The most tragic word in the English language is the word SIN. It is a deceptive word, a discouraging word, a disappointing word, a disturbing word.
In the New Testament, the word that is used more for the word SIN than any other word is the Greek word, Hamartia. The Apostle Paul used this word that simply means SIN some 60 times in his writing. In Greek, the word originally meant “the idea of failure.” Sometimes it is translated as “to miss the mark.” The illustration is of a soldier with a spear, but he misses the mark. The New Testament Greek word, Hamartia, suggests the idea of unrighteousness.
One of the ways that our society falls into unrighteousness and wickedness is to rename their sins. SIN used to be called SIN, and people actually felt bad and were convicted and tried to change their ways. Today we have so many new names for SIN so we can keep from feeling bad and be convicted of it. SIN is SIN whether it be a failure on our part to do right (omission – James 4:17) or doing that which is not right (commission – I John 5:17). Instead of SIN, we now call it an addiction, a dependency, a mental disorder, a chemical imbalance, an obsession, a phobia, a disease, a quirk, an indiscretion, a mis-spoken word, a mistake.
We notice today how Americans have changed the names of its SINS. The rich don’t steal; they confiscate. People are not greedy; it’s just business. People don’t curse but rather speak adult language. People are not drunks but rather alcoholics. People are not called liars, but rather they are creative. Women are not whores but call girls. People are not whoremongers but are players. Radical, left wing people that kill babies are now called abortionists. People don’t fornicate anymore but co-habitate. Homosexuals are called gay people. Pedophilia is being renamed as “intergenerational attraction/” Convicted felons are called “justice involved people.”
How often do the wicked justify themselves and their SINS. They have abortions, because they are too young or can’t afford to have the baby. They are drunks, thieves, or homosexuals because they were born this way. They commit fornication outside of marriage, because they want to make sure he/she is the right one for them. Rapists often are portrayed as those who were molested as a child.
How many times when Christians try and correct anyone, who refuses to turn away from their SINS, they are called derogatory names. If they speak out against riotous women, they are called sexists. Glorified names such as cougars and players draw many into sinful lifestyles.
Is it any wonder to see our society today who kill preborn babies without regret. Is it any amazement to see so many who are living together outside of marriage without shame. Is it any wonder to see homosexuals blending into this wicked society so perfectly, and now are being allowed the privilege of marriage.
SIN is defined as a “transgression of the Law of God.” “Whosoever committeth SIN transgresseth also the Law: for SIN is the transgression of the Law. (I John 3:4). SIN is transgression of God’s will. It is breaking the law. SIN is putting one’s desires in the place of the Law of God. Lawlessness and SIN are the same. SIN is disregarded for the will and authority of God. SIN results in immoral behavior.
SIN, no matter its name, is still SIN! Changing the wording doesn’t change the SIN. The wages of SIN is death (Rom. 6:23). All who SIN and refuse to repent of them and obey the gospel plan of salvation will burn in an everlasting hell! (Rev. 21:8) Here, SIN brings sorrow, sickness, suffering and death; but in the hereafter, brings eternal condemnation. ---- Earl Sutton, Ed.D.