Summary: First sin begins to corrupt a Christian. Then it starts to control a christian, change a christian, conform a christian and then consumes a christian. How can we get out of sin? Learn how in this message.
WESTSIDE BAPTIST CHURCH
PASTOR: TERRY VAUGHAN
SERMON TITLE: WHAT SIN WILL DO TO A CHRISTIAN
“For God so Loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved. He that believeth in Him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” John 3:16-18
TEXT VERSE: HEBREWS 12:1-2 “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us. Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith.”
I want to say to you tonight that sin is very, very heavy when we carry it around as Christians. We’re living in a day and time where Christians have more sin in their life than they ever have. According to God’s word I believe we’re living in the last days. In the Bible you can read in Daniel and also in the new testament about what the Bible refers to as the abomination of desolation. We believe that to be a time, maybe in our generation where Christians are living in sin yet they think they are living in Salvation. They think that every thing they do is right. They think that they can’t do anything wrong. When you start thinking like that you’re starting to think like the devil thinks. The Bible says that we have all sinned and come short of the glory of God. We’re living in a day and time where sin seems to become common to a lot of Christians. It seems that they love sin more than they do Salvation. Seems to me like they let anything and everything stand between them and their God. I want you to know tonight as a Christian that when sin gets into our lives, it starts to weigh us down. It starts to get real heavy. Proverbs 27:3 says “A stone is heavy, and the sand weighty; but a fool’s wrath is heavier than them both.”
Isaiah 5:18 says this “Woe unto them that draw iniquity with cords of vanity, and sin as it were with a cart rope:”
They carry it around with them. Dragging sin with them where ever they go. A lot of times dragging it into the church. Some drag it into their home. They have it in their life. The Bible said: “OUR SIN WILL SEPARATE US FROM GOD.” Nothing can ever separate God’s love toward us but we as Christians when we get weighted down with sin beloved we will start to recognize there’s something wrong in our life. I would tonight that more Christians would recognize what’s wrong in their life. It’s filled with troubles and trials on every hand. The Bible said that the ways of a transgressor is hard. People love being in sin more than they love being in Salvation. We’re living in a sad day and a sad time when people and Christians have better things to do than worship and serve and Almighty God that loves them tonight.
In Romans 6:1 it says this “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?” “God forbid.” God forbids us to live in sin just so grace can abound.
Now I want to share a few things with you on what sin will do to a Christian.
NUMBER ONE: Sin will corrupt a Christian. There’s more corrupted Christians in the day and time we’re living in than there has ever been. There’s more corrupt Baptists in the day and time we’re living in than I’ve ever seen. A lot of them like to be called church goers. A lot of them like to talk about what they got down at the church house. A lot of them like to brag on the church and what the church is doing. (Talk about what the Lord is doing, instead.) But I wonder what you’re doing tonight. Our sin will separate us from God. If you want to be an on-fire Christian for God....get all the sin out of your life and start living for Christ today. Then you can start being a good Christian.
In Matthew 7:17 it says “...a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.” Did you know the Bible says that you’ll know a tree by the fruit it bears? I might can only look on the outside and God the heart but I believe according to the word of God that what you have on the inside is going to show up on the outside. There is a lot of Christians that just don’t have it tonight. Fighting and devouring one another. Trying to bring one another down. Idol worshippers. They have more things between them and God than I have pews between me and the back wall of this church. They let everything come between them and their God. They let sin corrupt them. You see Christians that once stood tall, stood for the Lord and wouldn’t let nothing bring them down and over a period of time they start to let sin get in their life and sin starts corrupting them and then they try to make excuses as to why they aren’t the person or the Christian they used to be. They start trying to make excuses to you and I as to why they can’t do this and can’t do that. There’s only one thing that will keep us from doing the will of God and that is when we have SIN in our life. Sin is like an old wretched disease. It will corrupt your Christianity, they way you walk with the Lord and everything that you do. Sin corrupts. It’s corrupted a lot of our Christians in the day and time we’re living in. Like we said, in Matthew....A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit. You will know a tree by the fruit it bears. It’s sad and it’s a shame when you look around and see Christians living the kind of life their living. Let me say this real quick, if I could give you a statistic and this is just my opinion, 95% of Christians will try to live a Christian life on Sunday. But as soon as they get home where that old television set is or they get out in the world where their work is....they turn God off. That’s not being a child of God. You have to stand tall for God anytime, every time and all the time. You let sin get in your life and it will corrupt you. You know what the first sign is of a Christian letting sin corrupt their life? All of a sudden that Christian will start blaming every thing else on everybody else. They’ll start wondering what’s wrong in their life and then they’ll start seeing what’s wrong in every body else’s life. Then they will start blaming it on somebody else and say they are in the wrong. They’ll start saying that those people have sin in their life. When sin starts corrupting your life you better check in with yourself. Don’t you start looking to someone else. The Bible says if a man don’t know how to take care of his own house, how can he take care of the house of God? The Bible says to look to yourself so that you don’t lose those things that has been given you by the Lord Jesus Christ.