Rebound & Keep MovingAug 8th, 2013 | By admin | Category: Religion
by R.B. Thieme, Jr.
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Before you begin your Bible study, be sure that, as a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, you have named your known sins privately to God (1 John 1:9). You will then be in fellowship with God, under the control of the indwelling Holy Spirit, and ready to learn doctrine from the Word of God.
If you are an unbeliever, the issue is not naming your sins.
The issue is faith in Christ:
“He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.” (John 3:36)
IF YOU’RE STILL ALIVE - REBOUND
There are many passages we could study that describe various kinds of Christian sins. Let me hasten to say that it is impossible for any Christian to commit the unpardonable sin. THE UNPARDONABLE SIN IS THE UNBELIEVER’S REJECTION OF CHRIST AS SAVIOR. But, a Christian can commit any other sin that any unbeliever can commit, and probably add a few more to it. Remember, some of the worst people you will ever run into are Christians. You have not been thoroughly cheated in business until a Christian does it. You have not been properly maligned and “slammed” until some Christian does it. You have not really been hated until some Christian does it. The reason is carnality!
There is no excuse for any Christian staying in this condition. That is why we take up the Doctrine of Rebound before we get into the subject of Spirituality. You need to be aware of the fact that, actually, you can be the world’s worst person. However, because of God’s gracious provision in Rebound, you do not have to be this type of person - neither do I! Even when we get into some pretty rotten kinds of sin, we can always move out again because of God’s provision and God’s grace. Let me give you a little point right now to save you some wear and tear. If you commit some sort of a sin, feel depressed about it and realize you are in pretty bad shape, remember this fact: IF YOU ARE STILL ALIVE WHEN THE SMOKE HAS CLEARED, GOD STILL HAS A PURPOSE FOR YOUR LIFE!
God’s List of Sins
There are several passages which describe Christian sins. One is Galatians 5:16-21. A special one that I want to cover is found in Proverbs. Please remember, with the exception of Romans 1:18 and following, most of the sins described in the Bible (unless the context indicates otherwise) are sins of believers. Proverbs is addressed to the believer, and in Proverbs 6:16-19, we have sins committed by believers.
Before we cover this passage, think of your list of the world’s worst sins. Everyone has a list. When I was an unbeliever, number one on my list was “kiss and tell.” I thought the worst people in te world were the ones who were guilty of this. In the crowd that I ran with, if anyone started to brag about his girl friends, we threw him out immediately. He was no gentleman. The second thing on my scale of values was never to welch on an obligation; and the third was to level with people - to be honest and not hypocritical. Everyone has some concept of what is right and what is wrong. Let’s see how your list lines up with God’s list. Here in Proverbs, Chapter 6, are seven sins that God hates.
These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him (Prov. 6:16).
Now, stand by for some shocks. Out of these seven sins, three are sins of the tongue. So, that may ruin your list right now.
A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood (Prov. 6:17).
A “proud look” is number one on the list. Some of the worst Christians I have ever known were the ones who thought they were the most spiritual. They were the kind of Christians who observed two ro three taboos, and my, how proud they were! They gave up this or that and they did it for the Lord. “A proud look!”
The second one - “a lying tongue.” This is also high on the list.
“Hands that shed innocent blood” is murder. By the way, Christians DO commit murder. It doesn’t happen every day,k but it does happen. I know of one case specifically where a Christian did commit murder. However, he did not start there. He worked into it by getting out of fellowship on a little thing and then staying out of fellowship for a long time. He just happened to have a fiery temper, and it caught up with him.
An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief (Prov. 6:18).
Do you ever think up ways to torture people you don’t like? “An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations” is a sin of mental attitude.
“Feet that be swift in running to mischief” are trouble-makers or obstructionists.
A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren (Prov. 6:19).
“A false witness that speaketh lies” is a person who is deliberately perjuring himself, lying about someone else under oath.
Finally, “he that soweth discord among the brethren” is the story of what goes on in so many local churches today.
Now, there is a list for you! It gives you an idea of what si is as far as God is concerned. This Bible list of sins doesn’t cover them all, but it does give you a start. Sin hits everyone, and the Old Sin Nature is the source of all these things.