Sin and the Lies
I. Sin is deceitful in its very nature:
A. Sin has its principal author - Satan: John 8:44
Satan is a liar and the father of lies. Satan, as the principal author of sin in the world, makes sin deceitful. It receives its nature from its author and he is the biggest liar.
B. Sin --
Sin is like fire - it burns and destroys,
Sin is like rust -- it corrodes,
Sin is like dope -- it stupefies,
Sin is like poison-- it kills,
Sin degrades, debases, damns -- it produces darkness, death, it causes spiritual blindness, mental darkness, spiritual death.
II. Sin is deceitful in its appearance:
A. It appears beautiful --desirable.
Sin has the bright lights. Sin has the gaudy characters, Sin puts on a veneer of beauty and loveliness that fools many, many people. Sinful things always seem very desirable.
B. But sin is filthy--
Sin may appear beautiful, but is is bitter in the memory. Sin is poison which kills slowly. Sin will leave only heartache, sorrow and suffering in its wake. Do not be fooled by the attractiveness of sin.
III. Sin is deceitful in its promise:
A. First, it promises satisfaction.
Sin promises several things, but satisfaction is maybe the greatest.
“If you will live in sin you will be satisfied.” But it is a lie! The Bible teaches that sin will never satisfy, instead it brings unrest. (Isa. 57:20,21) There is no peace to the wicked...consider what God says.
B. Second, sin promises pleasure:
It says, “If you will live in sin, you will enjoy life.” I will not argue with that, for the flesh does enjoy sin. The flesh is built to enjoy sin. (Gal. 5:19-21) But think about that enjoyment. (see Hebrews 11:24,25) Yes, there is pleasure in sin, but those pleasures are but for a season. There is a time with all the pleasure will come to an end.
C. Third, sin promises liberty:
Sin says, “if you will live in sin, you will be free.” But the Bible says if you will live in sin you will be snared. (John 8:34; Rom. 6:16-18) Whosoever commits sin is the bond slave of sin. Sin does not give liberty... it does not free, but it brings death, and enslaves. One sin will follow another until the individual is sin-snared and cannot get loose. (Heb. 3:12,13)
IV. Sin is deceitful in its approach:
Sin will lead you to believe we are living in a different age today. The philosophy of the world is that everything is in a period of change. We are seeing many changes. Even philosophies themselves change. We live in a postmodern age. We see all kinds of “high things that exalt themselves against God.” (II Cor. 10:3-5)
There are some things that never change.
The Word of God -- Psa. 119:89; Matthew 24:35
The Lord Jesus Christ -- Heb. 13:8
Moral standards.. what is right, wrong will not change. The person who is willing to take the Word of God for his standard will have no problem deciding what his morals ought to be. The person who does not have scriptures as their final authority will change their opinions to what is right and wrong based on their own understanding and to the popular majority thinking of the day.
V. Sin is deceitful in its reward:
When Satan tempts you he never tells you the end of a life of sin. We have said that sin has its bright lights. It looks attractive. Sin has the promise of liberty and pleasure. How few look beyond those promises to realize the end of a life of sin. (James 1:14, 15; Rom. 6:23; Ezek. 18:4) Sin leaves heartache and sorrow in its wake in this life. The person who plays with sin plays with fire and in this life he will realize anguish and burden because of his sin (Psa. 32:1-5) and beyond that, sin brings death for eternity. The reward of a life of sin is torment in hell for all eternity. In our messed up age when we are trying to do away with the fact of sin... men have also tried to do away with truth, but remember God’s Word is true and can be trusted.
(Four important lies about sin)
LIE: This is such a minor, insignificant sin! It’s not really a big deal in God’s eyes.
TRUTH: Every sin is a horribly offensive to God. Sin is the sum of all evils, the opposite of all that is good, holy, and beautiful. Even the smallest of my sins required the death of the Son of God. There is no such thing as a minor sin. Every sin is cosmic treason.
LIE: I’ll give into sin this one time, then I’ll be done with it. I just need to get it out of my system.
TRUTH: Every time I give into a sin it becomes more difficult to break the power of that sin. Sin has a way of sinking it’s barbed hooks deep into my heart. I can’t simply sin and then walk away from it unscathed. The more I give in to sin, the more entangled I become. Sin always leaves scars.
LIE: This sin is part of who I am. I’ve always struggled this way and I always will sin this way.
TRUTH: If you have not been made alive in Christ (Born again) this is true..sin will come naturally to you..its the only option one has apart from Christ. However for the believer Sin does not define my identity! I am a new creation in Christ. Christ has set me free from the enslaving power of sin. I absolutely do not have to obey the sinful passions that surge through me. I may have always struggled this way, but my past does not define my future.
LIE: I need to give in to this sin in order to be happy.
TRUTH: Sin never provides true happiness. It promises sweetness, yet ultimately delivers a payload of destruction, dissatisfaction, ruined relationships, and hardness of heart.