Sin & The One Committing It


While driving home from church this morning, my wife and I began talking about sin and the association of it to the one committing it. As we talked, Hannah brought up a point that had never even entered my mind. Christians tend to be double-minded (at least in their actions) regarding the sin of homosexuality and the sins that we commit everyday. If someone is living a lifestyle engaging in the act of homosexuality, we apply the label “gay” to them. When we do this we are blending the sin of the individual with the individual making them one. However, if someone is engaging in other sexual sins, let us say pornography, we do not label them as a pornographer. What I believe my wife was getting at is this, when we start labeling people according to their sin, we end up treating the person as if they were the sin itself and not simply a slave to it. Therefore, we ought not to call someone living a homosexual lifestyle “gay”, but rather we should refer to them as “people struggling with the sin of homosexuality.” This is not to say that we should accept their lifestyle as anything other than sinful, but that we should make distinctions between the person and the sin in which they are involved. I would not want to be called a pornographer because I struggle with this sin, likewise, we shouldn’t label people according to their sin.

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2 thoughts on “Sin & The One Committing It

  1. I cannot agree that this is double-mindedness (unless the Bible is double-minded). The problem is that the Bible is guilty of the very same thing by naming someone who worships other gods as “idolaters” calling someone who struggles with adultery an “adulterer” and someone who struggles with lies a “liar” and someone who struggles with drinking a “drunkard”; someone who struggles with greed a “swindler”; someone who struggles with divination a “sorcerer”; someone who struggles with cowardice a “coward”; someone who struggles with violence a “murderer”; etc. etc. The Bible’s evidence on these alone would justify terming someone who struggles with homosexuality a “homosexual” i.e. someone who practices homosexuality.

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    1. I understand that the Bible uses the same terminology, and thus would justify us in using this language. Where I think we tend to differ from Scripture in our use of it is this; We tend to look at others as inferior human beings than ourselves when we use it. So I guess what I was trying to communicate is that the way we use the term (viewing others as inferior) and the way God uses it (identifying the guilty with their crime) is different therefore we should shy away from its use in the first place. As I have reflected back on my own use of the terminology, I have found that I am guilty of considering myself as better than others. If one is able to use this language in the same way that God uses it in His Word, then I don’t see any fault in that, but personally, that is something that I find it hard to do at this point in my life.

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