Sin blows devastation into our path. Hating sin, we brandish our weapons to scrap with it. What’s more, we create steps, implement programs, use accountability partners, and start content blockers on the internet among a multitude of other means to kill sin.
This is practical, reasonable, pragmatic, and manifestly wrong. I know many people who fight sin with every method under the sun, yet fail to subdue their foe. Finally, they abjure their spiritual tug-of-war against sin.
What gives? No method, plan, system, steps, persons, helps, accountability partners or anything of that sort will quench your vainglory, your proclivity to wickedness. James 1:21 provides a simple way to snuff out sin.
James says, “Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls” (James 1:21).
First, put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness. Yep. Stop sinning. But that’s the not the whole story.
You do this as you receive God’s already implanted word. According to James 1:18, the word births us to make us the first fruits among God’s creatures. Remembering this word implanted in your soul frees you from the chains of evil.
The word or message that births us (cf. James 1:18) and saves our souls (1:21) is none other than the Gospel, the good news Jesus delivered. So stop sinning by receiving the Gospel humbly. Without this humility to see your sin, you will not kill it.
Want to kill sin? Put away the methods and pick up the Gospel.