Anyone who thinks or believes that living the Christian life is “easy” has not begun to live the Christian life. Several years ago, I was preaching in a Baptist Church [my conviction] on the difficulties of living the Christian life. I had a woman who came to me afterwards and said, “I don’t find living the Christian life difficult.” Now, I don’t know if she quite got a grasp of what I was saying, or if she did not know what the Christian life was about; but living it is difficult; even when we have the Spirit of God living within.
Death Grip is what sin has on those who are human. The sad part of that is; that even when someone trust Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior we still have a battle with sin’s death grip. Every Christian struggles with sin. We will continue to struggle with it until this body, this shell of flesh we live in takes its last breath, and the heart beats its last beat.
That is why as a Christian we are admonished by the Word of God to “put on the whole armor of God” (Ephesians 6:11). The promise of the Word is that we are no longer a slave to sin (Romans 6:16-17), as long as long as we “have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you”. That doctrine, of course, is the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Yet, we struggle against sin. Yes! Christians still commit sin. Not because we love it, but because of the death grip of sin. The prophet Isaiah said, “Woe unto them that draw iniquity with cords of vanity, and sin as it were with a cart rope…” Isaiah 5:18. Most of our struggle with sin is due to our own weakness to resist it. We have the power to resist temptation because of the work of Jesus Christ and His “earnest payment” left us; the Holy Spirit. Yet we are in that death grip.
Back during the Southern Baptist Convention in Phoenix, AZ. Dr. Al Mohler upset a lot of our folks by some comments he made using words, such as “Homophobic” and “Choice”. It was falsely reported by one news agency that the SBC had recanted and changed its view of homosexuality; NOT SO.
Dr. Mohler believes as I do that homosexuality is sin. Just as adultery is sin, murder is sin, stealing is sin, lust is sin, murderous thinking is sin, disobedience to God and His Word is sin. Homosexuality, in scripture is called an abomination.
When an individual comes to faith in Christ we are not perfect, but we enter a state of growth where we are growing more into the image of Christ. That, though, will not be perfected until we see Jesus face to face.
Sin’s Death Grip is like Isaiah’s iniquity, and cart rope; we still drag that sinful flesh along with us. It is a burden, a drag, yet we desire to be free from it; and one day we will. Until then, let us put off the works of the flesh, by the power of the Holy Spirit. When we fall, let us take the hand of our Savior, arise forgiven, cleansed, and continue on the journey.
There is forgiveness for all who will call on the name of Jesus Christ in faith. Christian remember this, “God will not allow His children to sin successfully”.
-Tim A. Blankenship