Christian Victimhood and Overcoming Sin

Every judgment of humanity by God is based on works–what you have done.

Unbelievers will be judged by God “according to their works.” Believers will also stand before the Lord to give an account for what he has “done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.”

At no point will God look at a person’s works, what they did with their body, and say, “Well, you know that sin stuff was pretty powerful, you really didn’t have a choice, you had to sin. And, looking back, I can say it was all My fault. If I didn’t want you to sin I could have stopped you, but I didn’t. My bad.”

The first reason He won’t say this is because the phrase “my bad” makes no grammatical sense. “Bad” is an adjective, a word that describes a noun. “My” implies ownership. People own things; things are nouns. You can’t own an adjective. Stop saying that.

The second reason He won’t say this is because it makes no earthly or heavenly sense. We are judged for OUR sin. OUR sin is OUR sin. We own it (sin is a noun). It’s ours.

I know, I know, everyone and their mother believes that alcoholism and drug abuse and pornography and other addictions are “diseases,” or a result of genetics. Not true. I’m not saying addiction isn’t a tough thing to break, it is. Your genetics may predispose you to certain addictions and might even work against you breaking the addiction, but that doesn’t mean you have no control or responsibility.

I’ve heard way too many people who claim to be believers give up fighting sin either because God is gracious so who cares, or because of some odd notion of sanctification that God is the only one who can stop me, I have no power to do anything.

Being a victim is a grand strategy. Lots of people will like your Facebook posts where you “keeps it real” about your victimhood. There is even big money in being a victim, you might be able to get on disability for your rampant sin.

In the end, no one likes to consider their stand before God and giving an account. No one wants to think about it because, at root, we all know we are responsible and we all know we’re blowing it.

Well, here’s my advice–STOP IT!

If you are out of control, then first, pray for salvation. Second, pray for the Spirit to teach you and get in the Word. Third, flee all appearance of evil. Fourth, resist the devil and he will flee from you. Fifth, by the Spirit mortify the deeds of the flesh.

You will note that in all the biblical commands about overcoming sin, YOU have something to do! Yes, Christ gives you the ability, the weapons and all that is needed, but you have to use them! It’s not His fault if sin continues to beat you down.

In all honesty, you probably don’t even need the Holy Spirit or salvation in order to overcome a powerful addiction. I know this because the watered-down doctrines of Alcoholics Anonymous are not telling you to go to Christ, they tell you to acknowledge a “higher power.”

All that Christ brings to the believer through the Gospel empowers the believer to overcome sin and the world. All this is received by faith and acted on in faith–that’s what faith is–doing what God says.

It will not only help you overcome alcoholism, it will enlighten you to see just how much sin really is in your heart and help you become like Christ, not just become a person who doesn’t drink alcohol.

Have a big vision of who Christ is. Trust His power to conform you to His image. Then go use the stuff He gave you–one of which is the spiritual fruit of self-control. Get off your victim status and get to work.

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