KINDS OF SIN
In our series of lessons on sin we have discussed thus far:
- “The Origin of Sin”
- And, “What Sin Is”
As we have previously discussed, the importance of understanding and avoiding sin is easily seen in the following passages:
- Isaiah 59:1-2
- Romans 6:23
In this lesson we will be discussing “kinds of sin”
- In this lesson, I will not be enumerating every possible sin, nor will I be specifically categorizing every sin
- What I will be doing is observing some general classifications of sin, and will study the various kinds of sin mentioned in the Bible
That we are proceeding on a scriptural precedent is seen in Psalm 19:12-14 … Here the Psalmist mentions several kinds of sins Ó
SECRET SINS (Psalm 19:12)
- Secret sins are sins we commit unknowingly or ignorantly – sins of which we are not aware
- Leviticus 5:14-19
- Sometimes we commit sin that we are not aware of
- But even though we were not aware of them, we are still considered guilty, and that is what this passage in Leviticus points out
- We might ask then, “How are such sins discovered and avoided?”
- Pray to God about them, asking for help to ascertain them
- Practice self-examination… 2 Corinthians 13:5
- Persistently studying God’s word (2 Tim. 2:15), – it is God’s instrument for convicting us of sin… Romans 7:7
- We must avoid persisting in any sin; for, sin habitually committed ceases to be recognized and admitted as sin
- Secret sins are also those sins concealed from the eyes of others
- Ephesians 5:12
- In fact, sin seeks secrecy
- The thief, the sensuous, the murderer, the false teacher, etc., all want secrecy
- John 3:20-21
- Such secret sins will not remain secret
- Moses said to Israel, “…be sure your sin will find you out” (Num. 32:23)
- Many have tried to keep their sins secret, for example:
- Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5:1-11)
- Achan (Jos. 7:10-26)
- Secret sins, though unknown to man, are always known to God
- Matthew 6:4 tells us that the Father sees in secret
- Our thoughts and our actions cannot be hid from God
- Jeremiah 23:23-24
- Secret sins will be brought to light at the Judgment
- Ecclesiastes 12:13-14
- God shall judge the secrets of men (Rom. 2:16)
BESETTING SINS (Hebrews 12:1)
- What is a besetting sin?
- The phrase “easily beset” comes from a Greek word which means, “that which easily encircles or entangles, like a loose flowing robe.”
- The runners in ancient times would lay aside even their under garments so as not to be impeded
- Thus, the Hebrew writer is pleading for Christians to lay aside every hindrance in living the Christian life, especially those sins which, like inner garments, cling so close to us
- Thus, besetting sins are sins which hinderingly cling so close to us and are so easily committed
- What are some areas from which arise besetting sins?
- Besetting sins may be those in which we indulged before obeying the Gospel, such as lying, gambling, cursing, cheating ….
- Besetting sins may be those in which we are drawn to due to our temperament, such as pride, laziness, skepticism, or stubbornness
- Besetting sins may be those to which we are exposed by our profession
- Admittedly, there are greater temptations in some professions than others
- The man who washes dishes in a cafe or mows lawns is not in a position to lie as would a certain salesman.
- Besetting sins may be those in which we are particularly vulnerable due to weakness
- The non-smoker has to fight less he revert back to his harmful habit
- The alcoholic must fight to keep from drinking alcohol
- The kleptomaniac struggles not to steal
- Now be honest. What is your besetting sin?
- Is it some habit? – the lottery? smoking? drinking?
- Is it some attitude? – prejudice? over-tolerance? envy?
- Is it some sin of the tongue? – gossip? lying? Filthy speech?
- Misplaced affection? – money? pleasure? preeminence?
- Is it a sin of the flesh? – unlawful sex? lust? petting?
- Besetting sin can be overcome… 1 Corinthians 10:13 Ó
PRESUMPTUOUS SINS (Psalm 19:13)
- Presumptuous sins defined:
- Taking liberties, to be bold or daring
- Therefore, presumptuous sinning is taking matters into our own hands and daringly acting according to our own dictates, rather than being guided and governed by the precepts of God.
- Notice a few examples of presumptuous sin:
- Moses (Num. 20:7-12)
- Nadab and Abihu (Lev. 10:1-7)
- Uzzah (2 Sam. 6:1-11)
- Notice a couple current examples of presumptuous sin:
- Baptism is essential to salvation (Mk. 16:16) – man over steps his boundaries when he says it is not essential
- God says there is one church (Eph. 4:4) – man over steps his boundaries when he says one is as good as another
- David said that presumptuous sin is a great transgression (Psa. 19:13)
WILLFUL SIN (Hebrews 10:26-31)
- Willful sin is a sin we commit, knowing when we do such that it is a sin
- Romans 7:15-25
- Paul acknowledges that there are things he should not do but does them anyway
- This disobedience comes through weakness in the flesh
- Paul thanked God he is able to be delivered
- The willful sin mentioned in Hebrews 10:26 is not a complete act, but describes action in process, it describes a high-handed abandonment of Christianity.
- Willful sin is deliberate and presumptuously refusing to accept and doing what is right
- Willful sin is a deliberate and persistent rejection of Christ, Christianity, after having known His truth and experienced it.
- Willful sin is when a person is brought face to face with the truth, acknowledges the truth, but still persists in error
- Jehoiakim (Jer. 36)
- Felix trembled – but rejected the truth (Acts 24:25)
May we all evaluate our lives and rid ourselves of these areas of sin
Remember, if we persist in sin we cannot go to heaven
*** Outlined from Windell Winkler’s book “Studying Sin Seriously”