The Issue of Sin (5 of 5)

So, when the postmodern Christians accuse us of hypocrisy when we oppose same-gender marriage we need not be intimidated. And, when these same people offer us an escape hatch from our sense of shame, we need not be tempted. No, we can see in our own shame unmistakable evidence of God’s saving work within us. We can also boldly speak out, not because we are sinless, but rather because we are compelled to uphold that which our beloved Lord and Savior has taught us, and commands us to teach others.

This in no way excuses our sin. But we need no longer live in the false pretense that we are better than anyone else. Rather, we can live lives of confident thanksgiving to the gracious God who is at work to progressively free us from sin’s terrible grip in this life, and ultimately to total victory, all through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

I will conclude with an excerpt of a sermon preached by C. H. Spurgeon on 28 April 1867, titled “Justification by Faith.” Here you will find all of the ideas that we have been considering summarized into a powerful statement of mature Reformed Christian faith. This is what it means to live the victorious Christian life!

… I know what the devil will say to you. He will say to you, “You are a sinner!” Tell him you know you are, but that for all that you are justified. He will tell you of the greatness of your sin. Tell him of the greatness of Christ’s righteousness. He will tell you of all your mishaps and your backslidings, of your offences and your wanderings. Tell him, and tell your own conscience, that you know all that, but that Jesus Christ came to save sinners, and that, although your sin be great, Christ is quite able to put it all away. Some of you, it seems to me, do not trust in Christ as sinners. You get a mingle-mangle kind of faith. You trust in Christ as though you thought Christ could do something for you, and you could do the rest. I tell you that while you look to yourselves, you do not know what faith means. You must be convinced that there is nothing good in yourselves; you must know that you are sinners, and that in your hearts you are as big and as black sinners as the very worst and vilest, and you must come to Jesus, and leave your fancied righteousnesses, and your pretended goodnesses behind you, and you must take him for everything, and trust in him. Oh! to feel your sin, and yet to know your righteousness—to have the two together—repentance on account of sin, and yet a glorious confidence in the all-atoning sacrifice! …

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