We who preach the gospel must not think of ourselves as public relations agents sent to establish good will between Christ and the world. We must not imagine ourselves commissioned to make Christ acceptable to big business, the press, the world of sports or modern education. We are not diplomats but prophets, and our message is not a compromise but an ultimatum. A.W. Tozer
Therefore let God-inspired Scripture decide between us; and on whichever side be found doctrines in harmony with the word of God, in favor of that side will be cast the vote of truth. --Basil of Caesarea
Once you learn to discern, there's no going back. You will begin to spot the lie everywhere it appears.

I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service. 1 Timothy 1:12

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Church Personality Disorder?

It there were such a thing as "corporate" multiple personality disorder, it would seem the Church has one.  Out of one side of the Church's mouth, the Church says man is a sinner.  Out of the other side of the Church's mouth, man is said to be sick.  Is it possible to deny the doctrine of sin by calling sin sickness and still be preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ?  Sermons, Bible study literature, and books by beloved Christian authors are filled with euphemisms for sin.  A fornicator may be called to repentance, but if he is sick then he is no sinner.  Instead, he is an addict.

David Tyler & Kurt Grady, Deceptive Diagnosis: When Sin is Called Sickness, p.13


Anonymous said...

Many are offended by the word sin. So we use the softer, easier way and call it sickness, or 'making mistakes because we are only human.'
Fifteen years ago I went to treatment for addiction. It was considered a sickness - a disability. And we qualified for some of the same benefits as someone with a disability. In the workplace someone with an addiction is protected as having a disability. At the time I was grateful to be able to use some of these benefits as I put my life back together, but after coming to Jesus you realize - yes, it's sin. Pure and simple. And the sad thing is that the 'sick addict' gets his symptoms treated with antidepressants, anti-anxiety drugs, sleeping pills, and many new age treatments such as meditation, visualization, chakra therapy.....One night we were taken to a Buddhist temple. Thank goodness it was closed. Most of the people I knew way back then went back to drinking and using. Jesus is the only way to heal, the only way to break those chains of sin and bondage.

Anonymous said...

Hi Glenn,

GTYs blog just said the same thing recently.



Glenn E. Chatfield said...

Wow, that was good! Thanks for the link.