FOOLS MOCK AT SIN Prov. 14:9-18 This is a day of permissiveness; a day of loose morals; a day that says let the flesh dictate the standards; a day when every one wants to do that which seems right in his own eyes; a day when men throw off all righteous standards and charge God with not wanting them to enjoy life; a day when fools mock at sin. Hebrews 3:13, “...exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.” Somewhere alone the line we have failed to heed this command and many have become hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. We face tremendous pressure to keep lowering the standards of righteous living and join in with the world. Young people face the pressure in school, in the entertainment presented to them, and sometimes even in their homes. Adults face the pressure too. In many circles it is counted popular to cheat in business- to charge more than an item is worth or to give less than a days work for a days pay or to steal from the company because it is large and will not miss it or because the company is the government. It is considered popular to lie about taxes, and in vogue to cheat on your spouse. Christians are often pressured in another way. The Devil would have us believe that as long as our standards are better than the world's standards we are all right. But that is not always true. God's standards never change, no matter where the world's standards may be. And God enables the believer to live according to His standards no matter how difficult the pressure from the world. There is no excuse for us lowering our standards. Hebrews 3:12 warns, “Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.” Sin is a result of not believing God. Sin is a terrible thing. We must never laugh at it or make light of it. “Fools make a mock at sin.…” John tells us, “He that sinneth is of the Devil...” (I John 3:8). When we participate in sin we are partaking of the Devil's nature. We are bringing him into our lives. We must see what God says about sin and turn from it and strive to keep it out of our lives. Sin will hurt you as a Christian. If you are not a Christian and die unsaved, sin will bring endless agony and torture in hell forever. The Bible reveals sin in the lives of men and women that we might learn what sin does to people. Sin is revealed to show us the weakness of man (never trust the flesh v.12); to show the awfulness of sin and what it can do; to show the love and power of God (He hates sin but loves the sinner in spite of his sin), and sin is revealed to help us learn to hate sin. Consider now the consequences just one sin. I. ONE SIN CAN COST YOU YOUR ETERNAL SOUL (John 3:18). A. It is not the multitude of sins that sends a person to hell. B. It is not the magnitude of sins that sends a person to hell. C. It is the one sin of unbelief that sends a person to hell. II. ONE SIN CAN END YOUR LIFE (I John 5:16). God is merciful and longsuffering, but there are some things He will not allow a believer to do and live. A. Sometimes it is a prolonged death as with Adam. Romans 5:12, “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:” B. It may be a sudden death. 1. Nadab and Abihu (Lev. 10:1-2) a. They ran ahead of God's instruction. b. They were presumptuous in their worship. 2. The son of Shelomith (Lev. 24:10-16, 23) a. He got into a fight and lost his temper. b. He blasphemed God and died for it. 3. Achan (Josh. 7:1, 20-26) a. He lusted after gold, silver, and raiment. b. He stole what was consecrated to God. c. He lost his own life and caused his family to die also. 4. Uzziah (II Sam. 6:3, 6-7) a. He put his hands on the ark of God. b. He died for his mistake. 5. Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5:1-10) a. They gave an offering to God but lied about the amount. b. They had to die for their lie. Ecclesiastes 8:11-13, “Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil. Though a sinner do evil an hundred times, and his days be prolonged, yet surely I know that it shall be well with them that fear God, which fear before him: But it shall not be well with the wicked, neither shall he prolong his days, which are as a shadow; because he feareth not before God.” III. ONE SIN CAN MAR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE. A. It can make your life ugly (Man in wheelchair on Mexican border). B. It can rob you of God's blessings (Moses can testify to this). 1. He disobeyed God by striking the Rock the second time. 2. He lost the blessing of entering the promised land. 3. He lost the privilege of leading Israel into Canaan. C. It can bring misery to your family. (Abraham can testify to this). 1. He ran ahead of God (Gen. 16:1-4, 11-12). 2. He thought to help God with the promised son. 3. He took Hagar and Ishmael was born. 4. He brought trouble to his descendants until this day. D. It can weaken your testimony (David can testify to this). 1. He had one night with Bathsheba. 2. He lost his testimony. E. It can cost you your privilege to serve (I Cor. 9:27). 1. Israel can testify to this (Num. 14:1-4, 26-32). 2. John Mark can testify to this (Acts 13:13; 14:37-29). a. He deserted Paul and Barnabas in the work. b. He was not permitted to go on the next trip. c. He was later restored to service (II Tim. 4:11). Think of the consequences of just one sin. Just one drink of alcohol, just one joint of marijuana, just one snort of cocaine, just one visit to the gambling hall or machines, just one dirty joke, just one act of immorality, just one lose of temper, these can do eternal damage to yourself and to others. IV. ONE SIN CAN TEACH US VALUABLE LESSONS. Have you done wrong? I have too and learned from it. There is a bright side to the awfulness of sin. A. We learn our own weakness and the power of Satan. B. We learn the power of God to forgive our sin. C. We learn to run to God's side when tempted (Simon Peter illustrates this). 1. He said no to the cross. 2. He ignored Christ's warning. 3. He refused to pray. 4. He denied His Lord three times. 5. He confessed his sin and was restored. Have you allowed some sin to spoil your life at this point? Confess that sin and be forgiven and cleansed. Are you allowing the sin of unbelief to keep you from being saved? Repent of that sin and be born-again. Are you being tempted to commit some certain sin? Consider the consequences of just one sin and run to God for strength and safety to overcome the temptation.
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