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Identity as Sin

“Identity-in-sin means not to live from God, not to honor God as the constant source of our being, not to be thankful to God as the one who constantly gives us ourselves.  Identity is sin when persons imagine that their being has been conferred over to them, when they try to live out of themselves in terms of the reality which God may have once conferred onto them by which they now hold in their possession.  Sin is to refuse to life out of the reality in which a person constantly receives from God.”

–Arthur C. McGill, Death and Life: An American Theology (Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 1987), 52.


  1. vassilip wrote:

    (let me take it farther back:)

    it’s true–the now reality; and that reality is the reality of bouregois society, which is the aftermath of converging of Roman Law and state-Christianity, which is The sin–the sin which Christ pointed out (Mat.22:21) (a) by the affirmation of the clear distinction between the two Kingdoms, and (b) by showing that the foundation of Caesar’s Kingdom is monetarism-abstract property

    Sunday, February 24, 2008 at 1:58 am | Permalink
  2. McGill has conveyed what I have been trying to state for some time. The postmodern age’s obsession with the search for identity seems to be very idolatrous. People try to find their own self. They don’t but substitute with a false conception of self and say God made me this way. But when one comes to the light of the saving knowledge of Christ, she finds out what foolishness that old thinking was. As Paul says to the Colossians that we have died and our lives are hidden with Christ in God.

    Sunday, February 24, 2008 at 12:02 pm | Permalink
  3. Freder1ck wrote:

    true self knowledge

    Tuesday, February 26, 2008 at 7:24 pm | Permalink

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