In my flesh, I’ve dealt with every sin that the Bible says “shall not inherit the Kingdom of God”. So I don’t come to you saying, “Look, I’m worthy of inheriting the Kingdom of God!”
No, I tell you that I look at what God calls sin and I acknowledge it as sin. I don’t try to twist it into what is a comfortable fit for my life choices so that I can justify how I would like it to read to fit my life. No, I accept the Word of God as right and true and I see that I have fallen short.
But it doesn’t stop there. With belief and surrender comes death and new life. That old man is dead, and I am raised to new life in Christ — not so that I can continue in my sin and death, but so that I can live abundantly in the righteousness of Christ.
Homosexuality and same sex attraction? Dead in the name of Jesus Christ.
Sexual immorality? Dead in the name of Jesus Christ.
Pornography & Prostitution? Dead in the name of Jesus Christ.
Drunkenness & drugs? Dead in the name of Jesus Christ.
Murderous hateful heart? Dead in the name of Jesus Christ.
Adultery and lust? Dead in the name of Jesus Christ.
Covetousness, Idolatry and worldliness? Dead in the name of Jesus Christ.
Thievery, greed, envy and jealousy? Dead in the name of Jesus Christ.
Swindling and manipulation? Dead in the name of Jesus Christ.
Strife, rivalry and division? Dead in the name of Jesus Christ.
Offense, bitterness, and unforgiveness? Dead in the name of Jesus Christ.
Orgies, lewdness, exhibitionism? Dead in the name of Jesus Christ.
Pride, high mindedness, self exaltation? Dead in the name of Jesus Christ.
Am I perfect? No.
Am I grateful for His victory in many areas of my life? Yes!
Am I hopeful to see deliverance in even more areas of life so that I’m not hindering His Holy Spirit or damaging my testimony? Yes.
So if you see me speaking out against a particular sin, don’t think that it’s because I’m not familiar with it, or that I’m picking on your favorite demon to make me feel better about my own. Nope, sin actually is the enemy, it actually is poison, it actually does steal from us, and my eyes are open to see that even though I was blind to it before.
There was a time when I wasn’t ready to hear the truth, when I didn’t want to hear the truth, where I thought that the truth was just judgemental, religious, self-righteous B.S.
When I heard someone talking about God or sin or righteousness or anything like that, I assumed they were tight-assed idiots and hypocrites — and when the truth hurt me, I acted as if “the church hurt me” when it was really the truth of the Word of God that hurt me because I wasn’t willing to consider a truth that called me to actual repentance and discipleship.
So if that’s where you are, I got nothing but love for you, neighbor. I pray that He will snatch you out of the fire like He did me, and all I can do is encourage you to seek truth with an open and humble perspective, and I expect that you’ll find what you’re looking for.
This post was inspired by this article that I read this morning: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/marriage-same-sex-attraction/