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What is the Greatest Sin? Please Help Me!

Stan Moody

An Evangelical Pastor in Conflict:

I am so very grateful for having had the opportunity to devote the last ½ of my adult life to

ministry after a long stint in the rough and tumble world of business and politics. Yet, I now find

myself consumed not by what I have learned but by what I have yet to learn about the sovereign

rule of God.

It began in 1989 after I had published a book, No Turning Back: Journal of an All-American

Sinner. I enrolled in Seminary at age 50 for the simple purpose of learning whether or not I really

knew what I was writing about. While the answer is as unclear today as it was then, the path to

God’s love and forgiveness has become much clearer.

Journey to Somewhere, hopefully:

It took a long time, but I have found myself surprised to discover certain embedded mistruths

within the evangelical community:

  • Social justice, a pivotal teaching of Jesus (Matt 5, 6, 7, 25), enjoys little welcome –considered a WOKE distraction from His “Great Commission” …

  • The “Kingdom of God” has ascended with Jesus from “at hand” to wholly future…

  • The Sermon on the Mount (Matt 5, 6, 7) has become largely irrelevant, and a prescription for weakness…

  • Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God the things that are God’s” (separation of church and state – Matt 22:21) has become mostly irrelevant…

So, what is the Greatest Sin?

If the Kingdom of God is a present, albeit not-yet-fulfilled reality in the life of the Christian, the

Sermon on the Mount then becomes the moral standard of the Christian life. Love of God and

neighbor hold the potential of surfacing despite our self-absorption. As a result, we begin

examining more closely our own inherent sin, accepting the need for restoration. Any other

option expresses itself as willful rebellion against the sovereign rule of God.

Rebellion against the sovereign rule of God, then, may well be the greatest sin, all too evident in

the life of today’s Church. Were we to submit to the sovereign rule of God over our own lives, there

would be no need to change the laws to force unbelieving folks to live a pseudo-Christian life.

Hope reflected in our public lives would become epidemic in the very places of greatest need.

If God truly were sovereign in the life of the Church, would there be a compelling urgency to

impress Him with and impose on others our select moral precepts? Would the strength of the

Gospel be directed toward others rather than to ourselves? Could we believers not openly display

the power of God through our weaknesses rather than through the fleshly strength of our fickle

political affiliations?

Help me here!

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