Summary: Iniquity is sin at its worst. It is the a state where a person is so depraved that evil is normal. How do people get into that way of living and thinking? And how can they escape it?
Open: Our sermon series over the next few weeks is called “Christianeze” – Christian words that the world around us may not understand. And today’s sermon is on Biblical word: “INIQUITY”.
As I was preparing this sermon, one of the questions that came to mind was – how has this word been used in society? And suddenly I remembered the well-known phrase “The Den Of Iniquity”
That phrase (in turn) reminded me of this song from the 1960s.
I’m going to recite the three verses of that song and then I want to see if you can remember the title:
“Want some whiskey in your water? Sugar in your tea?
What's all these crazy questions they're askin' me?
This is the craziest party that could ever be
Don't turn on the lights 'cause I don't wanna see
Open up the window, let some air into this room
I think I'm almost chokin' from the smell of stale perfume
And that cigarette you're smokin' 'bout scare me half to death
Open up the window, let me catch my breath
The radio is blastin', someone's knockin' at the door
I'm lookin' at my girlfriend - she's passed out on the floor
I seen so many things I ain't never seen before
Don't know what it is but I don't wanna see no more.”
Name that tune: (once they guessed it, I sang the chorus)
“Mama told me not to come; Mama told me not to come
She said: ‘That ain't the way to have fun, son
‘that ain’t the way to have fun.’”
How many of you remember that song?
When I was growing up, that song told me what I already knew:
There’s certain parties you ought not go to.
Certain places… and activities your mama wouldn’t approve of.
But people went anyway.
High schoolers and college students and adults would go places no decent person should ever consider going. Places Mama wouldn’t want them to be at.
These were DENS of iniquity.
Now the word “iniquity” has gone out of favor in our culture so I had to do a little research on its meaning, and I found several sources that said things a lot like this description:
“The Hebrew word used most often for “iniquity” means “guilt worthy of punishment.”
Iniquity is sin at its worst. Iniquity is premeditated, continuing, and escalating.
When we give ourselves over to a sinful lifestyle, we are committing iniquity.”
As I read descriptions like that it occurred to me - that once a person reached a state of iniquity, they would have reached a place in their lives where…
• Evil IS normal.
• Where cursing/drugs/sex/ bitterness are just a way of life.
• In essence they’d reached a place where immoral things just "happen".
Romans 1:28-32 talks about that:
“…since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done.
They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity.