The Sin Of Not Doing by Jerry Vines

THE SIN OF NOT DOING
James 4:17
5/12/99

I’m going to give you an abbreviated message tonight. You say you sure are glad
because you were wondering what I was going to do after the Middle School Musical.
I’m not going to keep you overtime because of our wonderful musical. I have just a brief
message and the Lord gave me exactly the Scripture to use. In our study in the book of
James we have come the 17th verse of the 4th chapter.
Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.
That verse of Scripture brings before us a sin which is not commonly considered.
We do not often think about the sin of not doing and yet James in his unique and special
way says to us that if we know to do good and do not do it, it is for us a sin.
There are many kinds of sin and many of the sins we think about are what we
would call sins of commission. In other words we do things that we ought not to do.
There are, for instance, the sins of the flesh and the things that we should not do, but we
sometimes do them—moral sins. Then there are temperamental sins—sins of the
disposition—anger and these kinds of sins. There are also social sins—sins of prejudice
and bigotry—things that we ought not to do and yet we do them. Of course, there are
spiritual sins—sins of pride, phariseeism, things that we ought not to do and we do them.
Sometimes we make a list of these kinds of sins—the sins of commission, and w
feel like that if there are a number of things that we do not do—then we are okay and
that’s as far as we need to go. So, we make up a list and if we don’t lie, if we don’t steal,
and if we don’t use bad language and if we don’t use drugs and don’t do alcohol, then
everything is okay in our Christian life. Well, these are sins of commission—things that
we ought not to do, but we do.
James brings before us another category of sin. He brings before us the category
of the sins of omission—things that ...


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