Gospel Thought: We can’t turn from sin, unless we turn to Christ

Any attempt to turn away from sin without turning first to Christ, guarantees defeat.  We will fail (Romans 7:21-25).  This is a fleshly, worldly repentance that is without power and without hope.  Turning away from sin without first turning to Christ only turns me to even greater sin.  Turning away from sin without first turning to Christ, turns to me toward pride, self-effort, and cold religious duty.  Turning away from sin without turning to Christ, thrusts me into shame, casts me into anger, and drives me into isolation.  Turning away from sin without first turning to Christ, leads me to a cave of despair where I contemplate the hopeless prospect of cutting off my hands just after I gouge out my eyes with a spoon.

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