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What is sin?

  • Sin is acting without believing God (Rom. 14:23; Heb. 11:6)
  • Sin is not doing what is the right thing to do — acts of omission (James 4:17)
  • Sin is acting rebelliously against God’s Law (1 John 3:4)
  • Sin is doing anything unrighteous — acts of comission (1 John 5:17)

Sin is wicked.  There is nothing good in sin.  Ever.

Ralph Venning captured a sense of the complete emptiness and vanity and horridness of sin when he wrote:

Nothing is so evil as sin; nothing is evil but sin. As the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that shall be revealed in us, so neither the sufferings of this life nor of that to come are worthy to be compared as evil with the evil of sin.  No evil is displeasing to God or destructive to man but the evil of sin.  Sin is worse than affliction, than death, than Devil, than Hell.  Affliction is not so afflictive, death is not so deadly, the Devil not so devilish, Hell not so hellish as sin is. (The Sinfulness of Sin)