93. Why Don’t Christians Care More About Their Sins?

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Andy received a Facebook message from a follower of his Contradict – They Can’t All Be True page that asked his thoughts on how to respond to the question, “Why Don’t Christians Care More About their Sins?”  This episode of Reconnect gives a lengthy response to this question, weaving in various Youtube videos that feature Alistair Begg, R.C. Sproul, and Paul Washer.

Show Links

“Why Don’t Christians Care That They Sin?” Video – R.C. Sproul and Alistair Begg

“Sensitive to Sin?” Video – Paul Washer

What is False Conversion?” Blog – Wrasman

6 thoughts on “93. Why Don’t Christians Care More About Their Sins?

  1. Thank you for your honest response to this question and speaking from your heart. Thanks also for including Paul Washer in this episode. I do like his teaching and when I listen to him I find that I am motivated to examine myself with the standard set in scripture (2 Cor 13:5-6). I don’t think that he was saying that ONLY the people that weep in a service are saved nor that those that don’t show emotion are not saved.

    Am I sensitive to sin in my life? It wasn’t until I saw my sinfulness the way that God sees it and the punishment it deserves that I really truly saw the beauty and the value of the grace offered by Christ.

    Do I still sin? Much too often. But I begin to grieve my brokenness and treating my relationship with my Creator for granted.

    Do I care that I sin? Yes, but all too often do I walk into my sin with eyes wide open (2 Cor 12:7-9). Thank God for His sufficiency.

    P.S. Feel free to use my full name on your podcast if you wish. I also don’t know much of the Lutheran doctrine except what I have heard from you and honestly have several questions to ask.

    • Thanks for the question to kickstart this podcast episode, and thank you for the reply.

      I like the following part of your comment: “It wasn’t until I saw my sinfulness the way that God sees it and the punishment it deserves that I really truly saw the beauty and the value of the grace offered by Christ.”

      I would say that this itself is a lifelong process. As we grow in holiness (being more and more like Christ), we’ll become more and more aware of the depth of our depravity, and thus more and more aware of how amazing grace is. So even though, we are becoming more and more holy, we’ll see how much more sinful we are, though we are sinning less than before. Ideally…. obviously Peter got rebuked by Paul, Paul still claimed to be chief of all sinners, and a man like David went vastly off the rails a time or two.

      As to Washer, I think he needs to be more careful with his wording. I’m sure he didn’t mean what I heard him to say. But I’m pretty sure those were the face value of his words, which could plague a person if our salvation is contingent upon our sensitivity to sin, which is something that should be ever changing and growing in our lives of sanctification. Should… but might not always be and might not always be at the same pace as that of other believers, so care must be taken, unless we accidentally throw out a believer because he/she isn’t meeting our perceived standard of sensitivity to sin.

      Thanks again.

      Peace in Christ,
      Andy

      P.S. Please send me your questions on Lutheran doctrine. Those should hopefully be easy topics for me to address and since they’d be more pointed to answering questions that you, one of the listeners, has for me. I know another guy who is being exposed for the first time to Lutheran thought through this program. I think typically it’s just Calvinism and Arminianism that gets debated and we Lutherans get left out.

      • That sounds great! I just recorded an episode for next week entitled Lutheran Theology Part 1. We went through the Nature of God, The Origins of the Universe, and The Fall of Man. We touch on various other points along the way. We didn’t so much mention other churches that carry the Lutheran label in this episode, but we can do that moving forward if we know some other groups’ differences with us. For Part 2, I can start with Missouri Synod and what are the Lutheran Confessions, before getting back into the doctrinal stuff.

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