It’s a matter of seeing yourself and how wicked you are when you come to God. The modern Gospel says only that you are merely separated from God because of sin. But is it not much more than that? You are not merely separated from God because of sin, rather you are against God. An enemy of God. (Rom 5.10) Not separated. Against!
This dying is necessary because we came as enemies. Our fallen nature is against him, hates him. On Satan’s side. Not just separated! Ah it can make you feel so sick, and yet thats the conviction of the Holy Spirit!
When we die, Christ comes alive in us. And it’s a continual thing throughout our lives. But often there are very hard sins within us that require us to go through some very hard deaths.
“Did that which is good bring death to me? No way! It was sin, producing death in me through what is good in order that sin might be shown to be sin, and through the commandment might become sinful beyond measure.” Rom 7.13
“For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight…” Psalm 51:3
“the Lord commanded us…for our good always” Deut. 6.24
“the hand of our God is for good on all who seek him” Ezra 8:22
All this to us who were “children of the devil” and doing his desires. (1 John 3:10, John 8:44)
Such descriptions of sinners in the bible apply to you and me. We all come from Adam, and so have the exact same nature as Cain, Korah, Balaam, Esau, the man of lawlessness, haters of light, dull hearers, accursed, wolves in sheep’s clothing, etc.
Inspite of running around always ever rebelling against him, God gave his only Son for us.
Your heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick… (Jer. 17.9)
The greater this truth is understood, the greater the peace, restoration, and rest that is experienced in your heart.
“To any casual observer of the religious scene today, two things will at once be evident: one, that there is very little sense of sin among the unsaved, and two, that the average professed Christian lives a life so worldly and careless that it is difficult to distinguish him from the unconverted man. The power that brings conviction to the sinner and enables the Christian to overcome in daily living is being hindered somewhere. It would be oversimplification to name any one thing as the alone cause, for many things stand in the way of the full realization of our New Testament privileges. There is one class of hindrances, however, which, tends out so conspicuously that we are safe in attributing to it a very large part of our trouble. I mean wrong doctrines or overemphasis on right ones. I want to paint out some of these doctrines, and I do it with the earnest hope
that it may not excite controversy, but bring us rather to a reverent examination of our position.”
-by A.W. Tozer.
“PREACHING that HINDERS”