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devotional thought

May 29, 2009

A quick devotional thought from my reading a couple days ago…

When we sin, we are both the perpetrator and the victim.

We are both guilty before God and enslaved by sin.

The gospel is both forgiveness and freedom.

Jesus is both our sacrifice of atonement and our kinsman redeemer.

Theologically liberal people tend to view sinners as victims only while fundamentalists tend to view sinners as criminals only.  If we view ourselves as only victims, we’ll never confront and repent of our sin… but if we only view ourselves as criminals, God will seem a harsh judge to us and we’ll eventually wilt under the weight of constant guilt.

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