Posts Tagged ‘sin’

Is “being dead to sin” properly explained from the pulpit these days? Further illustration in the audio below.

… have you forgotten that when we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we joined him in his death? For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives. (Romans 6:3, 4 NLT)

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Also see the bottom of page on the description of Demon Possession from The Moody Handbook of Theology.

The question & three potential answers, each with reasons why the answer might be correct.

Some callers give their opinions, plus some more thoughts…

Closing thoughts…

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DEMON POSSESSION

Definition. Charles Ryrie defines demon possession as

A demon residing in a person, exerting direct control and influence over that person, with certain derangement of mind and/or body. Demon possession is to be distinguished from demon influence or demon activity in relation to a person. The work of the demon in the latter is from the outside; in demon possession it is from within. By this definition a Christian cannot be possessed by a demon since he is indwelt by the Holy Spirit. However, a believer can be the target of demonic activity to such an extent that he may give the appearance of demon possession.

Fact of demon possession. There was a great outbreak of demon activity and demon possession during Christ’s sojourn on earth, no doubt in opposition to His Messiahship. The gospels abound with accounts of demon possessed people (Matt. 4:24; 8:16, 28, 33; 12:22; 15:22; Mark 1:32; 5:15, 16, 18; Luke 8:36; John 10:21). Leaders in the early church such as Justin Martyr and Tertullian make reference to demon possession as does the Shepherd of Hermas.

Nature of demon possession. Demon possession evidences itself by a change in moral character and spiritual disposition. Frequently a different voice, a different educational level, or even a foreign language will reflect a difference in the affected person’s personality. The demons speaking through the man immediately recognized who Christ was (Mark 1:23–24), which meant he had supernatural knowledge and intellectual power. Another symptom of demon possession was exhibited by the man in the country of the Gerasenes with his supernatural physical strength and ability to break shackles and chains (Mark 5:3–4).

Enns, P. P. (1997). The Moody handbook of theology (298). Chicago, Ill.: Moody Press.

MP3 audio links: Section 1, Section 2, Section 3.

Consider the natural consequences of sin, the effect of salvation & the certainty necessary to remain worried about this kind of confession & when it may be prudent to confess this type of “generational sin”.

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Pride – the utmost evil? Exaggeration? What is the nature of pride? How does pride inflame many other vices? How about a quick test on how much pride you have?

Proverbs 6:16 – There are six things that the Lord hates,seven that are an abomination to him: a proud look, a lying tongue and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies and one who sows discord among brothers.
Proverbs 16:5The LORD detests all the proud of heart. Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished.
Proverbs 11:2 – When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.
Psalm 10:4 – In his pride the wicked does not seek Him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God.
Job 40:11 – Unleash the fury of your wrath, look at every proud man and bring him low.
Deuteronomy 8:14 – Your heart will become proud and you will forget the LORD your God.
2 Chronicles 26:16 – His pride led to his downfall. He was unfaithful to the LORD his God.
Psalm 59:12 – For the sins of their mouths, for the words of their lips, let them be caught in their pride.
Proverbs 13:10 – Pride only breeds quarrels, but wisdom is found in those who take advice.
Proverbs 16:18 – Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.
Proverbs 29:23 – A man’s pride brings him low, but a man of lowly spirit gains honour.
Ecclesiastes 7:8 – The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride.
Isaiah 2:11 – The eyes of the arrogant man will be humbled and the pride of men brought low; the LORD alone will be exalted in that day.
Isaiah 13:11 – I will punish the world for its evil, the wicked for their sins. I will put an end to the arrogance of the haughty and will humble the pride of the ruthless.
Isaiah 23:9 – The LORD Almighty planned it, to bring low the pride of all glory and to humble all who are renowned on the earth.
Daniel 5:20 – But when his heart became arrogant and hardened with pride, he was deposed from his royal throne and stripped of his glory.
Psalm 138:6 – Though the LORD is on high, he looks upon the lowly, but the proud he knows from afar.
Proverbs 16:19 – Better to be lowly in spirit and among the oppressed than to share plunder with the proud.
Proverbs 18:12 – Before his downfall a man’s heart is proud, but humility comes before honor.
Isaiah 2:12 – The LORD Almighty has a day in store for all the proud and lofty, for all that is exalted (and they will be humbled).

The audio is an extract taken from “Mere Christianity”, probably the most famous book by C.S. Lewis.

There is a perfect example of how to “love the sinner and not the sin”. You may never guess where to find it, but if you thought it is impossible, listen below…

An extract taken from “Mere Christianity”, by CS Lewis. A book I cannot recommend wholeheartedly, but which surely contains some good wisdom.

Credit where credit is due – it took some guts (in contemporary culture) to at least say “homosexuality is sin”. Any downsides to the rest of the interview content?

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