Conviction or Purpose
Sin either brings about conviction or it gives purpose. For the Christian, it is conviction. For the non-Christian it gives purpose; they are a slave to it.
The problem when a “Christian” decides to openly celebrate their sin is that they become a spokesman for all those who are a slave to it, and further aid in demonstrating the supposed superiority of the slavery. They become a living testimony of the “failures” of Christianity and pave the way for the ensuing mockery.
Trey Pearson’s Purpose
An article came out a few days ago about Trey Pearson, the lead singer for the Christian Rock Group, Everyday Sunday, who decided to come out with his homosexual convictions. Here are his words:
I never wanted to be gay. I was scared of what God would think and what all of these people I loved would think about me,” the 35-year-old singer wrote in a letter to his fans that was first published by Religion News Service on Tuesday. “But if this honesty with myself about who I am, and who I was made by God to be, doesn’t constitute as the peace that passes all understanding, then I don’t know what does. It is like this weight I have been carrying my whole life has been lifted from me, and I have never felt such freedom.
He not only came out with the conviction, but he is openly celebrating the relief it has brought him. What happens now is the LGBT army, who despise Biblical Christianity, will use him as an example of a “good Christian.” His emotions will be at the forefront of every article and every statement, God will be mocked, and more gullible Christians will find that they also have a purpose in sinning.
Trey now has a purpose in his sin. He now has a calling. He can bridge the gap between Biblical Christianity and its demands, and the rest of the world who suppresses the truth. He is now scheduled to perform at an upcoming gay pride festival. He can tell the world how he was afraid God would make demands on his creation, but when he got “honest with himself,” he realized he could set his own standards and find his purpose in celebrating his sin, not bowing before a holy, just, and patient God who graciously gives him every breath he takes.
The Christian’s Conviction
While he will create a “purpose” for himself in his sin, the Lord Jesus has asked something very different of us.
If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? (Matthew 16:24-26)
Compare this to the statement given by Trey above. Either we are a slave to sin or a slave to Christ (which is true freedom). If you are a slave to sin, you will justify it and wiggle your way out of the demands of God.
Pray for the guy, he has a wife and children. But God asks him to deny himself and take up his cross and follow him. We are not deists. Trey states, “Despite our best efforts, however, I have come to accept that there is nothing that is going to change who I am.” Again, we are NOT deists! God is actively involved in his creation and upholds it with his power and wisdom. He hears our prayers (1 John 5:14) and promises to be with us. Instead of finding his purpose in sin, Trey could be obedient to the demands of God, love his wife and children, pray for the desire for his wife only, deny himself, take up his cross, and put his hand to the plow. It is not an easy road, but it an obedient one, and God rewards obedience.
Sin, in a true believer, must always bring conviction, not create purpose. Especially a purpose that will celebrate sin and belittle the God who created us.