TheoCenTriC Stumbling Toward Christ

Sin and the Church


As C. S. Lewis noted, “It is the policy of the Devil to persuade us there is no Devil.” It is a sure sign of a compromised church—a church that has retired from doing battle with the principalities and powers, a church without prophets—when one finds a church that has ceased dealing with sin…

Anyone who thinks that Jesus was into inclusiveness, self-affirmation, and open-minded, heart-happy acceptance has then got to come up with a reason for why we responded to him by nailing him to a cross. Jesus got nailed not for urging us to “consider the lilies,” but for calling us religious leaders “whitewashed tombs,” and even worse…

Church is about more than sin, but, by the grace of God, it ought not to be less than this…

Christian sin is derivative of and dependent upon what Christians know about God as revealed in Jesus Christ. We thought we were good people until we met Jesus. Jesus became for us not only a window into the heart of God, but also a mirror held up to us to show us the hard truth about ourselves…

Sorry, if you thought church was a place where we come to work at avoiding sin. Church is where we come to name our sin.

– Sinning Like a Christian, William Willimon

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TheoCenTriC Stumbling Toward Christ

Rev. Rich Vincent

After 24 years of pastoring, I continue to stumble toward Christ, and invite you to do the same. Prayerfully hoping the material on this site will aid you to this end. Grace and peace!