Blood Washing the Past

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Anyone raised in the Independent Fundamentalist Baptist church has likely sung numerous times the hymn There’s Power in the Blood. The lyrics reinforce the IFB belief that the forgiveness of sin, any sin, is but a prayer away. According to 1 John 1:9, if a Christian confesses his sin to God, he will find instantaneous forgiveness. This is only possible because of the atoning blood of Jesus. Through the shed blood of Jesus on the cross, the sinning and confessing sinner’s sins are washed away, never to be remembered again. Sing with me now:

Would you be free from the burden of sin?
There’s pow’r in the blood, pow’r in the blood;
Would you o’er evil a victory win?
There’s wonderful pow’r in the blood.

Refrain:
There is pow’r, pow’r, wonder-working pow’r
In the blood of the Lamb;
There is pow’r, pow’r, wonder-working pow’r
In the precious blood of the Lamb.

Would you be free from your passion and pride?
There’s pow’r in the blood, pow’r in the blood;
Come for a cleansing to Calvary’s tide;
There’s wonderful pow’r in the blood.

Would you be whiter, much whiter than snow?
There’s pow’r in the blood, pow’r in the blood;
Sin-stains are lost in its life-giving flow;
There’s wonderful pow’r in the blood.

Would you do service for Jesus your King?
There’s pow’r in the blood, pow’r in the blood;
Would you live daily His praises to sing?
There’s wonderful pow’r in the blood.

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No matter what Christians do, the blood of Jesus washes their sin away. Many Evangelical sects believe that any sin committed BS, before salvation, is forgiven and forgotten. One pastor I know refuses to do background checks on church workers because crimes committed before the super-duper blood of Jesus washed away their sin and are remembered by God no more. And if God doesn’t remember the sin, why should we?

Another man, an evangelist, was accused of having sex with minors. He refused to talk about his past, claiming his past behavior is under the “blood.” Unfortunately, there are allegations that he continued to prey on minors after Jesus washed away his sin. But, don’t worry, forgiveness is but a prayer and a blood-washing away. Young girls can rest easy, at least until the blood of Jesus loses its power and the evangelist seeks out new potential victims to molest. Why is it that a Jesus’ blood transfusion is only temporary? If Jesus is who and what Evangelicals say he is, shouldn’t his miraculous blood protect children from Christian sexual predators? Evidently not.

Consider how amazing the blood of Jesus is. No matter what Christians do, no matter how heinous their behavior is, a quick prayer to Jesus asking for forgiveness will unleash the sin-cleansing power of the blood of the Lamb. This supernatural blood allows the Christian to escape accountability for bad behavior. Just pray, the Christian is told, secretly confessing the sin to God, and forgiveness will be granted. This is no different, BTW, from what goes on in Catholic confessional booths. No matter the crime, Jesus will forgive. Even repeat offenders can find forgiveness if they sincerely plead for the blood of Jesus to be applied to their sin-darkened hearts. Dear Lord Jesus, please forgive me for watching porn. I know this is a sin. I ask you to forgive me and wash away my sin. In Jesus name, Amen. Two nights later…Hey Jesus, it’s me again, Pastor Billy Bob. The devil got a hold of me and I looked at porn again. I’m so sorry for my sin. I ask you to forgive me and wash away my sin. In Jesus’ name, Amen. A week later, Hey Jesus, it’s me again…

And so it goes. The Evangelical sins, feels guilty, prays for forgiveness, promising, with fingers crossed behind his back, that he will never, ever commit the sin again. Rather than being accountable for his bad behavior, the dirty sinner is given a get-out-of-jail-free card to be used any time he “sins.”

Those of us who are agnostics or atheists have no way for our bad-behavior slate to be wiped clean. All we can do is admit what we did and make restitution. In some instances, we’ll carry the stain of our “sin” until we die. Unlike the Evangelical, we acknowledge that bad behavior can and does have lasting consequences.

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8 Comments

  1. Scott

    Just a quick q Bruce. When is ‘sin’, sin for an atheist? What is your definition of ‘sin’?

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    1. Bruce Gerencser (Post author)

      The notion of sin is a religious construct, one that I wholeheartedly reject. There’s good and bad behavior. I do my best to treat others well and when I don’t I try to make things right. Much of life is made up things that are neither good or bad, they just are. It’s religion that categorizes every human behavior. Those behaviors considered sin require expiation, penance and forgiveness. Righteous behaviors are the result of God working in and though us, and he alone should be praised. This is a warped way of looking at the human experience,

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      1. Scott

        What an excellent reply, if I may say. Have you read “Born Bad”, James Boyce? Excellent.

        You meant propitiation…..

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  2. Brian

    All we can do is admit what we did and make restitution. In some instances, we’ll carry the stain of our “sin” until we die. Unlike the Evangelical, we acknowledge that bad behavior can and does have lasting consequences.

    Not quite, unless in your ‘making restitution you are including our learning to love ourselves (for a change). Ugly Christianity learns you up from top to bottom to self-loathe. It was Bruce G who drove the nails into Jesus’ hands and was the reason God had to kill his OWN son! You miserable prick! So. after turning away from woo-woo (self-harm) we don’t easily look in the mirror and say, Well now, that little job is finished and I can carry on unscathed. We have to learn to love ourselves, to do what we can for ourselves and others. This is the part that is lifelong, I think. We begin finally to take responsibility for our lives and the lives of those around us without passing the buck.

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  3. Melody

    “And so it goes. The Evangelical sins, feels guilty, prays for forgiveness, promising, with fingers crossed behind his back, that he will never, ever commit the sin again.”

    And then there’s this nagging voice in your head which tells you what you already know: i.e. that you will probably do it again and that makes your confession quite invalid. If you’re asking for God’s forgiveness half knowing that you’ll ‘sin’ again next week or next month, you’re already feeling guilty and bad for the inevitable fall from grace that will no doubt happen again…. And so the loop continues and is never ending (much like eternity itself).

    Oh by the way: I know the song too in my native language: check it out

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    1. Angiep

      They sound good! I felt like I was watching the Sound of Music…

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      1. Melody

        🙂 As a choir, they wear traditional clothes. I rather liked it too!

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  4. Monty

    Or, like Jim Bakker recently, just blame your “sins” on demons and witches.

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