I have loved this message by Voddie Baucham that our family listened to together again this morning (we are battling the stomach virus–I know, perfect timing, huh?)
I’m posting one of 6 clips…I highly recommend listening to the whole message–so very powerful.
I’ll preface this clip with the gist of Dr. Baucham’s message, so in need of hearing today…warning, it’s counter-”Christian”-culture:
He says in the first clip:
“There is a great tragedy afoot in our culture, and the great tragedy is this: we believe that all discomfort is problematic; that there is no room for it in our culture….we avoid brokenness, but it’s not just out there, it’s also in the church…there’s a new movement that says ‘When you come to Christ, there is no need for brokenness…in fact, there’s no need for brokenness before you come to Christ’.”
He reveals that the “new brand” of Christianity tells people that God doesn’t want them to feel bad (after all, “there is therefore now no condemnation to him who is in Christ Jesus”) over their sin. However, the Bible speaks volumes about the “appropriateness” of brokenness over our sin. It is both needful and right for us to recognize how depraved we are without Christ (and no, we are now no longer condemned eternally), and to remember the stain that sin leaves. God allows the scars of our sins to remain to cause us to continue to hate it and strive to avoid it.
David cried out, a whole year after his affair with Bathsheba,
“Make me to hear joy and gladness, Let the bones which You have broken rejoice.”
“God breaks us in order to remake us“, Baucham said. And when we buy this gospel of “God doesn’t want me to feel bad about my sin” we buy a word that is not of God.
Jesus Christ came to forgive sins; but He leaves their memory with us so that we never want to go back.