by John Barnett

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The Deadly Results of Rationalizing Sin (21 of 22)
Series: The Life of David
John Barnett
II Samuel 11

Most spectacular sins are like most flat tires: they are not usually caused by a loud pop of a blow out, rather, they are almost always a the result of a slow leak. The long-term effect of small rationalizations, of small disobediences, or small neglects can after time snowball into immensely destructive activity. That is what we see in David's life:

Beware of the Slow Leaks
In Your Spiritual Life

Jesus said that when we are faithful in little things it shows that we will be worthy of great things. Look at Luke 16:10:

He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much.

David was amazing at great things, but slowly he began to change because of his rationalizing small little things. This study is about how deadly can be the results of rationalizing sin.

First we must define sin as any transgression of God's Law as it says in I John 3. So there must be an absolute standard from God to have sin. Anything that falls short, or goes against God's standard is sin.

There are also two types of sin described in God's Word: unintentional, unknown transgressions (for example walking over a grave was prohibited in the Law for Jews in the Old Testament and thus caused defilement, whether they knew it or not); and intentional disobedience to a revealed truth.

Some call these sins of omission (not doing what we should have done if we had known how or when or why to obey God in that matter); and sins of commission (when we know to do good and do it not as James calls it).

All of us are imperfect, and incomplete in our understanding of God's Ways and in one way or another are regularly involved in the first type of unintentional sin for which God's amazing grace cleanses away and Christ's atoning work at the Cross renews us constantly.

But it is the second type of sin, th ...

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