Committing No Sin – podcst

Is Every Sin Outside the Body except Immoral Sex?

Weighing Whether 1 Corinthians 6:18b Is Paul’s Statement or a Corinthian Slogan

10 Reasons We Don’t Want to Confront Sin

By Chuck Lawless 

The Bible assumes that we will help each other walk in faithfulness (e.g., 1 Thess. 5:12-22). That process includes confronting others when necessary (Matt. 18:15-20). Many of us, though, aren’t very willing to confront a brother or sister in sin. Read these reasons for this reticence, and consider what you’d do to overcome them:

  1. We’ve never seen confrontation handled well. Maybe, in fact, we’ve never seen it handled at all. If we have, it may have been done so poorly that we don’t want any part of the task.
  2. We misunderstand what “Do not judge, so that you won’t be judged” (Matt. 7:1) means.  If we assume it means we are never to help a Christian check his or her heart, we misread the text. Righteous, humble confrontation is quite different from arrogant judgmentalism.
  3. We have sin in our own lives. We all do—and we don’t usually want anyone to confront us, so we choose not to confront others. We don’t deal with the log in our own eye or the speck in others’ eyes (Matt. 7:3). That way, everyone maintains some kind of “peace.”
  4. We’ve heard “grace” unintentionally defined as “live as you wish, then ask God’s forgiveness.” That kind of grace avoids confrontation, for no one is calling anyone to godliness. Grace makes sense only when we understand God’s holiness and His perfect standards.

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Why Does Sin Come Through Adam And Not Eve?

The Extent of Our Sin

A Broadcast with R.C. Sproul

What does John 3:16 say about who is going to heaven? This question is debated among Calvinists and Arminians—the hot point of contention being over man’s free will. The common misunderstanding is that Calvinism teaches that God drags people kicking and screaming against their wills to heaven while the rest who want to go heaven are sent to hell. Nothing could be further from the truth. But what does the Bible actually say about the sinner’s “free will?” Dr. Sproul considers this in this message entitled “The Extent of Our Sin.”

John Piper – Sin Blinds You to the Beauty of God

The Double Fall

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind,” said Jesus.  And “you shall love your neighbor as yourself.  On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets” (Matthew 22:37, 39-40).  Thus, the first table of the Ten Commandments has to do with loving God and the second table has to do with loving your neighbor.  

Peter Leithart, drawing on Thomas Brodie’s Genesis as Dialogue, points out that we can see this same distinction in Genesis.  In fact, we can see a double fall:   The account of Adam and Eve is about violating the love of God.  The account of Cain and Abel is about violating the love of neighbor.

“The first crime is primarily vertical, against God,” says Leithart; “the second is more horizontal, against another human being. Furthermore, these two crimes involve two of the most basic pairings in life: man-woman; and brother-brother.”

He then notes some strong parallels between the two narratives, which underscores their connection.  Here are a few (Adam & Eve first; Cain & Abel second):