According to Eric Davis, the Lord Jesus came to deal with sin. He came to “make us see, loathe, and eradicate our inward sin, and see, love, and follow him.” He was not interested in “social justice, external humanitarian inspiration, or politico-social revolution,” says Davis. So why is it that a large (and growing) number of professing Christians avoid the concept of sin? And why do those who claim they’re followers of Jesus Christ choose to close their ears to what He taught on sin?
In this piece over at The Cripplegate, Eric Davis reveals what the One who spoke the universe into existence wants those He created to know about…sin:
It’s an alarming trend, especially in some of our younger generations. Many of us professing Christians cannot stand to hear the word. When we do, we cry foul. “It’s unloving,” “It’s toxic,” “It’s legalistic,” “It’s graceless.” We leave churches who speak of it. We ignore older saints who bring it up. We avoid authors who write about it. We harden our hearts when identified in our lives. I suppose we could call it something like “hamartiphobia”: a fearful repulsion of things like hearing teaching about sin, experiencing the exposure of our sin, and being confronted on our sin.
It’s no secret: the Bible talks much about sin, and without apologizing. The word “sin,” “transgression,” or “iniquity” occurs 1148 times in 906 verses. That’s more than the word “love” (528 times), “lovingkindness” (138 times), “grace” (133 times), and “forgive” or “forgiveness” (85 times). This is not to say that we only speak of sin. But it is to say that God talks much about it. To close our ears to sin is to close our ears to God.
Early in my walk with Christ I had a life-changing experience. One of my mentors—in his mid-60’s, a long-time pastor, professor, and biblical counselor—told me, “Eric, the more I see my sin, the greater my love and appreciation for the sacrificial death and love of Jesus Christ. I just stand in awe, like Paul, who said, ‘I am the chief of sinners,’ thinking about how the Lord Jesus died and rose for me.” He showed me that I need to beware of a certain type of thinking: “We don’t need to talk about sin anymore because Jesus died for it.” “Since Christianity is all about grace, we don’t need to address our sin.” “Yes, we are all sinners, but we should only think on the positive.” Continue reading