Friday, September 03, 2010

Why Is Sin Unavoidable? (Part 2) - The Christian Worldview

In Galatians 5:16, all believers are commanded:
Walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.
If Christians walk by the Spirit, they will not carry out the desire of the flesh (the desire they have due to lingering sinful tendencies). Galatians 5:17 states:
For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please.
The believer has a powerful weapon to combat sin with: the Spirit. But the unbeliever has no sufficient weapon. All the unbeliever has in opposition to the flesh is a gnawing conscience which prevents him from fully manifesting his wretchedness. Romans farther states that those in the flesh cannot please God (Romans 8:8).

How is it that out of the billions upon billions of people who have lived in this world, not one of them has successfully avoided sin? Clearly there is something terribly wrong in men. It has nothing to do with a man’s environment or surroundings. There is something wrong with man’s nature—it is terribly corrupt. The book of Ephesians states that believers all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest (Ephesians 2:3).

Related Posts:
Why Is Sin Unavoidable? (Part 1) - The Christian Worldview
All Men Are Guilty - The Christian Worldview
Quote of the Day #6 - Paul Washer
The Fall: Humanity Cursed - The Christian Worldview
How Bad Is Sin? (Part 4) - The Christian Worldview


  1. AnonymousMay 08, 2012

    Speaking to those that walk upright....Romans 6:9-14 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

    1. AnonymousMay 08, 2012

      Pardon me that's Rom. 8:9-14

    2. Let me clarify that I was not implying (in any way) by these two posts that Christians should not be actively fighting against sin. Of course Christians should be fighting sin! Many verses, including the ones you posted, demonstrate that very fact.