Sin Is Worse Than We Think
Rebellion is equal to witchcraft. Stubbornness is equal to iniquity. Stubbornness is equal to idolatry. Hatred is equal to murder. Committing one sin gets the same result as committing many sins. The prayers of those who reject the Bible, the Word of God, (don*t study it, don*t hear it taught, avoid church) are an abomination to God. We might understand how a high look and pride would be sin. But even the plowing (the work) of the wicked is sin.
1 Samuel 15:23: For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.
1 John 3:15: Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.
James 2:10: For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.
Proverbs 28:9: He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.
Proverbs 21:4: An high look, and a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked, is sin.
Why are these things so? Because sin, any sin, mars our relationship with God. He hates it.
Isaiah 59:2: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.
Those who have not received Christ and have not become children of God are separated from God continually and His wrath abides on them.
John 1:12: But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
John 3:36: He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.
For those who have received Christ and become children of God there is no condemnation, but when they sin there is chastening.
Romans 8:1: There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Hebrews 12:6: For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. 8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.
God*s chastening is good for His children.
Hebrews 12:11: Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.
God wants His children to confess and forsake their sin so they might again and always have the peaceable fruit of righteousness.
Proverbs 28:13: He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.
1 John 1:8: If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
The we in the passage refers to those who, like John, have received Jesus and become children of God. If you have not received Jesus and become a child of God, the forgiveness and cleansing are not for you.
Care to discuss Sin Is Worse Than We Think with Ron?