The Surprising Sin-Killing Power of God’s Presence

Ryan Lister | September 17, 2015

Temptation is everywhere—even in the church. Ashley Madison reminded us of this when she broke her promise and went public with her client’s private secrets. 

In the wake of such a catastrophe, the church sifts through the rubble of her transgressions. Her tarnished heroes fill the headlines and her damaged ministers are vacating their pulpits. God used a group of hackers to remind us of what we so easily and inconveniently ignore: the attraction of sin is always there and always toxic.

When the heat of our neighbor’s sin singes our conscience and our own creeps in on us, we often respond in fear, cynicism, and hopelessness. This is why we can sing lines like “prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, prone to leave the God I love” with great ease, yet still find it hard to believe God can actually takemy heart, O take and seal it, seal it for Thy courts above.”

Why do we tend to drift like this? Partly because when we feel temptation’s apparent omnipresence, we assume temptation’s apparent omnipotence. Hope wanes as we feel powerless against temptation’s constant assault, so we raise the white flag and invite sin and guilt to discuss terms. 

Something Better 

But what if there were something “bigger, faster, and…

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