After the offering plates were passed, the preacher glanced down and noticed that someone had placed a $1,000 bill(this must have been some time ago since this bill is no longer printed) in offering. He was so excited that he immediately shared his joy with his congregation and said he’d like to personally thank the person who placed the money in the plate.
A very quiet, elderly and saintly lady all the way in the back shyly raised her hand. The preacher asked her to come to the front. Slowly she made her way to the front. He told her how wonderful it was that she gave so much and in thanksgiving asked her to pick out three hymns. ….Her eyes brightened as she looked over the congregation, pointed to the three handsomest men in the building and said, “I’ll take him and him and him.”
(REMEMBER WORDS CAN MEAN DIFFERENT THINGS TO DIFFERENT PEOPLE)
We must allow God’s word to describe sin. When man decides the description of sin it lessens the seriousness of man’s actions. Man has always tended to think actions were not sinful when God has said they were. Satan started this tendency in the garden when he diminished God’s command not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and man has been doing it ever since.
Society today rejects, as being wrong, almost everything God had called sin. Drunkenness, adultery, fornication, lying, cheating, stealing, murder, violence, all are said by society to be okay today. We need to allow the creator to determine what constitutes sin and accept his definition not that of society.
1 John 3:4 Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.
1 John 5:17a All unrighteousness is sin,
James 4:17 To him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.
Proverbs 14:34 Righteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a reproach to any people.
Our nation is in serious trouble because of our rejection of God’s definition of sin. - Larry Pasley