DEFINING SIN AND ITS EXTENT

ab7This morning I greet you in the Mighty Name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ our soon coming King. It is always with joy that I come to you with nothing of my own, but in the power of His might. I trust that you are receiving the word of God day after day and your souls are being blessed.

Before we can begin to restore our relationship with God, we need to understand that this relationship is broken to begin with and why that is the case. The relationship is broken not because of anything God has done, but because of what we have done. We have turned away from God’s standards and made our own path. It has always been that way since the Garden of Eden. Even in Heaven Lucifer trouble arose and pride came before the great fall. Today is no difference in the church and we see a falling away because the leaders lack the vision to move ahead. Some leaders go to the extreme to fight and decide who should attend their church. If that were the case with our God, none of us would have access to the Throne of Grace. It is a very sad time that we are living in and God is going to put a stop to the bleeding of His church and let the whosoever will come to His saving Grace.

Sin is a key concept in Christianity, but it’s also that negative word no one likes to talk about. We prefer to be positive, to think that people are basically good. But Christianity claims that sin has a hold on everyone. Before we get ahead of ourselves, though, let’s take a moment to define sin. Oh, how many people claim to be an authority on the act of sin. They even define sin more rigid to some they don’t like, and give a pass to others in their social network. The Bible said in Romans 3: 23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Sin involves any deviation from God’s perfect standard of holiness. This can be the result of our thoughts, our behaviour or in what we say. Christ emphasized the importance of being internally moral, not just externally moral. That’s why he provided His listeners with examples such as, “But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart” (Matthew 5:28).

Our sinful behaviour harms others, harms us and, more importantly, is an affront to a Holy God. This is not God’s way of taking all the fun out of life. Rather, if we were designed to function best a certain way, living in harmony with God; then the best thing for us is to restore our broken relationship with God and enjoy life within the parameters He has established. We have an opportunity today if you are reading this message to make amends before God. We should be crying out “Lord have mercy upon us, and incline our hearts to keep your word.

As a result of sin, we reject God and instead put ourselves in His place. This means that sin is not only the fact of our separation from God, but also involves our willful disobedience. Yes my brothers and sisters of the Mystical Order sin is a transgression of the laws of God; which carries the death penalty. Anytime you move away from the grace of God you are moving towards something else. When a person lies they have moved away from truth. When a person becomes unrighteous in their ways and action, they simple walk away from righteousness.

But what is the extent of sin? According to the Bible, sin is universal. As a whole we are fallen and sinful, but we are also fallen and sinful individually. As Paul explained, “As it is written: ‘There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one'” (Romans 3:10-12). Because Paul said that does not mean you have to walk willfully and do that which is unlawful and unrighteous. Remember we walk by faith and not by sight.

I trust that God has spoken to you this morning and that you will make the necessary change in your lives. Let the Lord have His way in your hearts today and make the difference so men and women will see that the light of the word is shinning in you.

Your servant and brother,
+ Sir Godfrey Gregg
Archbishop and Presiding Prelate
Administrator and Apostolic Head

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Author: Godfrey Gregg