Sanctification and Mortification: Steps to Overcome Temptation

Greg Strand – May 22, 2012 Leave a comment

David Mathis interviews Don Carson about sanctification, and in particular the flip side to sanctification, mortification: “steps to overcome temptation” (3 ½ minutes):

Carson helpfully applies this to a specific example of pornography. One of the essential things Carson mentions is the necessity of a growing love for God and for the character of Christ and an increased delight in Christ that ought to make these sins to which we become chained seem shoddy and cheap. One has stated that we worship our way into the chain of sin; we must worship our way out of the sin. The chains of sin are broken through a deepening relationship with the living God through Jesus Christ. The old chains have no attraction and become ugly. The gospel frees us from guilt and as the old hymn writer said it “breaks the power of cancelled sin.”

Greg Strand


Affectionately called “Walking Bible” by his youngest daughter, Greg Strand has a ministry history that goes back to 1982. Since that time, he has served in local church ministry in a variety of ministry capacities: youth pastor, associate pastor of adult ministries and senior pastor. He is currently the EFCA's Executive Director of Theology and Credentialing. Greg reads voraciously and never stops learning — a passion reflected in the overflowing bookshelves that spill from his library to multiple offices. And he could tell you about each of those books! His hunger for learning pales in contrast to his great love for God and for teaching the Word of God.

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