Pastor Star R. Scott

There Are No Trivial Sins

  • Date: May 10, 2017
  • Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
  • Scripture: “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord…” (Hebrews 12:14)
  • From Put On Christ

Look at Isaiah, Chapter 6,verse 6 for just a moment. "Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged." Now, what is that coal and what is the altar that this came from and how big a deal, really, are my sins that I commit on a daily basis? You know, we talked about not blowing this off, "Oh, 1 John 1:9, Oh, I sinned; 1 John 1:9." Your heart ought to break every time you sin! If we understand what it cost to redeem us and live with that on a daily basis, you don't need any rules in your life. You'll walk freer from sin than you've ever been. Part of this teaching is to get us away from the rules, and get us to be alive in the spirit and to be able to really know the heart of God and to understand that the heart of God can be grieved much more easily than any of us think. We're admonished to "…grieve not the holy Spirit of God…" (Ephesians 4:30). We're commanded to, "Quench not the Spirit" (1 Thessalonians 5:19). We're told to "Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh" (Galatians 5:16).

We want to take a little bit of time and really address how we may be guilty of trivializing sin in our lives. We know that this generation has, but what about us, really? I'm not talking about this generation. What about us? We've talked about the gross sins versus the socially acceptable sins, and I don't even want to emphasize that right now. We look at sin and we look at the definition of sin and many of us don't get the magnitude of what it is because the definition is so general. Sin is missing the mark. What do you think the mark is that sin causes us to miss? The mark that's missed is the absolute holiness and purity of God. "And holiness [what?] without which no man shall see the Lord" (Hebrews 12:14). So he said, I've taken this from off the altar and I've touched you and your iniquities are taken away and your sin is purged. Maybe you can get this in your notes, but the least sin you can imagine is rebellion against God's sovereign authority. Now, we know that we can't categorize sin and no one sin is greater than another, but just bear with me for a moment. Whatever the least sin that you think somebody could commit, whatever it might be, "The least sin [put this in your notes] is rebellion against God's sovereign authority" (Jerry Bridges). Just think about that for a moment. That's what the whole issue is, isn't it? The commandment was given to Adam: don't partake of the fruit in the midst of the garden. Simple instructions! Sin is disobedience-rebellion is a better word-against God's sovereign authority. Let that be your definition of sin from now on, instead of missing the mark, because the mark is perfect obedience. "The day thou eatest thereof you will surely die" (Genesis 2:17). One act! What was the big deal? It was fruit! This tree of the knowledge of good and evil.