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THE REALITY OF SIN

Text: (All text from KJV)


I Jn. 3:3-10 “...he that committeth sin is of the devil...whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin...”
Prov. 14:12 “there is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end there of is the way of death."
Prov. 14: 9a "Fools make a mock of sin..."
Rom. 1:18-20 "For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness...
...clearly seen and understood....so that they are without excuse...”

Intro:

 In less than 30 minutes this a.m., major news stations brought vividly to our attention the many
dangers that we are now seeing in our society. They made us aware of, told, showed, alerted,
and warned us of TERRORISM, HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, EXTREME HEAT, UNHEALTHY
LIFESTYLES, etc. We were warned, in no uncertain terms, that "every one needed to take
heed to these warnings" and that "something needed to be done" about each of these because
of the serious consequences of not addressing them here and now (shortened life spans, sickness,
disease, destruction, and death).

In regards to Terrorism, one commentator profoundly said, "There really is evil in the world."
* Bombing buses w/children on them
* Bombing the U.N. bldg. In Iraq (help & food)
* Sniper in Virginia

He went on to say, "we have felt relatively safe anywhere until the U.N. bombing in Iraq...now
we know no one and no where is safe, or exempt from evil. Evil can attack any time, any
place, and use any technique."

 If we will sit and allow news commentators to make us aware, tell, show, alert, and warn us of
eminent and evil dangers in today's world........

Will you allow me to do the same?

To make you aware, tell, show, alert and warn you of eminent (and eternal) evil danger!
For EVIL is EVIL ----> same source ----> any time, any place, and same techniques.

 Satan (the source of EVIL) is taking down people by ways that are not fair (underhanded).
TRAITS of TERORISM TRAITS of SATAN Same as Terrorism

* Drugs/Addiction -- pain
> Evil (marked by spite, causing pain, injury, suffering, harm, & destruction) * Rebellion – religion, laws, morals
> Steal, kill, and destroy * Culture -- generational curses
> Hate peace * Disillusionment -- hypocritical living
> Hate democracy (freedom of choice) * Depression -- helpless / hopeless
> Disregard life * Sickness – stress, burnout
> Rule / Control by force, fear, & codependency * Sorrow/Grief/Pain

 If we don't become aware and attack the root of this problem..........we will keep having bad, rotten fruit.
Matt. 3:10 “...the ax is laid upon the root....."
 Don't stop abortion by lying down in front of the door....
 Don't stop murder, rape, thieves by putting them behind bars....
 Don't stop bad behavior, lawlessness, or evil tendencies by making new laws....

Must attack the root of the problem to stop the fruit from being bad.
How do we do this? -------> become aware of THE REALITY OF SIN. --> It is real!
It is alive!
It is working now!

We must: 1. Confront SIN


2. Acknowledge Sin / Consequences
3. Admit SIN is destructive
4. Realize character of SIN -- to control consume and destroy

1. Must CONFRONT Sin and Understand the Reality of It.


* SIN is mankind’s biggest problem.
> Lack the understanding of what is really is, what it does to a person, and what the results of it
are.

* SIN is an issue that has not been clearly defined to most people. (* see attached --> List of SIN below)

* SIN is an issue that has not been spoken on with power and authority from God’s Word.

A story is told of a distinguished minister from Australia who preached a very strong message one
Sunday on the subject of SIN. After the service, one of the church members came to him to
counsel with him in his study and said, “ Bro.____, we don’t want you to talk as openly against
man’s corruption, because if you do, it will cause our youth to more easily become sinners due to
you discussing the subject. Call it a ‘mistake’ if you want, but don’t speak so plainly about sin.”
The minister took down a small bottle from the shelf and showed it to the visitor and said, “ Do you see the
label? It says strychnine, and underneath that in bold letters is the poison. Do you know, man, what
you’re asking me to do? You’re suggesting that I change the label. Suppose that I do and paste it
over with the words essence of peppermint. Do you see what might happen? Someone would use
it not knowing the dangers involved and would die-----AND SO IT IS, TOO, WITH THE MATTER
OF SIN!! The milder you make the label, the more dangerous the poison!”
* * We must speak plainly on this issue. * *
2. Must ACKNOWLEDGE Sin and Know that it has Serious Consequences.
* We should fear nothing but SIN! > destroys
> robs of our power
> confuses
> casts us on the mercy of Satan
> ultimately damns the soul to an eternal hell!

* Because of SIN there is blight on mankind that curses us all:


> wars and fighting
* HELL > anxiety and discord
ON EARTH * > fear and worry
> sickness and death
> famine and earthquakes
> other manifestations of disharmony in nature

* SIN disturbs every relationship that exists in the human realm.


> between man and God ----- when man became subject to spiritual death
> between man and nature -- he has to toil by the sweat of his brow
> between man and man ---- the curse (because of sin) brought conflict between their sons (blood shed).

* SIN waits lurking to attack every soul born into this world – Ps. 51:5
-- Rom. 5:12, 17
** SIN rules every heart as the Lord of their souls from whom nobody escapes – Jn. 8:34
-- Rom. 6:16
*** SIN has infected every person on the face of the earth – Rom. 3:23

3. Must ADMIT sin is Destructive.


A story was told many years ago about Leonardo De Vinci. When he was painting his great
masterpiece called THE LAST SUPPER, he sought long for a model for Jesus Christ. At long last he
found a choir member of the church of Rome who was lovely in life and features, a young man named
PIETRO BANINELLI. Years passed, and the painting was still unfinished. All the disciples had been
portrayed except one --- Judas Iscariot.

After all those years, De Vinci began the search for a face that had been hardened and distorted by sin
--- and at last he found a beggar on the streets of Rome with a face so villainous he shuddered when
he looked at him. He hired the man to sit for him as he painted the face of Judas on his canvas. When
he was about to dismiss the man, he said, "I have not yet found out your name." The reply came, "I am
PIETRO BANINELLI. I also sat for your model of Jesus Christ."

4. Must REALIZE THE CHARACTER of sin is to control, consume and destroy.


* Sinners take on the character of what controls them (i.e.; SIN). ---> a descriptive name.

* SIN attacks every one at birth and before it's done it – degrades
debases
destroys ---> in an eternal hell! ! !

* SIN can be attributed to – broken marriages pain


disrupted homes tears
shattered friendship sorrow
arguments grief
disagreements depression
* SIN is compared to the venom of snakes and stench of death –--
* bites / stings / * strong, foul odor /
poisonous / deadly sickening

EX: Josh. 7:13 -- Achan's Tent


<> SIN "hid" under is tent.

Anything that is so sinister and powerful must be dealt with!

We cannot ignore it!


We cannot gloss it over!
We cannot change the label!

Therefore, we must ask these questions:

1. WHAT IS SIN?
2. WHAT DOES SIN LOOK LIKE?
3. DOES SIN AFFECT ME?
4. WHAT IS THE RESULT OF SIN?
5. WHAT DO WE DO ABOUT SIN?

1. WHAT IS SIN?
Anything as severe a SIN needs a definition so that we can understand it and thereby avoid it!

A. UNRIGHTEOUSNESS
I Jn. 5:17 "All unrighteousness is sin."
* conforming to right
"right" – by whose definition? Opinion? Standard?
> Our own?
> God?
God' standard of right is righteousness – Ps. 145:17
Jer.23:6
I Jn. 2:29
B. FAILURE TO DO GOOD
Jam. 4:17 “...to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin."
* violating a known command of God * SO SIMPLE!
Heb. 10:26-31
Lev. 4: 13-14

C. LACK OF CONVICTIONS
Rom. 14: 2-23 " Happy is he that condemneth not himself in the things he alloweth....
....for whatever is not of faith is sin."
* not true to your convictions (what you know is right)
* conscience condemns you
D. LAWLESSNESS
I John 3:4 "..sin is a transgression of the law" Rom. 3:20 "..for by the law is
* disobeying * God's t he knowledge of sin."
"Thou shalt"
"Thou shalt not"
"Put on"
"Put off"
"Let not these things be named among you"

SIN is disobeying or ignoring God's law.


SIN is living as if there were no God and no law.
SIN is no being bound by the standards of God.
SIN is living on your own terms.

This is all summed up in this: SIN IS LAWLESSNESS....not responding to the law of God,
but going beyond the bounds He has set
and setting your own.

EX: Man is like a horse in a lush pasture that jumps the fence and lands in the quagmire.
So man lives within the place of God's green pasture and finds that he wants to get out.
........and he leaps the wall of God's law and lands in the muck of SIN.

Because God's law is "holy and just and good" (Rom.7:12) there's nothing impure, unfair, or evil in it.
There is no reason to break it, because obedience to it is the path to blessings.
But, man breaks it, because man seeks to live apart from God's law.

Heaven is a holy place,


Filled with glory and with grace....
SIN CAN NEVER ENTER THERE.
It will stop you at the door,
Bar you out forever more.....
SIN CAN NEVER ENTER THERE.

2. WHAT DOES SIN LOOK LIKE?


Going past the definition of SIN and looking at its nature (characteristics).

A. DEFILEMENT
Rom. 1: 18-32 -- gross defilement
* Not only is SIN a defection and disobedience to God's law,
but it is a pollution of that law!
I Kgs. 8:38 -- compares Sin to man's heart with sores that come on the body from a
deadly plague.
Zech. 3:3 -- SIN as a filthy garment.
Zech. 11:8 -- "My soul loathed them...."
* God so despises SIN that He loathes what it does to the sinner.
Ezk. 20:43 -- When the repentant sinner see his SIN, he loathes himself.
II Cor. 7:1 -- "....filthiness of the flesh and spirit...."
* Over and over, scripture finds SIN as something vile, defiling, wretched, and filthy..........which pollutes that
which is pure!

SIN is to the soul what scars are to a lovely face.


SIN is to the soul what stains are to a white silk cloth.
SIN is to the soul what smog is to a blue sky.
It makes the soul red with guilt and black with sorrow - it defiles!

B. REBELION
Lev. 26:27-28 -- SIN is defying God
Walking in opposition or antagonism to God.
Those who rebel and walk contrary to God.
Jer. 44: 17 -- "But we will certainly do whatsoever thing goeth forth out of our own mouth.."
We will do exactly what we want! ! !
Heb. 10: 26-31 -- "..who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood
of the covenant, with which he was sanctified, an unholy thing.."

SIN is flat, out, open, flagrant rebellion.


Trampling on God's law.
Slapping God in the face and spitting on Jesus Christ!

C. INGRATITUDE
Acts 17:28 -- "...for in him we live and move and have our being.."
* The very fact that you live and exist, you owe to God.
* We exist for a divine and glorious purpose.

* A reward of eternal life and abundantly is offered to whosoever.


Yet, people live in absolute ingratitude
turn their backs on their Creator
spit in the face of their Savior, Jesus Christ.
* Man not only doesn't want it, buy spites the very One who offers it!
Matt. 5:45 -- "for He maketh the sun to rise on the evil and on the good,
And sendeth rain on the just and the unjust."

If there is any joy in your life -- God gave it to you.


If there is any sunshine in your life -- God put it there.
If there is any rain to make your life fresh -- God let it fall on you.

It is God who has provided all the food sinners eat.


Made the world of color and brightness, love and music.
Given the senses to enjoy all things that make life worth living.
Granted beauty for your eyes to behold.
Given intellect and emotions so you can think, feel, work, play, & rest.
Created the love and laughter that enables man to care for each other.

* Though God literally surrounds the sinner with mercy, the sinner says "No",
and in hateful, open rebellion to the laws of God,
defiles himself and acts in gross ingratitude.

II Sam. 16: 15-17 Ex: Absalom, son of David, after he had kissed his father and embraced him,
went out and plotted treason against his own father.

Ex: Judas, likewise, betrayed the Son of God with a kiss


And so the sinners indulge themselves in God's grace,
Taking the best that life and love can bring to them,
And then turns his back on God and walks into the arms of the enemy!

D. INCURABLE

Jer. 12:23 -- “Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots?'
* You can't make good out of bad -- man doesn't have the source within himself.
* SIN is an incurable disease without the DIVINE TOUCH of a supernatural God.

Is. 1; 4-6 -- “Ah, sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity...."


* SIN cannot be eliminated by human hands.......' the blind lead the blind'

Titus 1:15-16 -- “....conscience is defiled..."


* Man is rotten from the inside out.
* Conscience is given to man to control his behavior....sear it and you are defiled.
* unholy / unclean
Heb. 9:22 -- “without the shedding of blood is no remission (forgiveness)."
Sin can only be cured by the blood.......which sinners reject in rebellion!

E. HATED BY GOD
SIN is the only thing God hates!

Hab. 1:13 -- “Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity."
Jer. 44:4 -- “........Oh, do not do this abominable thing that I hate."

* God hates SIN because it separates man from Him,


breaking the very thing for which man was made....to be Sons of God.

F. HARD AT WORK
All SIN causes pain, and yet, it's amazing how hard people are working at it daily.
Though SIN may bring temporary enjoyment.......it will ultimately bring grief, pain, death, and hell!

Jer. 9:5 -- Sadly Jeremiah admits that his people "weary themselves to commit iniquity''.

Psa. 7:14 -- “Behold, he travaileth with iniquity...."


* Sinners are willing to go through the most severe kind of human pain without an anesthetic
to accomplish their evil.

Prov. 4:16 -- “For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away,
Unless they cause some to fall."

Ezk. 24:12 -- “....she hath wearied herself with lies..."

It is amazing, but people go to hell sweating! ! ! .... they work hard at being sinners.

3. DOES SIN AFFECT ME?


 Rom. 3:23 -- “for all have sinned....."
 Generation to generation (curse needs to be broken!)
4. WHAT IS THE RESULT OF SIN?
 Causes evil to overpower/dominate the mind, will, and emotions.
 Brings us under the control of Satan.
 Makes us the object of God's wrath.
 Subjects us to the miseries of life.
 Damns the soul to hell.

CONCLUSION:

 I've painted the sinner pretty black........It's not a pretty picture.....no other way to disguise it.

 Until the Prodigal saw himself as "less than worthy"


.....he never would have went home to father, fell at his feet in repentance, then truly be able to
fathom the great love the father had for him
Rom. 5:8 -- “...in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us...”

5. WHAT DO WE DO ABOUT SIN?


 Scripture says that when you come to Christ.........there is rest.
 Matt. 11:28 -- "Come unto me, all ye that labor, and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest...'

Rest from what?? .......> The work that sin is!


The evil that damns the souls by its controlling power.
The mad rush to hell.

 It took the very death of Christ himself to remove SIN from the life of man.

We have arrived at a day and time when our own court system declares and determines that the
Ten Commandments "must go".
 'Without laws (must be God's laws for it to succeed)---->man is lawless'.
> any thing goes
> any thing can happen
> any thing will happen

II Tim. 3:1 -- “This know also in the last days perilous times shall come."

BUT............. II Chron. 7:14 -- "If my people, which are called by my name,


shall humble themselves,
and pray,
and seek my face,
and turn from their wicked ways;
then will I hear from heaven,
and will forgive their sin,
and will heal their land."
 Who is that one closest to you that is standing in worse danger and evil than terrorism?

 Disobeying or ignoring God's law?


 Living as if there were no God or no law?
 Living on their own terms?
 Not responding to God's law, but going beyond His bounds?
 Scared by the defilement of SIN?
 Flat out, openly rebelling and slapping God in the face?
 Enjoying their living and the glorious world God created, drawing off of His undying
mercy without so much as gratitude toward Him who gave all things?
 Trying to let their self-righteousness to cover own sins?
 Separated from God by breaking His commandments?

 If their life was to expire within 24 hours.....where would 'eternity' find them?
 This is the one you are to stand in the gap for and focus on tonight.

To overlook and disregard this situation...will haunt you throughout eternity.


Why not settle your life and its destiny tonight?
List of ‘SIN’
Required to be out of the Christian life

Mark 7: 21-22
1. Adultery – violation of the marriage vows
2. Fornication – sex between unmarried / prostitution / rape
3. Murders – intent to kill
4. Theft – act of stealing
5. Covetousness – to desire unreasonably or unlawfully
6. Wickedness – addicted to evil, delight to do harmful mischief, morally bad
7. Deceit – fraud, crafty, to cheat, wickedness covered & disguised
8. Lasciviousness – loose, lustful, absence of restraint, indecency, shameless conduct
9. Evil eye – power to bewitch others by a glance
10. Blasphemy – to speak irreverently of God's take God's name in vain
11. Pride – too high opinion of oneself, boastful, looking down on others
12. Foolishness – one who behaves stupidly being inconsiderate of others

Romans 1: 29-31
1. Fornication
2. Wickedness
3. Covetousness
4. Maliciousness – ill will, spite, injure others
5. Envy – feeling displeased at the prosperity of others
6. Murder
7. Debate – wrangle, dispute, cause strife
8. Deceit
9. Malignity – evil disposition toward others, slander, speak falsely of another
10. Whisperers – talks behind someone's back
11. Backbiters – to speak evil against others
12. Haters of God – rebellious ("sin of witchcraft")
13. Despiteful – full of spite, offensive, malicious, full of hate
14. Proud
15. Boasters
16. Inventors of evil – think up something wrong to do
17. Implacable – unable to be pleased, covenant breakers
18. Unmerciful

I Corinthians 6: 9-10
1. Idolaters – worship of idols, false gods
2. Effeminate – unmanly, womanish
3. Drunkard – drinks to excess
4. Revilers – abuse with reproach, abusive in speech or acts
5. Extortioners – to obtain by force or threats

Colossians 3:5
1. Inordinate affections – not limited, unnatural
2. Evil concupiscence – violent sexual desire, lustful
Galatians 5: 19-21
1. Adultery
2. Fornication
3. Uncleanness – filthy, obscene, not clean
4. Lasciviousness
5. Idolatry
6. Witchcraft
7. Hatred – strong dislike, active ill will
8. Variance – state of discord
9. Emulations – to strive to equal or surpass, selfish rivalry and strife, unfriendly competition
10. Wrath – violent anger, rage, fury
11. Strife – conflict, struggle
12. Seditions – any act or aim at disturbing peace, stirring up disorder and dissension
13. Heresies – opinions contrary to the Bible
14. Envyings
15. Murders
16. Drunkenness – over come by strong drink
17. Revelings – to carouse, indulge freely in drinking, boisterous or drunken revelry

Ephesians 4: 25-31
1. Lying – untruthful
2. Bitterness – animosity, violent hate
3. Wrath
4. Anger
5. Clamor – to shout a loud complaints or demands, an uproar
6. Malice – desire to injure, spite

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