|“How can you know when you are trusting in man rather than in God? If you fall apart when someone else lets you down, or if the actions of others affect your walk with God, then you know you are leaning on the arm of flesh!” David Wilkerson
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“Whoever knows what is right to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.” James 4:17
You need the Bible in order to define sin. Only the Judea-Christian religion deals with sin in terms of how you treat your fellow man. Ancient Greece saw sin as an intellectual shortcoming. Hindu thought sees evil as a necessary condition for the existence of virtue. Other religions discuss how man can propitiate an angry god, but the Bible is unique in defining sin in terms of how people behave towards others. The philosopher has difficulty defining sin, for who should determine the standard by which behavior is judged? It is like trying to determine philosophically the principles of beauty and then telling people what they must admire and dislike.
One of the attestations that the Bible is the inspired Word of God is that it affirms the conscience. You cannot adopt a theory of moral obligation that forbids recognizing as sin what the conscience condemns. You may disagree with what the Bible says, but you don’t find it violating your conscience. People who obey Scripture may be considered quaint, out of touch with reality, and maybe even intolerant, but never wrong. Religions that disagree with the claims of Christ don’t fault His standard of right and wrong.
When you step outside of Scripture for your definition of sin, you will find yourself competing with others over who gets to decide right and wrong. You will add disagreement and hostility to an area in which you should find commonality. Let the offense be the gospel, not your extra-biblical definition of sin.
Psalm 37-39 Acts 26 (New King James Version)
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