Genesis 3:9-15

Psalm 61:1-8

2 Corinthians 4:13-18

Mark 3:20-35

 

 

“Equal Sin”

 

Grace and Peace to you my brothers and sisters in Christ, Amen.

 

        “Truly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the children of man, and whatever blasphemies they utter, but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin.”

 

        This last Thursday I had a friend come over to this church to be baptized, but before the baptism I instructed her on what is baptism and its importance. I told her multiple things that you yourself have heard me confess, such as: Baptism is not an act of man but an act of God; once Baptized always baptized, but not necessarily always saved since you can deny your baptism; you don’t receive baptism because you believe, but so that you may believe; the importance of infant baptism; etc. We had a good discussion, for I wanted her to be not only ready and to know exactly what she was receiving, but to also be properly educated so that her kids would be properly baptized as early as possible, which is the most loving thing you can ever do for your children. Yet there was one subject that we went on which served as an important foundation as to why Baptism is so important. And that is Sin and forgiveness.

 

        There is an imagery that many use with regards to good and bad, and that is talking about white and black and the various shades of gray in between. The image goes as such, you may have a discussion on what is right and what is wrong, and this would be considered as black and white thinking. Then someone who interrupt the conversation and interject that there are nuances between such thinking and that we should in all reality be thinking in terms of multiple shades of gray. They may say that certain topics have many gray areas and attempt to get you to come to terms with each other, or at least to avoid extremism. The only problem is that such gray thinking is deeply wrong.

 

        Many of you may know that I am not a big fan of this many shades of gray thinking, and how when it comes to ethics, morality, sin, evil, there can be only black and white thinking, for gray is black in these regards. Let me explain, if white represents good and black represents bad, then what is gray? It is good mixed with bad. Well if even the tiniest speck of evil is present then the whole thing is tainted. You can only have good or bad. Good mixed with bad is bad. Some may have heard the saying that the greatest trick the Devil ever played was to convince the world he did not exist. That is what gray thinking does. It shifts our focus away from Godly things and things of the Devil, while shifting towards excepting some misguided nuances that shatters holy desires and permits evil ones.

 

        Another image, you have two people discussing on what is true. One is correct and the other is false. These are the only two options, you either speak the truth or you are speaking that which is not true (knowingly or not is not the point). Then alongside comes a person who represents a “Third Truth” who is trying to get to the center of the disagreement. The only problem is a half-truth or half-false statement is still a false statement. You are either entirely true, or you are not. Thus third truths will always be false. And in the case of black and white thinking, third truths will always be black. And in the case of good vs evil, third truths will always be evil. The Third Truth is the tool of the Devil, designed to hide him so he could infiltrate and perverse The Truth which comes only from God.

 

        Now why did I mention all this? When you have different shades of gray you end up with having a system with various levels of sin. Some sin is permissible, some are bad, and some will always lead to Hell. A fifty shades of gray system for sin will always have a chart that classify sins on a scale of what is ignorable and what can never be ignored. In the days of old, the Church Catholic had such a system, until our Church Fathers dubbed that as heresy as it was a system that allowed the Devil to enter and dictate what sin was permissible within the church.

 

        When it comes to sin it will always be wrong to approach it with the lens of gray; instead one should always approach sin with black and white thinking. Sin is sin, and sin is evil, therefore all sin is evil and will never cease to be such. If we think in terms of black and white then we get a much more healthy approach towards sin. God is good and He cannot have any sin within Him. Therefore he represents purity and all that is good. Therefore all that is against Him or stands outside of Him is black. Thus in a black and white realm of thinking, white is sinless and black is to have sin. It doesn’t matter how much sin for even the tiniest blight of sin would make the whole outside the definition of sinless.

 

        Here is the thing, God wants us all to be in heaven, but he cannot have any sin within him. You are either clean, void of sin, or you are not. There is no in between, there is no gray.  Basically, because God demands perfection, all sin from the greatest to the least is equal. The only problem is that no one has ever lived a life void of sin; therefore all have failed God and are incapable of lifting ourselves towards Salvation. Despite this, God loved us so much that He gave His only Son so that through faith in Him we may be forgiven of all our sins thus cleansed and capable of presenting ourselves to God who cannot have sin within Him spotless. Jesus took on all our sin and went to Hell so that when it is our time to be in heaven Christ would serve as our advocate and tell the Father that He already paid the price therefore, we are indeed spotless.

 

        Because God cannot have any sin within Him, all sin is equal; Black and White. At the same time, because of the Salvation through faith alone in Christ Jesus, who through faith in Him forgives us all our sins, once again, all sin is equal; Black and White. Of course if you blaspheme against the Holy Ghost, not willing to accept the faith which comes first from the Holy Spirit, then you will never have faith in Christ and thus will never be forgiven. That is the only criterion, faith, true faith which is living faith, in Christ.

 

        When I talked with my friend about baptism it is this equality of sin and the forgiveness of sin that I used as a foundation to explain sin. If all sin is equal, if all people sin, and if God cannot have any sin within Him, then no one through their own devises ever be able to reach salvation. But because Christ died on the Cross to forgive all sin, then as long as you have faith in him then you are saved. And this faith can only come from the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit is not something you are born with nor can generate within yourself. The Holy Spirit can only externally enter you, and with it provide the gift of faith, the faith in Christ necessary to be saved. Through Baptism you will, 100% guarantee, free of charge, receive the Holy Spirit and the seal of God will be placed on you.

 

        This is why infant baptism is so important, because what you are doing is allowing the Holy Spirit to enter the infant, and provide the faith necessary to belief in Christ who is the ultimate source of love and forgiveness and salvation and all that is good. Therefore the most loving thing any parent could ever do for their child is baptize them. The child still have the opportunity to deny Christ, but unless the Holy Spirit externally enters into them they will never have the opportunity to have faith.

 

        Here is the idiotic thing I have heard often by those who choose not to baptize their kids, they want the child to choose, there for they are withholding baptism until said child can decide on their own. What lunacy! Do they not know that unless the Holy Spirit enters into you that one cannot love God, let alone know God? Do they not know that through the Holy Spirit you are not forced to believe but given the freedom to choose between good and evil? Do they not know that baptism is not an affirmation of one’s faith but a sacrament intended to provide faith? Many do actually know all the above, but still do not baptize.

 

        But the point is this, I told my friend, through Baptism know this, you are indeed sealed and filled with the Holy Spirit. Faith has been provided and through faith you are indeed saved. All sin has been forgiven, and if at any point you struggle with sin and you will remember your Baptism.

 

        And to all of you, I say this: first, if you are not baptized I am willing to baptize you… I want to baptize you; second, baptize your kids as early as possible for their sake at least; and third, the most important message, through faith in Christ, which you did receive through the Holy Spirit in Baptism, all your sins are forgiven, for in the eyes of God all sin is equal, there is no gray.

 

Let us pray,

 

        Dear Heavenly Father, you who is all good and mighty cannot have sin within you but desire all to be with you, gave for us the most amazing of gifts, through your Son, the opportunity to be forgiven of all our sins and thus live eternally with you in heaven. Help us to never turn away from your gifts but willingly accept them. In your most holy name we pray, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

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