John Knox Presbyterian Church (USA) 452 Cummings Lane N PO Box 20968 Keizer, OR 97307 503-393-0404
Rev. Dr. John Neal, Pastor
We invite you to worship with us Sundays at 10:30 am.
Sunday School for children ages 4 through 8th grade is at 9:15 am during the school year, and adult education begins at 9:15 am.
We look forward to seeing you!
Our pastor, The Reverend Dr. John Neal.
I received a note recently that asked: “Is there a sin that God does not forgive?” The proper understanding of the Christian doctrine of sin is very important not only for our spiritual well-being but for our mental health as well. Any discussion of sin always brings up what C.S. Lewis called “the dilemma of personal faith” where those who need to hear grace in relation to sin only hear judgment and those who need to take judgment more seriously only hear grace!
First of all we need to look at 1 John 1: 8-9, If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves , and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Sin is the inner or outer actions or choices that reflect rebellion against God or apathy toward God. We refer to one such action as a sin (note the use of the article) . Before a sin is an action or even a thought, feeling, or desire, however, sin (absolute, no article) is an all-pervasive condition of our lives.
The entire Christian gospel announces over and over again that Jesus Christ came into the world to redeem the world from the power of sin. Thus we are told that all have fallen short of the glory of God but the faithfulness of God is shown in the love and goodness that God expresses in continually forgiving all our sins and that nothing stops this grace. As the reformers remind us—we are to be called forgiven sinners (always sinners and always forgiven).
Back to our original question, God’s forgiveness does not depend upon us, and thus there are not any sins that God can’t forgive. Even if we commit the same sin over and over again, God is faithful and forgives. It may be hard to accept, but the good news is that God’s forgiveness is dependable and that forgiveness covers all and takes care of all.
Looking for you in worship -
In the love of Christ,
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."