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WHAT IS SIN?

INDIVIDUAL SINS


Sinful  Actions

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We reference here 10 lists of sinful activities from 8 books of the New Testament.
And notice that these books were written to the Church, to believers. It is expected that these activities are ongoing in the sinful world, but according to these scriptures, Christians can also fall into the traps set by Satan to ensnare and destroy God's people.
 
1. Romans 1:26-32 Although they know God's righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death
Their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature
The men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful.
Unrighteousness, Sexual Immorality, Wickedness, Covetousness, Maliciousness; Full Of Envy, Murder, Strife, Deceit, Evil-Mindedness; They Are Whisperers, Backbiters, Haters Of God, Violent, Proud, Boasters, Inventors Of Evil Things, Disobedient To Parents, Undiscerning, Untrustworthy, Unloving, Unforgiving, Unmerciful
2. 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 These will not inherit the kingdom of God
The Wicked, Sexually Immoral, Idolaters, Adulterers, Male Prostitutes, Homosexual, Thieves, Greedy, Drunkards, Slanderers, Swindlers.
3. Galatians 5:19-21 Those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God

Sexual Immorality, Impurity, Debauchery, Idolatry, Witchcraft, Hatred, Discord, Jealousy, Fits of Rage, Selfish Ambition, Dissensions, Factions, Envy, Drunkenness, Orgies.

4. Ephesians 5:3-7 Because of such things God's wrath comes on those who are disobedient

Sexual Immorality, Impurity, Greed, Obscenity, Foolish Talk, Coarse Joking, Immoral, Impure, Greedy

5. Colossians 3:5-6 Because of these, the wrath of God is coming

Sexual Immorality, Impurity, Lust, Evil Desires, Greed, Idolatry

6. 1 Thessalonians 4:3-7 The Lord will punish men for all such sins
Sexual Immorality, Passionate Lust, Wrong Our Brother, Take Advantage Of Our Brother
7. Jude 7-10 Those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire — these are the very things that destroy them

Sexual Immorality, Perversion,  Pollute Their Own Bodies, Reject Authority, Slander Celestial Beings

8. Revelation 21:8 They have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death

Cowardly, Unbelieving, Vile, Murderers, Sexually Immoral, Magic Arts, Idolaters, Liars

9. Revelation 21:27 They shall by no means enter it (the Holy City, the New Jerusalem)

Impure, Shameful, Deceitful

10. Revelation 22:15 These are outside (the Holy City, the New Jerusalem)
Anyone who Practices Magic Arts, Sexually Immoral, Murderers, Idolaters, Liars
Sexual Immorality
Homosexuality
Women turned against God's natural plan for them and indulged in sex sin with each other
Men, instead of having normal sex relationships with women, burned with lust for each other
Prostitution
The trading of sexual services for pay. This is listed first here because in most of the lists of sin in the New Testament, sexual immorality in some form is mentioned first. "Harlot" is another word used for a Prostitute.
Female Prostitutes:

1 Corinthians 6:15
Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself? Shall I then take the members of Christ and unite them with a prostitute? Never!  (NIV)

Male Prostitutes:
Several classes of harlots existed in the ancient world. One type was the temple prostitute, who performed sexual acts at a heathen temple (Hosea 4:12-14). Both male and female cult prostitutes presided at these temples.
(from Nelson's Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Copyright © 1986, Thomas Nelson Publishers)
Orgies
Komos - translated as "orgies" in the NIV Galatians 5:21 and 1 Peter 4:3. Jeremiah regarded with shame the Canaanite fertility rites practiced by Judah during his time (Jeremiah 3:23).
"A nocturnal and riotous procession of half-drunken and frolicsome fellows who after supper parade through the streets with torches and music in honor of Bacchus or some other deity, and sing and play before the houses of their male and female friends; hence used generally of feasts and drinking parties that are protracted till late at night and indulge in revelry" (Thayer) .
(from Wuest's Word Studies from the Greek New Testament, Copyright 1940-55 by Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.)
Adultery
This is the act of unfaithfulness in marriage that occurs when one of the marriage partners voluntarily engages in sexual relations with a person of the opposite sex other than the marriage partner.
(from Holman Bible Dictionary. Copyright © 1991 by Holman Bible Publishers.)
Abominable Behavior
bdelusso (NT:948)  to defile, pollute; denotes an "object of disgust, an abomination."
The verb from which this word is derived means to excite disgust; to feel disgust at; to abominate or abhor; and hence the participle - "the abominable" - refers to all who are detestable, to wit, on account of their sins; all whose conduct is offensive to God. Thus it would include those who live in open sin; who practice detestable vices; whose conduct is suited to excite disgust and abhorrence.
(from Barnes' Notes, Electronic Database Copyright © 1997, 2003, 2005, 2006 by Biblesoft, Inc.)
The NIV translates it: "vile"
The Amp translates it: "depraved and defiled with abominations"
The Message translates it: "degenerates"
Wuest translates it: "those defiled with that which is abominable"
Dake says: "It refers to those polluted with unnatural lust."
"Causes an Abomination"
"Abomination" is the same Greek word as "Abominable."
"Causes" is from poieo (NT:4160). It refers to a prolonged way of life
Coarse Joking and Foolish Talk
Coarse Joking - morologia (NT:3473)  Silly talk, i.e. buffoonery.
It is literally "foolish talking"; TEV takes this "foolishness" not in the sense of levity or silliness as such, but in the biblical sense of "the fool" as the person who disregards God. But no other translation consulted gives it this specific a sense of "profanity"; most have "silly" or "foolish" or "stupid" talking.
(from the UBS New Testament Handbook Series. Copyright © 1961-1997, by United Bible Societies.)
Louw and Nida English Lexicon translate it: "nor is it fitting (for you to use) indecent, foolish, or dirty words."
Foolish Talk - eutrapelia (NT:2160)  Witticism, in a vulgar sense.
It originally had a favorable meaning of "ready wit," "pleasantry," but it acquired a connotation of suggestive talk which employs euphemisms and double meanings. So Barth "ribald talk"; NIV "coarse joking"; TNT "suggestive language"; Abbott "licentious speech." So it means not just jokes as such but dirty jokes.
(from the UBS New Testament Handbook Series. Copyright © 1961-1997, by United Bible Societies.)
Coarse jesting involving vulgar expressions and indecent content - vulgar speech, indecent talk.
(from Greek-English Lexicon Based on Semantic Domain. Copyright © 1988 United Bible Societies, New York.)
Facetiousness - a "joke" at the expense of another person.
Debauchery, Lewdness
Aselgeia (NT:766)  Behavior completely lacking in moral restraint, usually with the implication of extreme  sexual immorality.
It is translated: Lewdness (NKJV); Debauchery (NIV); Lasciviousness (KJV); Sensuality (NASB); Lustful Pleasures (NLT); Indecency (CJB); Indecent Actions (GNT).
Anything that Defiles
Koinos (NT:2839)  Common, defiled, unclean, unholy
Depravity
Kakia (NT:2549)  malignity, malice, ill-will, desire to injure, quarreling, fighting
Discord
Eris (NT:2054)  contention, debate, strife
Disobedient To Parents
Apeithes (NT:545)  unwilling to be persuaded, spurning belief, disobedient

Ephesians 6:1-3
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.  "Honor your father and mother"-which is the first commandment with a promise —  "that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth."  (NIV)

Colossians 3:20
Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.  (NIV)

Dissensions
Dichostsis (NT:1370)  dissension, division, sedition, factions
Jesus did not establish the church to have divisions. He did not establish a democracy.
1 Corinthians 1:12-13
Now I say this, that each of you says, "I am of Paul," or "I am of Apollos," or "I am of Cephas," or "I am of Christ." Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?    (NKJV)
1 Corinthians 3:4
When one of you says, "I'm on Paul's side," and another says, "I'm for Apollos," aren't you being totally infantile?      (The Message)
Drunkenness
Methe  (NT:3178)   Intoxication
Proverbs 23:29-33
Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has contentions? Who has complaints? Who has wounds without cause? Who has redness of eyes?
Those who linger long at the wine, those who go in search of mixed wine. Do not look on the wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup, when it swirls around smoothly; at the last it bites like a serpent, and stings like a viper. Your eyes will see strange things, and your heart will utter perverse things.  (NKJV)
Gossip
Psithuristes (NT:5588) Secret Whisperer; Talebearer
At the very least, we are told in Proverbs 16:28 that "a gossip separates close friends" (NIV). But here in Romans, it says that a gossip is worthy of death.

1 Timothy 5:13-14
And besides they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house, and not only idle but also gossips and busybodies, saying things which they ought not. (NIV)

Idolatry
Eidololatreia (NT:1496) Worshipping false gods
This includes, but goes beyond the bowing and/or praying to an idol. Anything that we love more than God is an idol to us.

Matthew 6:24
No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money. (NIV)

Lies
Pseudes (NT:5571) Untrue, Falsehood, Deceitful
Revelation 21:8 specifies "ALL" liars.  As far as God is concerned, there is no such thing as a "white" lie.
We are instructed to tell the truth in love. If it would be hurtful to someone, sometimes it is best to say nothing, rather than to lie, or cause hurt. But what we do say must be truth.

Ephesians 4:15
Let our lives lovingly express truth [in all things, speaking truly, dealing truly, living truly]
(AMP)

Murder
Phonos (NT:5408)  Murder, Be slain with, Slaughter
Jesus said:

1 John 3:15
Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.  (NKJV)

The taking of another's life because he has something that one wants, or because he has offended the ego of the murderer, who arrogates to himself the place of God to take the life of his victim. Murder follows envy not only in our list (Romans 1:29) but also in life. There is a remarkable likeness in the two words in the Greek:  phthonos (envy) and phonos (murder), with only the labial th to distinguish them. There is but a breath between envy and murder.
(from Romans: Expositions of Bible Doctrines © 1966 by Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.)
Obscenity
Aischrotes (NT:151) Shamefulness, Obscenity, Filthiness, Baseness, dishonor: all that is contrary to purity in act or gesture.
That is, obscene, or indecent conversation - shameless talk and conduct. All that is indecent or inconsistent with the modesty of Godliness.
Pollute their bodies
sárka mén miaínousin (NT:4561 3303 3392) Defile the Flesh; Pollute, Contaminate the body

1 Corinthians 6:15
Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself? Shall I then take the members of Christ and unite them with a prostitute? Never!  (NIV)

1 Corinthians 3:17
If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy him; for God's temple is sacred, and you are that temple.  (NIV)

1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.  (NIV)

Romans 12:1
I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God.  (NIV)

Slander
Loidoros (NT:3060) Abusive Speech
Making false and defamatory statements in order to damage someone's reputation.
The Amplified translates it: "foulmouthed revilers and slanderers."
Sorcery; Witchcraft
Pharmakeia (NT:5331) Magic (literally or figuratively)
Magical arts, often found in connection with idolatry and fostered by it
(from Thayer's Greek Lexicon, Electronic Database. Copyright © 2000, 2003, 2006 by Biblesoft, Inc.)
In a catalog of vices; Revelation 18:23, in reference to "Babylon's" sorcery, through which "all nations were deceived."
(from Exegetical Dictionary of the New Testament © 1990 by William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.)
The use of magic, often involving drugs and the casting of spells upon people.
(from Greek-English Lexicon Based on Semantic Domain. Copyright © 1988 United Bible Societies, New York. Used by permission.)
Swindlers
Harpax (NT:727)  Extortion
Denotes "pillage, plundering, robbery, extortion" (akin to harpazo, "to seize, carry off by force," and harpagmos, "a thing seized, or the act of seizing"
(from Vine's Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words, Copyright © 1985, Thomas Nelson Publishers.)
Pertaining to being violently greedy.

1 Corinthians 5:11
But now I am writing you that you must not associate with anyone who calls himself a brother but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or a slanderer, a drunkard or a swindler. With such a man do not even eat.   (NIV)

Thieves
Kleptes (NT:2813)  a person who steals



Sinful Motives and Attitudes

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These are the most dangerous, because it is out of our motives and attitudes that our actions spring.
Jesus, speaking to His disciples said:

Mark 7:20-23
What comes out of a man is what makes him 'unclean.' For from within, out of men's hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and make a man 'unclean.'  (NIV)

Anger, Rage
Thumos  (NT:2372)  Hot Anger
"Anger" is the same word often rendered "passion," but here it is used in the sense of "wrath," "rage," "outbursts of anger" (Knox); "outbursts of rage" (NAB). Paul is not simply describing a characteristic, as some translations might suggest (JB "bad temper"), but an act in which anger is expressed.
(from the UBS New Testament Handbook Series. Copyright © 1961-1997, by United Bible Societies.)
This is also translated as "Fits of Rage;" uncontrollable rage and anger.

Ephesians 4:26
When angry, do not sin; do not ever let your wrath (your exasperation, your fury or indignation) last until the sun goes down. (AMP)

Arrogance - Pride
Huperephania (NT:5243) Haughtiness, Pride
Boastfully exalting oneself above others who are viewed with scornful contempt
(from Bible Knowledge Commentary/New Testament Copyright © 1983, 2000 Cook Communications Ministries.)
Psalms 101:5
Whoever has haughty eyes and a proud heart, him will I not endure. (NIV)

Proverbs 8:13
To fear the Lord is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech. (NIV)

Proverbs 16:18-19
Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. Better to be lowly in spirit and among the oppressed than to share plunder with the proud.  (NIV)

Proverbs 29:23
A man's pride brings him low, but a man of lowly spirit gains honor.  (NIV)

1 John 2:16-17
For everything in the world — the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does — comes not from the Father but from the world.   (NIV)

Cowardly
Deilos (NT:1169)  Timid, Fearful, Cowardly
This word was used of the cowardly, who recanted under persecution.
(from Word Pictures in the New Testament. Copyright © 1985 by Broadman Press.)

Mark 4:38-40
Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, "Teacher, don't you care if we drown?" ... He said to his disciples, "Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?"  (NIV)

Deceit
Dolos (NT:1388)  Craft, Guile, Subtlety, Deceit, Cunning
Deceitfulness gives birth to lying and swindling.

1 Peter 2:1-2
Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind.  (NIV)

1 Peter 3:10
Whoever would love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from deceitful speech.  (NIV)

Envy
Phthonos (NT:5355)  Jealousy, Envy
The feeling of displeasure produced by witnessing or hearing of the advantage or prosperity of others.
(from Vine's Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words, Copyright © 1985, Thomas Nelson Publishers.)
Envy gives birth to stealing and murder.

Proverbs 14:30
A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.  (NIV)

Evil Desires - Lust

Kakos (NT:2556) Epithumia (NT:1939)  Craving to do evil; Lust

The phrase may be translated as "desires to do evil" or "constantly wanting to do what is bad."
(from the UBS New Testament Handbook Series. Copyright © 1961-1997, by United Bible Societies.)
Craving to do evil gives birth sexual immorality and all other sinful activities.

Romans 6:12
Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. (NIV)

Ephesians 2:3
All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature. (NIV)

James 1:14
Each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire.  (NIV)
Faithless, Unbelieving
Apistos (NT:571) Without Faith or Belief
Without faith or trust
1. Unfaithful, Faithless Luke 9:41
2. Incredible of things Acts 26:8
3. Unbelieving, Incredulous John 20:27
(from Thayer's Greek Lexicon, Electronic Database. Copyright © 2000, 2003, 2006 by Biblesoft, Inc.)

Luke 9:41
"O unbelieving and perverse generation," Jesus replied, "how long shall I stay with you and put up with you?"  (NIV)

Acts 26:8
Why should any of you consider it incredible that God raises the dead?  (NIV)

Luke 12:46
The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of. He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the unbelievers.   (NIV)

Titus 1:15-16
To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted.   (NIV)

Greed
Pleonexia (NT:4124)  A desire to have more
A strong desire to acquire more and more material possessions or to possess more things than other people have, all irrespective of need - 'greed, avarice, covetousness.'
(from Greek-English Lexicon Based on Semantic Domain. Copyright © 1988 United Bible Societies.)

Luke 12:15
Then he said to them, "Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions."   (NIV)

2 Peter 2:2-3
Many will follow their shameful ways and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. In their greed these teachers will exploit you with stories they have made up.   (NIV)

2 Peter 2:14-15
With eyes full of adultery, they never stop sinning; they seduce the unstable; they are experts in greed — an accursed brood!   (NIV)

Hatred
Echthra (NT:2189)  To Hate; Being an Enemy; Hostility
The same word is used in James 4:4 when it says that if we are a friend of the world, we are an enemy of God.

James 4:4
You adulterous people, don't you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God?   (NIV)

Romans 8:7-8
The sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God's law, nor can it do so. (NIV)

Heartless
Hubristes (NT:5197)  Spiteful, Injurious, Insolent
An insolent man, "one who, uplifted with pride, either heaps insulting language upon others or does them some shameful act of wrong"
(from Thayer's Greek Lexicon, Electronic Database. Copyright © 2000, 2003, 2006 by Biblesoft, Inc.)
Insolent; stormy; boisterous; abusing the characters and persons of those under them; scornful; hateful.
(from Dake Annotated Reference Bible © 2007 by Dake Publishing.)
Romans 1:29-31
Insolent may be rendered as "they insult one another."
(from the UBS New Testament Handbook Series. Copyright © 1961-1997, by United Bible Societies.)
Have you noticed how insults have become a part of our society as a result of the media making insults look funny as if the person being insulted doesn't even notice? Well, believe me, in real life it hurts! And constant insults come only from a heartless person.
1 Timothy 1:13
I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man.   (NIV)

Lamentations 4:3
Even jackals offer their breasts to nurse their young, but my people have become heartless.   (NIV)

Reject Authority
Atheteo (NT:114) Kuriotees (NT:2963)  Despise Dominion, or Government
Authority here is understood in various ways:
1. It may be authority in general, both religious and political.
This means that these people reject all forms of authority, which would explain their utter disregard of any rule or regulation
2. It may refer to angelic authority.
The Greek word for authority here is kurioteeta, and there is a group of angelic beings known as
kurioteetes (Colossians 1:16, "dominions"; Ephesians 1:21, "dominion").
3. It may refer to human authority, both civil and religious.
4. It may be divine authority.
Perhaps this is what Jude had in mind. Here again, there is a play on words. The word for "authority," kurioteeta, is related to the word for Lord, kurios.
(from the UBS New Testament Handbook Series. Copyright © 1961-1997, by United Bible Societies.)

2 Peter 2:9-10
...the Lord knows how to ... hold the unrighteous for the day of judgment, while continuing their punishment. This is especially true of those who follow the corrupt desire of the sinful nature and despise authority.   (NIV)

Ruthless
Aneleemon (NT:415) Merciless, Without Pity, Without Compassion
Pitiless; destitute of all benevolence to the needy; cruel; merciless; irreconcilable; severe; unappeasable; unforgiving; unyielding.
(from Dake Annotated Reference Bible © 2007 by Dake Publishing.)
Although this word is used only one time in the New Testament (Romans 1:31), it is included in the list of deeds and attitudes that Romans 1:32 says "those that do such things deserve death."
Romans 1:31
They are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless.  (NIV)
Selfish Ambition
Eritheia (NT:2052)  Self Seeking, Rivalry, Contentious, Jealousy
A desire to put oneself forward, a partisan and factious spirit.
(from Thayer's Greek Lexicon, Electronic Database. Copyright © 2000, 2003, 2006 by Biblesoft, Inc.)
It is a self-aggrandizing attitude which shows itself in working to get ahead at other's expense.
(from Bible Knowledge Commentary/Old Testament Copyright © 1983, 2000 Cook Communications Ministries.)

Romans 2:8-9
But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger.   (NIV)

Philippians 2:3
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.   (NIV)

James 3:16
For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.   (NIV)




Summary

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As the story goes, there were three men applying for a job as driver over dangerous mountain terrain. The first man really wanted to make an impression, so he drove quite fast around curves, his wheels barely careening off the edge of the cliff.  The second driver was a little more cautious, and drove in the middle of the road. The third driver drove slowly and as far as possible from the edge of the cliff. The first driver thought he had secured the job because of his skilful navigation of the mountain roads. The second driver was positive the job was his because he avoided both extremes. The three drivers gathered in the waiting room to find out which one got the job. The employer entered the room, and said that the third driver got the job because he was going to be driving his most prized possession, his children, and wanted to make sure they would be safe.

Many of us are like the first driver in our Christian walk. We want to know just how close to the ways of the world we can go before we fall over the cliff of sin, when what we should actually be doing is to live as far away from the world, and as close as possible to Jesus.

There are those who would say that as a Christian we don't need to obey the laws set down in the Old Testament because Jesus fulfilled the law. This is true in part, for instance the laws regarding food. But many of the laws Jesus referred to, and in fact, elevated those laws beyond the original laws. Jesus said in Matthew 5:20, " For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.

You have heard it said But I [Jesus] say unto you
Matthew 5:21
Do not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.
Matthew 5:22
Anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to his brother, 'Raca' [speaks contemptuously and insultingly], is answerable to the Sanhedrin. But anyone who says, 'You fool!' will be in danger of the fire of hell.
Matthew 5:27
Do not commit adultery.
Matthew 5:28
Anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
Matthew 5:31
Anyone who divorces his wife must give her a certificate of divorce.
Matthew 5:32
Whoever divorces his wife for any reason except sexual immorality causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a woman who is divorced commits adultery.
Matthew 5:33
Do not break your oath, but keep the oaths you have made to the Lord.




 

Matthew 5:34-37
Do not swear at all: either by heaven, for it is God's throne; or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King. And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black. Simply let your 'Yes' be 'Yes,' and your 'No,' 'No'; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.
Matthew 5:38
Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.
Matthew 5:39-42
Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.
Matthew 5:43
Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.
Matthew 5:44-45
Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven.

Speaking to believers, 1 John 1:5-10 says:

This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.  If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.
(NKJV)


Speaking to the Religious Leaders of that day, Jesus said:

Luke 16:15
You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of men, but God knows your hearts. What is highly valued among men is detestable in God's sight.  (NIV)


Speaking to believers:

James 4:1-5
What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don't they come from your desires that battle within you? You want something but don't get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. You do not have, because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.

You adulterous people, don't you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.  (NIV)


Speaking to believers about unbelievers:

Romans 1:18-25
But God shows his anger from heaven against all sinful, evil men who push away the truth from them. For the truth about God is known to them instinctively; God has put this knowledge in their hearts. Since earliest times men have seen the earth and sky and all God made, and have known of his existence and great eternal power. So they will have no excuse [when they stand before God at Judgment Day].

Yes, they knew about him all right, but they wouldn't admit it or worship him or even thank him for all his daily care. And after awhile they began to think up silly ideas of what God was like and what he wanted them to do. The result was that their foolish minds became dark and confused. Claiming themselves to be wise without God, they became utter fools instead. And then, instead of worshiping the glorious, ever-living God, they took wood and stone and made idols for themselves, carving them to look like mere birds and animals and snakes and puny men.

So God let them go ahead into every sort of sex sin, and do whatever they wanted to-yes, vile and sinful things with each other's bodies. Instead of believing what they knew was the truth about God, they deliberately chose to believe lies. So they prayed to the things God made, but wouldn't obey the blessed God who made these things.  (TLB)


Speaking to believers:

1 Peter 4:3-4
For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do — living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry. They think it strange that you do not plunge with them into the same flood of dissipation, and they heap abuse on you.  (NIV)


Speaking to believers

2 Timothy 3:1-5
But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God — having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them. (NIV)


The question "What Is Sin" can be answered in one phrase from Romans 14:23:

EVERYTHING THAT DOES NOT COME FROM FAITH IS SIN




  

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