Anyabwile on Sin as Contempt Toward God

“Of course, most people don’t believe that sin is contempt toward God. We have more polite terms for it. We say, ‘It was a mistake,’ or, ‘I messed up.’ But at the heart of all sin is a contemptuous attitude toward the person and the work of God, and toward His holiness and righteousness in particular. So next time you’re talking with a friend or a family member and you’re discussing that person’s sin, and he or she starts to use language like ‘I messed up,’ just say, ‘No, I think you have contempt toward God.’ Do you know what he or she will say? You’ll hear something like this: ‘No I don’t! When that happened, I wasn’t even thinking about God.’ When you hear that, just say, ‘Exactly.'”

Thabiti Anyabwile in Holy, Holy, Holy 


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