Is it Obvious? Paul???s Sin List: Part Two.Posted: August 23, 2012
In Sunday’s message we talked about Paul’s sin list. It’s unnecessary to go into great detail over each one because Paul tells us these acts are obvious. Sin is obvious. But let’s take a look at the list and make some observations that may not be so obvious.
The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. Galatians 5:19-21
Many commentators have attempted to put this list into categories. Here’s way one of categorizing these sins.
There are five sins of Sex, Drugs and R&R: sexual immorality, impurity, debauchery, drunkenness, orgies.
There are two sins of False Worship: Idolatry and Witchcraft.
There are eight sins of Bad Church Relationships: hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy.
Sexual sins are serious. Paul begins and ends his list with them. Let’s not forget this.
But Relational sins are also very serious. There are eight of them. Over half of Paul’s list include bad church relationships.
There’s not much hope for those who claim Christ and practice sexual immorality without repentance. But there’s also not much hope for those claim Christ and practice sowing discord and dissension without repentance.