Archive for December, 2010

After the post “The hardest truth to get across” a student posted this question: “How, practically, does one illustrate to another the depths and disgustingness of sin without making the other person close up to anything else you have to share with them?”

Here was my response:

I got a one initial thought before I’ll list a couple practicals. The natural reaction of someone hearing the indictment of sin is to close up and want to say, “im not that bad…” So although it takes discernment, winsomeness, and love to illustrate the vileness of humanities sin, it ultimately takes a supernatural work of the Spirit to feel the weight of sin and feel conviction ( John 16:8-9).
Some practicals:
1.) Because the Spirit alone convicts sin, pray that the Spirit would convict the individual to see their sin and trust in Christ.
2.) The primary means the Spirit uses to convict sin is the hearing or preaching of the word/gospel. (see 1 Thess 1:5 or Rom 10:16-17). If you can show them in the Bible the holiness of God and the reality of human sin, that seems to bear much fruit. Some passages that have been convicting for me are Gen 6:5, Isaiah 64:6, Romans 3. with that, never end with sin, always show the hope they have in the Godman, Jesus Christ. Show them in scripture that their sin is so serious that God himself was the only one that could atone for it.
3.) Fight to see your own sin. I think that the more you can see personal sin the more you’ll be able to show others their sin. When a guy sees that your admitting guilt to sin and are grieved for your own sin, he may be more likely to see his own. When your having a conversation with a guy you can say, “here is how I am a sinner and need Jesus.”
4.) lastly, get specific about sin. telling someone they are a sinner and have fallen short may not mean anything to them. But if you can show them specific shortcomings and why it offends God, the sin can become more real to them. For example CJ Mahaney described the sin of pride as contending for the supremacy of God. So instead of saying “you’ve got the sin of pride,” you say something like, “you are prideful and that means that you are making yourself your own savior and God.”

So again, there is some offensiveness to telling someone they are a guilty sinner that is worthy of punishment, some people may not receive that news the greatest. But we have more than bad news, we have the message of hope that Christ came into the world to save sinners. Mark Driscoll says, “Tragically, if we lose the offense of the cross, we also lose the attraction of the cross so that no one is compelled to look at Jesus.”


The Hardest Truth To Get Across

Posted: December 6, 2010 in Sin

Here is one of my blog post’s from the Campus Outreach Blog:

Truth: Romans 3:23– for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. The hardest truth to get across to people is that they are sinful at their core and that their sin is horribly offensive to God. D.A. Carson says this in his book Scandalous, “The hardest truth to get across to them is not the existence of God, the Trinity, the deity of Christ, Jesus’ substitutionary atonement, or Jesus’ resurrection… No, the hardest truth to get across to this generation is what the Bible says about sin… It is so hard to get across how ugly sin is to God.”

This is one of the main objectives in ministry. Show people their sin from the bible and pray that the Spirit would convict them of their depravity. Why? Because this is how God has ordered salvation. They only way that anyone has ever put their faith in Christ and treasured him is when they feel the offensiveness of their sin towards God and the utter helplessness of their current condition. The people who come to Christ are the people who are broken over sin and see that they can’t live up to God’s perfect standard. They not only say, “I need Christ,” they say, “Christ is all I have!” If you don’t see your unrighteousness you won’t ever embrace Christ’s righteousness on your behalf.

This post is a reminder to others and to myself to continue laboring to see your own sin and help others see theirs. It is the hardest truth to preach to others and to self but it is the pathway to joy in Christ. The good news is so sweet when the bad news is proclaimed correctly. As D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones says, “You must be made miserable before you can know true Christian joy.”