"IF ANY MAN SIN"
I John 1:6-10; 2:1-2
1. Billy Sunday, the evangelist once said, "I'm against
sin. I'll kick it as long as I've got a foot, and I'll
fight it as long as I've got a fist. I'll butt it as long
as I've got a head. I'll bite it as long as I've got a
tooth. When I'm old and fistless and footless and
toothless, I'll gum it till I go home to Glory and it goes
home to perdition."
2. As believers we should be against any sin and all sin in
our life and purpose that we will kick it, fight it, and
bite it and if we have to, gum it till we go home to glory.
Our attitude should be that we will not tolerate any sin in
3. It was said of the Lord Jesus in Hebrews 1:9, "Thou hast
loved righteousness, and hated iniquity." As believers
there should exist in our heart a love for righteousness
and a hatred for iniquity. We should despise anything that
is wrong and delight in everything that is right.
4. Yet, as Christian experience has taught us, in spite of
a passion for righteousness, we still fail the Lord and are
guilty of committing sin. John makes it clear in 2:1 that
the Lord's desire for us is that we do not sin. We read,
"My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye
sin not." John is not talking about sinless perfection;
that is we never commit a sin. He is talking about
habitually committing a sin or sins.
5. The goal of every believer ought to be to live as
sinless as possible. The goal is not sinlessness but to sin
less and less. But again, we do sin. John recognizes this
fact. After saying that we are not to sin, he then says,
"And if any man sin." John is encouraging us to strive to
not sin, but readily acknowledges that we do fail in
achieving that goal. The words speak of committing an act
of sin. There are times when we commit acts of sin.
6. The question I want ask today and attempt to answer is
what happens when we sin and what should w ...
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