Paul's Passing Thoughts

The Definition of Sin and the Protestant/Evangelical Church False Gospel

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on October 3, 2017

Burning Man

“Let’s be honest; what we accept as normal is going to be accepted and resistance seen as futile. For the born again believer sin is not only abnormal, but not sin as defined under the law of condemnation to begin with. For the believer, the law defines our love, not potential condemnation.” 

The attached sign appeared at the exotic Burning Man Festival held yearly in the Nevada desert. It’s an alternative reality festival that emphasizes freedom. Hence, the point of the sign might be dark humor; in essence saying, “To abstain from sin is to make poor use of Jesus’ death in the least and to outright deny His death at most, so, sin-it-up people!”

Nevertheless, the wording of the sign is a treasured hub that links the spokes and rim of the salvation question for every religion. The crux is the definition of “sin.”
As the saying goes, all humor has an element of truth to it which causes the laughter. Comedy allows us to look at life on a lighter side, but what makes this humor particularly dark is the truth in it. Martin Luther wasn’t joking when he said, “sin boldly.” The wider context of what he said follows:

“If you are a preacher of mercy, do not preach an imaginary but the true mercy. If the mercy is true, you must therefore bear the true, not an imaginary sin. God does not save those who are only imaginary sinners. Be a sinner, and let your sins be strong [or sin boldly], but let your trust in Christ be stronger, and rejoice in Christ who is the victor over sin, death, and the world. We will commit sins while we are here, for this life is not a place where justice resides. We, however, says Peter (2. Peter 3:13) are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth where justice will reign. It suffices that through God’s glory we have recognized the Lamb who takes away the sin of the world. No sin can separate us from Him, even if we were to kill or commit adultery thousands of times each day. Do you think such an exalted Lamb paid merely a small price with a meager sacrifice for our sins? Pray hard for you are quite a sinner.”

Evangelicals can play games by denying the father of their faith or “we don’t agree with everything Luther said,” but the fact remains that what Luther said is aped in every church on Sunday morning from coast to coast. And, the aforementioned citation is a classic example of how church has it both ways and is utterly unaccountable for a host of illogical contradictions.

Note: we sin, but Jesus took away sin; which is it? If you go to church, and per the normal for church, it’s both, and nobody blinks.

Furthermore, evangelicals are quick to point out that it only takes one sin to condemn us, so what would be the point in any effort to abstain from sin in general? Again, here is where church gets it both ways: it presents itself as society’s cultural moral compass while preaching a gospel that declares all of our works as “filthy rags.” And again, nobody blinks. On the one hand, it’s the “sinners saved by grace” gospel, but on the other hand, church leaders who get caught with their hands in the cookie jar have to resign from ministry.

Why is this? It’s part of church pretense. A literal new birth hope is advertised, but once people are drawn in, they are slowly assimilated into a pay-as-you-go salvation. Intuitively, the unregenerate are looking for the hope of real change. But, if a person is really transformed into a different person who is now a literal member of God’s family, what do we need the church for?

Fellowship? Perhaps, but the motive of fellowship will hardly pay for the massive infrastructure of the evangelical industrial complex. No, my friends, only the purchase of eternal salvation on the installment plan will pay those bills.

So, in one respect, it boils down to this: don’t put a lot of effort into not sinning; instead, put a lot of effort into having more trust in Jesus. That’s what Luther, and Calvin as well, taught…period. And, you can play the “we don’t agree with everything Luther/Calvin said” game till the cows come home, but this is the stuff heard in church, whatever the sign out front, every Sunday.

What’s the difference when you believe the true biblical gospel and its definition of sin? ALL effort is put into love and the more you love the less you sin, and all condemnation is stripped from sin and it is really a failure to love. And, you can focus on doing this without any fear of condemnation and the distraction of morbid introspection, or even the assumption that all of your love has some sin in it. If you believe that, because it’s true, real love actually happens.

By virtue of Protestant orthodoxy on its face, the claim that love takes place in the church is patently false. And if you pay attention to the news about church, that is apparent.

What then really happens at church? Luther stated it: “Pray hard for you are quite a sinner.” Don’t love hard, that would be, supposedly, works salvation. Instead, do church hard to have Christ’s sacrifice perpetually reapplied for your “present sin.” Clearly, it’s ongoing forgiveness from condemnation found in the “means of grace” that are only found in the institutional church.

Notice how church defines what’s work and not work: praying hard is not a work; but loving hard is a work because it is tainted with sin. Working hard at being faithful to church in order to obtain the ongoing “means of grace [salvation]” is not a work tainted by sin because everything that goes on at church is of faith. Supposedly. But in true realty, true faith “works through love” (Galatians 5:6).

If we are still under condemnation because sin still condemns, and the purpose of Christ’s death was to cover ongoing sin instead of ending it, He truly died for nothing if we don’t make it a point to sin, or at least passively accept it as normal. Let’s be honest; what we accept as normal is going to be accepted and resistance seen as futile. For the born again believer sin is not only abnormal, but not sin as defined under the law of condemnation to begin with. For the believer, the law defines our love, not potential condemnation. And, look, we see examples of this constantly like what happened to Susan and me just this week when church members told us boldface lies without a second thought.

Because Christ died to end sin, it is impossible for a believer to sin to begin with. The word, “sin,” rarely used in the Bible in conjunction with believers refers to a failure to love which can bring chastisement from our Father, but cannot bring condemnation. There is “NOW… NO condemnation” for those in Christ. Read 1John chapter 3 and see that these things are stated plainly.


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  1. John said, on October 3, 2017 at 1:32 PM

    Hence the revolting hanky-panky (in all its 50 shades of sexual filth) in Calvinist/Reformed circles. They have to keep Jesus busy. And they have to convince themselves how despicable they are; once the thought hits them, the stink circle starts all over again. They simply don’t get it because they simply don’t have it.

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    • republican mother said, on October 4, 2017 at 4:18 PM

      “They simply don’t get it because they simply don’t have it.”

      I’ve never known a true born again believer to be as whiny as these guys are. Good grief, they almost cry like babies as they attempt to reinterpret the Scriptures to the masses. The fruit of the Spirit is not “brokenness”, whininess, or a sanctimonious long face.

      A beleiver is above all things, satisfied. Knowing you are sealed in the Spirit makes for a strong sense of security. These people do not inspire confidence or make anyone have what they have- which is a big pile of nothing.

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      • John said, on October 5, 2017 at 5:38 AM

        You’ve heard me say this: I’ve never seen a happy Calvinist. So, when they start to whine, oh, boy, like sirens. They cannot inspire confidence because they have “a big pile of nothing.” Well stated, RM. “Here, have some nothingness; it will make you feel better.” Nah, it simply does not work.

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