Let me die rather than continue in sin.

June 27, 2010

Jesus taught us to take sin seriously.  In fact, He taught that we should hate our sin so much that we would be willing to go without what seems necessary for life. Are you willing to tear out your right eye or cut off your right hand in your struggle against idolatry?  If being holy isn’t that meaningful to you, you’ll never win the battle against idolatry …

Kay Arthur tells the story of a Pastor Hsi, who was brought to Christ under the ministry of Hudson Taylor in China.  Hsi was an opium addict who, upon his conversion, knew that he must give up his habit.  After days of fighting and warring with Satan’s temptations, which included the fear of pain or death and the pleasures that just one puff of opium would bring, he said, “Devil, what can you do against me?  My life is in the hands of God.  And truly I am willing to break off opium and die, but not willing to continue in sin and live.”  In the moments of his greatest suffering he would frequently groan out loud: “Though I die, I will never touch it again!”  That’s the kind of repentance that you’ll need to put on in order to crush your idols.  This struggle is fierce because your idols and the sins that flow from them bring you pleasure — perhaps as much pleasure as Hsi experienced at his opium pipe — and these pleasures calm the fears that have sunk their claws so deeply into your heart.  You must be able to say with Hsi, “I might die in this struggle, but I’m not willing to continue in sin and live.”

(Elyse Fitzpatrick, Idols of the Heart: Learning to Long for God Alone, pp. 181-182)


2 Responses to “Let me die rather than continue in sin.”

  1. David Says:

    Sounds like another book for the wish-list!

  2. tia Says:


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