Are You the Worst Sinner You Know?

Here’s James MacDonald and C.J. Mahaney talking about sin. C.J. Mahaney really believes that he is the worst sinner he knows.

My first reaction is “Come on CJ, really?”

I definitely identify more with James MacDonald than CJ, but I want to get some feedback on this one. It’s interesting.

Andy Smith wrote a helpful blog concerning the same issues here.

What do you think?

5 Replies to “Are You the Worst Sinner You Know?”

  1. to Chris,
    In response to your comment I went back and read 1 Timothy 1 to see if that was the case, and i still hold that peter was talking about the current self. Paul talks about his former life in verses 12-14, then talks about God’s mercy towards him before saying in verse 15 “that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost”. The obvious stark comparison of these two texts is that Paul uses the present “am”, instead of the “was” in verse 13. I think this shows that Paul was thinking along the same lines as CJ. Paul also talks humbly of his own failings in Romans 7:18-21 talking about doing what he does not want to do, and in 2 Corinthians 12:7-10, talking about the thorn in his flesh

  2. Interesting on both sides. The biggest problem I see with CJ’s point is his proof text. Why does Paul say that he is the worst sinner? Is it because of his current ongoing sin problems or is it because he was the church’s numero uno enemy before he was converted? I would say the latter – I interpret his statements through that lens in which case Paul’s statement is not a statement of comparison or a statement of current standing. However, CJ’s points besides this are right on – certainly we know our sin more intimately than others, but I think that is as far as we can take it.

  3. also, since you want some feedback on the actual content. I do very much resonate with cj and find great comfort when i can really achieve humbleness to say it. The key is that you are the only one (besides God) who is, as cj says, “familiar” with your sins.
    Think of the example of Paul, that he says he is the worst sinner he knows in 1 timothy. Do you really think that in all the cities full of pagan god worship, sexual immorality, lying, cheating, stealing, hating, and all the prisons he stayed in with murderers and thieves, he could say he was the worst sinner in the sense that James thinks at first? Paul can only say such a statement because he know of his inmost desires and failures.

  4. thanks for the shout out!
    I’m on CJ’s side on this, as my blog indicates. Great video, don’t know where you found it, but excellent. We do not need to go any further than our own souls to see the darkness of sin

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