We Are Criminals at the Core

Few people acknowledge that the Christian faith is comprised of persons who are criminals of the worse sort.  According to Dr. DavidSon, it is often the lost and forgotten fact of the Christian faith. “Most of us are smug. We don’t have that sense that we are criminals at our natural core.  The Apostle Paul said it best. We are liars, murderers, thieves, rapist, sexual perverts, extortioners, high minded and the rest. It does not matter if we live like monks all of our days we are rotten at the core. All of our righteousness is filth (Isaiah 64:6, Romans 3:23)”

DavidSon takes the Apostle Paul’s words literally in Romans 7 verse 24-25. “There’s no doubt that Paul provides an amazing revelation of the human condition and he concludes, ‘Wretched man that I am. Thank God for Jesus Christ.’ Clearly, there are some who believe they have been made perfect. Anyone believing he or she has reached perfection is seriously in error.”  DavidSon, shares about a church leader who viewed himself as being perfect.  “This leader shared that Christians were to be perfect. He said this while he and his wife were a combined eight-hundred pounds or more. I mention the weight as an obvious indicator that there is no way God designed human beings to be so physically challenged.   Whether, it is because of a glandular problem, metabolism, or gluttony, we are all perversions of God’s original design.

Whether we view ourselves physically, mentally, or spiritually we must say as Paul proclaimed thank God for Jesus Christ.”  According to DavidSon, Christians need to view their personal conditions realistically as Paul demonstrates. “As Christians we should know better, particularly for believers who have a First Century faith in Jesus Christ. Clearly, there is human behavior that makes all of us shutter and disdain the perpetrators.  However, there are persons who have committed the worse crimes and perversions, but turned around. People of the Christian faith must never forget that Moses one of the heroes of the Old Testament murdered a man. Paul, the greatest writer and missionary of the New Testament other than Jesus authorized the execution of innocent Christians. He was the primary authority persecuting the Church. I could go on with the list of lies, deceit, and other sins in the lives of  great Biblical personalities.

When we come to grips with the depth of our condition, it should give us a permanent view that begins with mercy toward others. By the way, I’m not implying that we should not hold each other accountable, particularly those of us in leadership. Otherwise, we would have chaos and a severely damaged testimony.   We must restore to fellowship and mutual regard those who have repented, and offer opportunities to fulfill God’s call upon their lives even if it means allowing persons to minister in a new place.

 

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