Had a good conversation with a sharp and godly guy from another church in the PCA yesterday. It mostly centered around him encouraging me in light of our bearing the image of God. He highlighted the reformed tendency to overemphasize sin which tends to result in either a complete denial of our having value in God’s eyes. That we have great value in the Lord’s eyes is clear from Jesus’ own words in Matthew 10:29-31:
29Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. 30But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. 31Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.
Nonetheless, reading Owen’s mortification of sin has awakened me to the woeful deceit that I have swallowed in taking my sin lightly, and in considering the diligent killing of it to be excessive. So, here is my thought in response.
Diminishing the mortification end of the spectrum is a very dangerous thing to do, since our flesh, the world and the enemy long for us to close our eyes to it. Often, the problem is not the over emphasis on the sinfulness of sin, but our repsonse to it (despair, not confession and hope) and false implications we draw from it (man is worthless in the eyes of God, ignoring God’s image on man). It is good to expose the cancer creeping up into our souls, but it is not good to ignore what good the Lord has wrought up until now.