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‘Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.’  ~ I Peter 5:8  

As we were riding to lunch a few weeks ago, a buddy of mine and I began to talk about the many problems plaguing the world, causing the subject of sin to arise.  Due to his adherence to the Roman Catholic faith our views and understanding of sin (what it is and how it affects us) are quite different, so much so that I don’t desire to take the time necessary to explain the discrepancies here.  However, we carried on an interesting discussion on the way to the restaurant that really got me to thinking. 

In a nutshell, he was of the opinion that Christians need not worry very much about sin, that we are somewhat ‘vaccinated’ against it—at least those sins of a ‘serious’ nature.  Sin didn’t seem to ‘bother’ him at all.  Much to his surprise, I took issue with his assertion.  There is a very real danger for the Christian of falling into sin, just as much—or perhaps more so—than the reprobate.  As the Westminster Confession of Faith makes all to clear: ‘Nevertheless, they [the Elect] may, through the temptations of Satan and of the world, the prevalency of corruption remaining in them, and the neglect of the means of their preservation, fall into grievous sins …’ [17.3]. 

When we begin to feel confident in our abilities to resist sin, that is usually when Satan gets his claws into us.  After all, besides convincing men that he does not exist, Satan’s greatest feat has been, for those who believe he is real, to convince them that he is harmless or can be easily resisted and/ or defeated. 

That is when he gets us.  His victory (though only temporary for the Elect) may be subtle—the cross word with one’s wife or a white lie to thwart a rebuke—or, as is the case all too often, it may be much greater.  Perhaps, although we have had no problems with pornography, he convinces us to click ‘that sort’ of pop-up window in our Internet browser out of curiosity, or to have just ‘one more’ drink, or to respond in kind to the flirtations of a co-worker or friend of the opposite sex.  Much like the stonecutter who, mere weeks before his scheduled retirement, is killed or maimed on the job due to having grown used to the dangers, Christians must always bear the dangers of Satan, the flesh, and the world in mind—they are around every corner seeking to pounce and drag us away.  Always. 

It is not my intent to unduly frighten us.  Although I firmly believe we walk continuously along the precipice, that is still a far cry from seeking to jump into the chasm.  Grievous sin is not always imminent—yet it is always nearby.  And we should bear that in mind.  We may be saved from the ultimate consequences of our sin but we are not immune to it—yet.  Our remaining corruption continues to play a role in the sanctification process. 

I never really grasped the depth of the old adage; however, as I thought about this issue and the conversation I had with my buddy, it became crystal clear to me: 

‘There, but for the grace of God, go I.’ 

Thank you, Lord for your guiding and protecting Hand.  Please continue to save me from Satan, the world, and myself.


Want to prevent cancer?  Get some sun. 


The Internet has many, many things floating around in it.  Some good.  Some very, very (very) bad.  Still, every now and again I run across something inadvertently which proves quite delightful, as was the case this past weekend.  I think Kevin will like this as much as I did.  Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you the Rolling Stones singing ‘Bob Wills is Still the King.’


‘With author J.K. Rowling’s revelation that master wizard Albus Dumbledore is gay, some passages about the Hogwarts headmaster and rival wizard Gellert Grindelwald have taken on a new and clearer meaning. … “By dubbing someone so respected, so talented and so kind, as someone who just happens to be also homosexual, she’s reinforcing the idea that a person’s gayness is not something of which they should be ashamed.”‘


‘At this point, most in the media would agree that the probability of Ron Paul being president is somewhere in the neighborhood of ‘never in a million years’ and ‘when h*** freezes over.’ But the increasing number of Paul supporters caused me to take a long second look at Rep. Paul, especially since the Ron Paul supporters were sitting with the Falcon fans – a group with one of the highest voter turnout.’ 


Freedom is not a Pavlovian response to a politician crying Hitler.’


‘Mr. Speaker, today I am introducing a comprehensive piece of legislation to restore the American Constitution and to restore the liberties that have been sadly eroded over the past several years.’  ~ Dr Ron Paul, Republican Presidential Candidate


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Written by ninepoundhammer

October 22, 2007 at 1:15 pm

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