Sunday, July 6, 2014

What is the #1 Sin for a Christian? - We Want Your Opinion?

 

Take the poll about sin at the top of the left hand column.


There is the famous old description of the Christian life as being like an onion. The outer layers are like the big, easy to identify, easily conquered sins; they peel off easily. But as the Christian gets older and more aware of the Holy Spirit’s teaching, each layer becomes more difficult to grab ahold of, they become harder to remove, and there are more tears to shed.

We are generally taught that all sins are equal in the site of the Lord, but I believe that this is a definitional issue. All sin is sin.  But you don’t have to flip over many pages in your Bible to find lists of the more treacherous or abominable sins.

I’m going to venture to create a list of what seem to be the most egregious sins. I am going to leave out blaspheming of the Holy Spirit, as I don’t believe that a Christian can do that particular sin.
I would love to have your additions to the list in the comments, or you choice as to which one should be #1 if you don’t agree with me. There is a poll in the left column for you to add your opinion and see how many are voting with you.

    1.    Not loving God above every other item and creature, idolatry
    2.    Not loving others
    3.    Failure to forgive
    4.    Lack of Faith
    5.    Failing to believe the Bible
    6.    Pride

Why a poll on this subject. First because I was curious to know what other folks thought. Second, because it is thought provoking. We are commonly hung up on the important, but maybe less significant issues of “when is a lie a lie,” or “what is murder.” Then our pride might cause us to think, I don’t really sin. But these sins are just about universal, and not likely to be resolved fully until we meet our King.

For more like this, please check out God Called - He Needs Your Decision!  It is now available in paperback and on Kindle through Amazon at http://bit.ly/GodCalled and other booksellers. The book contains many such hard questions that we might be shoving to the bottom of the pile.

4 comments:

  1. I guess I don't think there is a #1 sin. They are all equally deplorable in God's eyes, and all equally dangerous for turning us away from Him.

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  2. I'd have to agree I don't see any "worst sin" in terms of degree. However, from a historical and human behavior point of view, the two sins the Israelites struggled with that got them judgment of God were idolatry and oppression. Which fit with #1 and #2 above. As well as Jesus' two greatest commandments.

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  3. DID THE 1ST CENTURY CHURCH HAVE NEW TESTAMENT SCRIPTURES?

    The prevailing thought of many is that since the Bible was not canonized until sometime between 300 and 400 A.D. that the church of Christ did not have New Covenant Scriptures as their guide for faith and practice. That is simply factually incorrect.

    The Lord's church of the first 400 years did not rely on the man-made traditions of men for New Testament guidance.

    Jesus gave the terms for pardon 33 A.D. after His death and resurrecting. (Mark 16:16) All the words of Jesus were Scripture.Jesus did not have to wait for canonization of the New Testament in order for His word to be authorized.

    The terms for pardon were repeated by the apostle Peter 33 A.D. on the Day of Pentecost. (Acts 2:22-42) The teachings of the apostles were Scripture. The words of the apostles were Scripture before they were canonized.

    The apostle Peter said the apostle Paul's words were Scripture. (2 Peter 3:15-16...just as also our beloved brother Paul , according to the wisdom given him, wrote to you, 16 as also in all his letters, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand,which the untaught and unstable distort, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures...

    The apostle Paul's letters and words were Scriptures when he wrote and spoke them. Paul did not have to wait for canonization to authorize his doctrine.

    John 14:25-26 'These things I have spoken to you while abiding with you. 26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to you remembrance all that I said to you.

    The words and writings of the apostles were Scripture and they did not have to wait for canonization to be deemed authoritative. The apostle did not use man-made creed books of the church or man-made oral traditions to teach the gospel of the New Covenant.

    Did the early church have written New testament Scriptures? Yes, and they were shared among the different congregations. (Colossians 4:16 When the letter is read among you, have it read in the church of the Laodiceans and you, for your part read my letter that is coming from Laodica.) Paul's letters were Scripture and they were read in different churches.

    They were New Testament Scriptures long before they were canonized.

    WRITTEN

    Matthew A.D. 70
    Mark A.D. 55
    Luke between A.D. 59 and 63
    John A.D. 85
    Acts A.D. 63
    Romans A.D. 57
    1 Corinthians A.D. 55
    2 Corinthians A.D. 55
    Galatians A.D. 50
    Ephesians A.D. 60
    Philippians A.D. 61
    Colossians A. D. 60
    1 Thessalonians A.D. 51
    2 Thessalonians A.D. 51 or 52
    1 Timothy A.D. 64
    2 Timothy A.D. 66
    Titus A.D. 64
    Philemon A.D. 64
    Hebrews A.D. 70
    James A.D. 50
    1 Peter A.D. 64
    2 Peter A.D. 66
    1 John A.D. 90
    2 John A.d. 90
    3 John A.D. 90
    Jude A.D. 65
    Revelation A.D. 95

    All 27 books of the New Testament were Scripture when they were written. They did not have wait until they were canonized before they became God's word to mankind.

    Jesus told the eleven disciples make disciples and teach them all that He commanded. (Matthew 28:16-19) That was A.D. 33, They were teaching New Covenant Scripture from A.D. 33 forward. The apostles did not wait to preach the gospel until canonization occurred 300 to 400 years later.

    THE WORDS OF JESUS AND THE APOSTLES WERE SCRIPTURE WHEN THEY WERE SPOKEN AND WRITTEN. THEY DID NOT HAVE TO WAIT FOR CANONIZATION TO BE THE AUTHORIZED WORD OF GOD.

    MAN-MADE CREED BOOKS AND MAN-MADE ORAL TRADITION WAS AND IS NOT SCRIPTURE.

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  4. Hey Steve, thanks for the comment. I wasn't quite sure what it had to do with the post?

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