Mt. Vernon Church of Christ


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Mt. Vernon, Indiana  47620


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Gospel Plan of Salvation

Hear - Rom. 10:17

Believe - Mark 16:15,16

Repent - Luke 17:3

Confess - Rom. 10:10

Be baptized - Acts 2:38

Live faithfully - Titus 2:12

“If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God...” (I Peter 4:11) Mt. Vernon Church of Christ

This question is not intended to imply that sin has ceased to exist. Sin has been in the world since man’s disobedience in the garden of Eden, and will be so until time is declared no more. The thrust of this article is to show how so many take certain sins, give them another name, as though they can minimize the severity of them. We will note eleven specific examples.

(Continued from What ever Happened To Sin?)

7) Cursing is no longer inappropriate and vulgar, it’s colorful speech. The worldly minded see nothing wrong with it. So many live their lives filled with vile and vulgar language. God’s name is taken in vain. I remember reading a list of twelve rules on raising a juvenile delinquent that was put out by the Houston Texas Police Department. One of the rules said to laugh at your child when they pick up on “cute phrases.” Then later they will pick up on worse phrases that will blow your head off. So, is it wrong, or is it just colorful? Let God answer. “Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain” (Exod. 20:7). “And ye shall not swear by my name falsely, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the Lord” (Lev. 19:12). “But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned” (Matt. 12:36-37). “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers” (Eph. 4:29).

8) Abortion is not killing innocent human life, it is simply birth control. The United States, on an annual basis, kills more babies in one year than the number of lives lost in all the wars fought in this country’s history! What does God say? Study Proverbs 6:16-19. God hates hands that shed innocent blood. “Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward” (Psa. 127:3). “As thou knowest not what is the way of the spirit, nor how the bones do grow in the womb of her that is with child: even so thou knowest not the works of God who maketh all” (Eccl. 11:5). “Thus saith the Lord, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I am the Lord that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself” (Isa. 44:24).

9) Euthanasia, the killing of the old and infirm, is no longer murder, it is good death or death with dignity--“mercy killing.” It is considered by many to be nothing more than showing mercy to someone who is terminally ill. We remember too well Jack Kevorkian as an example of this. He invented a machine by which he assisted people in taking their own life. He upheld his innocence and denied any wrongdoing. Did he really think he could play God? What does the Bible say? “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his n ostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul” (Gen. 2:7). “Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him” (I John 3:15).

10) Nakedness is not immodesty, it’s freedom to do as you please. Many, even many Christians, see nothing wrong with exposing their flesh. Immodesty is open to view, not concealed, lack of covering or clothing; nudity or bareness. However the Bible still calls it what it is! It is sin! “In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works” (I Tim. 2:9-10). “And thou shalt make them linen breeches to cover their nakedness; from the loins even unto the thighs they shall reach” (Exod. 28:42). Read about Noah’s nakedness in Genesis 9:21-27 and how his sons handled this situation. Those who tempt others to sin are not innocent in the sin (cf. Matt. 18:6; Rom. 14:13).

11) Drunkenness is not drunkenness, it’s a disease called alcoholism. It’s simply a drinking problem. But again, some argue drinking in not wrong as long as one does not become drunk. But social drinking is sin! Alcohol is a good remover. It will remove and destroy homes and families. It will remove money out of your pocket and food off of the table. And, it will remove a person’s reputation. Read Isaiah 5:11. “Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh: For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags” (Prov. 23:20-21). “But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself (Dan. 1:8). “Woe unto him that giveth his neighbour drink, that puttest thy bottle to him, and makest him drunken also, that thou mayest look on their nakedness (Hab. 2:15). Read Leviticus 10:8-11. A father asked his son, “If you count a cow’s tail a leg, how many legs does it have? He answered, five.” We know that is not true, because calling a cow’s tail a leg, does not make it a leg. Men can call sin by any terminology they desire, but it’s still sin. Sin will separate you from God. “Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear” (Isa. 59:1-2). “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23). “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Rom. 6:23).

Richard Carlson, Seek the Old Paths, May 2013

Whatever Happened To Sin?