Tuesday, September 2, 2008

THE SIN GENE: So it's not your fault?

IS SIN GENETIC?

Hey, sin is just human nature, right?

According to the Associated Press and Discovery.com, Swedish researchers have reportedly found that marital problems and even the to tendency to cheat on a spouse or girlfriend, can often be attributed to the male's inherited genes. According to the study, there is a specific male gene variant (called allele 334) that is present in up to 40% of Swedish men, many of whom have "relationship problems" such as adulterous affairs and "stormy relationships". The team of researchers at Stockholm's Karolinska Institute said that men with this "adultery gene" tend to "bond less to their wives or girlfriends" than those without it.

Hasse Walum, one of the researchers, said "Women married to men who carry one or two copies of allele 334 were, on average, less satisfied with their relationship than women married to men who didn't carry this allele...".

Martin Ingvar, a professor of neurophysiology at Karolinska Institute, said the results were "very exciting." "These are original findings which shed light on the fact that all of our behaviors are influenced by both nature and nurture." Ingvar said.

NATURE and NURTURE

I guess even scientists like Mr. Ingvar understand that it is "nature and nurture" that causes us to sin! He states that it is a FACT that ALL of our behaviors are influenced by our nature! And that's just what the Bible has been saying for thousands of years! It says our "nature" is one of pure sin! It says in Psalm 51:5 "I was born a sinner- yes, from the moment my mother conceived me." (NLT)

So SIN is our NATURE... When we're conceived we are sinners, and we are born as completely sinful babies! But don't try to say that your sin is not your fault since that's how you are born! YOU alone are to blame for your sin! You are definitely guilty. You see, we NURTURE our sin, just like a mother would nurture a baby! You will ALWAYS tend to choose wrong over right.

Part of growing up in society is learning to kill your lusts. Imagine a world where everyone did whatever they really WANTED to do based on their "nature". We would KILL that guy who tailgated us to work. We would STEAL that money that our boss told us to deposit. We would RAPE that woman who grabbed our attention. We would make sure that we had everything we want, regardless of who got hurt. Sin does a great job of fulfilling our basest desires. When your flesh desires something... it's SIN that satisfies your lust!

Sin causes us to manipulate our thoughts about a situation until the sinful action we want to take seems right. Sin makes US feel good even when it hurts us. Sin feels good to US but hurts those we sin aginst! But in the end, like any other terminal disease, sin always rots our flesh until it kills us. Some people will seem to be "healthy" for decades but others will succomb in a short time. (Think Hugh Heffner and Kurt Cobain)


In fact, we LOVE our sin, don't we? Just think of the ways we hide it away and keep it well protected! We are always careful not to disturb it in any way and we always find a way to pamper it, coddle it and make sure that no one bothers it! We will even FIGHT like an upset mother to keep our sin strong and healthy! We fight our consciences. We fight our convictions. We even fight those who would "judge us" for our sin!

Many who call themselves "Christian" and claim to have the power of the Holy Spirit within them will FIGHT tooth and nail for their sin... all the while calling themselves the "Body of Christ", the Bride of Christ, etc.

Well, I have some news for you. Your sin is a cancer and it has to be removed. It is adultery and it must be "put out". Christ's true body is not diseased and His bride is not adulterous!

STRUGGLING WITH SIN? OVERCOME BY SIN?

You may be thinking, "Everyone sins like that!... even Christians! We try not to sin but we just can't keep from it!" But for those who are "in Christ", the Bible is clear: "...you are not controlled by your sinful nature. You are controlled by the Spirit if you have the Spirit of God living in you. (And remember that those who do not have the Spirit of Christ living in them do not belong to him at all.)" (Romans 8:9 NLT)

On another website I read a letter from someone who "struggles with sin"... yet, because they LIKE IT, they are constantly "OVERCOME BY IT". They wrote:

"How does one stop doing something that is wrong when, if we are honest with ourselves, we like it. I like to use the analogy of pizza because I love pizza. If pizza became a sin tomorrow I would have trouble because I like it…a lot. So then, it seems to me that until I stop liking something I wont stop doing it. If so, then how do you stop liking something that you truly like…"

The problem is that the person above hasn't seen his sin for what it is! He still thinks sin is something that is an indulgence that may be bad for your health or maybe a "guilty pleasure"... like pizza. Many claim to have "tried" to lose weight, give up unhealthy foods, quit smoking, drinking, etc. but for some reason they ALWAYS FAIL!

Why do they fail? Because "trying" is not good enough. You can't "try" to quit smoking. If and when you REALLY WANT TO QUIT, YOU WILL! When you go to the 7-11 to buy cigarettes did cut off your hands or legs? Did you run your car into a brick wall to keep yourself from the store? NO! You felt the gentle "urge" of what controls you, you purposefully walked to the car, drove to the store, selected the brand, counted out the money, opened the package, lit one up and inhaled! You didn't TRY at all to quit smoking! In fact you TRIED VERY HARD TO SMOKE! You tried to keep from trying!

If you are still "trying" not to sin, you are still being controlled by your sinful nature! You have a fundamental misunderstanding about how the sinner is unable to QUIT sinning and how those saints who "have the Spirit of Christ" living in them are unable to KEEP sinning, because they are controlled by the Holy Spirit! If you are still controlled by your genetic "sin nature" from birth, you may as well STOP TRYING to quit sinning! Don't even struggle with your sin anymore, because it already has you beat!

In Luke 13:23-27 Someone asked Jesus, "Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?"
He said to them, "Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will TRY to enter and WILL NOT BE ABLE TO. Once the owner of the house gets up and closes the door, you will stand outside knocking and pleading, 'Sir, open the door for us.' "But he will answer, 'I don't know you or where you come from.' "Then you will say, 'We ate and drank with you, and you taught in our streets.' "But he will reply, 'I don't know you or where you come from. Away from me, all you evildoers!'


The "tryers" are the "evildoers"! With God there is NO SUCH THING AS "TRYING" to be righteous, or holy, or saved! It is either "DID" or "DIDN'T"... "WAS" or "WASN'T"... "ARE" or ARE NOT"! II Peter 2:19 says that if you are overcome by sin that you are still a slave to sin! We true Christians may still SIN but a true convert will no longer be "struggling with sin" or "trying" not to sin!


Now, I can hear you thinking “How can you be so arrogant to say that? Even Paul said 'I do what I don't want to do!'(Romans 7). True... but continue reading the first part of Romans 8! I say that we will no longer "struggle" with sin because I have seen what sin is through God's eyes! That is how we come to understand the True Gospel!

HOW DO YOU SEE YOUR SIN?

Have you ever offered a big slice of pizza to a person who is allergic to wheat or egg products? Or maybe to a person who has just had a massive heart attack and a triple bypass. They see pizza in a completely different light than the average person... it is DEATH to them. Pizza has become something that could end their life. In the same way, it's easy for a person with a severe peanut allergy to "utterly hate" peanuts while other people enjoy them by the handful. They hate peanuts because to them PEANUTS = DEATH!

Sin is NOT just "displeasing" to God, like the unpleasant taste of a fiber laxative! No, God UTTERLY HATES sin and God UTTERLY DESTROYS sinners. God has killed millions of people just because they sinned in rebellion against Him! God is Perfect and Holy... He is Life!
Sin can ONLY bring death because it i completely opposite of God, Who is Life! Your sin (unholiness - rebellion) is a polutant to the perfection He created and can ONLY bring death.

If God were to allow even one sinner to escape His Wrath (even if that person only sinned ONE TIME) then God's Righteousness would become unrighteousness, His Holiness would become unholy, His Perfection would become imperfect, and His Justice would become unjust!

The Bible speaks plainly to those who "have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity... full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. (Who) are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; (who) invent ways of doing evil; (who) disobey their parents; (and) are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless.
Although they know God's righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them. (Romans 1:29-32 NIV)


Are your "white lies", arrogance, disobedience, greed, pride, gossip, or "sticky fingers" any less of a sin than adultery, homosexuality, or murder? The Bible says in Revelation 21:8 that "the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and ALL LIARS shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”

What makes you think your pet sin is simply "displeasing" to God when the sin of Sodom & Gomorrah caused God to rain down fire in his anger and destroy two entire cities?! Regardless of what you may have been told, God destroyed many "good" people in those cities! Many of those people considered themselves "good", just like in our modern day USA, but according to the Bible, there were NONE found "righteous" in Sodom and Gomorrah! I often wonder how many of the millions and millions of the “good” people in the United States today are truly righteous in the sight of God!

Are you still a "good" person who "struggles" with sin? Do you "try not to sin" but are consistently failing? Or are you one who has been counted as "righteous" in Christ, who now shows the proof of salvation, putting to death you fleshly desires by the power of the Holy Spirit Who dwells you? Have you understood the True Gospel? Have you seen your sin through God's eyes yet?

Romans 8:12-14 says "Therefore, dear brothers and sisters, you have no obligation to do what your sinful nature urges you to do. For if you live by its dictates, you will die. But if through the power of the Spirit you put to death the deeds of your sinful nature, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God."

Those who still "struggle with sin" are NOT being led by the Spirit. The Holy Spirit doesn't lead you into sin, He leads you AWAY from it! It will never be enough to struggle with your sin! You have to KILL your sin! Don't you think that "if the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead dwells in you", that you would be able to tell it in your so-called Christian walk?

Have you been finding that you have consistently been KILLING sin? Or do you simply continue to struggle with it, wrestling YOUR CONSCIENCE until it shuts up so you can give in and get back to the sin that you REALLY DO LOVE.

If my description above about nurturing and coddling your sin reminded you of yourself, you should do a self-check-up to see if you are really a "Christian" in the faith... before it's too late! Jesus said MANY will call him "Lord, Lord" when they stand before him for judgment, but He will say "I never knew you"! Are you SURE you know Him. Are you SURE He knows you? II Corinthians 13:5 says "Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified. (NKJV)

Before you are saved, your real problem is NOT that you sin... your real problem is that YOU ARE A SINNER who will be judged guilty!

SIN IS THE SEED, BUT NOT THE ROOT, OF YOUR PROBLEM!

James 1:15 says SIN brings forth death. The root of your problem is that you are DEAD IN YOUR SIN through the lusts of your flesh! You have not been made alive in Christ! You will remain a rebel against God until you have "died with Christ". You will continue to live to fulfill your own lusts! As a rebel, you are eternally spiritually DEAD! There is no hope for a dead man.

Suppose you are under water and drowning, unconscious and stuck in a burning building, or dying from a terminal disease... You may yet be "alive" but you are as good as dead. What can you do to help yourself? When someone is in mortal danger they don't need to DO anything! Worse yet they CAN'T do ANYTHING! If they could help themselves, don't you think they would? If they could possibly figure out a way to save themselves they would not be in danger! But instead they are in a place of helplessness!

The person inhaling water into his lungs needs SOMEONE to SAVE HIS LIFE!

The unconscious person in her burning bed needs SOMEONE to SAVE HER LIFE!

Spiritual salvation is no different! Man's problem is not WHAT HE CAN or SHOULD DO. His problem is not whatever caused him to get into his predicament. His problem is that he is AS GOOD AS DEAD. His real problem is what he is UNABLE TO DO. You see, the sin nature you were born with is a "genetic" terminal disease, and there is nothing you can do to cure yourself! What you need is a NATURE TRANSPLANT!

Those who are still dead in rebellion and sin may have had no choice in the matter of their birth, but they are definitely to blame for their sins!

Thankfully, there is now a cure for death! It is called being “born again” and it is the only way that you can stop struggling with your sin and finally start being led by the Spirit. In fact, it's the ONLY way that you can be saved! Be crucified with Christ and you will be raised with Him in newness of LIFE! Repent, be born again, and by the power of the Holy Spirit who will come to dwell in you, walk in your new life! By the power of the Holy Spirit you now can (and will) consistently kill your fleshly lusts. You will be freed from the power of sin so you can stop being a slave to sin!

Victory in Jesus is not just a hymn... It is the Truth! Even when you were born you were completely sinful... you just couldn't help yourself because it was an inherited terminal disease. But in Jesus Christ you can be (or hopefully, have been) SAVED from death and to receive full healing of your sin nature. You can be right with God through Jesus Christ and live a life in VICTORY... not just over death, but over struggling with sin as well! Give yourself a check-up today and be sure that your sin nature has been taken out of the way so you can quit struggling with sin and finally win the battle through the victory that Jesus Christ won over sin and death and that He now gives to those who repent and trust in Him alone for their righteousness and salvation!

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3 comments:

thenonconformer said...

Non christians are not the only ones who try to water down sins, the false preachers do it also often.

Brethren even say they Believe the Bible is the Word of God, they too clearly do have this unholy, desperate and complicated need to reinterpret almost every passages of the Bible suitable to their own liking.

rickgebauer said...

Jon...

I grew up in McCamey and I am now a Student/Teaching Pastor serving in Lakeland, FL. I am very interested to hear what God is doing through The Way in my hometown!

I am excited to discover that someone has a heart for the people of McCamey! God bless you brother!

Rick Gebauer
Pastor
Highland Park Church
Lakeland, FL

thenonconformer said...

No matter to what or to whom you attribute the sin in your life, you are still a sinner that is going to hell unless you overcome that sin by Jesus Christ

We these days also seem to have now TOO MANY bad pastors we seem to have in most denominations still too and STILL why?

because many of these BAD people, bad pastors EVEN THE too often false critics are mostly still serving self, doing their own thing, looking up to mere man and not God.. and man’s help is useless for the most part in understanding spiritual things still too. They need to grow up spiritually as well. Are any of you, Pastors, elders, now claiming to be a better teacher, guide than the Holy Spirit himself?

Where is the power of God that we see in the Prophets, in Christ and in the Apostles? And what are we doing that is now different in the Church from that I read of in the book of Acts in the Bible?

Follow the Anointing Luke 4:14 “And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about.” Over the years many have questioned the lack of power in their Baptism of the Holy Spirit as opposed to what they read in Scripture and the New Testament and here we have the answer that has been in plain sight for all to see all along and in quite concrete terms –

Revelation 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:

Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached.

Sadly toooften the pastors tend to be legalists sadly.. control freaks, abusive persons due to a false pride, and their relgion rather too often a cultural movement, it seems..

I had to call the police against a crooked AOG pastor who was abusing me, stealing money, stealing from his flock in my witness too. I am known for and I like to deal with the whole truth too..

Pastors too often still do falsely think they are above the law and yet many of them have, do threaten to sue you when you get too close and personal about them. They want it both ways, they cannot though. They the evangelical pastors firstly do need to get real, to act like real Christians firstly now and work for God rather then self. The bad pastors are trying to get falsely their rewards on earth it seems and not in heaven.. Do what I say and not what I do is what they also too often do still preach. Pastors have to firstly be a good example of what they preach to others as well..

So the other real question as to whether apostles, prophets, pastor teachers exists today as in the Time of Jesus Christ first needs to be superseded by the question as to whether all true Christians are now also anointed by the Holy Spirit, Anointed, Greek word , Christos meaning one who shows evidence of the holy Spirit.. and the answer is yes… all true Christians are evidentiary now also anointed by the Holy Spirit, and if the other people cannot see this you certainly are not a true Christian.