Duck Dynasty and the define sin trap

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The controversy grows with comments made by Phil Robertson of the Duck Dynasty program that quite frankly I don’t watch.  There was a paragraph from a blog I read called You Have Been Warned—The “Duck Dynasty” Controversy

insert:  Phil Robertson is the plainspoken patriarch of the Duck Dynasty clan. In the GQ interview, published in the January 2014 issue of the magazine, Robertson makes clear that his Christian faith is central to his identity and his life. He speaks of his life before Christ and actively seeks to convert the interviewer, Drew Magary, to faith in Christ. He tells Magary of the need for repentance from sin. Magary then asks Robertson to define sin.

Phil responded:

“Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men,” he says. Then he paraphrases Corinthians: “Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers—they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”

Here is where I have a problem with Phil Robertson’s answer.  Why define sin?

I search through the scriptures and find the message of REPENT everywhere, even from the forever loving son of God that liberals like to put on a pedestal of being “tolerant.”  Yes even Jesus spoke the message of REPENT.  In other words, stop with your sinful ways and come follow me.  And guess what?  When people that saw his miracles and heard his message didn’t repent?  He cursed them.  Ouch.  How does a liberal respond to that?  Typically they will say, ‘well, we don’t know if that is what really happened.’  (right, insert rolling of eyes).

So many of us in the ME FIRST culture we live in like to take what they hear (they sure aren’t reading it) about the bible or Jesus and deny what the true message is.  What is that true message?  REPENT from your sins.  Yes your sins.  The sins that YOU know about.

‘But Troy,’ you might ask, ‘define sin.  I don’t know what sin is’

My answer:  Yes you do.

I’ll continue:  God so loved this world that He sent His son Jesus Christ as a sacrifice for all of us that don’t deserve Heaven.  Jesus helped clear up how we interpret the law that was given by God many years ago. That’s the good news.  The good news is that we can go to Heaven by turning from our human ways (REPENT) and become born again.

If the person continued to try and ask me to define sin.  Guess what?  They aren’t ready to repent.  The holy spirit hasn’t impacted their heart to be ready to hear the gospel.  Don’t fall for the bait of this kind of question and jump on your soap box to point out sins Jimmy Swaggert style.

The define sin question is gaining momentum by non believers because it’s an easy way to put you in a box.  I’m talking to true believers here.  Stick with the message that Jesus told us:  spread the good news!  Part of the good news is (gasp, can you believe it) GOOD!  The news is GOOD!!!  GOOD!!!  It’s AWESOME even!

I get it, our country is heading in the wrong direction, but pointing out individual symptoms of sin doesn’t get you anywhere in spreading the good news.  If we focus on sharing the good news with ONE person per month in 2014 that’s 12 per year, odds are one will be impacted and come to know Christ.

How can you share the good news in modern day society?  Like 2014?

1.  It is better.
A much better tag line in my opinion.  This life on earth is not all we have, there is more, we don’t need to stress about the little things.  We can trust in God that no matter what He will provide, even in time of death.  There is literally no such thing as ‘the worst thing that can happen.’  With Jesus it doesn’t get better.  It IS better when we believe in Jesus.  Tell people this, at least once a month.

2.  REPENT
Believing without action means nothing.  You can read the good things that Jesus says and ignore the changing of your life and you are not a true believer.  Piggy back this message after sharing the good news.  It’s like everything in life, to get better, you have to sacrifice something.  I want to lose weight, put the donut down.  I want more money, stop eating out.  I want to be stronger, work out.  I want eternal life, repent of your sins and

3.  BE BORN AGAIN
I have a friend who’s gay.  We shared the stage in a rock and roll band singing about Jesus.  He often refers to that life as his past life.  Even he gets it.  He is born again in his gay lifestyle. He has turned away from his former life of church guy to live in his new lifestyle.  When you turn your back on your old lifestyle your conscience effort in your new life is being born again.  Jesus told Nicodemus in John chapter 3 that you cannot see the kingdom of God unless you are born again.  Nicodemus didn’t understand, he asked Jesus how can this be?  What did Jesus do when Nicodemus asked that question?  Did Jesus explain what being born again is?  Nope, not really. He said that flesh gives birth to flesh and spirit gives birth to spirit.  He continued by saying ‘You are a teacher and yet you do not understand these things.’  Part of the conversion process is getting it.  If the person you are talking to that month doesn’t get it, move on to the next person in the next month.  Don’t feel sorry for them, the harvest is ripe, go plant seeds everywhere.

If some reporter playing the dumb card asks you to define sin don’t fall for the answer they are looking for.  Don’t climb on your soapbox after the question is asked to take advantage of their ignorance.  Respond with something like:  Every person knows what type of sin they need to repent from.  If they don’t they are not ready for repentance.

Now after you shake of that pesky reporter, if you want to set up a soapbox at the park and share the good news you should include the message of REPENT!  REPENT, REPENT, REPENT.  REPENT from YOUR sins, turn your back on your sins!  Man, bring it like Billy Graham did in his hay day!  God will give you the strength and boldness you need to endure the coming persecution.  For those that want to debate you about what sin is, walk away and don’t waste your time.

Get it?

Got it?

Good.

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