Christian Sin

A friend of mine was staying with a leader of a certain section of Christ’s Church who believed deeply in the necessity of daily “Christian sin.” On Sunday my friend spoke about the splendid deliverance at our disposal in Christ’s full salvation. On returning home to dinner my friend saw that he had offended his host by his bold words. “I am sorry you spoke such unsound words this morning, as you will lead the young people especially into error, and discourage the little ones that believe in Christ,” said the host. When my friend was alone, the daughter of the host, about sixteen years of age, came and said, “Oh, I do wish I had only heard such words long ago. You spoke so differently from father; he tells us we must go on sinning all our life, and that thought always discourages me, so that I have never given my heart to Christ, but I want to tell you that I did so this morning as you were speaking, for the salvation you told us of was just what I want.” Soon dinner was announced, and the morning’s service was the general topic. At once the daughter told of her new joy, and explained how that the offer of such a full salvation was the point that won her. Her father’s face fell as he explained that, in spite of the unpleasantness, he was bound, as a Christian, to expose the error taught by the guest, but loyalty to the truth compelled him to disregard any feelings of difficulty. The daughter felt very awkward, and said in her girlish way, “Then how much must I sin every day, father? For I want to sin as little as possible.” The question went like an arrow to the father’s heart. How could he tell his child to sin even a little every day? He burst into tears as he rushed out of the room, and was not seen till late in the afternoon, when he came in with a beaming face to beg pardon of his child, and to tell from a glad heart the power of Jesus to keep from all sin. (Dudley Kidd.)