It is amazing at how far distant these two extremes are; the ones who claim to know God by being the seed of Abraham, and the one who claims to be Abraham's "I Am". If they the chosen are this far off, imagine how far we gentiles are. Previously, we were told of being servants of sin, now we are told of being children of sin. The two are important to understand. Though sin did not create us we are born under sin, we naturally become it's property, there is no free will left to us in this initial transaction. What remains is a limited free will in how that we will serve sin, there is no escape from serving however, there is a bit more leeway as to the means. For one to say that they have never served nor are serving now are truly deceived for it is not within us to serve any other unless serving the Lord in full.
A famous song "Hydee Ho" (Blood Sweat + Tears) played on the radio last night depicting a very popular belief - not being any ones servant/tricking the devil out of the contract owed for ones indulgences but, not serving the Lord either. The belief that one can serve ones self and not have to serve either of the other two is prevalent in modern culture. The imagination that one can trick either entity out of the pleasures and comforts derived is nothing but vain. Often, in times of need we in fact attempt to extort comfort from the Lord without signing. From the Devil's standpoint all he really cares is that you not sign the Lord's contract. Whether you think you've tricked him or that you haven't in turn signed his contract is of little concern to him, even amusing knowing that you are then his.
The crucial mistake of the Reprobate Mind is to reduce sin down to mere actions and to compare actions with other more active sinners. Sin becomes relative rather than legitimate. Sin becomes something one step beyond that the conscience could do but hasn't done yet, thus it can applaud itself for having not done that (even though it has done all of this other). It is justified itself no matter what it has done or hasn't done in beneficial terms.
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