Summary: Little sins cause big problems.
A Little Bit of Leaven
Little things can cause major problems.
In the early to mid 1950's a air line company began to to make the first state of the art passenger air liners.
They came up with the idea of pressurizing the cabins, allowing their air craft to fly higher and faster than any other
jet in the world.
They created the perfect jet airliner, or so they thought. But in 1954 two of their air liners literally dissinegrated
in mid air, killing 56 people. The designers of this jet over looked one very little detail, which caused these jets
to dissinegrate, Square windows.
They failed to recognize that square windows caused numerous weak points , all through out the plane, causing
the plane to literally dissinegrate in mid air. Today, every window on every airliner is oval or round.
Some years ago, the Hyatt Regency decided to build a state of the art Hotel in Kansas City. They designed a
double decker walk way which was to be suspended from the ceiling. The original plans called for ONE single
steel pole to hold the structure together.
But someone decided it would be better to used two individual poles, one pole for each level, instead of the one
long one. And that little change caused the structure to collapse, which resulted in the deaths of 114 people and
injuring 216 others, costing the Hyatt Regancy 140 million dollars in lawsuits.
In the Bible Jesus and the apostle Paul warn against the little things in our lives.
Many of us are under the assumption that if we used to do 10 things wrong and we're down to 1 or 2, that's a good
thing and God should be proud of us. But that is most definitely not the case according to God's Word.
Open your Bible's to 1 Corinthians and look at chapter 5 and verses 6-8.
First let me explain what leaven is in the Bible. Leaven means to cause something to ferment or turn sour.
Often times used to speak of corruptness, perverseness of life, doctrine, heart, etc.
A common agent today is yeast. Yeast is used to alter dough , it is used in many beverages in order to bring them
to an alcoholic state. It literally changes the orignal state of something, from good to bad.
And Paul here warns the believer, Don't you know, Don't you understand that just a little bit of leaven in your life
can and will ruin your entire spiritual life.
Paul says, just ONE pet sin in your life will ruin your relationship with God through His Son Jesus Christ.
See, you're not a success in God's eyes if you keep that One or two pet sins in your life.
I'm talking about continual sins. Unconfessed sins or even sin in your life.
Whether it be some addiction, or a gossiping tongue, a critical tongue, or even here in our text , a Prideful spirit,
Paul says, just a little bit of it in your life will Effect your entire Spiritual Life.
How true. And it goes beyond sin. Oh yes, one consistent sin in your life will devestate your relationship
with God, And in Matthew 16:6 Jesus said these words, Take heed and BEWARE of the leaven of the Pharisees
and of the Saducees.
Jesus was referring to their poisonous teachings. Now here is what we must understand. After reading what
Paul said, that a little bit of leaven can leaveneth the whole lump and combine that here with Jesus' warning
considering false doctrine, I think it is safe to conclude here that even A LITTLE bit of false teaching in your life
can ruin your entire spiritual life and relationship with God as well.
It's very evident that these words are true in our day and time.
As I said, One continual sin will Effect your walk with Jesus.
But Christians that have been exposed to the truth of God's Word that still insist on holding onto ONE false teaching
from a past religion, that God had set them free from, will also Effect your walk with Jesus Christ.
I've seen it first hand several times and just very recently.
I saw how it affected their life. They believe the truth of God's Word except in one area. They twist that one
particular area and it has them in bondage. They struggle with that portion of God's Word, when they don't need to.
They twist God's Word to fit their belief and deep down, there is a struggle because their Holy Spirit within their
being is resisting the lie. And because of that ONE area in their spiritual life, it is ruining their entire relationship
with Jesus Christ.
The Bible says in John 8:32 and 36, Know the Truth and the Truth will set you Free. When you know the truth