The Seriousness of Sin
First of all, yes, Scripture DOES say in Romans 3:23 that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. And I think many of us embrace this and think I have sinned, which means that I WILL sin, so why not sin here-today and now-cause I'm going to sin somewhere on down the road. BUT, Ezekiel 36:27 says I will put my Spirit in you, and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. An expository on this verse that I was reading by Charles Spurgeon talks about the fact that the very Spirit which is God has deigned to dwell in mortal man, and yet we offend Him daily by sinful actions and thoughts and desires.
How is it that we forget that we have the Comforter within us-the Savior left so that the Comforter may come and yet we would rather watch an unpure movie or laugh at an unkind joke. I think that it is because we are so callous with our own sin that we therefore are callous with the Spirit of God within us. I think it is because we don't understand the depravity of our every sinful action that we are not more grieved at the wretched nature of our sinful soul. Somehow, we have gotten to the point where we think that when we sin, it does not offend the Holy God. Charles Spurgeon has this to say:
it is the setting of a truth before the eye of the soul, so as to make it powerful
upon the conscience. I speak to many here who know what conviction
means; still I will explain it from my own experience. I knew what sin meant
by my reading, and yet I never knew sin in its heinousness and horror,
till I found myself bitten by it as by a fiery serpent, and felt its poison
boiling in my veins. When the Holy Ghost made sin to appear sin,
then was I overwhelmed with the sight, and I would fain have fled
from myself to escape the intolerable vision. A naked sin stripped of all excuse,
and set in the light of truth, is a worse sight than to see the devil himself.
When I saw sin as an offence against a just and holy God, committed by
such a proud and yet insignificant creature as myself, then was I alarmed.
Sirs, did you ever see and feel yourselves to be sinners? "Oh, yes," you say, "we are sinners."
0 sirs, do you mean it? Do you know what it means? Many of you are no more
sinners in your own estimation than you are Hottentots. The beggar who exhibits
a sham sore knows not disease; if he did he would have enough of it
without pretenses. To kneel down and say, "Lord, have mercy upon us
miserable sinners," and then to get up and feel yourself a very decent
sort of body, worthy of commendation, is to mock Almighty God. It is
by no means a common thing to get hold of a real sinner,
one who is truly so in his own esteem; and it is as pleasant as
it is rare, for you can bring to the real sinner the real Savior,
and He will welcome him.
And also this:
beloved Lord. What an accursed thing is sin, which
crucified the Lord Jesus! Do you laugh at it? Will you go
and spend an evening to see a mimic performance of it?
Do you roll sin under your tongue as a sweet morsel, and
then come to God's house, on the Lord's-day morning,
and think to worship him? . . . Sin murdered Christ; will
you be a friend to it? Sin pierced the heart
of the Incarnate God; can you love it?"
Do you love sin? Do you pay to be entertained by sin? The very sin which crushed the Son of the Most High God? I hear people say "But this is fun." Friend, God has not called you to live a life of fun. He has called you to live a life that brings glory to Him? He will not ask you one day "How much fun did you have?" Is your life proclaiming the name of Christ? Is your life resonating that glory that is God's through out the world?
I know this can become legalistic. I know that is what this can tend towards. This is right and that is wrong. So then people say they don't want to be legalistic and they have freedom in Christ and yes, friend this is true. In God's gracious mercy though, it won't be this way. But ask yourself. Is the activity that you so wish to do beneficial? Is it good? What is motivating you? Can God receive Glory from it? WILL He recieve glory from it? Is it causing another brother or sister to stumble?
I'm not asking you to be legalistic. I don't want to be legalistic. I just want us to consider that it was sin-murder, hatred, envy, gossip, jealousy, lies, disobedience, etc.-for which Christ hung on the cross. Sin murdered the living breathing incarnate God...will you be friend to it?