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What Is Sin?

(By Pastor Bob Hnat)

Any transgression of God's commandments. (1 John 3:4}

Any act done to less than the standard of the righteousness and holiness of God. (Matthew
5:48)

Any act done NOT for the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31) Any act that falls short of the
glory of God. (Romans 3:23)

Any act NOT done in faith. (Romans 14:23) [Any act that is NOT done in accordance with
the Word of God - even those acts done without any consideration of God's Word.]

Any RIGHT act done but believing it to be WRONG. {Romans 14:14) [If I think something
is wrong (though it may not be in God's eyes) and I do it I sin.]

Any moment that I do not love God with ALL of my heart, ALL of my life, and ALL of my
mind. (Matthew 22:37-38)

Any moment that I do not love my neighbor AS MYSELF. (Matthew 22:39)

Consider: Worry, envy, jealousy, doubt, joylessness, tearfulness, withholding tithes and
offerings, faithlessness, selfishness, etc.

CONSIDER CAREFULLY

What is the greatest sin - a sin against the first and greatest commandment (Matthew
22:37-38) or a sin against the sixth commandment (Exodus 20:13)?

How GOOD is the GOOD NEWS that GOD put all my sins on His Son, Jesus Christ!
(Isaiah 53:6)

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What will not be in Heaven (from the Amplified Bible):

1. Matthew 5:17-30-- self-righteousness, selfish motives, spiritual hypocrisy, anger, ridicule,


and character assassination
2. Matthew 11:23 & Romans 1:18-32-- homosexuality, hindering of truth, unthankfulness to
God, futile living, vain imaginings, foolish reasoning, stupid speculating,
boasting, hero and animal worshipping, lusts for sexual impurity, body
dishonoring, unrighteousness, iniquity, covetousness, greed, malice,
envy, jealousy, murder, strife, deceit, treachery, ill will, cruel ways, secret
backbiters and gossipers, slanderers, hate, insolence, arrogance, boasting,
inventors of new forms of evil, disobedience to parents, unfaithfulness,
and those who condone the above behaviors.
3. Galatians 5:15-21-- partisan strife, selfish cravings, immorality, impurity, indecency, idolatry,
sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, anger, selfishness, divisions (dissension),
party spirit (factions, sects with peculiar opinions, heresies), envy,
drunkenness, carousing, and the like.

4. 2 Timothy 3:1-5-- stress, troubles, self-love (self-centerness), loving of money, desiring for
wealth, pride, arrogance, contemptuous boasting, abuse, blasphemy,
scoffing, disobedience of parents, ungratefulness, unholiness, profanity,
unnatural (callous) affection, promise breaking, slander (false accusing
and trouble making), intemperance, uncontrolled brashness, hating of
those who do good, betraying, self-conceit, loving of sensual pleasure
and vain amusements more than and rather than loving God, doing piety
religion, denying the power of God for righteousness.

The common and frequent sins in many Christians:

1. Matthew 5:17-30-- self-righteousness, selfish motives, spiritual hypocrisy, anger, ridicule,


and character assassination
2. Matthew 11:23 & Romans 1:17-32-- hindering of truth, unthankfulness to God, futile living,
vain imaginings, foolish reasoning, stupid speculating, boasting, hero and
animal worshipping, unrighteousness, iniquity, covetousness, greed, envy,
jealousy, strife, deceit, treachery, ill will, cruel ways, secret backbiters
and gossipers, slanderers, hate, insolence, arrogance, boasting,
unfaithfulness, and those who condone the above behaviors.
3. Galatians 5:15-21-- partisan strife, selfish cravings, enmity, strife, jealousy, anger,
selfishness, divisions (dissension), envy.
4. 2 Timothy 3:1-5-- stress, troubles, self-love (self-centerness), loving of money, desiring for
wealth, pride, arrogance, contemptuous boasting, abuse, scoffing,
ungratefulness, unholiness, promise breaking, slander (false accusing and
trouble making), intemperance, uncontrolled brashness, hating of those
who do good, betraying, self-conceit, loving of sensual pleasure and vain
amusements more than and rather than loving God, doing piety religion,
denying the power of God for righteousness.