Why I Love the Church That Talks About Sin

Mar 28, 2023 by

By Rynn Driver, TGC.  (Editor’s note: A testimony that highlights the importance of preaching the truth about sin and the transformative power of the gospel)

I “accepted Jesus into my heart” for the first time when I was about 5 years old. At that point, I’d already been affected by sexual sin—sin that would seep deep into my mind and heart as I grew. During my childhood and early teen years, I was addicted to finding any sexually explicit image I could set my eyes on. The electronic tools I had access to made this dark pursuit simple and largely covert.

Amid my secret rebellion against God and my parents, I attended church each week with my family. I thought I was a Christian because of the decision I made when I was 5. But I never prayed or read the Bible outside of church and had no desire to. I never understood the gospel. The truth is, I wasn’t a Christian at all.

Struggling Alone

I did know what I was doing was wrong. Guilt over my addiction and an awareness of my powerlessness against it dominated my mind. I was living a life of shame and hopelessness. So I often “recommitted my life to Christ,” thinking my disobedience must stem from my lack of true commitment. With each new resolve, I hoped I’d be able to stop lying to my parents. I hoped I’d no longer struggle with putting down the phone.

I was an immensely broken child in a church that never discussed sin or the transformative power of the gospel. The pastor seemed to have a perfect life. The congregants dressed and spoke exactly the way you’d expect from perfect Christians.

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