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…