Sin Is Lawlessness

“Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.” {1 John 3:4 NKJV}

“Sin” is a word we don’t hear in our society much anymore. We hear about whether or not an activity is “socially acceptable.” We hear whether it is “politically correct” or “sensitive” to someone else’s feelings.

What’s odd to me is that people understand the concept of something being legal in our society. Those who ignore the law or violate the law are sometimes referred to as “outlaws” because of their disregard for the law.

However, violations of God’s laws are far more serious because of the eternal consequences. Consider God’s very clear warnings:

  • “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness…who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.” {Romans 1:18,32 NKJV}
  • “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God?”  {1 Corinthians 6:9 NKJV}
  • “…I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” {Galatians 5:21 NKJV}
  • “…shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” {Revelation 21:8 NKJV}

But, what are these things that are so are deserving of such a strict punishment? Only murder? Only the deepest, darkest of evil?

  • “…Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. And even as they did not like to retain God in [their] knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; [they are] whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful;…” {Romans 1:24-31 NKJV}
  • “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.” {1 Corinthians 6:9-10 NKJV}
  • “Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told [you] in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. {Galatians 5:19-21 NKJV}
  • “But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” {Revelation 21:8 NKJV}

Many people, even Christians, are surprised to learn that these condemnations exist in the New Testament. Mostly because they have never heard these passages read from the pulpit or lectern even though they are clearly part of God’s inspired message to His people. And, many have never taken the time to read God’s word for themselves.

God’s law is not changed by what is socially acceptable, politically correct, or what laws are passed in any country.

Will you be lawless outlaw? Or will you abide by the inspired law of God?

Dan Fontenot

(Note: Verse references are clickable links that will open the verses in context in BlueLetterBible.org)

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2 thoughts on “Sin Is Lawlessness

  1. You’re last article on “” Thank my God always” was published in the Humble Messenger and in the Northside News (Livingston – Todd McAdams). Keep up the good work.

    Dad sp63@me.com

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