Tag Archives: Sin

How to compare your sin to others’ sin

The sin nature is equal in all; and so I think actual sin would be likewise, but for the differences made by the restraining grace and providence of God. He is not, perhaps, in the sight of God, the greatest … Continue reading

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Pilgrim’s Progress and the necessity of “the burden”

I’m excited to begin a church-wide study of my favorite extra-biblical book tonight, The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan. This is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time. I decided to go with the “Pure Gold Classics” edition, edited … Continue reading

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Alarming, Almost Unbearable, Absolutely Necessary

We will not grow in grace until we receive the alarming, almost unbearable revelation of who we really are apart from God’s grace. This is what sends us running, or perhaps collapsing right then and there, to the feet of … Continue reading

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Administering the Gospel to the Wounded

In chapter four of book three in The Institutes, Calvin addresses the error of the “schoolmen” who promote the penitence of confessing sins to a priest and receiving pardon from him. While he vigorously argues for Christ as the only … Continue reading

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Fly to Christ!

The Puritans often used a phrase which I love to describe the Gospel call to sinners – – “Fly to Christ!” This is the urgent plea you will find on the lips of John Bunyan and Thomas Watson, George Whitefield … Continue reading

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Christ our Propitiation

Do you ever read the Psalms, particularly the first 50 or so, and notice how many times God is said to hate sinners? Consider two examples: For you are not a God who delights in wickedness;    evil may not dwell … Continue reading

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Christianity is the Religion of Sinners

Preparing to preach from 1 John 1:5-2:2 this Sunday, I have spent the week meditating on sin and the Christian life. In the process, God has painfully but graciously reminded me of the sins of my past, and indwelling sin that still remains … Continue reading

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