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Summary: Let’s take a look at just twenty-one of the pitfalls of sin. Let this message serve as an encouragement to live a holy life.

Twenty-one Reasons Not To Sin (Part 1)

I. Introduction To Sin

Praise the Lord!

Tonight I want to begin a series called 21 Reasons Not To Sin.

To make a long story short, over the next 3 or 4

weeks I’m going to be preaching on sin.

See sin has always been a touchy subject in the

Church!

It’s when we preach against it that the Holy Ghost

is most able to bring about conviction to those who

are within ear shot.

And it’s also when people begin to start looking for

a new church or a new pastor. Amen?

They begin looking for a new church because they

don’t like being under conviction.

But I stand here to tell you that conviction brings

about change. Amen?

Too many in the church today just aren’t

interested in that kind of change.

And it’s for that reason that many preachers and

pastors neglect to preach on the subject of sin.

Many ministers simply compromise and say that

God has not called them to preach against sin,

They spend all of their time teaching and

preaching about the blessings of God,

And the goodness of God, And the miracles of God,

and the gifts of God,

And all of the real good feel good things recorded

in the word of God.

But they never preach on the enemy and on the

flesh and on the world and on the law or sin.

And therefore they never really prepare the flock

for the very real and present dangers that surround

them.

And this is the cause that many of our Christian

brothers and sisters fall by the wayside.

It’s not that they don’t have a desire for the things

of God, but they just don’t know how to deal with

the sin that’s in their members.

We need more preachers and teachers today who

aren’t afraid and aren’t ashamed to preach on sin.

I’m not talking about those who preach

condemnation because we’ve got enough

preachers, and lay persons alike,

going around condemning one anothers actions.

But we need real men and real women of God who

are willing to step up and call sin sin and preach

Jesus as the only remedy.

We need comitted leaders in the church to teach

the saints what the word of God says about sin

so that they might be able to deal with it biblically.

I. What Sin Is And What Sin Does

a) What sin is...

So tonight I’m going to preach on sin and I’m going

to start by giving a biblical definition of what sin is

and what it does.

1Jn 3:4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

So here we see that the bible calls sin a

transgression of God’s law.

You say well Pastor I’ve heard many of preachers

use the word transgression, I read my Bible and I

see the word,

But what does it really mean?

Well let me ask you this.

Has anyone in here tonight ever been playing

around or arguing with someone,

And then you said or did something to make that

person say alright you’ve crossed the line.

And then all of a sudden things got very serious?

When they reached that boiling point,

When you crossed that persons line,

Then you transgressed against that persons will.

See transgression means to cross the line.

Webster’s actually defines it as passing over or

beyond a certain limit.

So when we sin we over step God’s law.

I like to look at it like this.

If I go to your house and trespass onto your

property once I cross your property line

I’m actually trampling all over what is rightfully

yours. Amen?

So in the same sense when we trespass or

transgress God’s law we’re treading where we

ought not. Amen?

And we’re trampling under foot the things of God.

If I were to walk up to you in the street and take

your hat off of your head and throw it on the

ground and begin to stomp on it then we’re going

to have some problems. Amen?

There’s going to be some anomosity between us,

Or some bitterness between us, or hatred or anger

between us.

Whatever it is there’s going to be something

between us.

Well that’s what sin does with us and God.

b) What sin does...

It puts something between us.

Sin becomes a wedge between us and the very

presence of God.

It causes a separation. Amen?

Isa 59:2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.

The word of God says that He can not even look

upon sin let alone dwell in it’s presence.

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