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Sin is Illicit Love

by Norman P. Grubb

Because we always follow our love, that is why you cannot help people on the act level. Now many young people have come to me and unburdened their hearts. They have secret impurity in their lives. They can’t conquer secret abuse in their lives. And I have said to them, “Brother, you won’t conquer that on the act level. You’ll conquer it on the love level.” The trouble at bottom is, you love to do it but you won’t face it. Now you have to have that love transferred into hate. You have to have God’s holy hatred. “Thou hast loved righteousness and hated iniquity.” God has a hatred. And you have to learn that, the moment the desires first come to you and you want to begin to practice evil practices, to say, “I’ve no business to have that love.” And then God gives you the grace to turn it to hate. It is as quick as lightning.

That’s what resisting the devil is. You see that word; it comes in verse 7 of chapter 4, “resist the devil.” That is how you resist the devil. “Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” To illustrate that a little further, let me tell you something I learned in Africa. Tomorrow morning I shall probably tell you a few more things I learned in Africa recently. But one lesson I learned was how the people learn to walk closely with God. Now I lived and worked in Africa in a time when the people hadn’t learned to live so closely with God. And in those days, those early days, our tragedy was sin in the open which had to be judged. You would have a fine young evangelist and his wife but you didn’t know what was going on inside. But one day there would be an adultery committed and your heart would be broken by the fact that some fine fellow had gone into adultery. Of course the church had to judge him, excommunicate him, and maybe even lose him. But that wasn’t the beginning of the sin. The beginning was way down inside where you didn’t see it.

Karuizawa Japan Conference of 1954
Topic: “Temptation”