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Mercy Christian Counseling

NCCA Licensed Clinical Pastoral Counseling with Temperament

Counselor's Corner

Counselor's Corner

Broken? or Disobedient?

Posted by mercycounseling on February 5, 2018 at 7:05 AM

Recently I heard a radio evangelist explain that the reason we don’t love as we should is because we’re “broken.” As I pondered this for a moment, I realized that I just don’t agree with that, not for Christians, anyway.

I think such a statement denies the power of God and the regenerating grace of Jesus Christ.

In 2 Corinthians 5:17, the scriptures tell us: “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

The false doctrine of continued brokenness for Christians does nothing but keep people in bondage! It is a lie that steals hope at its best, and at its worst excuses people of their sin. We don’t need to excuse ourselves of our sins by false teachings like this. Our sin is forgiven by the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross, and when we receive Him as Savior, “all things become new.”

So let’s not deceive ourselves with the doctrine of brokenness. The sins we commit following salvation are due to the choices we make to be disobedient to the Lord. Learning to walk in agreement with the Spirit is a continual work of sanctification begun at the point of salvation. We are like little children who first learn to crawl, then stand, then walk, then run. Gaining spiritual maturity requires the same kind of drive. Yes, we will stumble – often – but not because we’re broken, only because we are not yet perfected. I think there’s a big difference.

It’s time for Christians to take full responsibility for their choices—choices that leave many with depression, broken marriages, and a whole host of other evidences of wrong thinking. It’s time to trust all of scripture with its lessons and promises and live according to this truth.

And so I reflect back to myself, even more than to you, as a reminder to all of us, these words from 1 Peter 2:1-2:

“Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious.”

To the unsaved person, I say, to those who have not yet accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior: you ARE broken due to the fall of man. Without the indwelling Holy Spirit (given at salvation), there is nothing you can do to please God but are trapped in the bondage of sin. Freedom is found in Jesus Christ. Repent and believe!

But to the saved, I say again: To continue to accept the doctrine of brokenness is to deny the power of God and the grace of regeneration given by Jesus Christ. You are NOT broken. The power of Almighty God given by the Holy Spirit dwells in you to provide the strength and stamina to pursue the road of sanctification. So “do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.” (Romans 12:2)

Peace to all.

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