Summary: It seems a bit silly for Paul to ask, "Shall we continue in sin?"
Shall We Continue In Sin?
Pastor Scott D. Snyder
Introduction: The world today—High School shootings, sexual assault, hate crimes, homosexuality, alcoholism, pornography, domestic violence, drug addictions, child abuse. [Expound]
And in the midst of this Paul ask in Romans 6:1, “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin…?”
WHAT IS SIN?
1. Sin is the willful transgression or neglect of God’s holy law…His Word.
2. Sin is selfishness in attitude and action. It is loving self more than you love God and others.
3. It is saying, “My will…not Thine…be done.”
4. Sin is falling short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).
5. Sin is brought to life in greed, deceit, covetousness, lust, hatred, and idolatry.
6. It is your deadliest, most poisonous, most untrustworthy enemy.
7. It waits like a hidden sniper waiting to ambush and destroy you.
8. It will wreck your life, break up your marriage, and tear your home apart.
Most all the trouble in the world can be blamed directly or indirectly to sin. Most of the taxes that we pay today have been levied because of somebody’s sin. Think of the cost of crime. The cost of maintaining our police forces. The cost associated with our criminal law courts. Our jails and penitentiaries, hospitals, and asylums. Think of the thousands of welfare cases where poverty is due to alcohol, gambling, or other sinful vices. Sin packs the divorce courts—the sin of adultery, the sin of selfishness, the sin of anger, the sin of drunkenness and ungodly living. The sin of apathy, the sin of ignorance, and the sin of self-righteousness.
Oddly enough, at the time they were committing their crime, almost every criminal thought they were enjoying themselves. Hatred made murder a satisfying pleasure…at least for a few minutes. Robbery brought temporary satisfaction because of the material gain. Victory over a personal enemy in an assault probably caused the victor to say, “I guess I showed him!” Rape brought temporary satisfaction as lust took its fearful toll. Lying brought temporary relief as blame was shifted. And drunkenness and drug use blotted out reality…for a time.
In January of 1951 a little story appeared in the newspapers reporting an incident which took place in Glendale, California. A small boy had evidently been reading “Superman” comics. The article read: “I really did fly, Mother, until I landed. Then it hurt.” Richard Bohnam, six years old, gasped these words to his mother yesterday just before he died. His mother told police that Richard had been reading comic books about birdmen and the like. She said Richard ‘tried to fly’ yesterday off a twenty-foot cliff after fashioning a ‘flying cape’ from a bath towel. “I really did fly, Mother, until I landed, then it hurt.”
In January of 1977, while I was stationed at Memphis, Tenn., a young man living in the dorm next to mine, felt has though he could fly while he was high on PCP. He leaped from a third story window and might of felt as if he was really flying—until he landed—then he hurt as he laid there still alive with nearly every bone in his body broken.