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Psalms of Confession

October 4, 2017
Beth Nicoletto
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Grigori Rasputin was born in Siberia in 1869 to a poor, uneducated family. He would grow up to find great fascination with religion and spirituality and spent a lot of his adolescence and young adulthood in monasteries across the countryside. He eventually gained high honor and was invited to stay with the Imperial Family long-term after healing their son with his mystical or “spiritual” powers.

However, it wasn’t long before accusations of him being associated with the religious group called the Khylists began. They were known to be a Christian sect that believed in order to understand the grace of God more fully, a Christian must make a great effort to descend to the depths of their depravity. His theology insisted the more we can sin consciously, the more we can consciously know the grace and forgiveness of God.

Can you even imagine a man like this? What a perversion of what Christ saved us from on the cross! Paul makes a note of this in the book of Romans when he says, “What then? Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means!” The language is very strong. It is an admonition – may it NEVER be! So where then did Rasputin go wrong? How did he abuse God’s grace?

The spiritual discipline of penitence – or feeling grief over sin – was obviously lacking in Rasputin’s life. Though probably no one would agree their life, actions or theology could compare to Rasputin, the slippery slope is undeniably there lest we pay careful attention to the disciplines of penitence, confession and repentance.

This week we will embark on a journey inward to some fairly hard places, both with the psalmists and ourselves. We will likely exercise muscles we haven’t used in quite a while, or perhaps ever, and it will be uncomfortable. But the reward is absolutely unimaginable: to understand the depths of our sin and depravity leads us to the overwhelming greatest Joy.

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