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Opening thought of where this sermon idea originated:

I was sitting in a local coffee shop reading my daily devotional when I overheard three older ladies discussing their children. The one lady was upset that her granddaughter was moving in with another young man and not even contemplating marriage. The other lady said she was experiencing the same disgust with her grand children as well. The one said what ever happened to morals? The one older lady who had been quiet for a while listening to her friends spoke up, “Ladies don’t you understand that’s the way it goes today!” She added, “Everyone does it that way today. Remember we live in a different time and that’s just how it is, so we just have to accept it!” The ladies got up shaking their heads and agreeing with their friends thoughts on the subject of immorality. As they departed I sat their thinking to myself, “How fooled many are becoming today to sin.” In essence they said, “Sin, what’s the big deal! Everyone is doing it that way today so just accept it!” Well my heart and mind turned to Jude 3, 4 and it was like the text rose off the page and said, “Read this, ‘3Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt I had to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints. 4For certain men whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.”

After reading this text many times I took a look around me and had to say that I saw many people saying “Sin, what’s the big deal? That’s the way it is today!” I guess I expected this from the people who did not claim to be Christians, but I discovered many who were saying this and also saying “I am a Christian!” I was also disturbed by how many Christians did not even care that sin was being accepted as that’s the way it is in our society. Sin did not scare them or disappoint them. They even seemed ambivalent toward it. When I asked some people what they were going to do about this attitude toward sin most of them suggested it was not their problem.

I am reminded every day on the news how our nation has digressed away from truth and the faith and embraced the deceit of sin.

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