What is more dangerous than a savage animal? More deadly than cancer? More debilitating than AIDS? The answer – sin! Sin? Yes, sin. Now I know that sin isn’t a common word any longer, even within the church. The word sin has been replaced with other terms such as mistake, dysfunction, and even disease. I can see the satanic logic behind this word game. You see, only God can deal with the issue of sin. However, therapy can handle other “disorders”.
When Cain’s offering was rejected, Jehovah gave him the opportunity to repent and get back into fellowship with Him. Cain rejected the invitation and sin, like a predatory animal, was waiting at the door to attack and destroy him. The devil is called in Scripture the tempter. James 1:13-15 explains that “God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin”. Every person is infected and is S.I.N. positive.
“Fools mock at sin.” (Consider most comedians’ material in light of this Scripture.) Would to God that people today would view sexual immorality like Joseph did, as sin against God! Sin is lethal! And like a predatory animal, it is extremely aggressive. Our entire planet for the most part lives in rebellion against the true gospel of Jesus Christ. Rebellion in the home, rebellion in our schools, rebellion in our streets! This blatant defiance of God is equated to the sin of witchcraft.
Even within the church “fashionable” rebellion against God is allowed. We tolerate bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking. Can we go forward in Christ and at the same time allow such a passive attitude towards sin to continue? Of course not! My point is that as long as we view our sins as merely malfunctions, we are not only preventing God’s richest blessings from taking hold in our lives, but we ourselves are spiritually going to erode.
Would you knowingly drink poison? Would you go out to the trash can and fix yourself “lunch”? Of course you wouldn’t! Evaluate your entertainment menu, however – movies, television, books, etc. How often are you weakening your conscience by allowing sin to entertain you? Sin is deceptive and smothering.
The only Biblical way to deal with sin is through the cross of Christ. Don’t call the work of the flesh a dysfunction. Call it what God calls it, and receive His forgiveness. Compromise is like feeding yourself to a hungry lion. Don’t be fooled! Staying true to Jesus far surpasses any pleasure that sin has to offer.