When we identify the sin that interferes with our faith in God, we can overcome it to grow in holiness and live the way God intended — with the same miraculous faith as the first Christians that we read about in the Book of Acts. The biggest sin is culture-wide, it has infiltrated the Church, and we easily give into it every day. We can change that! And in so doing, we will become more alive in the faith and – if enough of us repent from this sin – we will transform the world.
Jesus gave us the Holy Spirit to send us out in mission to change the world, to transform the people around us, helping them to see through us having a faith that’s alive, which means we have to have a personal relationship not just with Jesus Christ but with his Holy Spirit.
Sin blocks this kind of faith. And the biggest sin today is idolatry: the idolatry of thinking that something other than God himself should be in charge of our lives.
It could be the idolatry of money, thinking that if we get rich, this will solve our problems and we will be happy.
It could be the idolatry of self, wanting to do what we want to do rather than discerning what God wants us to do. The moral relativism that was increasing as I was growing up and increased a lot more while my kids were growing up — it’s still going further and further. The envelope of evil is pushing the moral relativism to the Nth degree to see how far we can go. This is so destructive, but people don’t know it. People don’t know that they are destroying their eternal souls.
It could be the idolatry of science, where if something is improvable by scientific methods it can’t be true, therefore, why worship God? Or the idolatry of the career, where the career comes first and, if it keeps me from going to church, so be it.
Fear is often our idol. We trust the messages of fear more than we trust God and what he has told us in scripture.
Think about the idolatry of suffering. For example, “I’m in so much pain,” somebody might think, “that I am going to pursue every avenue to get rid of this pain, except God.” And why does this kind of idolatry happen? Because the Church has not been teaching how to live the supernatural life where we pray for one another, for miracles of healing, and the miracles happen.
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