by Jerry Watts

The Cancer of Sin
Jerry Watts
James 4:17

• Very few things strike fear into a person like the words of a doctor saying, "You have cancer." There is probably not a person in this room who has not been affected by this disease. Some know all too personally as you have gone through the trauma of a personal diagnosis, others have had family, friends, and loved ones to be found with this horrible disease. This week I attempted to digest the CDC's 2008 report on cancer and best I can tell, we are making in-roads to reduce cases and to winning the battle against this life threatening disease.
• I do understand that to mention this disease is to bring us 'DIS-EASE' because this topic is so emotional. But I remind you of the words of our Lord in Matthew 12:28, "Don't fear those who kill the body but are not able to kill the soul; rather, fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell." There is a cancer which, while it can touch and kill our body, if left alone, it will eat our very soul. That cancer is the cancer of sin.
• The question for many is "What exactly is sin?" Our RA's and GA's can probably answer this question with more sincerity than many of us adult. Sin is when we displease God or missing the mark.
• James 4:17 gives a good understanding of sin when it says - "So, for the person who knows to do good and doesn't do it, it is a sin." Today, let's take a fresh look at sin and be reminded of its potential impact.
1. The Truth about Sin - In our day, very few care to hear the truth about sin. We prefer to rename it as a mistake, bad decision, or any name which makes it sound 'not so bad.' The common practice is to hide behind phrases like, "No one is perfect." Wouldn't you like to be a fly on the wall when someone tries that at judgment? Let's consider several words which describe sin.
a. Sin is Personal - This means EVERYBODY sin. Paul quotes the Old Testament in Romans 3 when he writes, "There is none righteous, no not one" and ...

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