Jim Wilson is the retired director of Community Christian Ministries in Moscow, Idaho. He will be posting regularly, so check back in soon!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Questions about Sin

Yesterday I wrote down 35 different questions or statements that have been given to me over the 61 years I have been a Christian. These short sentences and questions were why the questioner was not a Christian. While I was thinking about these reasons I wrote down a Biblical answer to each of them.

Although the questions were different there were only a few different real reasons.

1. The person loved sin.
2. He did not want to repent to change.
3. He was afraid God would change him.
4. In other words he did not want an answer to his question.

Are there people who ask questions who really want an answer? Yes, but the questions sound different in content and manner. They sound more like this:

• God be merciful to me a sinner!
• What must I do to be saved?
• I am afraid to die.
• I am sick of sin.

The questions that I wrote down do not sound like this!

Don't have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. And the Lord's servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will. 2 Timothy 2:23-26

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