Sometimes I wonder how seriously you and I take sin. Have we become so familiar with it that we think little of it? Oh, I know that we give lip service to the horrors of sin. We say things like, “Oh, sin is terrible. I just hate sin. I am so sorry when I sin. And, I try never to sin again!” But then we go home and watch sin on television, listen to it on our car radio, buy CD’s and go to movie theaters that are overwhelmingly full of sin — and, we enjoy it! Brethren, just remember what the Lord said about such, “Do not be deceived, evil associations corrupt good morals” (1 Cor. 15:33). We hate sin so much that we think we can be around it all the time and not be tainted by it! Figure that one out.

Ask yourself this honest question: “Do I really believe that sin will send a soul to hell?” If you are not sure, then carefully read Acts 8:22-23. “ Repent therefore of this your wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of your heart may be forgiven you. For I see that you are poisoned by bitterness and bound by iniquity.” And this, my friends, after Simon had committed one sin. Peter surely thought one sin was terrible, and that it could cause Simon to lose his soul. Do you think sin is that bad?

Ask yourself another question: “Do I think my loved ones who commit sin are doing something cute or do I think they are lost in sin?” We often wink at sin committed by our loves ones as though they have some kind of “scotch guard” clothing on that will not allow their sins to stick! If we really think sin is that bad, then we’ll mourn sin in our lives, and in the lives of those we love. Don’t fool yourselves, beloved. Your attitude toward sin comes through loud and clear to your parents, your children and other relatives and friends. Why not sit down and take a hard look at your attitude?

By Wayne Goff

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