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  • Writer's pictureJohan Smith

Lies about sin - 2

The previous newsletter on the theme started as follows:

The Bible is very straightforward and clear about your enemy, the devil: he is the father of lies according to John 8:44:

You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies – NIV

Lie number 3: As long as the majority does it, surely it cannot be wrong.

One of the many reasons why young people become reckless with sin and so easily succumb to the devil's cunning plans, is "everyone’s doing it anyway". In other words, your norm by which you organise your life and make choices and decisions, is no longer obedient to God and His Word, but what the rest of society does. The Bible is very frank about the whole majority-minority thought

in Matthew 7: 13-14:

Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it – NIV

There isn’t a norm more dangerous to use than "everyone does it". The chances that you’ll then choose against God and burn your fingers with sin are great. Therefore, return to God's Word as

your standard and norm.

Lie number 4: God isn’t really interested in your body.

Today’s tragedy about young people is that they neglect their bodies terribly. Many are indifferent as far as their bodies are concerned.

You cannot call yourself a Christian and a child of God and not take care your body. The Bible is very candid about not conceding to sexual promiscuity and neglecting your body in any other way. Let’s read what is written in 1 Corinthians 6:13 (b), 15 (a) and 19:

The body is not meant for sexual immortality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.

Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself?

Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit? – NIV

If you read the verses carefully, you’ll realise that it’s about much more than just sexual promiscuity. It’s also about exercising enough, eating healthy, refraining from overeating, and staying away from things like alcohol and smoking that can damage your body.

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