Matt Chandler: Making War on Sin

Posted: September 14, 2009 in Sin

Here is an excerpt from the Matt Chandler Interview featured in Leadership Journal. The Article is titled, “The Good Fight: On sanctification, making war against sin, and cannibalism in the New Reformed movement.

Your teaching is deeply rooted in Calvinism. How does that play into becoming more Christ-like? What is God’s role and what is ours?Chandler

I believe the sovereign God of the universe justifies us freely, and then we are called to run with him in sanctification. In the book of Philippians, Paul tells us to toil, strive, move, and press on. Paul is unbelievably aggressive when it comes to putting sin to death.

That is what drives me mad in evangelical circles, including some young Reformed circles. There is often a sit-on-the-couch-and-wait-for-God-to-do-something mentality that is unbiblical and wicked. It’s probably been true of every generation, but I can see it most clearly in the younger crowd. There seems to be so little war when it comes to sin. Like the guy who comes to home group every week and dismissingly says, “Oh, I looked at porn again,” “Oh, I looked at porn again,” “Oh, I looked at porn again.” That drives me insane. I don’t even know what to do with him. Where’s the war? Where’s the hate for sin?

Do you believe this generation has trouble taking responsibility for its sin?

Yeah. There’s a strong victim mentality in my generation. I think it’s spiritual laziness. They will agree that God is sovereign over all, but then they will say, “Well, I wish he would sovereignly take away my lust issue.” There’s just not a lot of fortitude, not a lot of fight in them.

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