What is sin?

Sunday, January 11 2009 @ 05:00 AM CST

Contributed by: Ricky

Radio transcript for January 11, 2009 and January 17, 2009

Ricky Berger preaches on "What is sin?" on Seeking the Lost - International Radio.

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And now a lesson titled: What Is Sin?

The word sin is used often in daily conversation. However, Iâ??m not sure everyone really understands what sin is, or at least do not take it seriously. The goal of our study today is to look to the Bible and learn what it says about sin.

Sin is transgression of Godâ??s law (1 John 3:4). Some sins are specifically mentioned, such as those in Galatians 5:19-21. While others may not be mentioned by name, anything that is in transgression with Godâ??s law is sin. Sometimes people justify sin by pointing out what sins they do not commit. One does not have to commit every sin to be a transgressor (James 2:10-11).

Sin is neglecting to do what is right (James 4:17). Have you ever considered that someone can sin by doing nothing? When a Christian neglects his or her responsibilities, it is sin. Some of the duties of a Christian include attending church, praying, Bible study, and helping others. Do not allow neglect to keep you from a home in Heaven.

Sin can be committed by your actions or your thoughts. It may be that to other people you appear to be living right, while your thoughts are full of sin. Matthew 5:27-28 teaches against lustful thoughts, 1 John 3:15 teaches against hate, Proverbs 4:23 warns to keep your heart, while Philippians 4:8 instructs us to think on good things.

Sin can be moral or religious in nature. Galatians 5 gives us a list of some sins that are morally wrong. The Bible also teaches about religious sins. Anytime you do or teach something that is different from what the Bible says, it is sin, even if it is in the name of religion (Matthew 7:21; 15:8-9; Luke 6:46; 2 John 9-11).

It is true that â??all have sinned and come short of the glory of Godâ? (Romans 3:23), but because of a loving Savior and His sacrifice (Romans 5:8), we can enjoy forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38). Have you been forgiven?

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