“The Elephant In the Room”
What is the source of all the world's problems?
What is rarely, if ever, mentioned or even acknowledged as a major problem to be reckoned with?
We justify it, and glorify it, when we should mortify it and be mortified by it!
to subdue by self-denial or discipline
cause to feel embarrassed, ashamed or humiliated
Addressing the elephant in the room:
1. Define it biblically.
- Transgression of God's law
1 John 3:4 NKJV Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.
- Rebellion against God and His law
Deuteronomy 9:7 NKJV "Remember! Do not forget how you provoked the Lord your God to wrath in the wilderness. From the day that you departed from the land of Egypt until you came to this place, you have been rebellious against the Lord.
Three types of sin:
Psalm 51:5 NKJV Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, And in sin my mother conceived me.
Romans 5:12 NKJV Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned—
Romans 3:10-12 NKJV "There is none righteous, no, not one; 11 There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God. 12 They have all turned aside; They have together become unprofitable; There is none who does good, no, not one."
Romans 3:19-23 NKJV Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. 20 Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin. 21 But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, 22 even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
Luke 19:10 NKJV for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost."
2 Corinthians 5:21 NKJV For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
2. Denounce it emphatically.
Romans 6:1-4 NKJV What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? 3 Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? 4 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
We must because it leaves us…
3. Defend against it strategically.
Romans 6:5-13 NKJV For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, 6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. 7 For he who has died has been freed from sin. 8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, 9 knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. 10 For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. 11 Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. 12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. 13 And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.
When was the last time you wept because of personal sin?
Have you declared war on sin?