Another Outline from Brian A. Yeager

Ignoring Sin Will Not Cause it to Go Away

I. Introduction: Brethren today are falsely proclaiming that everything is okay when it is not (Jeremiah 8:11-12; 23:32, Ezekiel 13:9-10, and Micah 3:5).

A. This lesson is primarily a lesson on apathy [indifference] (Isaiah 32:9-11 and Zephaniah 1:12).
1. With souls at stake no one can become indifferent (Amos 6:1-8).
2. We can become too “at ease” with our souls (Luke 12:16-21).
B. Some of our “brethren” are just like erring Judah of the past (Isaiah 3:8-9).
1. Congregations practicing casual harlotry (Jeremiah 3:6-10).
2. Congregations that were God’s people want a piece of the denominational pie (Jeremiah 13:9-17; cf. I Samuel 8:1-6).
II. Body: Too many brethren love to just overlook problems (Revelation 2:4-5; 2:14-16; 2:20-23; 3:1-2; 3:16-17).
A. We can easily become professional excuse makers (Romans 1:18-20).
1. Excusing ourselves (Luke 9:57-62; 14:16-24).
2. Excusing others (Exodus 32:21-28).
B. Sometimes we get weary dealing with the same sins over and over again (Hebrews 3:8-10).
1. Though it is trying, it is our work to deal with sin among brethren (Leviticus 18:24-30, Matthew 18:15-17, Luke 17:3-4, Acts 15, I Thessalonians 5:14, and II Thessalonians 3:6; 14-15).
2. We can too easily forget that souls are at stake (James 5:19-20).
C. We have to deal with problems for them to end (III John 9-11).
1. Not allowing them to go on and on (Acts 8:18-24 and Galatians 2:1-5).
2. Marking and avoiding those who are knowingly causing problems (Romans 16:17-18, I Timothy 6:3-5, and Titus 3:10).
3. Some ignorant brethren just allow the wolves in under the false premise that they will not eat the sheep (Matthew 7:15-20 and Acts 20:28-31).
D. We must not listen to those teaching indifference (Proverbs 19:27).
1. Those promoting unity in diversity are damning many (Isaiah 9:16).
2. God wants unity among His people, not the “passing over” of sin (Psalms 133:1, Acts 2:46, Romans 15:5-7, and Philippians 3:16-20).
III. Conclusion:
A. Sin, when left alone, will destroy individuals and congregations (Galatians 5:7-9 and II Timothy 2:14-18).
B. Let’s be like Abijah (II Chronicles 13:4-10).
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