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STOP BLAMING THE DEVIL, TAKE RESPONSIBILITY

 

By Coach Dave Daubenmire
October 28, 2010
NewsWithViews.com

Christians love to blame the Devil for everything. I call it the Gospel according to Flip Wilson.

You remember Flip Wilson, don’t you, and the phrase that he popularized as the cross-dressing Geraldine? “The Devil made me do it.”

We used to laugh at Flip’s characterization of Geraldine’s refusal to take responsibility for her actions. It was funny because we all knew that Geraldine’s problems should not be attributed to the wiles of old Slew-foot, but, rather, to her own willingness to gleefully give in to her sin nature.

Paul told us to “resist the Devil.” Geraldine found it more gratifying to give in to him. Flip Wilson Christianity is permeating America.

Adam was the first person to point the finger. When it was discovered that he had chewed on the apple in Genesis, God demanded an explanation from Adam for his blatant disregard for God’s direct command.

“What’s up with you?” God demanded of Adam. “Well, it was the WOMAN YOU gave me” Adam responds, paraphrasing Geraldine’s passing of the buck by laying the blame first at the feet of Eve, but ultimately at God Himself. The woman YOU gave me.”

We have been pointing the finger at others ever since.

America’s problem is sin. It is not the Devil. Oh, I suppose he and his minions are busy at work trying to deceive, and I don’t underestimate the power of evil, but we are commanded in God’s Word to “overcome evil with good.”

Hmmm...you mean good is more powerful than evil? Yep.

Look, dear Christian, Jesus came to “destroy the works of the Devil.” Although Satan’s power to deceive is legendary, he was defeated at Calvary. Thanks to the Crucifixion, and with all due respect to Flip Wilson, the Devil can no longer “make me do it.” We have no one to blame but ourselves for the mess we find ourselves in.


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In the simplest terms, sin is nothing more than disobedience. Blaming our actions on someone else does not dissolve oneself of the responsibility. No one can make me sin. Not the Devil, not the Congress, and certainly not the Supreme Court. The legalization of sinful behavior does not make it any less sinful. What is legal and what is right are usually not the same.

Calling something legal does not bring absolution. Calling wrong, right, does not make it so.

Sorry Geraldine. It was YOU that made you do it. Stop blaming the Devil.

As we take a quick perusal of the condition of this nation it doesn’t take a doctor to diagnose our national ailment. American does not have a political problem; she has a sin problem. Every “political” issue we find ourselves struggling with can be directly related to the consequence of sinful behavior.

The Devil isn’t destroying America, the people are. Ah a sinful nation laden with lust.....

What’s that stupid bumper sticker I always see... "Christians aren’t perfect, just forgiven." That seems to fly in the face of what Jesus said..."Be ye perfect even as your Father which is in Heaven is perfect." This one thing I know, you’ll never be perfect if you don’t try, and you’ll never stop sinning if you believe Christ’s death gave you a get-out-of-hell-free card.

It is not the Democrats or the liberals; not the “gay agenda” or GLESEN. We love to point our fingers at the abortion industry, the progressives, the welfare mentality, illegal immigration and the Obama administration. The Devil’s kids are to blame for this mess.

Instead of worrying so much about the White House perhaps we should fight to reclaim God’s house. Only by changing the heart of God’s people can real, meaningful reformation ever occur.

It is time Christians stopped passing the buck, pointing the finger, and blaming the Devil. As we are warned in II Chronicles 7:14, the future of this nation lies in the hands of “my people.” The Devil’s kids are just acting like their father. We Christian would be well advised to start acting like ours.

The government invents no fault divorce and now half of the marriages in the church join the parade. Homosexual sodomy is legalized by the Supreme Court and churches rush to ordain them.

“Make love not war” becomes the mantra of a generation and the term “illegitimate” becomes illegitimate. Birth control and abortion go mainstream and Christians trade children for stuff.
The salt has lost his savor and the world has become the salt of the church.

It is hard to hold the line...to do what’s right when no one else is. But what hope does this nation have if those who name the Name of Jesus behave little differently from those who don’t?

“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” I Cor. 10:13

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Clean up your act. Stop acting like a fool. Sin has consequences. Despite what they want you to believe legalizing sin does not make it safe. Facing the Truth is the only way we can become free.

The same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead now indwells your mortal body. Sin is no match for the Savior.

Look in the mirror. We get the government we deserve.
Stop blaming the Devil.

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Coach Dave Daubenmire, founder and President of Pass The Salt Ministries www.ptsalt.com and Minutemen United www.minutemenunited.org, is host of the high octane Pass The Salt radio show heard in Columbus, Ohio.

In 1999 Coach Daubenmire was sued by the ACLU for praying with his teams while coaching high school in Ohio. He now spends his energy fighting for Christian principles in the public domain.

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We used to laugh at Flip’s characterization of Geraldine’s refusal to take responsibility for her actions. It was funny because we all knew that Geraldine’s problems should not be attributed to the wiles of old Slew-foot, but, rather, to her own willingness to gleefully give in to her sin nature.