Transformation From Sin to Iniquity – God Never Changes – The Father’s House Church of Stockton

Posted on May 29, 2012

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The Father’s House Church of Stockton

 Transformation From Sin to Iniquity – God Never Changes

When King David sinned with Bathsheba and was confronted by the prophet he wrote Psalms 51.  In this Psalm David mentions both sins and iniquities, as if they are two categories of wrongs.

 

Psalms 51:7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. 8 Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice. 9 Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. 10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

 

In our world today I believe that most people think of sins and iniquity being the same thing. The modern use of the word “iniquity” is almost exclusively in the church and not a part of our culture, though it should be. David calls them both our, sin and iniquity because they are very different from the perspective that a culture or generation views them.  God looks at them both as sin but judges them differently.

 

Sin

First off the sin is something that is wrong in the eyes of God and widely recognized by a generation or culture of a people as wrong also. An easy example is murder.  God says murder is sin and most cultures of the world agree with this, that the taking of a life in murder is a sin.  There are lots of things in the church we call and recognize as sin.  From a secular point of view many things called sin in the church culture would not be recognized as sin, even called a grey area. God’s point of view never changes, a sin is always sin.  What changes with God is the level of mercy or judgment compared to the knowledge of sin or lack thereof with in a culture or even an individual.

 

Iniquity

The definition for iniquity is easy to define, than it is to define what things in our culture are iniquities. Iniquity in general is defined as “lawlessness.”  Comparing this to sin, is that a sin is regarded and known as a wrong against God’s standards but an iniquity is wrong behaviour that has become so common that most people in general question if it were ever a wrong.  In the Hebrew language, the root of the word iniquity means to twist and distort.  Basically as culture takes a sinful activity and as this sinful activity becomes more open, blatant, and common people then perceive this sin as a grey area or not sin at all, twisting the reality of sin.  As younger people grow up in this lawlessness, their foundations of right and wrong are completely different than older generations.

 

Harsh Judgment vs. Love

Before giving examples of iniquity, it is a wonderful thing when the church operates in love and not judgment.  Christians have harshly judged and made people that were living in sin feel condemned and not redeemable and this is wrong.  When love goes too far and the teachings on Biblical standards diminish the door is wide open for what used to be black and sin to become iniquities in a generation.  There is a balance between loving so much that we never teach or encourage people to live holy lives unto God.  This is where we must pray for God’s heart and wisdom as we reach out to the world around us.

 

Iniquities Growing In America

If we could get honest answers from many church goers we most likely would be shocked as to what things were sin a generation ago is absolutely okay to many Christians today. Right now in America, using one of the most extreme examples, in general homosexuality is becoming or is a grey area to many in the church and in the world for sure. Yes the Bible gives example of homosexuality as being without a doubt sin, but the Bible covers many other things as well that Americas ignore as well. We begin making excuses for the Bible or deeming those passages as extreme positions for a different time.  There are some denominations ordaining homosexuals today.  The homosexual agenda has so much power in America, Christians often are afraid to say the truth and when they do they are looked down on as if they are Neanderthals in their thinking. Society in general just a generation ago believed the opposite of today’s acceptance of homosexuality as an alternate life style.  God did not change; society is becoming lawless on this issue and many others.  When an obvious sin becomes a grey area or accepted by a culture, it basically speaks of the weakness of the church and Satan getting a stronger foot hold on a generation. Another issue that has become almost acceptable in the church is pre-marital sex and living together.  When Christians get upset when some boundary is crossed by Hollywood and protest and make a noise in opposition to whatever was done in some cases. A few years back there were protest for the movie, “The Last Temptation of Christ” as an example.  Nearly every movie surrounded around a wedding in movies today portrays the couple as living together several years before the wedding and possibly names previous sexual partners and relationships as well.  Have you seen any Christian protests or boycotts for this blatant and common example of pre-marital sex?  I am not promoting protests and boycotts but you don’t see any because the church has lost this battle and doesn’t even consider it a battle anymore yet it was a huge thing in previous generations and for hundreds of years.

 

Judgment – Sin vs. Iniquity

When something has become an iniquity in a culture and a generation, God judges that sin differently than those who know better. The first thought of most is that it doesn’t seem fair but even most people have more mercy when things are done in ignorance.

 

Luke 12:48 But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.

 

Matthew 11:24 But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee.

 

A real good example is the story of Ananias and Sapphira. They were living in a time and place where the power and presence of God was unprecedented.  Miracles of healing and deliverance as well as salvations were a part of daily life for Ananias and Sapphira. Even though they were living in such an environment, they chose to go back on their word on an offering they had promised to give and they were literally judged and punished like it was Old Testament times under the law. They were given so much and knew so much that God expected more out of them. In our culture and world today, Christian radio stations and TV ministers would be getting people judged and killed nearly daily for all the pledge cards they put in people’s hands that never get followed through on. This is not an excuse to sin because God wishes for each one of us to grow in our knowledge and experience with him, even if our culture doesn’t.

 

Rampant Growth of Sin

Today things that were commonly thought to be wrong are absolutely okay today.  Something as simple as regular church attendance is almost a myth in America. Many churches have a rotation of people that come to church and it almost never happens where everyone that calls a church home shows up at the same Sunday.  People are comfortable today skipping church often for vacations or for a better service somewhere else. Christians today post pictures of common activities in their lives that in the previous generations would have been scandalous.

 

 

Being Salt and Light to Our World

Just pointing out that we are a less holy generation is not the goal here. Lower standards and increased sin is a symptom of the church not being salt and light to the world around us like we should be. This is a sign of watered down preaching and teaching in the pulpits as well as less commitment from the average Christian.

 

Matthew 5:13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. 14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

 

What we are seeing is the world is having more influence on the church than the influence the church is having on our culture. Christians are called bigots for preaching the truth of God’s Word about homosexuality which was readily accepted as sin just a generation ago and now lawlessness of iniquity.  Christians dress, walk, and talk more the like world all the time.  We have went from the extreme of clothes line preaching to almost anything is okay, where is the balance and the honor toward God?

 

In many circles Christians have tried to get rid of Christian clichés and general “churchiness” to help us relate to our world.  Christianity in America had become and still is in many places much like the Pharisees of Jesus’ time, filled with judgment and a holy than thou attitude, lacking the love that is needed to save a lost world.  The attack on traditional religion has had a horrible side effect, moral standards and real holiness went with the traditions. Sinful activities of the past generations are rapidly becoming the major iniquities of the current generation. We have to get back to being salt and light to our world. Salt and light doesn’t just expose sin, it shows a better way.

 

Make a commitment to step into a greater level commitment to the Lord. Be like David where he said….

 

Psalms 139:23 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: 24 and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

 

Judge ourselves so that the Lord of others do not have too. As we clean up our own lives, we can’t help but become better salt and light to our world.

 

 

Pastor Farris Baker

The Father’s House Church of Stockton

www.TheFathersHouseStockton.org

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