A lutheran Pastor (Pastor Mark Anderson) wrote the following on another BLOG:
Pastor Mark was spot-on when he said:
But seriously. The perpetual problem with sin is that we do not take it seriously enough. When Paul writes that “The wages of sin is death”, he is making it clear that sin is a fatal condition shared by all the human race – including Christians. It is sheer delusion to believe that we can get a handle on sin. We may get a handle on particular sins, but this does nothing to address the fatal condition. Death makes a mockery of all attempts to rise above sin. Luther was spot on when he declared the Christian to be both saint and sinner. And these are not two halves that can be separated. They are two ingredients baked in the loaf! Where does on start and the other end? Who knows. We sure don’t. This is why we cannot judge our works, and why, with Luther, we can say, ‘The good we do does not save us and the evil we do does not condemn us.’
So, Christ Jesus lays claim to us hopeless sinners just as we are, holds us in the grip of his grace by faith alone, and promises to make a REAL end of sin by raising us from the dead. Thanks be God!
These words are so true! Scripture, consistently shows Jesus “walking among siners’ who take their sin seriously. Jesus also contrasts this with the pharisees who, in their religiosity, see themselves are more perfect and better than “dirty” sinners. While doing this comparative sinfullness and seeing someone elses sin as much worse than their own they do NOT see the depth of their own sin. Scripture asks us to see the sin in our own eye as a log and the sin of others as a speck of dust.