Sin Sermon Illustrations

Sin Sermon Illustrations

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The Wages of Sin

S. D. Gordon says that there are seven simple facts that everyone ought to know about sin: The first is that "sin earns wages." The second, "sin pays wages." The third, "sin insists on paying. You may be quite willing to let the account go, but sin always insists on paying." Fourth, "sin pays its wages in kind. Sin against the body brings results in the body. Sin in the mental life brings results there. Sin in contact with other people brings a chain of results affecting those others. It is terribly true that `no man sinneth to himself.' Sin is the most selfish of acts. It influences to some extent everyone whom we touch." Fifth, "sin pays in instalments." Sixth, "sin pays in full, unless the blood of Jesus washes away the stain." Seventh, "sin is self-executive, it pays its own bills. Sin has bound up in itself all the terrific consequences that ever come." "The logical result of sin is death; death to the body, death to the mind, death to the soul!"—Earnest Worker.


Spelling Sin

Someone in speaking to an audience of young people about sin described the word very effectively as follows: It contains three letters, he said. The first of these is S, and that stands for Serpent, —who brought sin into the world. The last letter is N, and that stands for Nothing,—for sin is emptiness; there is nothing worthwhile in it. But between its beginning and its ending is a great big capital letter I. It is because of the I in me that I am sinful. The I is my sinful human nature; it is hopelessly bad; calling it "the flesh," the Holy Spirit says of it that it is enmity against God, is not subject to the law of God, and cannot be. So the only safe thing to do with this heart-center of sin in our lives, the I, is to put it to death; let it be crucified with Christ, so that it is no longer "I" that live, but Christ liveth in me. Not until that miracle is wrought,—the death of self and its replacement by Christ,—are we safe from sin. But that very miracle we may have any instant that we will take it by faith.—Sunday School Times.


The Telescope

One day the astronomer Mitchell was engaged in making some observations on the sun, and, as it descended toward the horizon, just as it was setting, there came into the rays of the great telescope the top of a hill seven miles away. On the top of that hill were a large number of apple trees, and in one of them were two boys stealing apples. One was getting the apples, and the other was watching to make certain that nobody saw them, feeling certain that they were undiscovered. But there sat Professor Mitchell, seven miles away, with the great eye of the telescope directed fully upon them, seeing every movement they made as plainly as if he had been under the tree. Often it is thus with men. Because they do not see the eye that watches with sleepless vigilance, they think they are not seen.—The King's Business.


Cleansing from Sin

One Sunday evening a young man was walking along a street on his way to a place of pleasure when he was met by a man who thrust a small piece of paper into his hand. The young man took it and read by the light of the nearest lamp the words: 'Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow'. A sneer passed over his face as he read, and throwing the paper from him he hurried on.

'Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow' doesn't apply to me, at any rate. I'm an infidel and do not believe anything of the kind,' thought he.

`Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow.' Bother the thing, I can't get rid of it! Sins? Conscience? Yes; but I acknowledge neither a future nor a God, and therefore am not responsible. What do I care to have my sins made white, to use the figure, seeing that I own no duties beyond those necessary to natural existence?

`Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow.' I am an infidel. I don't believe the Bible. I don't believe in a future or anything beyond the still, dark grave, so here's for a short life and a merry one.

`Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow.' It is very forceful and poetical. Certainly that Bible is a wonderful book. Granted, for the sake of argument that it is true and that a God exists. I can easily understand how religious people who believe in a future either of joy or suffering cling to such sentences with a tenacity proportioned to their belief.

`Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow.' Admirable writing! Terse, forceful language! I wonder who wrote it. God, I suppose. God? Why, there is no God. I forgot myself. If I could only remember my principles, and how logical and well founded the arguments are which support them, I shall be all right.

`Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow.' That thing again! Will nothing put a stop to this? Here is a meeting house. I may as well turn in and see what they have to say. He entered and was shown to a seat near the door.

A solemn silence reigned. The preacher had just read the text from the pulpit, and paused a moment before repeating it. Then in a gentle voice he pronounced the words—`Come now and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.'

The ante-room of that meeting Hall was always open for a short time after the service for the reception of those whom the message of the Lord had touched. That evening there was an anxious enquirer who prayed with tears, 'Jesus, though my sins be dyed deeper than the deepest scarlet, do Thou make them whiter than the purest snow.' And before he left that evening he knew his sins were forgiven and his iniquities pardoned, through the precious blood of Christ.

(Ps. 32. 1; Isa. 1. 18)


Definition of Sin

The English word `sin' is connected with the verb `to be'. The French is 'ils sont' (they are), the Latin `sunt', and its present subjunctive `sine (they may be). The jurors in a law court try to find out about the prisoners if 'they are' guilty: God's message to David was 'thou art the man'.

The Greek word—'Hamartia' means 'missing the mark'.

Other words used for sin are 'Iniquity'—inequality, like ruts in the road: 'transgression' or 'trespass', meaning crossing over, or encroachment. 'Wrong' is cognate with the Anglo-Saxon word `wrung'—used of a twisted cloth: so implies something awry, something twisted.

(Rom. 3. 23; Ps. 103. 10-12; 1 John 3. 4)


There is an Indian fable of a swan that, pitying a poor pig in its muddy environment, began to describe the beautiful country further up the river, with the green banks and rising slopes, and invited the pig to join the happy company of white swans that lived there. The pig was willing enough to go, but asked the question, `Is there any mire up in that fine country?' `Oh no!' replied the swan, 'it is clean and free from mud and mire.' Then,' said the pig, 'I'm sorry I cannot accompany you. I must stay here in the mire.'

(2 Pet. 2. 22)

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