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Michelangelo's painting of the sin of Adam and...

Michelangelo’s painting of the sin of Adam and Eve (the Fall of Man) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Whatever happened to sin?  It seems today that word has been dropped from our vocabulary.  Most of the modern mega church leaders, such as Joel Osteen, don’t want to mention sin because it is not what they would call “positive.”  They don’t want to proclaim anything negative to their people as it just might offend them, and for goodness sakes we mustn’t offend anyone.  They might not come back and put money in our coffers.

So let’s be adults and for a moment think and talk about sin.  First off, what exactly is sin?  According to the Bible in 1 John 3:4  Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness.(emphasis mine)  Sin is the breaking of God’s law.  That is the most simple answer I can give.

John MacArthur has said this regarding sin: “Sin is any personal lack of conformity to the moral character of God, or law of God.  Then sin is a disposition of the heart.”

Today sin has been watered down to the extent that anything goes.  Here are a few of the sins of the Bible and how they have been diluted to make them more acceptable to society.

  • Adultery –  has been changed to “having an affair.”
  • Steal– is now “commit fraud.”
  • Fornication – we don’t hear that word anymore, but we do hear “live together,” “significant other” or “partner.”  But, fornication is having sex with someone outside of marriage.
  • Drunkenness  – this is now a disease called  alcoholism, or perhaps they are a “social drinker.”
  • Lie – oh, they just tell a little “fib,” or a “white lie.”
  • Gossip –  “I want to share something with you about (insert name).”
  • Murder/abortion – this is now “birth control,”  or seen as “a woman’s right.”
  • Homosexuality – today this is called “an alternative lifestyle.”

These are only a few things that I could think of.  I’m sure there are many more.  But, to be sure sin is alive and well today just as it has been since the fall in the Garden of Eden.  Adam and Eve disobeyed God and sin entered society.  But, today, it is mostly in disguise.  Sin is serious business and we will talk more about this in future posts.

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Should you get married or simply live together?

Recently, I heard a conversation between two people who really got my attention.  The first person said, “I know people who have to live together because they can’t afford to marry.  They would lose their benefits.  This is especially true of seniors.”  The other person said, “Yes, I know!  Carl and I couldn’t afford to be together if we got married.  And, there are going to be a LOT more people living together because of the economy.”

I sat and listened and am sorry to say didn’t speak up.  I should have said, “But, they are living in sin!  Is it better to live in sin than to please God?”

Gen 2:24 NASB

  For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh.

God cannot bless these kinds of relationships.  People wonder why they have so many problems and a lot of it is because they are thumbing their noses at God.

Many couples today are living together.  They have children and when they tire of each other they think they can move on.  This is not how God planned our relationships.

Several years ago my friend and I fell in love with each other and wanted to marry.  We had to count the cost.  For me it meant that I would lose my disability payments along with medical coverage.  That was a big deal!  For him it meant he would have to take on more responsibilities and provide for the two of us.  He was retired at the time and would have to go back to work.

We talked to others about our situation, and I was shocked to learn that even Christians told us that we should move in together.  “Other Christians are doing the same thing,” they said.  “God understands.”  Does He?   He ordained marriage and it is to be the norm.  When we live together we live in sin and are out of God’s will.

Mat 19:4-6 NASB  And He answered and said, “Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning MADE THEM MALE AND FEMALE,  (5)  and said, ‘FOR THIS REASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER AND BE JOINED TO HIS WIFE, AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH’?  (6)  “So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.”

Jesus himself said these words, and the parts in all caps are taken right from Genesis 2:24.  Way back in the beginning God ordained marriage.

We prayed about our situation and came to the conclusion that God wanted us to marry.  That was His will.  We weren’t going to entertain anything else. We thought about my husband’s children and grandchildren.  What kind of testimony would it be if we lived together?  Could we expect more from them down the road?

Then, we counted the cost financially.  We came up short.  We would not have enough money to manage our marriage.  Finally, we decided we would follow God’s will and get married anyway.  We didn’t care if some of our friends thought we were crazy getting married at our age.  We would trust God with the rest. We wanted to do things right!

God came through for us. He didn’t let us down.  He blessed us with enough money to meet our needs and more.  He blessed our marriage in so many ways and gave us peace knowing we did the right thing.

How could God have blessed us if we had decided just to live together?  He couldn’t, because it would have gone against His will.  There are consequences to sin.

I don’t know your situation, but if you are at this blog site it’s most likely because you have anxiety and/or panic attacks.  If so, and you are in a relationship where you are living with someone of the opposite sex, then you need to repent and either get out of that relationship, or get married.  If you are a Christian, God cannot bless you if you are living in sin.  He wants you to get right with Him.  If you are experiencing panic attacks or extreme anxiety or depression perhaps God has allowed this to get your attention.  God loves us and wants the very best for us.  Would you want your child doing things that were against your will for them?  God wants us to obey His word, and when we don’t He disciplines us just as a loving father disciplines his children.

Do you realize that a sexual relationship outside of marriage is sinful?  In the Bible it is called immorality.

1Th 4:3 NASB

  For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality;


  Flee immorality. Every other sin that a man commits is outside the body, but the immoral man sins against his own body.

I don’t know you, if you are young or older, but if you are considering living together instead of getting married please reconsider and look into the Word for direction.  Living together may seem to be an acceptable lifestyle in our society, but it isn’t with God. You will be blessed if you follow God.

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