The Doctrine of Sin

The first time the word sin is found in the Bible is very educational and informing.

Genesis 4:7
“If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee [shall be] his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.”

Cain knew what to do but he refused to do right.

James 4:17
“Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth [it] not, to him it is sin.”

The second time the word sin shows up in the Bible it is also very informative.

Genesis 18:20
“And the LORD said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous;”

What was the sin of Sodom?

Ezekiel 16:49
“Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.

Ezekiel 16:50
And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw [good].”

The sin of Sodom was pride, fulness of bread, abundance of idleness, haughty, and abomination, which was sex perversion, hatred for the truth and no fear of God.

The progression of sin is not doing what you know is right to outright rebellion to God.

A person who refuses to do right in a little thing is headed down the road to outright rebellion to God.

All of us know of someone who just went off the deep end and committed sin that surprised us.

No one ever does the “Big Sin” without many little ones to pave the road for the “Biggie.”

Probably all of us have said, “I never would have believed that he would have done something like that.”

He wouldn’t have if he had taken care of the little sins along the way.

Song of Solomon 2:15
“Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines [have] tender grapes.”

All sin is in the heart.

Any sin in the heart wants to make its way to the mind and begin the process of thinking about it.

Any sin that is thought about will eventually be acted upon (committed).

No one ever commits the horrible shocking sin until first of all they have committed many little sins and allowed their mind to contemplate the sin that costs greatly.

And then one day they commit the sin that will cost them their testimony, or their family, or their church, or their health or their finances.

The little sins that lead a believer in the wrong direction are not reading the Bible daily, not praying daily, and not being conscience of the importance of being God conscience throughout the day.

A believer should spend more time reading the Bible than they do most everything else.

A believer should develop the habit of talking to God about everything throughout the day.

A believer who has God on his mind is a believer who has the fear of God in his thought life.

If you are conscience of the presence of God it will keep you from a lot of sin.

No one ever arrives at a place where they have conquered sin.

1st Corinthians 10:12
“Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.

1st Corinthians 10:13
There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God [is] faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear [it].”

Obviously we will sin every day so we should develop the habit of confessing and forsaking sin when it occurs.

1st John 1:8
“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

1st John 1:9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

1st John 1:10
If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.”

One of the reasons we need to talk about sin is to remind us that we are no better than anyone else.
No matter how repulsive and repugnant the sin let us not be lifted up in self righteousness.

Anyone who consistently reads the word of God will have constant reminders of their own shortcomings.

The history of America is the story of a country that has quit reading the Bible.

America used to be a country that read the Bible.

A nation that quits reading the Bible will be destroyed morally, mentally, and economically.

The first step toward disaster for anyone is failure to read the Bible whether they have never read it or they stop reading it.

People have said to me, “I just do not get anything out of the Bible when I read it!”

That is impossible!

It may be that you did not feel like you got anything but it is impossible to read the eternal words of the eternal God and not get something from that.

All people who consistently read the Bible are made aware of the fact that they have a constant work of God going on in them that keeps them on tract.

Philippians 1:6
“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform [it] until the day of Jesus Christ:”

All sin gets its beginning in the heart because our heart is wicked.
Jeremiah 17:9
“The heart [is] deceitful above all [things], and desperately wicked: who can know it?”

We are commanded to keep the heart and it doesn’t take long to realize that not only is that a big job it is a huge responsibility.

Proverbs 4:23
“Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it [are] the issues of life.”

In the Bible we learn these truths.

The “issues of life” are from the heart.

Proverbs 4:23
“Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it [are] the issues of life.”

The things which defile a man come from the heart.

Mark 7:21
“For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,

Mark 7:22
Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:

Mark 7:23
All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.”

A man must believe in his heart to be saved.

Romans 10:9
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”

A man must obey from the heart the doctrines of the Christian life.

Romans 6:17
“But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.”

A man is basically what he “thinketh in his heart.”

Proverbs 23:7
“For as he thinketh in his heart, so [is] he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart [is] not with thee.”

Let us take a closer look at the “issues of life.”

Proverbs 4:23
“Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it [are] the issues of life.”

Life; as you view it and as you live it is formed in the heart.

Everything in life that you are confronted with is a product that comes from the hearts of other individuals.

Thus, the real issues of daily living are the sum total product of that which comes from the hearts of men.

Before the flood God made this statement.

Genesis 6:5
“And GOD saw that the wickedness of man [was] great in the earth, and [that] every imagination of the thoughts of his heart [was] only evil continually.”

It is interesting to note that you cannot hide anything from God.

Notice that the verse says “GOD saw that the wickedness of man [was] great in the earth…”

Yes God saw the wickedness that was being committed but God also saw what was in the heart of those people.

Luke 6:8
“But he knew their thoughts, and said to the man which had the withered hand, Rise up, and stand forth in the midst. And he arose and stood forth.”

John 2:24
“But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all [men],

John 2:25
And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man.”

Perhaps if we were reading our Bible daily and read passages of scripture such as those, it would run interference for us in our thought life.

I believe we would be more cautious of what we are thinking if we were conscious of the fact that God knows our thoughts.

The primary keeper of the heart is the word of God.

Let us read the three verses that come before Proverbs 4:23.

Proverbs 4:20
“My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.

Proverbs 4:21
Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.

Proverbs 4:22
For they [are] life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.”

Proverbs 4:23
“Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it [are] the issues of life.”

Proverbs 3:5
“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

Proverbs 3:6
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Proverbs 3:7
Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.

Proverbs 3:8
It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.”

Proverbs 4:22
For they [are] life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.”
If the heart is not kept in check by reading the Bible then the mind will begin to think on a specific sin.

As you dwell on that sin you are drawing closer to committing that sin.

No person who ever commits a destructive sin does it while faithfully reading the Bible.

The ignorant statements made by people today are made by people who are not reading the Bible.

The Bible says much about how to think and how to live.

If I am thinking right most of the time and I am doing right most of the time I believe I am protected from the sin that would destroy me.

Familiar verses that we should memorize and meditate on often:

Psalms 119:9
“Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed [thereto] according to thy word.

Psalms 119:10
With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments.

Psalms 119:11
Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.”

Job 23:12
“Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary [food].”

Jeremiah 15:16
“Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts.”

Romans 7:25
“I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.”

Romans 8:5
“For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.”

Hebrews 9:14
“How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?”

Philippians 4:8
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things [are] honest, whatsoever things [are] just, whatsoever things [are] pure, whatsoever things [are] lovely, whatsoever things [are] of good report; if [there be] any virtue, and if [there be] any praise, think on these things.”

Hebrews 5:14
“But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, [even] those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.”
The way to stay right with God is to develop the habit of reading the word of God and never allow yourself to slack off, take a break, or slow down.

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