This topic is adapted from the PursueGOD Video YouTube channel.
In their ministries as pastors, Bryan and Ross have seen plenty of people who seem to be walking with God yet suddenly commit a big sin like having an affair or divorcing their spouse. Yet then they still play the part of the Christian, attend church, and act like everything’s peachy. What’s going on?
- 1 John 1:10 says, “If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts.” Many of us can “make God a liar” by acting like our sins aren’t sins. We have entered a condition of untruthfulness. We’re lying to ourselves.
- Some people just enjoy the benefits of sin and they want it more than honoring God. “Sin is fun,” but it’s only fun for a season, says Bryan. Until you realize that you’ve hurt yourself and those around you. When we walk in a pattern of sin, we underestimate the consequences of our actions for ourselves and those around us.
- People can also convince themselves that God is okay with sin, saying that the only option was to take the sinful course of action. We can often play the victim. Both Ross and Bryan have heard people say this to them – rationalizing sin.
- For a person to get to a place of callousness toward sin, it’s often because they haven’t softened their conscience toward God. They don’t have a rich prayer life. They don’t fast. They don’t study the Bible. They show up to church out of obligation and are checked-out while there. They don’t serve. They don’t give. They don’t tell the people they know about Jesus or offer to mentor and disciple others.
- It’s hard to “fake” your faith when you’re living life with other Christians and mentoring and serving others. This is one of the reasons we should all be connected to other believers – accountability and confession.
If you’re playing games with your sin, stop! Don’t just confess it to yourself. Confess it to God and confess it to a trusted friend or mentor who has your spiritual well-being in mind. Trust that God will honor your faithfulness and that he will provide avenues for you to escape sin.
1 Corinthians 10:13 The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.
Written content for this topic by Daniel Martin.
- Watch the video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
- What is your initial reaction to this video? Do you disagree with any of it? What jumped out at you?
- How do you know if something is sinful or not?
- Pastor Bryan says “Sin is fun, but only for a season.” Explain why you agree or disagree.
- Read 1 John 1:10. Be bold: Have you “made God to be a liar” by denying or rationalizing sin or sinful patterns in your life? If so, why have you denied these things?
- Read 1 John 1:9. Does God want us to deny or rationalize our sin? Explain why or why not.
- Read James 5:16. Why should we confess our sins to one another?
- Who are some people in your life you trust who you could confess your sins to and be accountable to moving forward? Why are these people trustworthy?
- Write a personal action step based on this conversation.