of sinful choices, as well as lack of proper parental guidance and discipline- NOT some type of mental breakdown due to something outside of ‘self’. Thus, mankind moves a step closer to eliminating accountability and portraying itself as ‘victims’. All this labeling and defining according to man’s wisdom has led to what John spoke of in 1 John 1:8, ‘if we say we have no sin’. This is where we presently are in society; many professing Christians are terrified to present biblical truth concerning sin because they do not want to seem unloving. I believe this is all part of what one dear brother describes in this way, ‘Attacks on the truth are getting more polished, more convincing in their manipulative techniques. This is Satan’s most effective tool, deception – “Did God really say?”…It is working all too well. To redefine sin keeps sinners from doing what God commands, confess and repent. How can you do that if you believe your actions are something outside of yourself, if you are merely a victim then you surely can’t be held accountable before a Holy God right? The mind is so easily manipulated, which is why it is essential to guard your mind, fill it with truth. The only source of truth we have is the Holy Bible. Let us not fail to call sin what it is, using the word of God as our source. As Charles Spurgeon so rightly stated, “God never clothes men until He has first stripped them,nor does He quicken them by the gospel till first they are slain by the law.”

To suppress the truth concerning sin is to leave one in sin, under wrath and headed for hell. It takes more love to speak biblical truth than it does to worry about hurting someone’s feelings or being too offensive. The Gospel is offensive! It is a command to forsake your sins, but you have to understand that you are a sinner, you are responsible for what you do, what you choose. God’s word is our weapon of defense to man’s method of modern psychology.  The Bible is where you find sin defined by the One who created all and has laid down the laws as to what sin is. To state, for instance, having homosexual tendencies and desires is due to an ‘orientation’ is just like what took place in the garden…Adam blamed Eve, Eve blamed the serpent. It’s passing the buck, a ‘I cannot help myself’ mentality. This cannot be how we approach sin, it must be spoken of just as it is written. God calls this sin an abomination, and all who continue on it it will perish. However, there is hope in Christ for the broken and contrite heart. Sin must be defined biblically before hope in Jesus becomes a reality.

Here is another quote I got from Christina’s blog from C. H. Spurgeon, While I regarded God as a tyrant, I thought sin a trifle; but when I knew him to be my father, then I mourned that I could ever have kicked against him. When I thought that God was hard, I found it easy to sin; but when I found God so kind, so good, so overflowing with compassion, I smote upon my breast to think that I could ever have rebelled against one who loved me so, and sought my good.

“It is the preacher’s task to speak about the one subject that men would most rather forget – sin and its consequences.”- Paul Washer

AMEN!!! Thanks Lyn!

 

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