“Sin” – A Dirty Word (Written by Steve Vice)
It is growing more popular for preachers today to refrain from using the word “SIN.” They consider it a “dirty word.” Modern culture avoids the use it because it is associated with the devil. Also associated with Adam and Eve, which is associated with the Bible. Then, in turn, implies God. This, by necessity, implies a standard of right and wrong that is greater than mankind to which all clear minded people are accountable.
With the advancement of science, combined with man’s trust in his own wisdom, sin has been redefined as a disease or an unavoidable act of nature, or the fault of society, or parents, or, it is redefined as “good.” As a result, individual guilt is removed. Fornication is now an act of nature, not the lust of the flesh. Alcoholism is a result of a misalignment of chromosomes, not a person’s choice to drink too much. Homosexuals are “born that way” (created that way), and are simply following the path mother nature gave to them. It is no longer “against nature.” Therefore, sin is either simply taking its course, or can be treated by medications and/or counseling techniques devised by men.
Removed by Society, Not by God
Once the onus of sin is removed from the individual and placed somewhere else, the individual no longer needs to have a guilty conscience because of sin. After all, guilt will lower a person’s self-esteem, which will lead to a negative self-image that will produce negative actions that may lead to an unproductive life. Or, so it is reasoned.
When guilt for sin is removed, there is no longer any need for repentance, or for God, or for a Savior who takes away our sin. Counselors are the new priesthood. Self-help books ae the new bible. Feeling good about one’s self is the neo-salvation.
What is Sin?
1. Sin is a transgression of God’s law. 1 John 3:4.
2. Satan is the father of sin. John 8:44.
3. Enslaved by your Sins. Romans 6:15-16.
4. It will separate you from God. Isaiah 59:1-2.
5. Your transgressions will cause your soul to suffer in hell for all eternity. Revelation 21:8.
The good news is that you can be set free from the bondage of sin. Romans 6:17.
The fact is sin is a dirty word. By dirty, it is meant that any transgression against God’s law is evil, defiling, and a destroyer of people. But, thanks be to God that through His Son Jesus Christ, the filth of sin can be washed away. In Acts 22:16 it is said, Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.” In Revelation 1:5 says, “To Him who loved us and washed us from our transgressions in His own blood.” Jesus can and desires to take away your transgressions, if you are willing to obey His commands. Mark 16:15-16.
In Christian love,
Bill Arnold, Minister
Ridgeway Church of Christ