Is Sin Really Sinful?

by Franklin Pearce

Word of the Day

Righteousness

“But of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.”(Gen.2:17). “…Your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid His face from you, that He will not hear.”(Isa.59:2) “The soul that sinneth, it shall die.”(Ezek.18:4,20).

“For I am the LORD what bringeth you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: Ye shall therefore be holy, for I am holy.”(Lev.11:45). “Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.”(Psalm 32:1,2). “But as He which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation(life-style); Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.”(I Peter 1:15,16).

These and O, so many other passages of Scripture describe the way that God expects, and even demands, His people to live. Someone has said that because we have a different kind of God, we are to be a different kind of people.

But, sadly, looking at the way modern “Christians” dress, live, talk, the way we choose to entertain ourselves, the things that we embrace, the neglect of the call to “come out from among them, and be ye separate”(II Cor.6:17) and just our overall lifestyle, it is almost impossible to tell us from the world and its crowd. Put us in the midst of a crowd of people from all walks of life, and try to pick out the believers from the unbelievers. Usually it is literally impossible.

Why is that so? Why is it so difficult, or totally impossible, to see a difference between “us and them”? Someone has said that you can tell a true believer by what makes him/her laugh and what makes them cry. Sadly, no more. We are so desensitized by the world’s “comedy” that we join in their modes of entertainment and never once see anything wrong. We laugh at the same jokes and shed tears at the same emotionalism that moves them. Again, why? What has drawn us into this kind of living?

I suppose that we would have to admit that many things contribute to this, but one of the main things is our pulpit preaching. There was a time when the pulpits of America thundered with righteousness and fearlessness by calling sin by its true name and nature. Dancing, theater, cards, gambling, mingling with the wrong crowd, allowing ourselves to be drawn into reckless living by our so-called “friends”–the pulpits were fearless to declare and define sin by its true colors.

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