Friday, September 11, 2015

Romans 6:13 is about turning from sin (repentance).

Romans 6:13 is about turning from sin (repentance). The Good News Translation of Romans 6:13 apparently reads, "Give yourselves to God; surrender yourselves to be used for his righteous purposes."  No mention of sin.  The ESV reads, "Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness."  Remember Ephesians 2:1-10?  We were dead in our sins, but Jesus saved us by Grace, and we, in response present our sinful bodies as living sacrifices to make them righteous.  We need to preach sin in the pulpit.  The congregation needs to be reminded of sin.  We need to hate our sin.  If we are never reminded of being sinful, we soon forget that we are, and we remain dead in our sins. If talking about sin is unavoidable, the pastor uses words like "failure" or "mistake" instead of sin, to make sin seem less wicked and more accidental.  Other pastors use "flesh failures" and "nobody's perfect" instead of "sin" in their sermons.