Whatever happened to sin? The belief in sin, and the idea that someone could be referred to as a “sinner,” have all but disappeared from our permissive society. Sinful behavior has been explained away, excused, tolerated, defended, and now accepted by many people. To accommodate this “enlightened” view, the doctrines of sin and Hell have even disappeared from some churches.
The Bible tells us that the proper way for God’s people to deal with their sins and receive forgiveness is to confess these sins, repent, and pray to God for forgiveness (1 John 1:9; Acts 8:22). When confronted with the reality of his sin, king David simply said, “I have sinned against the Lord” (2 Samuel 12:13). However, when some Christians are confronted with the sin in their life, they become defensive and seek to excuse the behavior that is under question. In this article we will consider some of the more popular methods that men and brethren use to rationalize their sinful behavior, and we will look at what the Bible says about such efforts. Continue reading » Rationalizing Sinful Behavior
Most of us have heard the accusation hurled our way or at someone else. The accuser says, “You have a holier than thou attitude.” Could this accusation ever apply to a member of the body of Christ?
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You would rather not talk about your porn stash and I can understand that. I would rather not talk about it either.
If you grew up in the 1960s, 70s, or 80s, it might have been hidden between your mattress and box springs, a stack of dirty magazines mailed to you from Hugh Hefner or Bob Guccione. Maybe your father had one, too, and you happened upon it, innocently enough one day, as you rifled through his night table, looking for … well, it doesn’t matter.
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Scoffing at Truth, Promoting a Lie
Jesus had much to say in condemnation of the Pharisees’ attitudes and actions. In Luke 16:13, Jesus stated the same truth regarding priorities affirmed in the sermon on the mount: "No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one and love the other: or else he will hold to one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon" (see also Matthew 6:19-34). Rather than making the correction to their own lives shown to be necessary by Jesus’ teaching, the Pharisees "scoffed" at Jesus (Luke 16:14). The word translated "scoffed" is the Greek word ekmukterizo which literally referred to the act of turning one’s nose up in derision. It was inconceivable to the Pharisees that a simple person like Jesus might be right and they might be wrong. Hence, their reaction was one of self-justification. As deity in the flesh, Jesus knew their hearts and reminded them that their efforts to justify themselves before men did not alter the fact of their abomination before God (Luke 16:15).
Continue reading » In the Steps of the Savior: Self-Justification