Sermon 81 "Negative Affirmations for Christian Growth"

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Positive affirmations are counter-productive when they conceal from your awareness negative aspects of your self that must be confronted and eliminated.

Seeker-sensitive false prophets tend to shun all talk of sin, repentence, and reckoning ourselves to be dead unto sin but alive unto God.

They want to convince people that God sees nothing bad in them. God sees them as inherently fine and dandy. He just wants to polish them up a bit.

This perversion of the gospel appeals to the smug arrogance of the fallen, sinful human nature. It speaks to people who don't want to go through the painful process of struggling to overcome sin in their lives.

If we have no truly negative qualities, if we are perfect just as we are, then why did Jesus say "Repent" so often, and why are our prisons and mental hospitals full?

Why did God punish Moses by not letting him into the Promised Land? Why does the Old Testament talk so often about the wrath and anger of God? Why does the New Testament speak of examining ourselves and testing the spirits? Why does the book of Revelation talk about God's vengeance upon evil rulers and followers of the Anti Christ?

Why does the Bible speak of a devil and wicked men, if there is nothing evil in human hearts and society? Why did Jesus cast out demons?

Let's examine what the Bible says about us that is negative but therapeutic. If we deny our imperfections and think we can assume a self-righteousness that is contrary to God's Word, we will not be able to attain true spirituality.

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