Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Warren on Cavuto

I saw Rick Warren on Fox Business tonight. Cavuto's intro went something like this
Who better to help with the purpose of life than the man who's Purpose Driven Life drove millions to change theirs... niether left nor right, sort of omnipresent.

In asking him what was wrong with American business, he gave all "normal" and "safe" answers. "Whispers to us in our pleasure but he shouts to us in our pain", "there's a lot of guilt being carried around", "we have been living beyond our means." But he stopped short of saying "sin." Now, I know as well as anyone that "sin" has become archaric and even quaint so using the term may have not gotten his point across, but it is at the root of all human guilt-pain-living. Isn't it?

First chapter of Instruments in the Redeemer's Hands by Paul David Tripp gives this insight:

Sin does three things to us.
  1. Rebellion: Sin causes us to do wrong.
  2. Foolishness: Sin causes us to think wrong
  3. Weakness: Sin removes our ability to do right
God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God. Romans 8:3-8
#3 Human beings are too weak to do right even when we want to, and not even God's law can prop it up enough to make right choices because #1 Our flesh and bones are corrupt and do not seek by action the things of God but the things of the flesh and #2 Our minds have been corrupted to the point that it is rebellious and unsubmissive and hostile to God. Warren is well intentioned, but a sinful human that lives with in their means is still going to hell. No-one outside of sin-condemning flesh of the Crucified One can ever be declared or do right.

As far as I can tell Paul David Tripp has never been on Cavuto but it seems he would cut through the fog and get right to point.

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