The question of sin (3 of 4)

Eilers Pizza

God’s Word, which is my preferred term for the Holy Bible, makes clear what is and is not the Lord’s will for our lives. As my very first seminary professor continually reminded us, when we are not clear on something it is due to our weakness and not from God’s being indistinct.

Smoking can get people, um, smoking. Since God’s Word does not speak to it, most of Christianity leaves it in the arena of personal decision. When I would teach religion to middle-schoolers, I would make two columns on the whiteboard and have the kids list the positives and negatives of smoking. The negatives side contained the typical things like cancer, emphysema, addiction, and expense. The positives side? It was blank. When they wanted me to write, “It tastes good,” I would, but then I would make arrows to all of the negatives. Of course, I did not want…

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5 thoughts on “The question of sin (3 of 4)

  1. eilerspizza says:

    I admire you, Brad, for posting these, even more so when I know, from your comments on my blog, that you hold some thoughts which differ from mine. In all things, I pray that we are holding a God-pleasing discussion.

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    • The Author says:

      These are issues which need to be discussed, Greg and people aren’t discussing them. I realize that we may have differing opinions, perhaps even strongly differing opinions (what can I say, I’m pig headed), but as long as we’re not degrading into verbal abuse, I’d say our discussions are God pleasing. It’s a tough issue and we’re bound to disagree on parts of it. I’m sure there will be a point that comes where we fiercely disagree. It’s bound to happen on such a topic eventually.

      You’re doing the hard work, Greg. I’m just calling things as I see them.

      I hope the people who do comment on my reposting’s, however, take the time to read the comments on your blog. I’ve gotten a few comments on the last couple I resposted. I don’t know if you’ve read them. I notice that I don’t get notified when you respond to my comments on your blog so I have to go back and look manually.


  2. John J Flanagan says:

    The writer is hung up on “gender dysphoria” and is seeking some affirmation to take the sinfulness out of it and to justify it. That is the case, pure and simple, and all of the individual illustrations mentioned are weak attempts to get the approval of others. If the word of God tells you not to do something, and you do it anyway, you cannot continue to argue the matter. God has already addressed it….but the writer doesn’t like the Lord’s point of view, and that is not the place to be if you profess to be a Christian and a follower.


    • eilerspizza says:

      I understand this all is very troubling, John, but do not sin against me by assuming you know my motives. I have a forgiving heart, but I also encourage you to repent.

      I love the Lord’s point of view! I hate myself, I hate my weakness, I hate that I have been driven to where I am.

      I don’t give a hoot what the opinions of man are. If you knew me, you would know that. If you knew me when I was a pastor in the parish, you would know that.

      I am striving to know the Lord’s will, what this condition is, and how to deal with it.

      I pray that you are never in a fix so great as this, that you have others judging your words harshly, as you have mine. Lord, have mercy on all of us.


  3. eilerspizza says:

    John, I await your repentance. If you are Lutheran, you know the meaning to the Eighth Commandment. You have not put the best construction on my words but have hurt my reputation by saying, “The writer is hung up on ‘gender dysphoria’ and is seeking some affirmation to take the sinfulness out of it and to justify it. That is the case, pure and simple…”


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