Nolan Harkness on If You Are Crucified With Christ, You Won’t be Destroyed by the Trap of Sexual Sin

Why does there seem to be so much sexual sin on the part of modern-day “Christians?”

Galatians tells us that “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me” 2:20 (NIV). This has become one of the daily theme verses of those of you who for years have embraced a biblical conversion to Christ. You are painfully aware that your former sin nature continually rears its ugly head almost every time you go to make a decision. Over and over again, you find that you must allow the Holy Spirit to nail your will to the cross. Like the Apostle Paul, you are in an ongoing wrestling match with your flesh, and you accept the fact that the battle will continue until God one day calls you home. However delight, joy, and victory all come from the beautiful presence and peace of God which floods your soul as you daily decide to live not for this life, but for the eternal life to come.

On the other hand, to those who are a part of a new worldwide movement of believers who have come under some kind of new “divine enlightenment” the crucified life is very foreign. The scripture mentioned in the first paragraph of this article is never preached in their services. It does not fit in the new “enlightened” self-centered, self-focused gospel which seems to be filling churches by the droves. The “me” gospel as it has been called is not Christ-focused but self-focused and has its roots in their belief system. This belief system is based on secular humanism, a philosophy which is already popular with the crowd it seeks to attract.

It is no surprise that more and more reports are surfacing of famous leaders in this movement who are falling into sexual sin. Truth be told, the avoidance of sexual sin has never comprised any part of their “conversion.” Their popular self-focused crowd-pleasing gospel has never called them to crucify anything except perhaps what they consider negative talking or thinking contrary to their teachings. Their old nature has never been put to death just simply been carefully and craftily hidden where nobody can see it except themselves and God.

Many have called their teaching the “prosperity gospel.” It sounds good, feels good, and tastes good, but its’ fundamental teachings oppose the very crucified life that Jesus came to call us to. The problem with the prosperity-based gospel is that it calls no one to take up their cross. Congregants are told that God wants to bless them and that they are entitled to all kinds of pleasures in this lifetime. Their teachings entice listeners to a buffet of choices, all which serve the flesh rather than crucify it.

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked who can know it?” Jeremiah 17:9 (KJV) As Jeremiah says, prior to true conversion all that we knew was how to serve ourselves. Our own likes, wants and desires led us to the heartbroken place where we saw our need for God.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Nolan Harkness