Okay, so I felt led to share this bible study recap over a week ago but decided not to because I thought I had done enough "Christ-centered" posts lately. In my rebellion, I ended up posting nothing at all. I know delayed compliance is still disobedience and for that I do repent.
As I have stated before, the young adult bible study that I facilitate is studying The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis. Below is a quick overview of what we discussed in our latest examination of the 12th letter.
Screwtape (demon) advises Wormwood (demon in training) to apply these tactics to keep the patient (a Christian) in their camp.
- go slow with the patient as not to allow him to see that he is slipping away from God’s presence
- make the patient feel that his little indiscretions are minor, trivial (no big deal, there are worse sins), and can be stopped at any time.
- allow him to still participate in his Christian rituals such as attend Sunday service and take communion though not developing a true relationship with God or growing spiritually
- allow the patient to enjoy the world’s so called pleasures; allow him to believe they are not hurting anyone.
- keep him busy in his church duties that he hates and keep him distracted with meaningless distractions.
Some Christians use the scripture below as an excuse/crutch-
Romans 3:23- for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (but remember)
Romans 8:7-8- The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. 8 Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God (and)
1 John 1:6- If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth (also)
1 John 1:8-10-If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us. (but our hope is in/the good news is. . .)
1 John 2:1-My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.
Is this a word in season for you?