Does Scripture Teach About What Constitutes Sin?

Are we to view Scripture as sola scriptura that is God’s Word the sole authority for faith and life?  I think we should but then again so many don’t.


How are we to look at sinful behavior in our church? We talk about the sin of  homosexual and  it is, the behavior and the person. The person  is a sinner and the sin is the behavior. 

Then too we have in our churches those who are not married as husband and wife and claim to be saved.  We are beginning as a church to accept the behavior and the people who are not married but live together and have children. 

What we are seeing in our culture is the normalization of lifestyles that are considered sinful in the eyes of God.  What we must understand God knows what is best for his creation.  The laws of God are design to protect us from  problems in life due to wrong choices in life. 

While as a pastor/shepherd of the flock that the Lord has given me we are to teach the truth and help people understand the ways of the Lord. 

I have provide a post from David Bayly that I think is very good.

from BaylyBlog: Out of our minds, too… by David Bayly

To be Protestant has traditionally meant to hold to sola scriptura (God’s Word the sole authority for faith and life). No longer. Protestantism of all stripes, including Evangelical and Reformed, has increasingly put aside Scriptural authority altogether. 

Nowhere is this more clear than in the debate over what constitutes homosexual sin. With Wheaton College joining the Roman Catholic Church in defining homosexual orientation as acceptable but homosexual practice as sinful, wholesale Evangelical acceptance of homosexuality is nearly complete. 

Is it possible to accept sodomite orientation but not sodomite practice? Clearly not, according to Scripture.

Scripture emphasizes the link between desire, temptation and sin in James 1:13-15:

Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. Then, when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death.

Scripture is clear: we are never tempted by God. The claim by homosexual apologists that homosexual orientation is a fact of birth needs no answer. Genetic predispositions factor into all sorts of temptations and sins, not just sodomy. This does not make God responsible for alcoholism, faithless depression or heterosexual lust. Why not excuse the child born with autism or multiple sclerosis for hating God on the same basis? If we accept the argument that homosexuality’s roots in genetics and birth render homosexual lust permissible, where do we stop? What lust doesn’t stem from factors implicit in our birth or beyond our ability to control?

So God really is responsible for our being tempted….

Scripture is clear. Temptation proceeds from lust, not creation. Surrender to lust and you’re on the greased skids of death. Lust embraced gives birth to sin and sin to death.

The Roman Catholic Church and now Wheaton College wish to define lust as acceptable, but action based on lust as sinful. This will never hold. Acceptance of lust denies the first thing James tells us about sin, that temptation does not stem from God, but from the sinner’s own evil desires. 

This is why the Bible routinely calls us to fight lust and temptation, not just sin. It is impossible to hold the line against sin while giving free rein to temptation. Permit temptation and you’re marching the path of death.

James is directly relevant to the homosexual debate. Yet no one is mentioning it. God is blamed. Creation and birth are responsible for the homosexual’s desires. Temptation is OK, only acting on it is not. 

Nonsense. It’s time we actually started reading and applying God’s Word rather than dismissing it. A church founded on the doctrine of sola scriptura which subsequently discards Scriptural authority is in more dangerous territory than a church which adds its own authority to the Word. At least Roman Catholicism has tradition to coast on when it steps away from Scripture. Us Protestants? We have nothing but our lusts to guide us when we go nolo scriptura.


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