Dying to Sin

November 18, 2011

To paraphrase Hamlet: “To die or not to die, that is the question!”

In Colossians 3.5 Paul instructs us:

Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.

Theologians call this the doctrine of Mortification.  It is one of our roles in the sanctification process.

I often encounter people who assume themselves Christians, but who are much like the lady in the cartoon above.  Now don’t get me wrong, they may very well be Christians. I cannot see the heart. But they are woefully deficient in their duty to “crucify the flesh” if they are unware of their own sins, or are simply unwilling to engage in the practice of mortification.  Rather than growing spiritually, they are spiritually stunted.

On the other hand, I have recently encountered a number of people who assume they have no need to mortify the flesh.  They have no more sin to mortify. Job complete. Done at conversion. So they think…

I offer this cartoon from Church Laughs to make a point, to make us think, … AND, OK, to gently poke a few folks…

2 Responses to “Dying to Sin”


  1. I think we are all deficient in this regard, honestly. We all fall short. Every single day.

  2. Dennis Griffith Says:

    Cliche,

    I would agree. But the awareness of the presence of sin is not the issue I was poking, nor is it evidence that one does not embrace the doctrine (and practice) or mortification. It is the lack of awareness of sin and/or the unwillingness to put to death the things in our hearts that express themselves in outward sin that is the issue. In this life we do continue to struggle with the effects of sin, our own and that of others. Mortification is a daily activity that we will practice as long as we breathe because, as you say: We all fall short every single day.

    Thanks for commenting!

    WDG


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