Last Sunday I didn’t really get to preach because we had a representative from the Gideons come out and present the ministry of the church in the morning service. That is not the “Problem.” I was very glad to have that ministry come out and speak to the people in the church. You can hear the presentation on the church website; Garden City Church Just click on the “Gideons” link there on the right side of the page.
Though it was tough to sit in the pew and not get to preach on a Sunday the timing was still good because I got to go to the Lima Rescue Mission tonight. That is the “Problem.” Not that it was a problem to go to the mission or to preach there, the “Problem” was the message. Not that there was anything wrong with the message, actually I thought it was a pretty good one (though I am certainly biased). My text was 1 John 1:5-2:2 and the point of the message was that “Sin is THE Problem.” 1 John 1:6 “If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.” The problem is that we often try to downplay sin. We rename it and call it a behavior problem, an environmental influence or something else. We shift the blame to others. We minimize the seriousness. We may even deny that it is sin at all. The problem with this is that in so doing we redefine, minimize and marginalize Jesus, the Remedy for sin.
As a Christian you need to let sin be sin and accept it with every wart and wrinkle. It needs to be exceedingly sinful or Jesus will not be the Great Savior. I think that this is what John was getting at in the text above. 1 John 1:10 “If we say that we have not sinned,
we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.” The more we minimize sin the less value there is in the Savior. The less value there is in the Savior the less men will be attracted to Him. We wonder why the Gospel is not taking the effect that it has in times past. It is because, at least in part, we do not call sin sin.
Sin is THE problem. It is what is wrong with men. It is the reason God took on human flesh and allowed Himself to be killed by His own creation. It seems that He was very serious about the subject. He did not redefine it or minimize it, He dealt with it head on. What about you? 1 John 1:6 “If we say that we have
fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice
the truth.” People who don’t deal with sin do not know Christ.
You can hear the audio of this message on my website:
1in1000.org on the Sermons Page
The Problem – 1 John 1:5-2:2