Seeing More of My Sin, More of the Cross and Coming Alive to the Wonder of the Gospel

From the apostle Paul to the Puritans to modern day grace preachers, we learn that the more mature we get as Christians, the more we will see our sin. This does not mean that we necessarily will sin more, but that we will become more aware of various actions and motives as sinful, that before … Continue reading Seeing More of My Sin, More of the Cross and Coming Alive to the Wonder of the Gospel

The Fourfold State of Mankind

In his well-known book, Human Nature in Its Fourfold State, the Scottish pastor, Thomas Boston (1676–1732) describes the four states of human nature as integrity (before the fall), depravity (after the fall), recovery (after redemption), and consummation (consummate happiness or misery, depending on one's response to the gospel). These four states correspond to Augustine's teaching … Continue reading The Fourfold State of Mankind

The Great Sin

In his classic, Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis talks about The Great Sin. Concerning this sin, he says, "the more we have it ourselves, the more we dislike it in others." What is this great, ultimate, most devastating of all sins? Pride, or self-conceit. Lewis goes on: Pride leads to every other vice: it is the complete anti-God … Continue reading The Great Sin