Do you believe that it is possible to overcome a besetting sin in your life? And do you believe that this conquering is possible in this life? If your answer is no, or a highly qualified “yes”, what is it that keeps you from answering instead with a resolute, unqualified “yes”? And is that hesitation truly consistent with what Scripture says is possible for the sons and daughters of the living God?
If you are Reformed in your theology, or are familiar with different denominational takes on this topic, the term “perfectionism” may have come to mind in light of these questions. Suffice it to say, I am not advocating the idea that Christians can attain a state of sinless perfection in this life, even with regard to willful sins. The closer we draw to Christ, the more aware we become of sins which had been lurking undetected in our hearts, the kind which eventually give rise to overt and obvious sin (Matthew 5:21-22). These words from Psalm 139 are appropriate to pray until our dying day: “Search me, O God, and know my heart. Try me and know my anxious thoughts! And see if there is any offensive way in […]