by PJ Salas
ʺThe heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked, who can know it? They are all turned away, they are all together corrupt, and there is none who does good, no, not one.ʺ Jeremiah 17:9. Psalms 14:3.
Sin has corrupted and marred our character, which was perfect before the fall of humanity. God created us in His image (Genesis 1:26), but now that image is soiled, and our inclinations and desires have changed. Instead of naturally looking to God, we look to ourselves, and explore things contrary to Him. We are in rebellion against our Creator, and our human nature is warped (Psalms 14:3).
Often disregarded and forgotten, God is lost to us. Our affection is for self and sin, causing a multitude of grisly problems. We are not inclined toward God, but rather to that which destroys our character and health, our overall well-being, and the environment.
“The earth is polluted under its inhabitants; because they have turned away from the law, changed the commandment, and violated the everlasting covenant.” Isaiah 24:5.
Deviated and Lost
Since our fall from grace, we have become perverse, our thinking distorted, and our understanding darkened. We have deviated and lost our way; and without Jesus there is no hope of finding the path back.
Wondering down the dark and dreary alley of dismay and decline, our immorality and wickedness is boundless. And to those who think that is an overstatement I would say, have you noticed our world. Perversion of every kind is now normal. What is good is considered bad, and that which is bad is regarded as good (Jeremiah 17:9).
"Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter. Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight." Isaiah 5:20, 21.
Our sin-stained characters affect how we live, and how we treat others, the way we handle our environment, and our view of God. We think and act, eat and drink, love and enjoy things that bring us harm. Sin has so perverted us that good seems bad, and bad seems good. There is no end to our wretchedness, nor to the lengths we will go to defend our perverse and twisted behavior (Psalms 53:3).
Our behavior is disturbing. We have severely disfigured our world and degraded our characters (Deuteronomy 32:5). The environment, and all its creatures, are suffering under the wreckage of our actions (Isiah 24:5).
Plants and animals, the waters and grasslands, the atmospheres and people, all are suffering because of the degradation we brought, and continue to bring, upon ourselves through rebellion.
Reaping the Demeaning Effects
The purity in which God created us is gone; and we are reaping the ever demeaning and decaying effects. The truth is, without Jesus we do not know where we are going. Our compass points us in erroneous directions; we are following our perverse ways.
With all our supposed enlightenment, we are more confused than ever. We accept conjecture and theory as fact. We explain our existence as some super explosion, and claim we evolved through natural selection and mutations. Our children are permitted to make decisions about gender and sexuality before they understand what it is, much less comprehend the consequences.
Instead of humbling ourselves, admitting our need, and seeking God for His forgiveness and help, we make excuses for our bad behavior, and legalize our perverted inclinations. The truth is, we want to do what we want to do, and will do anything to legitimize and make our fascinations appear as right and good.
Jesus Is Able to Help Everyone
To say that twisted behavior cannot change because we are born that way is a lie from the pit of hell, from satan himself. The fact is, Jesus died to save everyone (Titus 2:11), each one of us, from ourselves, from our bad and perverse tendencies, whether innate or acquired, whether inborn or learned.
Jesus is well able to help anyone and everyone who will choose to be helped, who will choose to overcome (1 Corinthians 15:57). Right and wrong is a choice; we have a free will. What is good and holy can be chosen, rather than what is ungodly and unscrupulous. We must decide to let Jesus help us in our weakness and perverse longings. When we struggle to choose what is right, Jesus is our help in forsaking all ingrained behavior and thinking (1 John 1:7).
Inclination to Sin
Every human being is born with an inclination to sin, and struggles with some deep-seated propensity, with some attraction that is wrong and harmful. All of us have a predisposition to something that looks good, smells good, sounds good, feels good, or taste good, but is oh so hurtful, iniquitous, and degenerate; it is the nature of our sinful condition. Jesus died especially that those inherent tendencies are conquered.
We all have an affinity for something we should not, but this is no excuse. Our help and hope is Jesus, and what a wonderful hope He is! Innate or otherwise, we can relinquish all sin through Jesus.
Through Jesus Every Sin Can Be Defeated
Whatever our proclivity, whatever we are predisposed to, whether we struggle with pornography, with food, with the desire to be a different gender, with racism and hate, with sexual addiction and perversion, with immorality, with whatever our struggle, whatever natural desires and propensities we have, there is hope and help in Jesus (Psalms 46:1). Through Jesus every sin can be defeated (1 Corinthians 15:57).
Let us walk before our Creator in humility, and not in arrogance. Let us face ourselves with Jesus, and let Him give us the victory over every sin that so easily entangles us (Hebrews 12:1).
Victory in Jesus
It is often said, I can't help it, I was born this way. Truthfully, none of us can help ourselves. We were born in sin and are prone to sin; and depending on our generational proclivity comes forth what we just cannot seem to change, for we were born this way. And for this very reason our Savior gave up His royal robe and regal scepter, left His heavenly home, came to His own creation as one of us, and died in our stead, that we may overcome the most inherent and innate propensities.
We can't help ourselves; but Jesus can help us. Jesus can help you with every sin that is so natural, and so ingrained, that without Him you can't help it. What good news the plan of salvation is, the rescue of every human being who will let Jesus in, and save us, each one, from all our I can't help it, I was born this way.
Regeneration a Must
We all need the re-birth experience that is everlasting, which comes from Jesus at the expense of His own life, that we may have a way of escape from every "I can't help it, I was born this way".
ʺwhoever is born of God overcomes the worldly (ungodly); and this is the victory that overcomes our worldliness, our faith.ʺ 1 John 5:4.
ʺthanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.ʺ 1 Corinthians 15:57.
“God’s grace shines forth, giving light, bringing deliverance to all people; teaching us to refuse ungodliness and worldly longings, to live righteously, godly, and wisely in this present world. Looking for the blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, so He could redeem us (break us free) from all sin, and purify to Himself a special people, zealous for good works.” Titus 2:11-14.
ʺif we walk in the light, as He is in the light…the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses (purges) us from all sin.ʺ 1 John 1:7.