The reality of our wickedness

Christians, Do you believe that you are mostly good, or entirely evil? Do you think that it is possible for you to be (apart from the finished work of Christ) “good enough” to stand before God? Do you realize that everything in your being screams curses to God apart from the work He has done in your life? Do you acknowledge that in order for you to stand before God without Christ you must adhere completely and perfectly to the law, namely the ten commandments? Brothers and Sister, we are utterly unable to stand before God on our most righteous of days. Everything we do that is not for the sake of Christ (for the only way we can do anything for Christ is because of Christ), everything that is selfish, and lacking the Gospel is reason enough to damn us. In fact, Adam being our father is reason enough to damn us (Rom. 5:12-14 NASB). So it doesn’t matter if what you do is an act of adultery (like looking at porn), a fit of anger, thievery, or a “little white lie” (as if any lie is acceptable to God), all sin must be paid for, and that payment is death (Rom. 6:23). The other day I witnessed one of my good friends disciplining his daughter. He had asked her what she was doing and rather than tell the truth, she lied. He then proceeded to show her that she had broken God’s law by lying, and payment for the sin was death. After several moments of discussion, he had showed her the error of what she did, explained that payment was due (and we know the wages of sin is death), and that she didn’t have to die for lying because Christ died in her stead. So often, we (Christians) seem not to take sin seriously. We don’t daily acknowledge that our sin, no matter how small, deserves death. By this failure to take sin seriously, we have also failed to take God’s holiness seriously. As Christian rapper Lecrae said, “I guess you think that God is kinda’ like yo momma huh? Like he ain’t even trippin’ on your sinnin and your drama.” God is holy, and because we are His people we must also be holy (Lev. 11:44; Ps. 99:9)

Christians are expected to live their life in a certain way. This expectation is clear in Paul’s letter to the Philippians where he said, “conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ” (Phil. 1:27). This teaching gets reinforced in his letter to the Corinthians to “do all to the glory of God” (1 Cor. 10:31). Peter likewise writes, “Whoever speaks, is to do so as one who is speaking the utterances of God; whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving by the strength which God supplies; so that in all God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” The Westminster Catechism echos this by stating that man’s chief end is to glorify God. Therefore, anything and everything that we do which does not or would not bring glory to God is sin and must be repented of.

So I ask this question; What are you doing to ensure that you are living a life “worthy of the gospel of Jesus Christ?”

As for me, I have a confession. For as long as I can recall anger has been a major struggle for me, and even though God has lead me a long way from where I used to be, it (anger) is still an area of my life that tends not to bring honor and glory to God. I ask that you pray on my behalf that God will make me more like Him and His Son and remove the anger that comes up. Pray that I will be set free from the bondage of anger and will instead “conduct myself in a manner worthy of the gospel of Jesus Christ.


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