Someone ElseÕs Sins Will Not Justify Your Sins

Outline By: Brian A. Yeager



I. Introduction:

A. When in sin, people look to justify themselves (Luke 10:25-29).

1. These people like to think everything is okay when it is not (Deuteronomy 29:18-19).

2. WhatÕs really bad is, they are confident in their self-justification (Proverbs 14:16).

B. Just because a person thinks he or she is okay, that does not mean they are (Proverbs 30:12).

1. WeÕre told that man thinks everything is right when weighed in our own eyes (Proverbs 16:2).

2. Thus, we have to be honest enough to evaluate our thoughts and actions based on GodÕs standards (Psalms 119:59 and Galatians 6:3-4).


II. Body: We canÕt justify our sins by the failures of others (Genesis 3:12 and Exodus 32:19-24).

A. The STUPID idea of sinning because others did/do so (Jeremiah 44:17).

1. There are those people who say, Òwell, you do itÓ (cf. Proverbs 19:3), failing to realize that man is NOT the standard (I Corinthians 3:4-8; 4:1-7). 

2. As a lost, ignorant young man; I justified my sins by those of my father:

a. Dad acted one way in front of ÒbrethrenÓ and another at home (Matthew 23:25-28), so why not me?  – BECAUSE ITÕS WRONG (Job 27:9).

b. Dad wasnÕt real about who he was {hid important details of his past i.e. unscriptural marriages} (John 12:1-6), so why canÕt I be dishonest?  – BECAUSE ITÕS WRONG (Romans 12:17).

c. Dad wasnÕt a good father (Psalms 103:13 and Ephesians 6:4), so why not be a bad son?  – BECAUSE ITÕS WRONG (Matthew 19:19).

d. Everything that dad did was because of what others would think (Luke 16:15 and Luke 20:47), so why not me?  – BECAUSE ITÕS WRONG (Galatians 1:10).

B. On the other side of this issue, donÕt become someoneÕs excuse for their sins (I Corinthians 8:9).

1. Our example needs to be for GOOD, not evil (Proverbs 4:18 and Matthew 5:14-16).

2. We should not be at blame for anything (Ephesians 1:4 and Philippians 2:14-16).

C. You and I will stand ALONE, accountable for our own actions, on the Day of Judgment (John 5:28-29, Romans 14:11-12, and II Corinthians 5:10).

1. The time to make the confessions to God is now, while you can be forgiven (Proverbs 28:13 and I John 1:9).

2. The time to make the change is now while you can bring for fruit worthy of repentance (Acts 26:20).

3. When the Judgment Day comes, finality comes as well (Luke 13:23-28).


III. Conclusion: No excuses in the Judgment (Romans 1:16-20).



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