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ReDefining Sin
by niesha thomas
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My reason for writing about sin is because society and even the church have desensitized this biblical doctrine. This is especially dangerous for our latest generations. They are at risk of losing the way God intended for them to live according to His laws. The acceptance of the sins that the Father has warned us against in His scriptures, are the very sins that media and some religious leaders are promoting. There is no way around sin except for not committing it to your best ability. When it comes to scripture, there are no exceptions or compromises. The book of Leviticus warns of the dangers of disobeying the Creator’s principles. “I also will do this unto you; I will even appoint over you terror, consumption, and the burning ague, that shall consume the eyes, and cause sorrow of heart: and ye shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it.” (Leviticus 26:16) The fear of the Lord should be upon us when the thought of sin comes to our minds. Unfortunately, this fear is being diminished by false doctrines and distorted thinking. Instead of turning from sin, people twist the truth and redefine sin according to what makes them feel comfortable. May God have mercy on the souls of those who know the way, but deceitfully transitions the truth into something that goes against God’s intentions.

All sin is an offense against God and separates the person committing the act from God’s perfect will. The concept of sin has not changed since the Garden of Eden. He has not changed his mind about the boundaries not to cross and the standards the He set for us to follow as His children. Nonetheless, distortions of sin have become a serious problem in society and even in many pulpits around the country. Leaders are willing to compromise the word of God for various reasons, thus widening the path that leads to destruction. Certainly, this path does not lead to the God who created the heavens and the earth, the father of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Matthew 7:13-14 says: "Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life and only a few find it.” The acceptance of sin in society is pouring into the church. Just because certain concepts are deemed “ok” in church, doesn’t make it admissible. However, the narrow road remains narrow. It is narrow enough that it can only be entered through Christ, and the laws that He and the Father gave us to follow.
We live in a society today that challenges the word of God as well as the things that can’t be proven with the human eye. Religious trends like scientology and the so-called emerging church, are twisting the truths of the bible. Some of the issues that are being defended by these groups are the issues like homosexuality and fornication, in which the bible speaks against. Many would try to believe that the bible says nothing about these issues and disregards them as a sin. The story of Sodom and Gomorrah is only one example of how God views fornication and homosexuality in particular. The Bible consistently tells us that homosexual activity is a sin. Many argue that homosexuals were born with these desires and that there is a gay gene. God does not create a person with homosexual desires. The Bible tells us that people become homosexuals because of sin and because they choose to. Romans 1:24-27 says: “Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen. Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion. This is a scripture that spells out how God feels about homosexual acts. The pulpit needs to challenge the morality of the sin verses the sinner. Too much focus goes to the individual who promotes the sin, which is important, but I feel more importantly the sin needs to be exposed for what it is by powerful scriptures like this on from the book of Romans. God loves all of us. We all have fallen short of God’s grace but are redeemed back to God through repentance and the acceptance of the savior Jesus. This applies to homosexuals and heterosexuals as well. We can’t get too caught up in the person because if we do so, we would become judgmental. God is the only one who can judge and determine the faith of everyone. Instead, we must shun the false teachings with the true word of God. As believers of the truth, we must not be intimidated by worldly powers or intellect. There are many leaders put in position in the church today who openly proclaims homosexuality. Gene Robinson is widely known for being the first openly gay priest to be ordained a bishop in a major Christian denomination. He maintains he is following the Holy Spirit in calling for this radical revision of Christian orthodoxy. Yet, he argues against the clear teaching of the Scriptures and unbroken teaching of the Christian tradition that reserve sexual activity to the loving, lifelong marriage bond between a married man and woman. What Bishop Robinson doesn’t understand is that Christianity does not need to be revised. It needs to be practiced. Our thought process needs to be revised and our intentions need to be re-defined. If we were living under the law of the Old Testament, Bishop Robinson would be put to death. Deuteronomy 18:20 speaks of what happens to these speakers of false pretense: But a prophet who presumes to speak in my name anything I have not commanded him to say, or a prophet who speaks in the name of other gods, must be put to death.” Thankfully under the law that Jesus affirms in the New Testament, we don’t have to worry about harsh punishments that are rendered immediately. He gives us the chance to get it right time after time. I am so glad about that. If I wasn’t given a second chance, time after time, I would not be alive. Nonetheless, these false teachings are reaching many who are not anchored in the true word of God. They are like the seeds that are thrown along the path (Luke 8:12). These people are interested in the word of God, but the enemy (in the form of false teachings) comes along and uproot the word that inside tem and replace it with distortions. There was a research conducted by Lifeway Research-Southern Baptist Convention. Lifeway recently conducted a survey that focused on Americans' view of homosexuality. The results present our churches with a serious cultural challenge. "A telephone survey of 1,201 American adults, conducted in April 2008, revealed that 48 percent of all christian Americans believe homosexual behavior is sinful, while 45 percent believe it is not sinful. This number of believers that are for homosexuality is dangerously high. It seems as if this belief is spreading more than the gospels. It proves that the prophesies of the bible are coming to pass according to the book of 1 Tim 4. Verses 1-2 says, “The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron.” These people have no desire for the word of God and actively go against what it teaches.
There are other sins like fornication that is promoted heavily within the channels of the media. Because of this publicity, many would believe that certain acts are ok. If a person is uninformed of what the word of God says, they will not be held accountable of their wrong doing. However, I believe strongly that no one will leave this world without be introduced to God. It becomes dangerous when the persons are aware of what God says and totally disregard His truths. This is considered a mortal sin. This type of sin is premeditated and stinks in the nostrils of God. The bible talks heavily about sexual immorality in the New Testament. Once upon a time, these types of sins were looked down upon and the doers of these sins hid their acts out of respect. They realized that these were acts that went against the word of God and were ashamed to expose them. Today, not only is it accepted but it is encouraged. The internet contributes to this rampage of sexual sin. The bible clearly tells us to stay away from sexual sin. As a result of disobedience, there are plagues of diseases that are accessed through sexual intercourse. This act is meant to be for a married couple, woman and man. It is not to be used for our fleshly desires outside of marriage. The term “shacking up” is a living arrangement of a couple that is not married. This is an alarming issue among the young adult relationships in our societies. They people are not being taught that this is not what God intends for them to do to express maturity. The true expression of maturity is the total submission to God’s word. They are living how the bible explains the Israelites lived during a certain generation- (Judges 2:10) and there arose another generation after them, who did not know the Lord…How can a person live their life without knowing God? Many of us don’t follow every commandment of God, but we do know Him. We do acknowledge Him. This scripture explains that at one time, the people of Israel got so far from God, their children’s children did not know who God was. Mercy! Many of our young adult and youth are not being taught who God is, today. Unfortunately, this makes a larger playground for the enemy to play in.
As a community, as a church and more importantly-as believers, we must reintroduce our future leaders, our children today the true characteristics of God the Father and of Jesus the Christ, our Lord and Savior. We can’t allow them to accept the norm and become as the world is. 1 Peter 2:9 says that we are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light (NIV). How wonderful is the light of God?

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