Seven Deadly Sins of Christians
1 John 5:16
A. This does not teach "Falling From Grace".
1. John 10:28, "And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand."
2. The "Taketh Away" of John 15:2 can only refer to the "Sin Unto Death".
B. God does hold His children Accountable for their Conduct and their Fruit Bearing.
1. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, "What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are Godís."
2. To deliberately set aside the above verse and Yield to the Lust of The Flesh is to bring upon us the swift Chastening Hand of God.
C. Many Christians Fail To See God's Purpose in their salvation --- they live Carelessly and Worldly so as to bring themselves to an early grave.
1. Is there sin and worldliness in your life?
2. Are you Walking In Disobedience to the clear plan and will of God for your life?
D. It is the plan and purpose of God in our salvation that we bring forth Fruit To His Glory.
1. All His dealings with us is to this goal.
2. For a Christian to deliberately fight against the Plain Design of God is serious and deadly.
3. The Purging of John 15:2 is for the purpose of bearing more fruit.
E. The branch who does Not Respond to the purging and that does not bear fruit is Taken Away.
The Following Is A Solemn Warning,
To Christians, of Seven Deadly Sins.
I. First, Lying To The Holy Spirit
A. Acts 5:1-11, "But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession, 2 And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostlesí feet. 3 But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land? 4 Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God. 5 And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things. 6 And the young men arose, wound him up, and carried him out, and buried him. 7 And it was about the space of three hours after, when his wife, not knowing what was done, came in. 8 And Peter answered unto her, Tell me whether ye sold the land for so much? And she said, Yea, for so much. 9 Then Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet of them which have buried thy husband are at the door, and shall carry thee out. 10 Then fell she down straightway at his feet, and yielded up the ghost: and the young men came in, and found her dead, and, carrying her forth, buried her by her husband. 11 And great fear came upon all the church, and upon as many as heard these things."
B. Annanias and Sapphira wanted the Honor and place of dedication of Barnabas, who in Genuine Sincerely:
Acts 4:37, "Having land, sold it, and brought the money, and laid it at the apostlesí feet."
1. But, they were Not Willing To Pay The Price.
2. They sought the place of Honor by playing the part of a Hypocrite.
3. When faced with their sin --- They Lied --- for this, they paid with their lives.
C. It is Dangerous for a Christ to:
1. Pretend to have a Sanctification you do not possess.
a. If there is sin in your heart, do not pretend to be holy and dedicated.
b. Such pretense could bring you to the same early grave.
2. Scheme for a place of honor among God's people and at the same time refuse to pay the price.
3. Pretend Not to have Talents which God ahs given you.
4. Pretend to be Too Poor to give unto the Lord.
D. The need of today is for God's People to Fear Him --- to Walk Humbly and Honestly with genuine Sincerity before The Lord.
II. Second, Living After The Flesh.
A. Romans 8:13, "For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live."
1. Our greatest responsibility is to mortify the deeds of the flesh.
2. We are to live in Submission To The Leading of The Spirit.
B. To live after the flesh is Live For The Things of This World.
1. The Christian is to be Occupied by Spiritual Things.
a. His Conversation.
Philippians 1:27, "Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;"
Philippians 3:20, "For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:"
b. Our Affections:
Col. 3:2, "Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth."
2. He is to Live in the world but Not Be A Part of It.
3. His Supreme Desire is to Please the Lord.
4. His First Concern is the Lord.
C. To live after the flesh is to Satisfy The Desires of This Body, which corresponds to the desires of this world.
1. God Will Not Tolerate His children being yoked with the World, Sin, and Flesh.
2. Such a yoke may bring Death.
D. To live after the flesh is to Compromise with the things evidently of the World and Wrong for the Christian.
1. The Christian may Not Indulge himself.
2. To fail to stand against the world and sin in an Unmistakable Manner is to live after the flesh.
3. By your Compromise, you:
a. Smile upon that which Destroys,
b. Make Respectable that which is as Black As Hell itself.
c. Make it easy for Young Christians To Stumble.
III. Third, Defiling God's Temple --- Your Body.
A. 1 Corinthians 3:17, "If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are."
B. You Defile God's Temple by --- Unholy Attitudes.
1. Our Minds are to be Stayed On Jesus.
2. Our Minds and Hearts are to be Clean and Spiritual.
3. There is to be No:
c. Evil Thinking,
4. To Allow any of these things to Linger is to Defile God's temple.
5. It is the Unholy Attitudes which Produce the Unholy Words and Deeds.
Matthew 15:18-19, "But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. 19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:"
C. You Defile God's Temple by --- Unholy Associations.
1. 1 Corinthians 5:9-11, "I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators: 10 Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world. 11 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat."
a. A Foolish Christian is the one who will Argue Against this clear warning.
b. The Wrong Place or the Wrong People will soon Defile the temple of God.
2. God Demands A Clean House in which to dwell in the person of His Spirit.
3. 2 Corinthians 6:14-18, "Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? 16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, 18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty."
D. You Defile God's Temple by --- Unholy Assimulations.
1. The temple of God may be defiled by that which Goes Into It or Touches It.
a. Goes in through the Eyes,
b. Goes in through the Ears,
c. Goes in through the Mouth,
2. By that which Touches The Body.
1 Corinthians 6:15-16, "Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid. 16 What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh."
IV. Fourth, Fornication.
A. 1 Corinthians 5:1-5, "It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his fatherís wife. 2 And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you. 3 For I verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged already, as though I were present, concerning him that hath so done this deed, 4 In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, 5 To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus."
1. The penalty was physical death.
2. He was "Delivered Unto Satan For The Destruction of The Flesh."
B. 1 Corinthians 6:15-20, "Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid. 16 What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh. 17 But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit. 18 Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. 19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are Godís."
V. Fifth, Murmuring.
A. Numbers 14:27-30, "How long shall I bear with this evil congregation, which murmur against me? I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel, which they murmur against me. 28 Say unto them, As truly as I live, saith the LORD, as ye have spoken in mine ears, so will I do to you: 29 Your carcases shall fall in this wilderness; and all that were numbered of you, according to your whole number, from twenty years old and upward, which have murmured against me, 30 Doubtless ye shall not come into the land, concerning which I sware to make you dwell therein, save Caleb the son of Jephunneh, and Joshua the son of Nun."
B. 1 Corinthians 10:10-11, "Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer. 11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come."
C. We Should Not Murmur In Heart Nor With Tongue.
1. Against the Position of Others.
John 21:21-22, "Peter seeing him saith to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do? 22 Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me."
2. Against the Gifts of God.
Ephesians 4:7, "But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ." --- V. 11, "And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;"
3. Against God's Man.
Numbers 12:8, "With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches; and the similitude of the LORD shall he behold: wherefore then were ye not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?"
4. Against the State In Which You Find Yourself.
Philippians 4:11, "Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content."
D. It is Dangerous to murmur against God's Will and Plan for your life.
VI. Sixth, Misbehaving At The Lord's Table.
A. 1 Corinthians 11:27-30, "Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. 28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. 29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lordís body. 30 For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep."
1. They Lost Sight of The Lord Himself.
a. Had their minds and hearts been upon Christ, their Behavior Would Have Been Different.
b. Do You See Jesus when you come to His table, or do you see --- beauty of the service --- faults of others --- etc.
2. They lost sight of the True Meaning of the memorial supper.
1 Corinthians 11:20-21, "When ye come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lordís supper. 21 For in eating every one taketh before other his own supper: and one is hungry, and another is drunken."
a. No Memory but the Present,
b. No Worship but Entertainment,
c. No Sanctification but a Desecration,
d. No Holiness but Unholiness,
e. No Blessing but a Curse.
3. The Lost Sight of themselves in Their True Condition.
1 Corinthians 11:28, "But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup." --- V. 30, For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. 31 For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged."
VII. Seventh, Rebellion Against Chastisement.
A. Hebrews 12:5-9, "And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: 6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. 7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? 8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. 9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?"
1. To Despise chastisement is to Rebel against it.
2. To Rebel against chastisement is to Endanger one's life.
B. The Purpose of God's chastisement.
Hebrews 12:10-11, "For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. 11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby."
John 15:2, "Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit."
Hebrews 12:9, "Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?"
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