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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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Wow!  As I read this post, by John MacArthur,  I thought about how much our God really does love us.  He has made promises to us and He tells us in the Bible what He expects from us. If only we would listen, our lives would be so much easier.  If He takes care of the birds, we can rest asured the He will take care of us too.  Often I forget that I’m a child of the King and that I don’t have to live like unbelievers. Isn’t that wonderful?


One of the most hopeless aspects of unrepentant sinners’ lives is that they have no answer for anxiety. They’re forced to put their hopes in flimsy, fallible plans and institutions. They aren’t able to rest firmly in the unchanging promises of God—they have to ride out every wave of calamity, every unexpected disaster.

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Our Father Overcomes Our Anxiety, Part 1.

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I have to admit I sometimes get my mind too much on the temporary things of this world. I wonder what might happen if our economy gets worse.  We are retired so I don’t have to worry if we’d get laid off, but I am concerned about our income. We’re on a fixed income and the future isn’t very bright right now.  I’m looking forward to reading the rest of these posts by John MacArthur as he helps us see what is really important and why worry is not part of who we are as Christians.  I hope you read them and learn along with me.


You probably remember the “What Would Jesus Do?” trend from the late ’90s. It seemed everywhere you looked, plastered across T-shirts, hats, jewelry, and all kinds of other merchandise, the WWJD slogan was a blithe, shallow reminder to live up to Christ’s moral code..

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What Did Jesus Say About Worry?.

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Are you a worrier?  I was for a long time.  It wasn’t until I became a Christian and got into the Word that I discovered that it was not God’s will that I should worry.  When He tells us something we need to sit up and take notice.  And, Jesus plainly tells us that He will take care of us and that we do not need to be anxious about anything.  It took me some time to break the worry habit, but I did with His help and so can you.  In this article John MacArthur continues to teach us about God’s view of worry.


English: Sherlock Holmes (r) and Dr. John B. W...Sherlock Holmes (r) and Dr. John H. Watson. Illustration by Sidney Paget from the Sherlock Holmes story The Greek Interpreter.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s legendary detective, Sherlock Holmes, is one of the most intriguing creations of literary fiction. He is, quite simply, extraordinary. His famous cohort, Dr. John Watson, is ordinary, at least by comparison. Watson has often been erroneously portrayed as a bumbling fool, but that flies in the face of Doyle’s attempt to make the average reader relate to Watson.

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Observing God’s Care.

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Here is another wonderful post on anxiety by John MacArthur.  He is doing a series of them and I want to share them with you.  There is a very good short video clip in this one that you MUST listen too.  I think it is the key to victory.  When you get a hold of that teaching, it really makes all the difference.

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It should be clear by now that unchecked anxiety isn’t good for you. It’s a sin expressly forbidden by the Lord, so there is the spiritual cost to consider. But it’s also harmful to your health, your productivity, and your relationships. It wreaks havoc throughout your life, and as we saw yesterday, it strangles your mind.

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John MacArthur on Anxiety and God’s Sovereignty.

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Here is an article by John MacArthur that I’d like to share with you.  I know first hand how much trouble worry can add to a person’s life.  I want to thank John MacArthur for writing this and sharing his wisdom on this issue as I know from sharing with people over the years that worry is a huge problem even among Christians.  We can be conquers!


Worry is a common temptation for all of us. The source of the anxiety might vary from person to person, but no one is completely immune. For some, it’s even a favorite pastime, occupying large portions of their days by troubling over their doubts and fears about the future.

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Worn Out by Worry.

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English: Signs & Symptoms of Anxiety

Here is an article by John MacArthur that I thought might be of interest to you.


Anxiety, fear, worry, and stress are familiar words in our day, and familiar experiences to many. More and more we’re hearing of an extreme form of anxiety referred to as a “panic attack.”

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Overwhelmed by Anxiety?

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