by John E. Werhan
It is evident that many people do not understand what God deems as sin. For one who is knowledgeable of God’s truth this tragedy is obvious as they observe the daily lives of the people they meet on the street, their friends, and their loves ones.
With so many living in sin and separated from God it seems like a plague has been unleashed on our society. This is why it is imperative that everyone comes to the knowledge of what God deems as sin. To help us in that understanding we must turn to the inspired word and see what God has to say on this subject.
Paul in his inspired letter to the Christians in Corinth reminded them of the sins they had left behind when they became God’s children.
“Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Corinthians 6:9-10).
Note that Paul reminds them that those who practice these sins “will not inherit the kingdom of God.”
To the congregation at Ephesus Paul wrote,
“But immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints; and there must be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. For this you know with certainty, that no immoral or impure person or covetous man, who is an idolater, has an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God” (Ephesians 5:3).
Like the letter to Corinth Paul makes it clear that those practicing these sins do not have “an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.”
The Christians at Colossi were also reminded of what they had left behind when becoming God’s children.
“Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry. For it is because of these things that the wrath of God will come upon the sons of disobedience, and in them you also once walked, when you were living in them. But now you also, put them all aside: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive speech from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices, and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him” (Colossians 3:5-10).
In the letter to the Galatians, Paul notes the “deeds of the flesh” and that practicing such will keep one from inheriting the kingdom of God (Galatians 5:19-21).
These passages from the inspired word of God are not a conclusive listing of all sin but a sampling that will help us in our understanding of this dire state of affairs. I would like to encourage you to take some time and seek the definition of each of these sins from a Bible dictionary.
Most people are surprised to know the depth and radiance of each of these sins. The major reality that I hope you noted is that when one practices sin, they have chosen to reject God and accept Satan as their master. Many who do not understand sin make the eternal choice between heaven and hell every day.
It is my hope and prayer that you will study these listings and come to knowledge of sin that will help you avoid eternal separation from God.
John preachers for the The Northeast church of Christ in Sentinel, Oklahoma.