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The danger with the “how can he sin like that” question is we can categorize some sins as different from others. When we do this, we might exclude ourselves from the problems we all have with life-dominating sins like anger, fear, worry, or gossip.
Indeed, sins are different from a consequential perspective, and God places more weight on some transgressions than others, but if we’re going to be honest with ourselves, we have to admit we all struggle with “sins unique to us,” though they may not make anyone’s top ten list of most heinous sins.
Before I respond to the “why does he sin like that and call himself a Christian” question, I want to address our universal struggle with sin and temptation. Why do we all struggle?
Thus, we know why a Christian sins. The more vital question is, if he is a Christian, how is he accessing the means of grace to change?
If he is not accessing these biblical means of grace and sin has captured him, what is happening? Why is he not changing?
All of us are susceptible to sin’s temptations. We must be careful not to harshly judge those who sin.
Rick launched the Life Over Coffee global training network in 2008 to bring hope and help for you and others by creating resources that spark conversations for transformation. His primary responsibilities are resource creation and leadership development, which he does through speaking, writing, podcasting, and educating.
In 1990 he earned a BA in Theology and, in 1991, a BS in Education. In 1993, he received his ordination into Christian ministry, and in 2000 he graduated with an MA in Counseling from The Master’s University. In 2006 he was recognized as a Fellow of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC).