Are Christians “WRETCHED” Sinners?
By Jesse Morrell
It is very sad and very telling for any “Christian” to call themselves “wretched.” What a poor testimony of Jesus Christ! What dishonor to His saving grace! If you are going to call yourself “wretched” then please don’t call yourself a “Christian.” It is a very bad reflection upon Christ!
The “wretched” man described in Romans 7 was Paul’s description of an unconverted and yet convicted sinner. Paul’s descriptions of his own Christian life was that it was “void of offense” and he described Christians as “free from sin,” “sanctified,” and as “saints.” Our personal testimony should be one of being “Delivered,” not of still being “Wretched.”
For any Christian to apply Romans 7 to their own life and call themselves that “wretched man,” is an admission to being either an unconverted yet convicted sinner or being a backslider who needs to repent and be restored. How sad it is that many in the church today think that Paul’s description of an unconverted sinner convicted by the law is actually describing the Christian life! How horrible it is that many in the church today can “relate” to it as their own current experience! They haven’t yet found the freedom and victory that Paul described at the end of Romans 7 and into Romans 8! They remain stuck when Paul’s narrative progressed!
A “wretched Christian” is a contradiction in terms! But it is no surprise that the modern compromised backslidden church can relate to the wretched experience of Romans 7. Jesus himself said that the Laodicean church was “wretched” in his rebuke to them.”
“And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art WRETCHED, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.” Revelations 3:14-17
Instead of elevating their lives up to the standard of the Bible for a Christian, as outlined in Romans 6, many in the church think that Romans 7 must be the Christian life because “after all, I am a Christian and that is my life.” So instead of using the Bible as their standard for what a Christian is and then judging their life by it, they use their own life as the standard of a Christian and interpret the Bible by it.
So today, are you a wretched sinner or a sanctified saint? Its your choice.