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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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I have something on my mind that really bothers me, and I wonder if any one else feels the same way?  What is Christian fellowship anyway?  I would think that Christian fellowship would be when Christians get together for some social event and the topic of discussion would always turn to Christ.  After all we are all one in the body.

Have you noticed that when professing Christians get together for a time of fellowship there seems to be something missing? At least that is how it has been with me.  I’ve noticed that there is not a lot of talk about Christian things.  Oh, we talk about each others jobs, and families.  We tell each other of something funny that has happened recently.  Mostly it seems people talk about their troubles and all the illnesses and problems others are going through.  Is this gossip? And, we joke around and say clever things. We don’t usually even talk about ideas. But, most of all  Christ is left out.

Time and again, I’ve noticed that no one mentions Christ, or the Bible, or God.  People don’t seem to share the things of Christ and I wonder why?  After all, we are suppose to be different, (and we are) so it would seem that we would want to share things that have to do with Christian living.  Or, something that the Lord has done for us lately.  Do we just take Him for granted?

I’d call this fellowship and not Christian fellowship.  It seems to me this is no different than how unbelievers fellowship.

Anyway, I’d like to know if anyone else has noticed this and if anyone has any suggestions to  turn this around.  I need your input and advise.

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