Gospel-centered View of Sin

by Rick Pidcock

I’m sure that most of you have heard  by now about the recent moral failures of Ted Haggard, the former president of the National Association of Evangelicals.  There has been much written about this.  So I will not try to say what others have already said. 

Bob Kauflin has some excellent gospel-centered thoughts on what he has learned from Ted Haggard’s sin.  So I would encourage each of you to read Bob’s thoughts over at Worship Matters in his article written on November 7, 2006 entitled “What Ted Haggard Has Taught Me About Sin.” 

For some reason, it is not allowing me to put a permalink to the article.  So you will need to scroll down once you have gotten to his site in order to find it.

In summary, Bob makes the following points.

1. Sin is universal.
Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins (Eccl. 7:20).

2. Sin is deceptive.
But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin (Heb. 3:13).

3. Sin has consequences.
For the wages of sin is death (Rom. 6:23 ).
Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life (Gal. 6:7-8).

4. Sin has one ultimate solution.
She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins” (Mt. 1:21).
He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world (1Jn 2:2).

5. Sin doesn’t have the final word.
You know that he appeared to take away sins, and in him there is no sin (1John 3:5).
“For truly in this city there were gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place” (Acts 4:27-28).

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