Summary: The first lie Satan was able to get man to believe was that, each of us have the right to decide for ourselves what is right and wrong. We don’t need to worry about the Lord and His Word and deny ourselves what we would like to do, or have, or be, for fea
TEXT: GENESIS 2:15-17; 3:1-1
TITLE: SIN – WHAT GOD SAYS VERSUS WHAT SATAN SAYS
After the Lord commanded Adam and Eve Not to Eat of the Tree Of The Knowledge of Good and Evil, and warned of the dire consequences if they choose to disobey His Word, [Genesis 2:15, 16] Satan struts into the Garden and deceives Eve into believing that God is all talk, it really doesn’t matter whether you take Him and His Word serious or not. He’s bluffing. He just wants to be God. He just wants to be a dictator. Break loose and do your own thing, don’t take the Lord seriously, don’t worry about Him. Satan said that there will be no price to pay for disobedience, so there is no need to deny yourself, go ahead and partake of all that the world has to offer you, you only go around once, so eat, drink and be merry.
The first lie Satan was able to get man to believe was that, each of us have the right to decide for ourselves what is right and wrong. We don’t need to worry about the Lord and His Word and deny ourselves what we would like to do, or have, or be, for fear of His threats of judgment for refusing to submit and be obedient to Him. There is nothing that is Sin, if you believe it’s alright for you, and there will be no judgment for refusing to live by the Lord’s will. Multitudes of Eve’s sons and daughters have swallowed that same lie from then to this very day.
One of the darkest periods in the history of the Nation of Israel was during the time of the Judges. We read that; “In those days there was no king in Israel; every man did that which was right in his own eyes.” [JUDGES 21:25] They too had rejected the Authority of the Lord and His Word over their life, and choose to be their own decider of what was right and wrong. A decision that led to their demise as God had warned.
Satan has done a masterful job in *eliminating SIN from our belief system. Someone has rightfully said that in America today the only thing that is considered to be sin any longer is to CALL SIN, SIN. The word SIN is *not even a part of our vocabulary any longer. You very seldom hear the word used, even in the Pulpits in America.
The world today no longer believes that the Word of God is to be taken seriously. There is no such thing as “Absolute Truth”, Truth is Relative, if we believe it to be alright for us, then it is alright, and no one has any business judging us, and the thought of God judging us for our Self-Willed life is ridiculous. That is the Big Lie that Satan deceived Eve into embracing which led to her fall. That has been the cause for the fall of our great Nation from her once glorious state to the decline we are now in.
That is what Satan says about SIN, but what does God say about SIN. Is there really such a thing a SIN in this world? Is there really a God that judge’s man for defying His Word? Let’s look at what the Word says about Sin and its Consequences. Then we are left with the choice of which we will believe, SATAN or the LORD JESUS. The following points are what the Lord’s Word says about SIN. Choose carefully, your eternal soul is at stake!!
[1John 3:4] tells us that any and all Transgression of His Laws is classified by Him as SIN. His Law is not only the 10 Commandments, but is all of His Word. Even though our society refuses to do so, the Lord does still call some things as Sin. Anytime that anyone disobeys the Lord’s Word, he or she has crossed the line, over which the Lord says if a man goes, he has sinned.
Satan has been masterful at getting America to eliminate the Bible from nearly all segments of our society, from the School House to the White House. We ignore and defy the clear teaching of the Word of God without fear or shame today. The sad truth is that many young adults and school age children in America have had very little, if any exposure to the Word of God, other than the constant ridicule they hear from most of those they have received their counsel and influence from in their formative years. For instance, many of their School Teachers who believe the Bible is the Word of God feel muzzled to say anything positive about the Bible and thus remain silent about the Bible, and many more feel the liberty to castigate doubt and ridicule upon the Bible to those same children. Those they Idolize, Ball Players, Movie Stars, TV Stars, Singers, Politicians, etc., set terrible examples for them, as a matter of fact they have become Satan’s Servants in seducing and luring our young people into the clutches of Satan. All we have to do is to look around at our broken society and see that God is telling us the truth when He said: “Be not deceived, God Is Not Mocked, for whatever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” [Galatians 6:7]