“Sin is not hurtful because it is forbidden, but it is forbidden because it is hurtful” - Benjamin Franklin
I really enjoyed our discussions this past Sunday morning. It is really great when the congregation gets in on the sermon. I loved the questions, answers, confessions, and love. This Sunday also brought up some really important issues. What is your view of sin. Do we really look at sin like Jesus does, like God does, or do we entertain convenient or pleasurable sins in our life. I never have a problem with Christians that struggle with sins, what saddens me deeply is when we stop struggling and just give in to them, excuse them, or justify them. Let us all take seriously the words of Jesus, he takes sin very seriously, and so should we. How far are we willing to go to purge sin from our lives.
Matthew 18:9 If your eye causes you to stumble, pluck it out, and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into the Gehenna of fire.
(Please understand that Jesus is not encouraging self mutilation but making a point about the seriousness of sin)
10 Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?” 11 “No, Lord,” she said. And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.”
"If you love me, you will obey what I command.
19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Let us all be careful not to adopt the attitudes of this world in regard to sin, but to adopt the attitude of God toward sin!!!