by Ernest Liu
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  • Random Snippets
    • Work that Brain
      I felt the urge to partake in a session of epic facepalming as I watched a single atheist tear apart a handful of Christians on a forum.
    • CBM and the Spiritual High
      Campers and counselors are excited, because in the next two weeks, we’re gonna rock the grounds at CBM Camp! It’s that time of year when we get a taste of Heaven, where we rejoice among saints without distraction. Many of […]
    • Eternally Focused
      Reading about this kind of crazy love Francis has for Lisa is quite extraordinary. Often times we are compelled to have a Christ-centered relationship, but what does that really look like? It looks weird… really weird. From what I see in the Scriptures, it is extreme and counter-cultural.
  • The Malignancy of Sin

    Hell makes a lot more sense when you get past the elementary understanding of “eternal fire.” The thing that really burns in Hell is often misunderstood…

    I recently started reading the book Respectable Sins. In chapter three it reads:

    “Another term for cancer is malignancy. Medically, the word malignant describes a tumor of potentially unlimited growth that expands locally into adjoining tissue by invasion and systemically by metastasizing into other areas of the body. Left alone, a malignancy tends to infiltrate and metastasize throughout the entire body and will eventually cause death. No wonder cancer and malignant are such dreaded words.

    Sin is a spiritual and moral malignancy. Left unchecked, it can spread throughout our entire inner being and contaminate every area of our lives.”1

    In Hell, God is no longer present to help you suppress your sin. It grows like a cancer, just like it did on Earth, but without restraint and for eternity. It invades every fiber of your soul until your burning pride, anger, selfishness, frustration, anxiety, and worldliness consumes you. But it doesn’t end. It never ends. Spiritual malignancy is eternal.

    The longer I live, the more I realize how sinfully capable I am and how lost my soul would be without the sanctification granted by my Savior. I can only begin to imagine where my sin would take me if given an eternity. And it’s not pretty.

    Thanks for the sacrifice, God.

    1Bridges, Jerry (2014-02-01). Respectable Sins: Confronting the Sins We Tolerate (p. 23). NavPress. Kindle Edition.