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
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
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
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
Whatever it is there’s going to be something
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.