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Summary: Using the true story of a Civil War General, this sermon explores the way sin can destroy lives.

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What Is Wrong With Sin?

Revelation 21: 1-8

1 Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea.

2Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

3And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, "Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God.

4And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away."

5Then He who sat on the throne said, "Behold, I make all things new." And He said to me, "Write, for these words are true and faithful."

6And He said to me, "It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts.

7He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son.

8But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death."

PRAYER: ______

Here’s my question today, "What in the world is wrong with sin?"

For Christians, the answer is simple –

sin is an offense to a holy God.

For us that is very serious! Why?

Because we know that due to the holiness of God,

sinners will be excluded from heaven.

Notice these 2 verses from the reading of Revelation chapter 21:

4 And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away."

8 But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.

To be excluded from God’s heaven is serious!!

But at the beginning, the question I asked was,

"What in the world is wrong with sin?"

I did not ask, "What in heaven’s name is wrong with sin?"

Do you see the difference?

For a few minutes, let’s forget about the rewards of heaven

the punishments of hell.

Let’s try to understand

some of the terrible consequences of sin in this present world.

Yes, sin will have eternal consequences!

But there are also consequences for us right now.

There are in "this world" consequences of sin,

and they are severe.

So, "What in the world is wrong with sin?"

Daniel Edgar Sickles was born in 1819 in New York City. As a young man he took an interest in politics. Politicians taught him that the end result is far more important than the means and the ways taken to get there. This motto fit Sickles’ well. He became a heavy drinker and a womanizer. Sickles’ political career was loaded with personal scandals.

Point #1.

There will be no peace for the sinner

Isaiah 48:22 "There is no peace," says the LORD, "for the wicked."


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