by Danny Boggs
“Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness” (1 John 3:4). God’s law stands above human law and human feelings. When we sin, we break God’s law, no matter whether a government allows it or a faulty conscience lets us think we are getting away with it.
“Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Corinthians 6:9-10). When we act by a standard that is less than divine, we sin. Unrighteousness bars us from the kingdom of God.
“Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God” (Galatians 5:19-21). When our only guide is doing what feels good, sin is the first result, and exclusion from God’s kingdom is the final result.
Sin is serious business. Its growing legitimization in our nation ought to horrify us. Even more, if it reigns unabated in our own lives, we need to wake up.
God provides an effective counter to the guilt and power of sin. Thanks His sacrificial death for your sins, you can repent of your sin and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for its remission (Acts 2:38). Then, “If we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:7).