Published here with Joel’s permission, is today’s blog.
THE SINS OF OMISSION
“Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.” (James 4:17)
This verse speaks to the issue of the sins of omission. Some of these sins carry way heavier penalties than any sin of commission. I will list these as failures.
A. Failure to Become Born Again
“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (John 3:3)
The punishment for this sin is eternal damnation, a life sentence in Hell.
B. Failure to Preach the Gospel
“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” (Mark 16:15)
The punishment for this sin is living with yourself, knowing full well that by your failure to obey the Lord Jesus‘ command to preach the Gospel thousands of people will wind up in Hell. You will be punished by many sleepless nights and nightmares involving burning people screaming at you if you have committed this sin.
C. Failure to Visit People
“Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.” (James 1:27)
The punishment for this sin is a form of Christianity without substance, “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” (2 Timothy 3:5). People can smell a fake a mile away. No one is going to listen to you if they sense that you never help anybody out.
These sins are the ones Jesus is referring to when He says “first cast out the beam out of thine own eye” in Matthew 7:5b.
Thanks Joel, for reminding us what is important. Time is running out.