How to be Free From Sin
While Smoking a Cigarette

The book for people with weaknesses
© 2007 by Martin Zender

Paperback. 106 pages. 25 illustrations.
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This book is written only for those who know what theyíre supposed to do but sometimes donít do it. Itís written for those who think that their own particular weakness keeps God from completely liking them. Itís written for those who just canít shake a bad habit. This book is written for the wretched souls who totter between their passion life and their desire for God, not realizing that in order to have a desire for God they must also be dogged by at least one detestable/wonderful passion that keeps them humble and needing Him.

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The Pharisees of Jesusí day tried hard to stamp sin from their lives. The result? They sinned like crazy people. What a paradox. But youíve proven it in your own life: the more you try not to do the thing you hate, the more you think about the thing you hate, and the more you do it. God is quite aware of this principle andóif you can believe itóHe invented it.

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George Bernard Shaw was a genius. It was he who said: "Virtue is insufficient temptation." Many times, those who appear virtuous have not been sufficiently tempted. Their virtue is Hollywood-wall virtue, propped up with half a dozen two-by-fours and a New Yearís resolution. Itís self-control untested. The world can spot phony Christian virtue ten miles away. Christians canít see it because they are too busy admiring themselves in the mirror.

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Real human virtue is being broken by trial and lying like a pile of lumber in the wake of a hurricane. Thatís when the good stuff starts; itís when God goes to work. Real human virtue is helplessness before God. Helplessness before God is the beginning of a true spirituality that stands strong when the wind blows. Well, it has no place to go but up.

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All humanity boils down to two individuals: Adam and Christ. If you want to comprehend the race, you need only comprehend these two, for they represent the whole. No need wasting time studying anthropology, mankindology, or whatever other "ology" theyíre offering at universities these days. Read the next few paragraphs and youíll have mankind in the bag. Everyone besides Adam and Christ can clear out of the ring, buy popcorn and sit down.

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Your church assumes that the kind of freedom weíre uncovering hereóeven if they did believe itówill inspire more sin. Christian leaders donít trust grace, and they certainly donít trust you with it. So they prop up grace with law, make themselves the administrators of it, and send you on a guilt trip every time you miss church or break one of their rules.

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Are we warring with our flesh? Then we are miserable, for this is captivity. To be constantly worrying about, wrestling against, and warring with the flesh is the worst kind of bondage. So many people assume that a vast moral struggle must accompany a Christian walk. Christianity itself has taught this. But no. This is horrible bondage. Struggling against flesh is the essence of religion and itís why religion frustrates people and makes them crazy. Itís why religious people become incensed that the rest of the world isnít as concerned with sin as they are. The truth is that the rest of the world trusts God more with its sin than Christians do with theirs.

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You can be free from Sin while sinning, and you can be a slave of Sin while refraining from it. How can this be? I canít wait to tell you.