Sin: Disagreement With the Creator

This is devotional thought number 10 in our devotional series, “Essentials of Faith.” Our subject is “The Sinner’s (My) Need for Christ.”

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Here’s the question for consideration: What is sin?

“Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law” (1 John 3:4).

Sin is a three letter word! It leads us down the slippery slope to eternal separation from God. Although we love it so much, sin does not love us. It drives a wedge between us and God.

Do the Commandments Still Apply?


There’s so much controversy in Christian circles surrounding the validity of God’s law in our days. Although God emblazoned the ten commandments on tablets of sapphire stone with His own finger, and promised under the new covenant to write them in our minds, many theologians and their followers believe God amended His law.

Yes, the old testament Mosaic law regarding the sanctuary and its ceremonies and sacrifices were fulfilled in Christ, and thus put to an end at His death, having been fulfilled, but the law God thundered from Horeb is immutable.

Why is this important? I will just scratch the surface.

Have you ever heard of decriminalizing anything in society? Maybe you can recall that the production, sale, transportation, and importation of alcoholic beverages was once illegal in the United State of America. Eventually, this all was decriminalized. Whatever the alcohol ban was attempting to protect the public against went out of the window when the ban was lifted. No law; no crime.

There are posted speed limits in most jurisdictions in the world that are intended to keep drivers and pedestrians safe. If you drive above the limit, you can expect to receive a citation at some point. It is illegal to exceed the limit. What if the limit is removed? No law; no crime.

 

Life Without God’s Laws


What if God removed His law, as some purport? Let’s not guess here. Just as you could logically follow the reasoning with my first two examples, you can with regard to God’s holy law of liberty. If God’s law were no longer in place, we would be free to murder at will without penalty, steal, rape, serve idols, have no holy time on the seventh day, disrespect our parents, and lie.

If you think society is out of control now, just imagine if all laws of the land, many of which have the commandments as their foundation, were abolished. God’s law indicates His expectations of our thoughts and actions in everyday life. He gives the Holy Spirit to all who are willing to live righteously because only those will inherit eternal life.

What is sin? Sin is disagreement with our Creator. Sin is breaking the ten commandments. Unconfessed sin is the precursor to eternal death. Don’t tamper with it.




On Blast: What To Know Before Calling Someone Out

Message Magazine’s Online Devotional for Thursday, May 19, 2016

Today’s Scripture Focus: Matthew 7:1-5

sin recovery planWe are focusing on sin recovery principle number four of 12: “We are submitting to an honest self-inventory as the Holy Spirit makes us more aware.”

Spoiler alert! I am going to call somebody out today in the international blogosphere, and through all the major podcasting channels where this post will be distributed. You know who you are. I hope you are ready! A man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do.

Have you ever said, when you learned of some evil a person did, “I would NEVER do that”? Was there ever a crime you heard about on the news that was so heinous you could hardly sleep? Have you heard people use profanities in ways you have never heard and wondered just how many ways one could say a bad word? How do you feel about genocide? What are your thoughts on homicide? Are you a child trafficking advocate? What is your stance on domestic violence?

I would venture to guess that most who are reading and listening to today’s post would be appalled by the few evil acts I referenced even if they occurred in the world as a whole, and rightly so. I am fairly certain most would be even more appalled if these and other atrocities were committed in the name of Christ, and rightly so!

Let me let you in on a little-known secret: “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law. So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty” (James 2:10–12).

This is one of the reasons Jesus said, “Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye” (Matthew 7:1–5).

OK, so I lied to you in the opener. I said I would be calling somebody out because of your hypocrisy. However, I have one problem: If I call you a hypocrite while I am still sinning, and thereby breaking all of the commandments just like a murderer, I would be one too. So how ‘bout we who recognize our hypocrisy confess the fact to the only One who can change us and help each other become honest, loving children of God? Then, if we do see that our friends, brothers, and sisters need to make life adjustments to conform to God’s will, we can share our testimonies. We can say that we know what it’s like to kill, gossip, lie, be abusive, have perverted thoughts, etc. and submit this all to our God for our transformation in the Spirit.

If I call anybody out today, it will be me.