You Don’t Have to Obey
Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions (Romans 6:12).
It bears repeating: if you want life, deny yourself (Matthew 16:24–25). Your narcissistic nihilist self will kill you if you do not.
This truth left me trembling again when I heard last week of a respected, seasoned Christian leader who committed suicide after his sexual sin was exposed.
Such a horror is alarming. But no honest person finds it inconceivable. That’s why it’s alarming.
Living with a sin nature is like living with a demon. The devil is not irrational; he’s immoral. He’s a liar, which means he deliberately manipulates reason to serve his own selfish desires. Apart from the regenerating grace of God that’s exactly what we’re like. That’s why Jesus calls unregenerate humans the devil’s children (John 8:44).
When the Father causes us “to be born again to a living hope”…