Revival Sermons

Theology => The Cross => Topic started by: restoretruth on February 06, 2011, 11:33:17 AM

Post by: restoretruth on February 06, 2011, 11:33:17 AM
From "The Faith of Jesus", by ML Andreasen

"In the whole English language there is no uglier word than sin. Its mention brings up memories that are painful, saddening, and often heartbreaking. Sin is the cause of all the suffering that is or has been or ever will be. There is not a sorrow or a tear, not a heartache or an anguish but that sin is lurking near as its cause. It is no respecter of persons. It attacks and ruins all alike. No one is exempt. It affects not only the one it attacks. Through him it brings sorrow and shame to all his loved ones. It has no redeeming virtue. It is evil and only evil.
"One of the strange effects of sin is that the innocent suffers with the guilty. How many mothers there are who  have  suffered  because  of  their  wayward  sons!  How  many  wives  and  children  there  are  who  have suffered because of the dereliction of a husband and father! How many fathers there are who have gone through the deep waters because of an ungrateful son or a wayward daughter! Only eternity will reveal the havoc sin has wrought and the suffering it has caused.

"No one has suffered more than God because of sin, and no one has paid a greater price because of it. A look at the cross testifies to the truth of this. There the innocent suffered for the guilty. Such is the nature of sin. Were it otherwise, it would not be sin.

"How could it be imagined that sin could affect the angels in heaven? Or that it could affect God? Yet that is what it has done. Sin caused the Son of God to come down from heaven, to live and die among men. It hanged Him on a cross, pierced His hands and feet with cruel nails, and broke His heart. The agony of those dreadful hours is symbolic of the agony that has been in the heart of God since the inception of sin. On Calvary a fleeting glimpse  was  given  of  this  supreme  sorrow,  and  then  the  veil  was  drawn.  But  enough  was  revealed.  We know what sin will do; we know what sin has done. If sin had its way, it would again tear God from the throne, lacerate His back with stripes, put a crown of thorns upon His brow, spit in His face, and then nail Him to the tree. It has done that once, and it has not changed its nature. Sin is ever the same.

  "It might be supposed that such a monstrous thing would be repulsive and forbidding. This is not always the case, however. Sin is often attractive, even beautiful, alluring. At times it keeps good company, is well dressed, intelligent, vivacious, and highly artistic. In many cases it is cultured, exhibits good taste, is a lover of music, and delights in the social hour. It hobnobs with bishops and statesmen and the great of the earth, but is, at the same time, at home in the hovel and the brothel. It is generally admitted with pleasure and is only seldom repulsed. It is a universal favorite.

  "This, however, is true only at the beginning of its acquaintance. It soon changes its attitude. Where once it was ingratiating and agreeable, it becomes repugnant. Where once prevailed beauty, pleasure, and culture, are now hideousness, pain, and coarse vulgarity. Gone are its attractiveness and physical charm. Repulsiveness and coarseness have taken their place.      
"Sin at Its Beginning and End

  "Go with me to the dance hall: Lithe, swaying bodies in rhythmic motion, beautiful lighting effect, enchanting  music,  lively  conversation,  athletic  young  men  and  charming  girls,  perfect  appointments-the heart could wish for little more. Time passes rapidly. It is a wonderful evening. All is like a dream. Who could imagine that this is the beginning of that which follows? Who could imagine that this is often the beginning of sorrow, shame, degradation, suffering? All looks so innocent, so charming. But go with me to another place.

"We are in a hospital...."

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Post by: Ed Sutton on February 14, 2011, 04:16:41 AM
SIN is an ugly word to the converted, although albeit church member,  yet it is the drug of choice to the unconverted although albeit church member.
Post by: newbie on February 14, 2011, 12:00:34 PM
SIN is an ugly word to the converted, although albeit church member,  yet it is the drug of choice to the unconverted although albeit church member.

i like the analogy Ed...    sin is our 'drug' of choice