Tuesday, 3 November 2015

The "Sinner" Dirge- Is It Really Your Friend?

In the Christian community, I cannot count the amount of times I've heard the phrase, "Sinner saved by grace" from a person's lips, or on their social media profiles. Every time I read the phrase, I cringe internally. Why? 

THE FACTS:

Technically yes, I was a sinner, and I was also saved by Jesus grace and mercy. Yet, this statement seems to be exalting the past, instead of the present. This religious-bent phrase is so shame-filled, I cannot describe myself using it.  
It's a sinner dirge- quite literally. 
Why oh why? Why glorify the evil, or the most sinful, dark part of your life? Maybe...just maybe it's because some of us are obsessed with looking over our shoulder, instead of moving forward with BOTH feet. You cannot move forward if one foot is in the past, & the other is waffling somewhere in between here & there. That's called being stuck. Stuck in the crap that you have been given freedom from. You're not free of it until you can say, without guilt or shaming comments, that you are FREE & PURE. Amen!

This self-debasing movement is sickeningly prevalent in the church. Declarations like...
"I'm a pathetic sinner" 
"I'm a hopeless sinner" 
"I must deny my sinful flesh" 
"I'm always gonna fail- after all, I'm a sinner
"I will more often than not, do the wrong thing, because my flesh is sinful"
"I cannot exalt myself, because I am a total wretch, and I always sin" 
Do you know how often I hear these things? 
It is not holy to debase & shame yourself. Is hate apart of the Fruit of the Spirit? I'll give you a clue- it's not- never has, & it never will be. Is shame? Or degradation? No. 
Do you hear children say, "I am pathetic. I disobey mom & dad all the time, and only, ONLY because they are awesome, would they think of letting me live in their house and give me food. THEY are awesome, I am pretty much a swine that has disguised itself as a child. Don't be fooled by my sometimes good behaviour."  Like...what? What? Wouldn't you just look at the kid sideways? I know I would. 


Kris Vallotton wrote on this subject in his book, 'The Supernatural Ways of Royalty', with Bill Johnson. While I could try to reinvent the so called wheel, I'll just share some of his words, as he sums it up so well & is very to the point. While these words are not all mine, I hope they inspire & enlighten you as much as they did me. 

"The righteousness of God comes into our lives by faith. In order for us to believe in something we have to know that there is something to believe in. The entire world operates by faith, not just God's world. For instance, fear is the manifestation that we have faith in the wrong kingdom. When we believe something is going to go wrong, we have given our faith to the enemy...
...If we've been taught that after receiving Christ we are still sinners, we will struggle with trying to do the right thing because we have put our faith in our ability to fail instead of His work on the Cross!" 
So, if we believe we are chronic sinners, what does that make us? When "we have put our faith in our ability to fail..." what are we gonna do? FAIL. 

Kris continues, saying, "Before we received Christ we were called 'sinners'. We were professionals; our name was a job description. We were prone to sin. When we received Christ we became 'saints.' Paul makes this clear in his letters to the believers because he called them saints. Here are a few examples: 'To all who are beloved of God in Rome, calls as saints' (Rom. 1:7a); 'To the church of Jesus, saints by calling' (1 Cor. 1:2a); 'Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, to the saints who are at Ephesus & who are faithful in Christ Jesus' (Eph. 1:1) 
The word saint means, 'holy believer'. You can't be a sinner & a saint at the same time. How is is possible to sin & still be a holy believer? The word 'sinner' implies that we are prone to do wrong. If we believe we are sinners we will sin by faith! ...if we still believe we are sinners, we will be unable to access the grace to live as a saint & will still try to perform good works in order to merit forgiveness. It is not our nature to sin anymore. We are Christians; it is not our nature to do wrong. 
Our very nature has been changed...our old main is buried. We need to stop visiting our tombs & talking to our dead, old man. (In the Old Testament, people were judged & killed for talking to the dead- a practice called necromancy.)" 

Can I get an amen? As Christians, we need to stop bemoaning the fact that yes, there has been sin. Yes, we've messed up, sometimes quite badly. But why is there this insatiable desire for so many, to parade their sins about, & their "sinner" status? When I say I am not a sinner, it is the truth. I have sinned- yes, but I am no sinner. I am a saint. 

"For as (a man) thinks within himself, so he is" (Prov. 23:7). The power of belief is no joke. It is real & more important than we can imagine. So yes, while we may have been sinners at one point in life, I've never really understood why people go around coining themselves as, "sinners saved by grace". We are children of the most high God! We ARE SAINTS. 

WHAT ABOUT OUR FLESH? 

"Some people have isolated the effects of the born-again experience to the spirit. That's not accurate...Paul said that we are 'new creatures' in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17). He didn't say we are new spirits, he said 'new creatures!'. If we believe that we are still sinners, we dilute the power of the blood..." & it is so true. When I first read this, I was pretty much having a conniption fit of elation, reading something that so accurately described what I'd believed for so long, but didn't know how to put into words. 

This game of self-loathing is not from heaven. It is a scheme of the enemy, to trip us up & focus on the wrong thing. If we want to become more like Jesus, we must leave this shaming & degradation game behind us. 

"See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!" 1 John 3:1 not scumbags of crap- children of God. For that is what we are! Let us act & speak accordingly. 

I have said my piece, an opinion I know is highly controversial, but alas...that never stopped me & I believe in it whole-heartedly. 
I cannot sing a sinner dirge over myself when I believe I am a daughter of the Most High God. When I am pure & righteous. Believing this does not make me egotistical & conceited. I'm only saying what my Father believes of me- and I think, that is the opinion that matters most. 

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