I recently read that during the fall of Cambodia the Communists used a simple but very effective way of controlling their prisoners as they forced them to walk through the jungle.  Using a long needle they would thread something like fish line through the palms of each of their captives.  If a prisoner lagged behind or tried escaping, the pain would be excruciating for all.

     When people think of being under sin’s bondage they often think of the “big and dirty” sins like murder, adultery, addictions.  They picture sin’s bonds as heavy duty chains.  But the devil is smart.  He often controls people like those Communists in Cambodia controlled their captives – with slender threads of pride, bitterness, and the like.  One of his most common “threads” is self righteousness.  That was the thread the devil used to bind the Pharisees of Jesus’ day.

     What is so devious about all this is that it’s very difficult for both the person bound and others to see that they are truly captives. Often nothing looks amiss.  Things look good.  So much so that the captive doesn’t even try to escape and thus doesn’t feel much pain.  Life is not that bad.  But whether their bonds are seen or not, they are captives of sin and are walking on the broad way that leads to destruction.     

     They too need to be rescued.  That is what Jesus did.  He came and defeated the devil.  He broke sin’s power.  He cut the bonds enslaving us.  “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part the same, that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.” (Hebrews 2: 14-15)

     It is my prayer that everybody sees that all sins – even the nearly invisible ones – are deadly. That they not only see them, but then see that in Jesus and in him alone, is deliverance.

7 Responses to “CAPTIVITY OF SIN”

  1. 1 Echo
    September 22, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    I heard this just yesterday: We don’t have a right to call ourselves “Christian” unless “ALL” our sins are forgiven. Afterall, Jesus came to save “HIS people” from their sins.

    Mathew 1:21 “She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”

    1 John 2:12 “I write to you, dear children, because your sins HAVE been forgiven on account of his name.”

    What awesome deliverance! We HAVE been forgiven on account of his name.

  2. September 23, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    Another wonderful post, Mark. Thank you.

    Jesus spoke out much against hypocricy and the self righteousness of the “religious”.

    This problem exists today.

    Sin is sin is sin.

    God bless,

  3. 3 ADB
    September 24, 2009 at 3:17 am

    I wouldn’t anticipate too many comments from the LDS on this one. My experience has been that once you start talking specifics about sin and guilt and how they apply to each of us individually, most Mormons tend to clam up. Not a fun topic for them.

  4. 4 Echo
    September 24, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Under the belief system of Mormonism, it is understandable why Mormons clam up on the topic of sin and guilt. I can sympathize with their fear just from looking back on my own life prior to being brought to faith in Jesus.

    I have never been a Mormon, but Mormonism has the same belief system on the topic of “how we enter God’s presence” as the UNbelieving world does. That false belief being: that if we overcome our sin, or try our best, we will make ourselves acceptable to God.

    When a Mormon or an UNbeliever hear about their sin and guilt, naturally they can only be afraid. The law, God’s law, doesn’t bring “life” to sinners, it only brings God’s wrath to sinners. Sinners deserve only God’s wrath. Sinners cannot make themselves acceptable to God. This is what causes all the fear for UNbelievers as well as Mormons.

    Point out the sin of a Mormon to that Mormon and generally you get an angry or very defensive or even retributive response. Yet I sympathize with these very Mormons and I still do hold these Mormons dear to my heart. That’s an understandable response even though it is not a Godly response. It is understandable because it is rooted in the belief system of Mormonism wherein you have to make yourself acceptable to God. Pointing out the sin and guilt of a Mormon causes fear and discomfort in Mormons because it is showing him how he is falling short in making himself acceptable to God.

    Christians on the other hand have no fear in discussing sin and guilt when their eyes are focused on Jesus, the one who freed them from sin and guilt.
    A christian knows with certainty that his sins, ALL HIS SINS, are forgiven because of what Jesus has done. When a Christian has his sin pointed out to him, he need not get angry nor defensive nor retributive. He can openly admit his sin because he knows that in Christ, all his sins have been forgiven.

    As Christians, our sins still cause us much discomfort, but only because we have sinned against such a great God as this. A God who has given us the certainty that ALL our sins HAVE been forgiven and that we HAVE already been accepted by God all because of Jesus and what he alone has done. We don’t have any discomfort caused by fear that we are falling short of making ourselves acceptable to God.

  5. 5 jesuslover
    September 24, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    Echo wrote: “Mormonism has the same belief system on the topic of “how we enter God’s presence” as the UNbelieving world does. That false belief being: that if we overcome our sin, or try our best, we will make ourselves acceptable to God.”

    That’s so true! The verse in 1 Corintians 1:18 comes to mind: “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.”

    It simply sounds foolish to people that are perishing to think that Jesus did it all because the world teaches “God helps those who help themselves” which is the biggest lie and found nowhere in the bible!

  6. 6 Echo
    September 24, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    Great post Jesuslover and filled with truth. I agree that nowhere in the Bible is it taught that God helps those who help themselves. The truth from the Bible is that God helps those who CANNOT help themselves:

    Luke 18:13-14 “”But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’ “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

  7. 7 ADB
    October 7, 2009 at 4:12 pm


    Hmmm … I wonder if the lack of responses could mean that your blog has served its purpose. Apparently the Holy Spirit has been working on the hearts of many of your readers and is leading them to see their Savior Jesus in a whole new light! One can hope and pray.

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