Dealing with the "But I Have Fun Sinning!" Issue
by Joel Havian
Overcoming the Difficulty of Giving Up Sin
The fallen condition of the human body, with its bad tastes/cravings.
Praying for help to give up sinning.
Case examples of human conditions:
Parent: "Eat your veggies, or you won't get dessert". Child: "Oh, if only I had a craving for veggies, just like I do for chocolate cake!"
Smoking, a well-known habit accompanied by a desire to stop craving it.
Tastes do change ("Eating that stuff used to make me want to throw up when I was a child, but now I crave it.", "I used to enjoy this when I was younger, but now it really turns me off. I have simply grown sick of it in recent years.").
Acquiring a craving taste for God's holiness, acquiring a distaste for sin.
Counting the Cost
Jesus discusses the cost of discipleship...but what about the benefits as well...and what about the cost of not following Jesus?
|With Jesus||Temporary*||Permanent, plus temporary* (blessings)|
|Without Jesus||Permanent, plus temporary* (curses)||Temporary*|
*i.e., during one's earthly life