Evangelicals & Sin

The reality of Sin in the believer’s life is not a new phenomenon. Even the greenest believer has most likely heard the biblical reference of “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).” As the late theologian R.C. Sproul was astute to postulate, the best way to arouse the attention of even the most rebellious Sinner is to inquire of them,” What do they do with their guilt?”

Most of us never can escape the gnawing feeling of guilt that follows actions inconsistent with our very own perception of right and wrong. Granted, the Fall has produced a small minority of people we would classify as psychopaths. Still, the vast majority of people born in time and space have a functional understanding and agreement with what the Bible says about the typical human condition:

They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them on that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus (Romans 2:15-16).

Yet, this current generation of professing Evangelicals are exhibiting the grievously mistaken notion that we can claim fidelity as followers of Jesus Christ without the ability to blush (Jeremiah 6:15) while openly aligning with Sin. Never before in human history has a society witnessed the open rebellion against the explicit teachings of God’s revelation.

America, a nation allegedly birthed as a Christian Nation, elects a president who brazenly informs them before being elected; his administration would champion someone as young as six-years-old with the right to self-designate in opposition to the gender God ordained for them.

Further,

  • Joseph Biden, a presidential candidate for over thirty years, bragged on his Congressional record opposing the use of federal tax dollars to fund abortion. He literally changes his position overnight and goes on to win his party’s nomination and the eventual presidential general election.
  • Raphael Warnock can identify as a Pro-Choice Pastor of a prestigious African American Church and gain a hearing and eventually become a U.S. Senator from the State of Georgia
  • Ketjani Brown Jackson can testify before Congress and refuse to define what constitutes womanhood and be celebrated as a symbol of cultural and racial progress in America, eventually becoming the first AA female Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court and only the third AA ever
  • Eric Dyson can identify as an ordained Baptist minister and preach the Apostle Paul would apologize for not condemning the slavery of his day and yet gain a hearing at the National Cathedral. One of our nation’s most venerated religious symbols.
  • Rick Warren can stand before his mega-church congregation and ordain three females to the office of Pastor despite the explicit biblical prohibitions found in 1 Timothy 2-3
  • Nancy Pelosi can actually say the following with a straight face, “The fact that this [overturn of Roe v. Wade] is such an assault on women of color and women—lower income families is just sinful. It’s sinful. It’s wrong that they would be able to say to women what they think women should be doing with their lives and their bodies. But it’s sinful, the injustice of it all.”

I Sin. You Sin. Everyone sins, even regenerated followers of Jesus Christ. No news flash there! Yes, there have been small pockets of people who have advocated the unbiblical teaching of Sinless Perfection, but the Apostle John could not have been any clearer when he wrote the following under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit

If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. (1 John 1:8)

Let’s revisit the statement, “I sin.” I will concentrate on dissecting myself because I am the person I know better than anyone else, but if you are a regenerated Brother or Sister in Christ, what I write you will easily relate to and agree with.

I Sin, yet I abhor my Sin. I engage in an almost moment-by-moment war with my Sin. Since I have grown in Christian maturity, there is not a solitary day that goes by that, at some moment of the day, I do not lament over my failure to do the things I know I should be doing or my failure to do the very things I know I should not be doing. The funny thing is if we transverse on the narrow road the Bible adduces, we can begin to understand the lament of the Apostle Paul better when he wrote,

For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. (Romans 7:15-19)

Our nation is being torn asunder because many of its citizens, including far too many professing Evangelicals, passionately believe there is a Constitutional right to terminate life in the womb. We actually have professing Evangelicals taking to social media and defending the original Roe v. Wade decision. Many do so with weak affirmations that they do not personally support abortion but disagree with the Supreme Court’s decision.

This is the quintessential attempt to suspend both feet in mid-air and remain upright. Roe was and remains wrong, not because six people in black robes concluded there is no Constitutional right to an abortion. Roe was and remains wrong because life is sacred and Evangelicals, while we will forever struggle with the presence of Sin, both personally and corporately, NEVER, publicly, and openly align with Sin in any shape, form, or fashion. That declaration is only true regarding professing Evangelicals who are serious about their faith and seek to live out their faith authentically and consistently.

Yes, a female can regrettably have an abortion and still be genuinely saved, but no regenerated female can brag and celebrate aborting the life God created in her womb. True believers commit all manner of Sin all day, errday and twice on Sundays, but true believers do not snub their noses at God’s declared means for human flourishing.

Evangelicals fail to honor the Biblical mandate to serve as pillars and grounds of truth (1 Timothy 3:15) when we allow Satan’s minions to control the narrative. Abortion is not a matter of health care or a woman’s right to govern her body. Abortion is the intentional murder of an individual, an individual the Bible thunders from Genesis to Revelation is created in the Imago Dei (Genesis 1:27).

Marriage is not and never has and never will be a human institution. Marriage is one of three fundamental institutions ordained by Almighty God, the other two being Human Government and the Church. The practice of same-sex marriage lived out to its logical conclusion would lead to the inevitable extinction of the human race. There is no human flourishing whatsoever when a male engages in sexual intimacy with another male, and the same reality applies to female same-sex intimacy.

As such, man has no more legal or moral right to redefine marriage any more than another person has the right to exercise parental authority over one of my children. The marital union of a man and a woman is the only union God has sovereignly joined together (Matt 19:6, Mark 10:9). Man cannot, with impunity, brazenly rebel against their Creator.

Regrettably, it took me far too long to fully grasp it, but my momma would frequently say in frustration to my brothers and me, “y’all don’t believe fat meat is greasy.” The Bible speaks more profoundly, “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God (Heb. 10:31).”

The hottest topic confronting Evangelicals is gender. While Evangelicals must display biblical compassion and Solomonic wisdom for those struggling with gender dysphoria, we must never allow the tail to wag the dog. Humanity, as one negative reality of the Fall, has always experienced struggles with gender identity for some individuals. Never before has society embraced a whole cloth acceptance for governmental sanction of cosmic rebellion against the Creator’s creative decree.

Now Supreme Court Justice Brown knew full well the implications of the question put before her during her confirmation hearing. She knows full well what constitutes womanhood. You, the reader, know full well what constitutes womanhood. The six-year-old, entering first grade as school reconvenes, knows on some basic level what constitutes womanhood.

The trajectory of a nation’s willingness to reject God’s clear and unmistakable means to promote human flourishing will not end well. It did not end well for the rebellious pagan nations from the Old Testament. It did not end well for God’s own chosen people: the Israelites. It will not end well with this present generation, you best believe that and you do not have to be a prophet nor the son of a prophet.

It has been wisely postulated if God does not severely judge this world He would have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah. Wrath is surely a coming and it will cataclysmic.

Liberals love to posit they are on the right side of history. I will stand as one one the wrong side of this moral malaise and do so with the resolve to never bend the knee to the god of this world, no matter how doing so will marginalize my standing with my peers. Friendship with the world has never been the aim for those surrendered to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

My angst is not with society, writ large. There is no logical or practical expectation for those who are at enmity with God to act in a manner consistent with their Creator. My question is for you, the typical professing Evangelical in America, especially those of the African American ethnicity.

How can you continue to align yourself politically with the party that openly and explicitly espouses positions the Bible clearly and expressly forbids and condemns?

How can you give quarter to Sin, especially Sin, on the magnitude of life, marriage, and gender?

How do you posit a “yeah, but” disposition to gross and hideous Sin being advanced in America today?

I am against abortion under any circumstance, including rape and incest, as I understand all life is sacred because God, my Creator, declares it to be thus. I even go so far as I do not to permit abortion to be an alternative even when the life of the mother is at stake.

Hear my logic out. What would the mother of a six-month-old posit as her response if she were presented with a hypothetical situation where she had to decide between the life of her six-month-old and herself? I would surmise her answer would be easy. The mother would choose the life of the six-month-old because the consistent Christian ethic is we place the interest of others before our own. In fact, the Bible enjoins there is no greater love than one who will lay down their life for their friend (John 15:13).

Consequently, even as one who understands he stands with the small minority concerning the mother’s life being at risk, I espouse abortion is not permitted, even when the mother’s life is in jeopardy. Even in this very minuscule occurrence, I stand for and with the one who is most fragile in this horrendous life experience.

Evangelicals cannot cozy up with Sin and not understand there will be a grave price to pay. Yet this is what is taking place in Evangelicals’ lives all across the spectrum.

I plead with you, the professing Evangelical, to hate and despise Sin. Even so, all the while, you are a frequent and repeat offender. We long for the day when Sin will be eradicated and completely vanquished from our very DNA.

Of course, we endeavor to hate our very own Sin as a first priority, but then and only then do we move on to detest the Sin of others, and we plead with our fellow man to repent and be reconciled to God.

The one thing we do not do, we must not do, is make an alliance or make allowance for Sin anywhere in the public sphere. Many of you do, but you do so at great peril. My last and best word is that I am the chief of all Sinners. I repudiate all acts contrary to God’s revelation, beginning with my contribution to cosmic treason against my Creator.

As always, let me know what you think. Until then, keep your hands to the plow and seek to serve for an Audience of One.

With fear & trembling,

Ricky Kyles, DEd.Min

6 Comments
  1. I agree with everything you wrote except that in the rare case where the mother’s life is in danger, I think she has to be the one to decide whether she will quite possibly give up her life for her child. I would imagine that many Christian women would do just that. It would help considerably if she has made her decision before actually being in that situation. Blessings, Ricky.

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    • Keith,

      I have to be honest I am troubled by your response.

      My first response would be “you are stating the obvious!”

      Of course, ultimately it would be the woman and hopefully the father’s choice as well.

      That response is low-hanging fruit. I was attempting to make an objective basis for rejecting the premise it is God’s best for the mother to abort her child because of a threat to her life.

      Evangelicals are called to adhere to an other’s focus mindset. In fact, I adhere to God’s first, others second and self dead last.

      Additionally, I offered a scenario to illustrate my thesis. What happens when a mother of a six-month old is confronted with a hypothetical mother or child decision.

      What Christian ethics would advocate the Mother’s life to be chosen over the child’s.

      One principle ingrained in me is to think matters through consistently.

      If a mother would sacrifice her life for her six month old why would the answer be different if the life was a six week old fetus.

      As Evangelicals believe life begins at the moment of conception. As a male I will always stand ready to give my life for one of my children.

      That was the basis of my argument. I fully understand my position is the minority report but I am not going to cede the matter to a person’s individual whim. As in all cases I attempt to put the matter through a biblical lens.

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      • Ricky, I was responding to this: “I espouse abortion is not permitted, even when the mother’s life is in jeopardy.” I would hope that every Christian mother would be willing to potentially die for her unborn baby, just as I would willingly put my life in danger for the sake of someone else’s. However, it would ultimately be her decision, between her and the Lord.

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      • Exactly. This is my position on the matter. I understand the matter is deeply personal which every person will have to come to their own conclusion.

        As always I attempt to guide my thinking through an unapologetic Biblical worldview.

        But let’s celebrate that we agree on the larger concept. Thankfully the threat to the mother is such a rare, rare occurrence.

        My biggest point is the child is the most fragile being in any scenario.

        My biggest relief is you did not feign insult with my pushback. Even as professing Evangelicals I encounter far too many feminized males.

        We should always be ankle to disagree with one another without having to fall out.

        I am glad we are on the same team. Finish the journey strong, brother!!!

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