Here a Sin… there a Sin… everywhere a Sin, Sin

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David Brooks, writer for the New York Times, states, “Sometime over the past generation we became less likely to object to something because it is immoral, and more likely to object to something because it is unhealthy or unsafe. Smoking is now considered a worse evil than six of the Ten Commandments… and the word sinful is now most commonly associated with chocolate.”

“What is this you have done?” the Lord God asked. A single act of disobedience and unbelief sent the entire human race spiraling into a depraved digression of sin and death.

How did Eve respond? How do we respond? It must be someone else’s fault! There has to be a cause… that takes the responsibility off of my back! Surely, deep down inside there is a greater amount of good in me than bad! That’s what Adam and Eve argued… to no avail.

Is every sin we commit equally repulsive to God as that one committed in the garden? Think about this! What about the extra minute of break that my employer paid me for (without his knowledge)? How about that five miles over the speed limit rule, or the quick glance at the co-worker of the opposite sex? Does God really care if I’m honest on my tax return?

What if we had been in the garden? What if rather than “don’t eat the fruit of that tree,” God’s instruction to us was “Buckle your seatbelt.”?

They ate a piece of fruit that God said not to eat! I realize there are theological issues here that we could argue over until the cows come home. But at the end of the day… they ate a piece of fruit that God said to not eat.

Do we take sin seriously? Do we really? Several writers here at Christian Blessings have provided recent works on this topic that lead us to the truths of God’s Word where we find God doesn’t think that a little sin is so little.

Taking a bite of forbidden fruit required the Son of God to endure the wrath of His Father on the cross. The exciting news is that the payment Jesus made when He was crucified was acceptable to God to cover every sin ever committed (and will commit) by every human who ever lived (and ever will live)! Forgiveness is available through Jesus.

We should be careful here, though. Gaining forgiveness doesn’t give us the right to live any way we please. We aren’t given licenses to sin. God will not be mocked by the abuse of His costly grace.

When a person rightly responds to the saving power of the gospel of Jesus Christ, that person is changed into a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17). The yearning desire of the child of God is to love and obey his/ her Lord. The ability to sin without conviction is forever gone.

The author of Hebrews warns us with these sobering words.

For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful expectation of judgment, and a fury of fire that will consume the adversaries. Anyone who has set aside the law of Moses dies without mercy on the evidence of two or three witnesses. How much worse punishment, do you think, will be deserved by the one who has spurned the Son of God, and has profaned the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has outraged the Spirit of grace? For we know him who said, “Vengeance is mine; I will repay.” And again, “The Lord will judge his people.” It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. Hebrews 10:26-31

Regardless of one’s stance on these verses, they should cause us to look closely at our response to sin. Do we hate sin… as the One who delivered us from our sin does?

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Seeking the rest that is only promised and found in Christ Jesus, along with my treasured wife of more than twenty-five years, we seek to grow in our relationship with our Heavenly Father, walk with the Holy Spirit as He moves our hearts, loving others always as Jesus loves us, and carry the news of His glory, the wonderful gospel, that gives light and life where there once was only darkness.
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12 Responses to Here a Sin… there a Sin… everywhere a Sin, Sin

  1. granbee says:

    The reason sin is so bad is because it breaks our relationships with God–it puts us outside the family circle! WITH God is all good things; WITHOUT God is nothing good! Sin puts us WITHOUT! I pray that we would all free acnowledge our sins,repent, and be washed clean in the Blood of the Lamb!

  2. Excellent job, well thought and written.

  3. jchenwa says:

    in Hebrews 10, we actually see a basis for freewill offerings to GOD. If you are saved by faith, you no longer need to offer and tithe. GOD actually says He doesn’t want it. Jesus made the offering, you only have to believe in Him. But He (LORD Jesus) requires a lot. You first must stop sinning. At least the big 10. And then you have to allow the fruit of Spirit to shine in your life. Be the character of GOD. And then only then may you start to really do the Will of GOD, which as sons and daughters of GOD we do. Hebrews 10:26-31 is mostly talking about the children among us who refuse to let go of their sinful ways. Since no sacrifices are wanted anymore, you can’t pay off GOD anymore. Our children are under the covenant always and forever. There is no way you can get ‘kicked out’ if GOD is faithful. You just may be put out for a long time. Those brothers and sisters of ours who are out there, are filled with the same fear of judgment as unbelievers, why? Because they spurned our LORD and SAVIOUR, Jesus Christ. He IS the SON and the SON OF THE MOST HIGH. It is a great insult to the ALL POWERFUL FATHER.

    I have brothers who are out there. And I pray for them all the time. Please join in prayer for those lost. We don’t need to hate at all. Jesus was testing us when He said that. We always LOVE with His LOVE. Allow the Angels of Destruction to punish and correct. We can just be sweet and nice all the time. Except sometimes the fathers/disciplinarians must warn and correct and punish (by work, withholding privileges, etc.). Those who are out there are lost in the dark and filled with fear and are punished harshly by the Angels of Destruction. We must commit to praying for them earnestly and hoping for our love to be complete. That means we hope ALL will come back to the family of GOD. And when we are ready we can reach out to them with our hands of Jesus,

  4. mybroom says:

    I am often blown away that Christ was so up close and personal regarding our sin. He took it with Him to the cross – what an amazing thing for a sinless God to do. Graeme

  5. Great blog, MT. First thing that struck me is that “love” is also so strongly associated with chocolate (as is sinful). Both the dilution of the concepts of sin and love show so much of what’s happened in the world today, how the evil one doth “chip away.” “Situational ethics” and “relative truth” are bywords of the day.

    God and His truth are absolutes…. perhaps the only absolutes.

    Many things to think about here. Great blog, my friend.

    Shalom, Art

  6. Reblogged this on Christian Comfort & Conversation Cafe and commented:
    We must search ourselves and go towards the light of truth. May we be mindful to the little sins we think go unoticed.

  7. lambskinny says:

    Michael – shared this on my FB profile/wall — so excellent. Thanks for the sting. ;) Carley

    • mtsweat says:

      Thanks so much, Carley! Believe me… the sting hits hard here at my place. Praise the Lord for a Savior who saves… and changes us! God bless, good friend.

  8. >> “The ability to sin without conviction is forever gone”
    This is what makes the difference. We deceive ourselves if we say we have no sin – but we can’t sin without that conviction and the constant nagging of the Holy Spirit until we confess and repent.

    >> “Do we hate sin… as the One who delivered us from our sin does?”
    His hatred for sin is the deepest hatred there can be . . . and yet, wonder of wonders, He actually became sin for me and took the punishment for my sin in His own body. Can I do less than hate the sin which caused such agony?

    What an amazing Saviour!

    • mtsweat says:

      Jesus truly is amazing! The grace and mercy He gained for us on the cross is unfathomable! Equally amazing is that He also gives us a new heart that despises what we once thought dear… our sin. Blessings!

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