I realise that this article is from a somewhat alarmist, and primarily aimed at the next generation. I say we need to l,.ok at ourselves. But the underlying content of this I think is relevant to allot of men and even some women of this generation
These Two Traps Are Absolutely Destroying The Next Generation Of Young Men In America
I found this article interesting
The Righteous Will Live By Faith
Romans six brings both sides together, proclaiming God's provision and our responsibility: "our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be rendered powerless." God has provided in Christ's crucifixion for your crucifixion. You've been "freed from sin" (v.7), but it does not end here you still have a responsibility. Verse 11 clearly spells out your responsibility: "Count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus." So we do have to let God work in our lives, but can we just say "Oh God, you've done it all" and do nothing? I answer with a resounding NO! God has done his part, now it's up to you to do yours. If you were just a puppet, if it was only up to God, apart from your own agency as some seem to imply, none of us would ever sin again. The fact that this is not the case, that sin continues, demonstrates that some agency apart from God's is at work in the world. Fortunately God still allows freedom, unfortunately people abuse that freedom. The reason people still sin is because they forsake their responsibility, ignore God's provision and cling to the darkness. The apostle Paul said it best:
"We have an obligation- but it is not to the sinful nature to live according to it. For if you live according to the sinful nature you well die; but if by the spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body you well live, because those who are lead by the spirit of God are sons of God" (Romans 8:12-14 ).