Summary: Reasoning the clarification of sin in a society that calls it sin on one hand and accepts it as normal on the other.
LET’S REASON TOGETHER
Isaiah 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
INTRO: Sin is a dominant subject in the Bible. It is mentioned 1,016 times in scripture. Everyone is involved in it. No one is above it. Age makes no difference. We sin when we are young… Psalm 25:7 Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions: according to thy mercy remember thou me for thy goodness' sake, O Lord. And we sin when we are old… Isaiah 65:20 the sinner being an hundred years old shall be accursed.
We know that sin separates us from the Lord. Sin in an offense to Him. His nature of holiness cannot tolerate sin at all. Not the sin of youth nor the sin of old age. We also know that all sin is sin to Him. There is not a small, insignificant, white or slightly gray sin that can be accepted by Him. Rather all sin is black, significant and ugly to Him. Our text tells us sin can be forgiven and made to be white as snow or like wool. Any speck of sin that was unforgiven would immediately show up in snow or anything as white as wool…… If one speck was unforgiven would that be acceptable with God? NO. Then we like the Psalmists say… Psalm 25:18 Look upon mine affliction and my pain; and forgive all my sins. IS THAT CORRECT????
Are you with me so far??? Then Let’s Reason together. When it says reason does that mean we use some other criteria besides the truth to reason with? No!!! We must stick within the bounds of the truth to reason. Let’s reason within the truth. Let’s agree that if the truth reveals an error or let’s be bold and call it SIN… that we will acknowledge it and seek to have it forgiven.
Some may say…. Just a minute preacher, you are leading us down a path that may be embarrassing or at least one we might later regret. Well if sin is sin and all sin is black and all have sinned and come short of the Glory of God…. Anybody that loved the Lord and wanted to be right with Him would surely want to confess their sin and be forgiven. Right??? Ok, let’s reason together.
1. LANGUAGE - Have you ever heard someone say, “Watch your language, children shouldn’t talk like that?” Even society sees bad language in children as sin. It is unbecoming to their character and their upbringing to hear profanity or vulgarity come from their lips. Isaiah confessed to having unclean lips or having said things that were unacceptable to God. SIN, if you please. But according to society he must have done those things when he was young… Because there is a word that we use that changes all the guilt and makes sin acceptable at least to society. That word is ADULT. Adult language is not as sinful as kid’s language apparently. We can slander, abuse, profane, and generally use any language we want if we are adults.. without it being so bad. When we call it adult language it becomes acceptable.