Is it SIN?
We live in a day and age when everyone is asking the question, “Is it sin …?” Is it sin to get a tattoo? Is it sin to drink? Is it a sin to go to church not dressed up? Is it a sin to dance? Is it a sin to go to the movies? Is it a sin to listen to rock music? Is it a sin? What is considered sin?
I’m unapologetically a very conservative independent fundamental Baptist preacher. Conservative in standards, conservative in music, conservative in about every aspect that you can imagine. I don’t apologize for that, you need to know up front that is who I am. I’m also a missionary that often contemplates where culture stops and where sin starts. Often times on the mission field I have had to deal with these questions when witnessing to people. I have often been asked, “Does your church allow x?” That ‘x’ can be filled in with about anything from dancing to drinking to all of the above. The problem is the question being asked is the wrong question. So let’s look at these topics with asking the right question to arrive at an appropriate response to these ‘modern’ and not so ‘modern’ questions that are being asked. I often see these questions being raised by preachers, lay people and even unsaved people. So let’s take a quick look at what is probably the bottom line. What is your motive?
The bottom line is does drinking, getting a tattoo or any of the other issues that have been asked really draw you closer to God? Does it please God? We who are saved people, bought by the blood of Jesus Christ, ought to honor and glorify Jesus Christ in everything that we do. (I Cor 6:19-20) Does getting a tattoo honor and glorify Jesus Christ? What if it is a tattoo of John 3:16? “Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the LORD.” Lev 19:28 Now I’m well aware that we are not under the OT law, however God said it back then because He had a reason. Has God changed? Can we drink wine as a christian or is it sin? “Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.” Pro. 20:1 “It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink:” Pro. 31:4. “Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright.” Pro. 23:31 “Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink:” Is. 5:22 Having read those verses, do you really think that drinking wine or alcohol can draw you closer to God? Is it going to help your relationship with God? Are you trying to find out what the limits are? How far you can roam from God and still not be in sin? Is that really honoring and glorifying to God? Please see the graphic that is below, this seems to be the basis of the question, Is it sin? “Yea, hath God said…” Gen 3:1 You can question and twist scriptures any way you want, you will not be the first to do so, and will even find help along the way to accommodate them to your liking.
God has called mankind to be HOLY. Holiness is a thing that is lost in this day and age, but it is not foreign to God’s HOLY Word. “But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” 1 Pet. 1:15-16 Are we trying to get as far from holiness and as close to sin as we can without getting burnt? There is something wrong with this. It is a movement in the wrong direction. We should be moving towards God in all areas of our life. Our objective is not to serve self, and find out what we can or cannot do. Our objective should be to seek God while He may be found! Our objective is to quit serving self, and start serving God. We are full of a generation that is seeking to please self in what they drink, how they dress, and what they want to do, without a greater thought as to does this please God. The question is not, is it sin, but does this please God. Will this help my relationship with God? Will this draw me closer to His holiness? Would it not be better to leave any questionable area behind for the holiness of God? Are we not encouraged, even commanded as christians to ‘deny ourselves’?
Liberty, liberty you are yelling at me as you read this article. I recall the verses that talk about liberty, they are liberty from the bondage of sin. Rom 6 deals extensively with using our members (eyes, hands, feet) as instruments of sin. We have liberty from sin, NOT liberty to run to sin. Liberty from it, to get closer to the Holiness of God. Liberty to flee from it, not to it.