The Trinity VS Anti-Trinity: The Debate continues.


In recent times among the Seventh-day Adventist brethren, there have been a fast growing anti-trinitarian movements which are proposing to the flock of God that “the Holy Spirit is a force or energy of holy influence from the Father and the Son.” What is even more scaring is that, both camps (i.e, the Trinitarians and anti-Trinitarians) base their study and argument on the Bible and the writings of Ellen G. White making those who are not conversant with the scriptures and Sister White writings to feel uncomfortable and discouraged.

This present study is not an extensive one, but it is written for those who are willing to further their study and search for truth amidst the prevailing confusion in our beloved Church.

The original author of this article is Elder (Dr.) Dennis Priebe. The whole article and many more studied can be gotten from his website.

THE TRINITY

The contemporary anti-Trinity movement teaches that there is no third Person of the Godhead. They believe that the Holy Spirit is a force or energy of holy influence from the Father and the Son. One representative of this movement says, “The Bible teaches that there are only two who are worthy of worship.”

A corollary of this teaching is that Jesus is literally the Son of the Father, having a beginning in time when the Father brought Him into existence. One has stated, “The Father and Son are both divine but not absolutely equal.” They believe that only in this way could Christ die, since the Father is immortal and cannot die. In support of this teaching, they point to some Adventist pioneers who clearly taught this, from the 1840’s to the 1890’s.

As with all errors, there is a truth at the foundation of this teaching. After the Council of Nicaea in 325 A.D. the papal party took the title of Trinitarians. They said that the Godhead consists of three personalities and one essence or substance, using very philosophical and metaphysical terms.

Following is a sample of Catholic instruction for confirmation. “The Son proceeds from the Father by an act of the intellect and this is termed ‘Eternal Generation,’ by which we mean not only that there never was a time when the Father existed without generating the Son, but also that the act of Generation is a continuous act.” The manual teaches that there could be no separation between the Father and the Son on earth, since this would interrupt the act of generation. Thus the Son would not exist, which would mean that the Father would not exist. Since they are of one essence, neither the Father nor the Son could exist separately from the other. (Alfred Mortimer, Catholic Faith and Practice) Is there any wonder that the pioneers rejected this doctrine of the Trinity? J. N. Andrews said, “This doctrine destroys the personality of God, and His Son Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Review and Herald, March 6, 1855)

Part A–Three Persons

If we want to defend the truth that there are three persons with the family name of God, it might be better to use the Biblical name Godhead, as Ellen White consistently did.

Matthew 28:19 tells us to baptize “in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” “Name” is singular here, and all three that follow are on the same level, with one name. The definite article is used for all three beings. The Three are God and yet they are one God.

In John 14:16 Jesus promises to send “another Comforter.” The word “another” means of the same kind as Christ, with equal rank.

In 2 Corinthians 13:14, we read of “the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost.” These are three gifts from three individual beings.

1 Peter 1:2 tells of “the foreknowledge of God the Father,…sanctification of the Spirit,…and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ.” Here we find three functions of three individual beings.

The Spirit of Prophecy has many references to the three beings. “Three great powers of heaven.” (8T 254) “There are three living persons of the heavenly trio.” (Ev 615) “The eternal heavenly dignitaries–God, and Christ, and the Holy Spirit.” (Ev 616) “The three highest powers in heaven–the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost.” (Ev 617)

Part B–Holy Spirit

There are indications in Scripture that the Holy Spirit possesses personality traits that only a individual Being could have.

In Ephesians 4:30 He can be grieved. In 1 Corinthians 12:11 He divides “to every man severally as he will.” In Acts 16:6,7 He forbids Paul to preach in Asia and Bithynia. In Acts 15:28 “it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us” to hand down a vital decision. Notice that the Holy Spirit has a personality similar to the personality of the apostles. In Acts 5:3,4 Ananias lied “to the Holy Ghost,” which is lying “unto God.”

“The Holy Spirit, who is as much a person as God is a person, is walking through these grounds.” “The Holy Spirit is a person.” “The Holy Spirit has a personality.” (Ev 616-617)

However, we must exercise caution here. The Holy Spirit’s purpose is to reveal the Father and the Son, not Himself, so we know very little about Him from inspiration.

Brethren should not feel that it is a virtue to stand apart because they do not see all minor points in exactly the same light. If on fundamental truths they are at an agreement, they should not differ and dispute about matters of little real importance. To dwell on perplexing questions that, after all, are of no vital importance, has a direct tendency to call the mind away from truths which are vital to the saving of the soul. Brethren should be very modest in urging these side issues which often they do not themselves understand, points that they do not know to be truth and that it is not essential to their salvation to know….Where these differences exist among us, those who stand outside will say, “It will be time enough for us to believe as you do when you can agree among yourselves as to what constitutes truth. “The ungodly take advantage of the divisions and controversies among Christians…

Some are ever seeking to be original, to bring out something new and startling, and they do not realize as they should the importance of preserving the unity of the faith in the bonds of love….We are to pray for divine enlightenment, but at the same time we should be careful how we receive everything termed new light. We must beware lest, under cover of searching for new truth, Satan shall divert out minds from Christ and the special truths for this time. I have been shown that it is the device of the enemy to lead minds to dwell upon some obscure or unimportant point, something that is not fully revealed or is not essential to our salvation. This is made the absorbing theme, the “present truth,” when all their investigations and suppositions only serve to make matters more obscure than before, and to confuse the minds of some who ought to be seeking for oneness through sanctification of the truth….

[What is one of these side issues, not essential to salvation?] The nature of the Holy Spirit is a mystery not clearly revealed, and you will never be able to explain it to others because the Lord has not revealed it to you. You may gather together scriptures and put your construction upon them, but the application is not correct….It is not essential for you to know and be able to define just what the Holy Spirit is….There are many mysteries which I do not seek to understand or to explain; they are too high for me, and too high for you. On some of these points, silence is golden…

Your mind is restless, and…you would make the mistake that many others have made, of thinking that you have new light, when it is only a new phase of error….You make take certain views of Scripture and, searching the Bible in the light of your ideas, may gather together a large number of texts and claim that they mean this and that, and call for anyone to prove to you that your views are incorrect….Here is your danger, of diverting minds from the real issues for this time….Now, my brother, it is truth that we want and must have, but do not introduce error as new truth. (14MR 175-180)

I believe that this counsel applies to all the “new light” issues that we are considering in this paper.

Part C–Jesus’ Pre-existence

What is the evidence that Jesus did not have a beginning at some point in time or before time?

In John 1:1-4 we find that Jesus was not only “with God,” He “was God.” He was not a God, but He was the Creator of everything. The life-principle was in Him, and He did not receive life from anyone.

In John 8:58 Jesus claimed the name “I am” as His own. Exodus 3:14 tells us that God’s chosen name is “I am.” “The name of God, given to Moses to express the idea of the eternal presence, had been claimed as His own….He had announced Himself to be the self-existent one,…whose goings forth have been from of old, from the days of eternity.” (DA 469-470)

“All through the pages of sacred history, where the dealings of God with His chosen people are recorded, there are burning traces of the great I AM….All the communion between heaven and the fallen race has been through Christ….Christ is the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last.” (GAG 43) Whatever we read about Yahweh in the Old Testament we are reading about Christ. In Isaiah 40:28 Yahweh is “the everlasting God,” “the Creator of the ends of the earth.”

“In Christ is life, original, unborrowed, underived.” (DA 530) “Christ is the pre-existent, self-existent Son of God….He assures us that there never was a time when He was not in close fellowship with the eternal God….He is the eternal, self-existent Son.” (Ev 615) “From all eternity Christ was united with the Father.” (5BC 1115) “Christ was God essentially, and in the highest sense. He was with God from all eternity.” (RH April 5, 1906)

PP 63-64 tells us that only one equal with God could make the atonement; that only the Creator could redeem man. If Christ had received life from the Father at some point in eternity; if His life was borrowed or derived from the Father; if He was dependent on the Father for His existence; if the Father appointed Him to the Godhead, then Christ was not self-existent; He was not God in the highest sense; He is not eternal; and He could not make atonement for the fallen race and redeem mankind.

The phrase “only-begotten” is a faulty translation. Hebrews 11:17 tells us that Isaac was Abraham’s “only begotten son.” Clearly this means uniquely begotten, one-of-a-kind, unique. Acts 13:33 tells us that Christ was “begotten” from the dead.

It is of passing interest that Mary of Agreda, a visionary Catholic nun in the 1600’s, said that the Word was conceived by eternal generation from the Father. In other words, Christ was born before time existed. (The Venerable Mary of Agreda) Perhaps the belief that Christ had a beginning and was given life from the Father is really a Catholic position.

Part D–Nature and Function

Here is a suggestion for keeping this issue in balance and resolving some apparent contradictions. The nature of the Godhead is not a central theme in Scripture. Where it is discussed it reveals three equal beings, all existing from eternity, one in purpose and mind in ways impossible for created beings.

The central issue in Scripture is the function of the Godhead. This is always described in descending rank from the Father to the Son to the Spirit. This is the way the Godhead wants all created beings to approach them. The Father is the ultimate authority; the Son is the visible representative to created beings; the Spirit is the invisible presence with all created beings.

The Father even had to explain to angels the difference between Christ and Lucifer, since both had similar functions. If this could be misunderstood in heaven, it is easy to see why we have problems understanding the Godhead.

Christ always directs attention to the Father. He takes a secondary role. The Spirit always directs attention to the Father and the Son. He is almost invisible most of the time.

The members of the Godhead are equal in nature and attributes, but are unequal in function and rank as they relate to created beings.

Part E–Adventist History

The Godhead has chosen to reveal itself gradually to the human race. This was apparently not one of the crucial issues for the redemption of mankind.

In the Old Testament Yahweh was the personal name for God. The name was interchangeable for the Father and the Son. The Spirit was unknown. There were indications of plurality in the Godhead, but the emphasis was on one God–Yahweh.

In the New Testament Christ was revealed as the Word of God, the Son of God. The Holy Spirit was revealed as the Comforter, the Advocate. The emphasis was on three Beings in one Godhead, descending in rank and function from the Father to the Son to the Spirit.

Early Adventists were concerned with the sanctuary and the 2300 days, the Bible over tradition, the seventh-day Sabbath, and there was not much study or revelation about the Trinity.

The Trinity in the early 1800’s was a mixture of Bible, medieval philosophy, and early church councils. The Christian Connection, a Protestant organization, concluded that the Trinity was Catholic and unscriptural. Joseph Bates and James White were associated with the Christian Connection. Because the Trinity doctrine apparently made the Father and the Son identical, it was rejected by our pioneers.

God was apparently satisfied to leave things this way until the 1890’s, the time when the final generation was to be formed.

Ellen White was in Australia, when W.W. Prescott visited there. He developed a new style of evangelism based on righteousness by faith and the character of God (the 1888 message). He spent time working with Ellen White, and he began to question the pioneeer’s teaching on the deity of Christ and the Godhead. A.G.Daniells supported his new direction. At the same time Ellen White was putting Desire of Ages together, in which she differed sharply with the pioneers on the preexistence of Christ.

M.L. Andreasen had just become an Adventist four years earlier. He said later that some leaders doubted that Ellen White had really written “original, unborrowed, underived.” In 1902 he made a special trip to California to investigate this for himself, and he found these statements in her own handwriting. Because of her influence and the new studies on the Godhead, Adventist theology on the Godhead took a different direction from some of the pioneers.

Why did this happen so late in Adventist history? Apparently God had an order of priority for introducing truth to the new church. He introduced publishing work in the 1840’s, church organization in the 1850’s, health reform in the 1860’s, and righteousness by faith in the 1880’s. God paced the introduction of new truth to preserve the unity of the church. Knowing the character of God was a higher priority than knowing the nature of God.

Now some are advocating a return to the pioneer’s anti-Trinity position. The most dangerous aspect of this is the question raised by its chief advocate. Did Ellen White really write all that has been published under her name? Whenever we find something in her writings which contradicts our beliefs we find some acceptable reason to set her aside. This is the heart of higher criticism. It makes her writings of none effect, since our beliefs take priority over inspiration. This is the essence of the churches of Babylon. One person commented, “Ellen G. White was inspired by God in almost all her writings, but either she or someone messed with her writings.” In this case everyone is free to pick and choose whatever agrees his or her opinions.

Perhaps even conservative Adventists will have to decide between the authority of God and the authority of men.

Dennis Priebe is a Seventh-day Adventist minister, with 50 years experience as a pastor, a teacher, and seminar speaker. Eleven years were spent as a college professor at Pacific Union College, and 30 years as a seminar speaker for Amazing Facts. He has been married for 50 years to Kay, and they have one son, Matthew. Over 900 seminars have been held in churches and schools around the U.S. He has written several books and booklets, with many audio and video tapes on these topics. His one desire is to prepare people for what he believes to be the very soon return of Jesus to this world.

UNITED IN ERROR: THE FALSE COMMISSION AND THE UNITY OF FAITH


One of the most liberating statements in the Bible is found in the Book of Ephesians, saying, “And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be  children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness by which they lie in wait to deceive, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ” (Ephesians 4:11–15). This is a statement of utmost importance because it is a promise from God that, at some point before the second coming of Jesus Christ, there will be a unity of faith, regardless of the endless lists of denominations and doctrines that are obtainable in Christendom today. It is important to note that this statement is not a vague reference to having faith in Jesus Christ which the whole of Christendom seem to share at present, but it pertains to the very elements of the Christian faith, making specific reference to doctrines and truth and deception, saying, “we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness by which they lie in wait to deceive, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ”.

As a matter of fact, this is in reference to believers who will come out of spiritual Babylon (Revelation 18:1–4), whose root word is “Babel”, which means confusion; the exact state of Christendom today. During the time of trouble, and in the day that God will pour out his plagues upon apostate Christianity, referred to as Babylon in Revelation 18, believers who are truly Christ’s sheep would have heard His voice, to come out of every wind of doctrine and the trickery of men, and they will, though in the minority, unite in the truth. “I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own. And the other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd” (John 10:14, 16). As previously noted, this is not just about a  unity of faith in Jesus Christ, but a unity of doctrine and truth, and thus, Christ was not only referring to those outside the Christian faith, but also to Christians practicing heresy as truth and deceived by the trickery of men. The Book of Revelation, the last book of the Bible that describes events upon the earth prior to the second coming of Jesus Christ, tells us clearly that this unity of faith will be based on one thing: the remnant who come out of apostate Christendom and keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ (Revelation 12:17; 14:12).

It is interesting to note that the original plan of God in the New Covenant is that believers come to a point where they will need no one to teach them about God’s word. “For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel: After those days,” says the LORD, “I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. None of them shall teach his neighbour, and none his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them. For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more” (Jeremiah 31:31–34; Hebrews 8:10–13). This is the reality of the New Covenant, but how can believers have no need of teachers when they despise the Law of God, or when they continue in sin that grace may abound. “Oh, how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day. You, through Your commandments, make me wiser than my enemies; For they are ever with me. I have more understanding than all my teachers for Your testimonies are my meditation. I understand more than the ancients, because I keep Your precepts” (Psalms 119:97–100). “Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it” (Romans 6:1, 2)? Even, the Holy Spirit, to whom many Christians excuse their refusal to acknowledge the Ten Commandments, calling the Holy Spirit their Teacher, which is true, is supposed to convict the world of sin (John 16:7–11). And sin is the transgression of the law (1 John 3:4, KJV); the law in question here being the Ten Commandments, which is the only law that defines sin; not any other law. All the commandments found therein will remain throughout eternity, including the fourth commandment (Isaiah 66:22, 23).

The other definitions of sin as found in the Bible such as the unbelief in Christ (John 16:9), knowing how to do good and failing to do so (James 4:17), and the lack of faith (Romans 14:23) does not say anything different altogether. Jesus Christ said, “If you love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15), meaning unbelief in Christ is unbelief in His commandments. The Ten Commandments defines good and bad, meaning failure to keep it is failure to do good. Truly, the matter of sin seems to be broader than the Ten Commandments, with Jesus Christ Himself alluding to this through a number of statements in Matthew 5:20–28 where He says adultery begins in the heart and anger against others is as punishable as murder. However, Jesus Christ only went beyond the letter of the law to the spirit of the law, preparing us for the ministry of the Holy Spirit, who will guide us into all truth, and further interpret to us the commandments of God. The lack of faith as seen in Romans 14:23 is, perhaps, the only definition of sin that has to be understood in the context of the passage, yet, faith has everything to do with adhering to the commandments of God.

While the persecuted minority, referred to as the woman in Revelation 12:17, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus unite in the truth as the true church before the second coming of Jesus Christ, the great majority in Christendom will likewise unite in error, such that at the second coming of Jesus Christ, there will be only two groups in the religious and secular world: those who receive the mark of the beast and are united in error under the rule of the Antichrist and those who receive the seal of God and are united in the truth under Jesus Christ. The devil, referred to as the dragon in the Book of Revelation (Revelation 12:9, 17), through the Antichrist and the False Prophet, carefully identified in my new book (see below), will together with the deceived majority who are united in error and have received the mark of the beast, go after the lives of the minority who are united in the truth (Revelation 14:6–13). Also, during this period, the united majority will further be deceived by false prophets and teachers who perform signs and wonders in order to deceive even the very elect, just as it is today.

As controversial as this may sound, some of the signs that followed the disciples of Jesus and the early Christians may not be as present today amongst the true followers of God. This is because of the time that we are in; it is the judgment hour, wherein the investigative judgement has begun in heaven, and Christ return is more imminent than ever. Thus, the Holy Spirit, who gives spiritual gifts as He wills (1 Corinthians 12:11), may rather give certain gifts to men at this period, such as the gift of wisdom, the gift of knowledge, the gift of faith, the gift of prophecy, the gift of discerning of spirits, and the gift of different kinds of tongues, which are perhaps the most needed gifts in the church at this period. As God’s children go about preaching the everlasting Gospel of Revelation 14:6–12, about the hour of judgement that has come upon the world, and the time of trouble that is nigh, the devil and his agents are also everywhere performing signs and wonders in the appearance of men of God (1 John 4:1; Matthew 7:15; Matthew 7:21). Thus, the gift of working of miracles may be withdrawn from the church at this point so as to differentiate the true followers of God who keep the commandments of God and have the faith of Jesus from the devil’s agents who performs signs and wonders, but fail to keep the commandments of God. As the time of trouble draws nearer, during which the man of sin, the Antichrist, will be fully revealed, it may be very hard to find the true followers of Christ performing signs and wonders, but it will be commonplace to find the true followers of Christ preaching the everlasting Gospel of Revelation 14 about the Antichrist, and the need for the followers of Christ to add to their faith in Christ, the keeping of God’s commandments.

Even so, in preparation for this period, the False Commission is ever present today, as extensively shown in my new book (see below), of the doctrines of devils on every fundamental doctrine in Christendom, such as the Old Covenant, the New Covenant, the Trinity, salvation, death and resurrection, heaven and hell, rapture, judgment, the Antichrist and the False Prophet, tongues, the dispensation of grace, and the ministry of the Holy Spirit. Yet, the Great Commission is not over and true apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers, by speaking the truth in love, will equip the saints for the work of ministry of the everlasting Gospel, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness by which they lie in wait to deceive. Even now, “the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them” (Romans 1:18, 19).

*The content of this post is based on my new book, “The Believer’s Dilemma: Questions that beg for answers” which is available on Amazon and Smashwords as from November 27, 2016. To make a purchase of the book after its release on November 27, 2016 and have liberating answers to many of your questions on Christianity’s most controversial topics on salvation, some of which are listed below, visit these links: Amazon Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N044LKV Smashwords (pdf): https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/671686 Our next stop for this tour is the Facebook Group G on 26/11/16. Here are the links to the previous parts of this tour:

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The author of “The Believer’s Dilemma: Questions that beg for answers”, Samson O. Fidimaye, is a published author, literature evangelist, and missionary, who started to write from an early age. His childhood encounters with Jesus and frequent personal study of the Bible capped a dramatic turn of events in his spiritual life, having gone to an Arabic school and completed the Quran as a teenager. Now, after two university management degrees and a number of published books, mission is still a labour of love for him. His missionary work has led him to found a start-up non-governmental organisation, Mission to Neighbours Nigeria (MNN), Abuja, Nigeria, whose mission is to help alleviate poverty and suffering amongst the less privileged in the Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria, while bringing them to Christ. You can visit his website http://www.sofidimaye.org to learn more about him and his projects. His latest book answers questions such as “Who is really the Antichrist?” “How Can I Be Saved?” “Can the Bible Really Be Understood?” “Can We Really Understand the Doctrine of the Trinity?” “Who Is Jesus Christ?” “How Will God Judge the World?” “What is the Place of the Ten Commandments in the New Covenant?” “How Will The Rapture Take Place?” “When and what is The Time of Trouble?” and others.

By Samson O. Fidimaye based on the book “The Believer’s Dilemma: Questions that beg for answers”

SIN IS ENJOYABLE


Let us sincerely face the reality. Many of us, like me, go to God crying:

“LORD forgive me my sin. Help me to overcome this sin and habits that do easily beset me. I am tired of this sin. Please save me” and so on and so forth.

There is nothing wrong asking God for forgiveness, the grace to overcome and salvation from sin. In fact there is nothing more that he speedily gives to us than forgiveness of sin if it is from a genuine heart.

But the sad fact is, not too long after this prayer we often find ourselves committing the selfsame sin, even in a greater magnitude than before and we tend to wonder:

“Why me Lord? Why? Why have you allowed me to fall into this mess again? Didn’t you forgive me? Didn’t you cleanse me not quite long? Why me Lord?”

Well the answer is simple.

It is impossible for you and I to repent of that SIN or HABIT from the heart when we enjoy committing it.

Who will deny the fact that SIN is the most enjoyable act in the world. I mean, it is the most sweetest and enticing act to indulge in. Am talking from personal experience and facts.

We dont commit sin because we hate it, rather we commit sin because we enjoy it. If SIN, no matter the magnitude, either secret sin or open sin, is not enjoyable definitely none of us will ever commit it except we are not in our right senses.

QUESTION TO PONDER UPON:

I want you to pause for a moment and just imagine within your mind the greatest thing you hate the most with disgusting hatred in this world. If SIN was to be that thing would you commit it?

It is a fact that many of us wouldn’t commit it because we hate that very thing. So therefore, we need to accept the fact that sin is enjoyable. Whenever a sinner is drawn by the loving kindness of God to come before the throne of mercy, he or she must confess how much he enjoys committing this sin.

We need to be honest with God. This is what He needs from us- honesty. We need to quit playing games with God, deceiving ourselves. He knows all things. He knows us more than we know ourselves. He knows the recess of our hearts. He knows when we are honest or not.

SWEET TEMPTATION

The reason why a man, after confessing his sins and asking for cleansing and forgiveness, would after this go back to commit the same sin is because he enjoys the sin.

“But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.” James 1:14-15

It is true we are in a world that is bent to sin. It is also true that some temptations are more from without than within. But it is equally true that temptation to sin in most cases would not arise if, in the first place, we don’t desire or long to have it. Temptation to commit a particular sin occur as a result of us enjoying the sin when we first committed it. The desire and longing to partake in the sin is still lurking in the recess of our hearts even when we go to God to confess them because we enjoied it. It is a fact that many of us make provision for most of the sin that we commit. No wonder Paul warned:

“. . . make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.” Romans 13:14

It is said of Moses:

“By faith Moses . . Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season” Heb 11:24-25.

Moses refuse to enjoy the pleasures of sin. He chose to partake in the suffering of Christ than to enjoy sin for a season.

Let us carefully read this inspired commentary:

“It is true that Satan is the great originator of sin; yet this does not excuse any man for sinning; for he cannot force men to do evil. He tempts them to it, and makes sin look enticing and pleasant; but he has to leave it to their own wills whether they will do it or not. He does not force men to become intoxicated, neither does he force them to remain away from religious meetings; but he presents temptations in a manner to allure to evil, and man is a free moral agent to accept or refuse.”–Testimony for the Church, Vol. 2, p. 294, par. 1.

As we approach the throne of mercy in prayer, we need to confess the reality that we chose to commit a particular sin at our will because we enjoy the pleasures of sin. We need to include in our prayers that we acknowledge the fact that we love sin and enjoy it.

“Conversion is a work that most do not appreciate. It is not a small matter to transform an earthly, sin-loving mind and bring it to understand the unspeakable love of Christ, the charms of His grace, and the excellency of God, so that the soul shall be imbued with divine love and captivated with the heavenly mysteries. When he understands these things, his former life appears disgusting and hateful. He hates sin, and, breaking his heart before God, he embraces Christ as the life and joy of the soul. He renounces his former pleasures. He has a new mind, new affections, new interest, new will; his sorrows, and desires, and love are all new. The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye, and the pride of life, which have heretofore been preferred before Christ, are now turned from, and Christ is the charm of his life, the crown of his rejoicing. Heaven, which once possessed no charms, is now viewed in its riches and glory; and he contemplates it as his future home, where he shall see, love, and praise the One who hath redeemed him by His precious blood.”–Testimony for the Church, Vol. 2, p. 294, par. 1.

We should pray thus:

“LORD I know sin is sweet, enjoyable and dwells in the recess of my heart, Help me learn how to hate sin with perfect hatred. Please uproot the desire to sin out of my heart. Eliminate the carnal mind that often lead me to partake in transgression. Implant in me the love for righteousness. Amen!”

Jesus “loved righteousness, and hated iniquity” let us therefore earnestly ask for the mind of Christ to hate sin with terrible hatred. Heb 1:9

 

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