How would you feel about yourself if you were to sin by telling a lie (Proverbs 6:16-19,
Ephesians 4:25, and Revelation 21:8)?  How would you feel about yourself if you were to sin by
stealing something (Matthew 15:19-20 and Ephesians 4:28)?  How would you feel about
yourself if you were to sin by worshipping God incorrectly (Leviticus 10:1-2, John 4:23-24, and
Colossians 2:20-23)?  How would you feel about yourself if you were to sin by committing
fornication (I Corinthians 6:18 and I Corinthians 10:8), murder (Galatians 5:19-21), slander
(Proverbs 19:5), etc.?  People have learned to call the above sins, and most other sins,
“mistakes” or “slip ups”.  They’re not “slip ups”!

      When Simon (a babe in Christ who had been a sorcerer) sinned, it was not downplayed as
a slip up or excused as an “error of a babe in Christ which we should expect”.  Notice what
“Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with
Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done.  Now when the
apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent
unto them Peter and John: Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might
receive the Holy Ghost: (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized
in the name of the Lord Jesus.)  Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the
Holy Ghost.  And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles' hands the Holy
Ghost was given, he offered them money, Saying, Give me also this power, that on
whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost.  But Peter said unto him,
Thy money
perish with thee
, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with
Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight
of God
. Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine
heart may be forgiven thee.  For
I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the
bond of iniquity
.  Then answered Simon, and said, Pray ye to the Lord for me, that none of
these things which ye have spoken come upon me”
(Acts 8:13-24).

      When Israel committed sins God was not a softy with them.  He exacted punishment
instantly in many cases (Leviticus 10:1-2, Numbers 16:1-32, II Samuel 6:6-7, and I Kings 14:1-
12).  Consider this, we will find ourselves in greater punishment now than those who died at the
vengeful hand of God then (Hebrews 10:28-31).  What does this have to do with detesting one’s
self when sin is committed?  Well, I am going to use some Old Testament examples now.  What
we need to realize is that God expects more out of us than He did out of those whom He
instructed to lothe themselves.  Therefore, let’s make the greater application.

      What does God tell the apostate children of Israel?  Notice:
“Son of man, set thy face
toward the mountains of Israel, and prophesy against them, And say, Ye mountains of Israel,
hear the word of the Lord GOD; Thus saith the Lord GOD to the mountains, and to the hills, to
the rivers, and to the valleys; Behold, I, even I, will bring a sword upon you, and I will destroy
your high places.  And your altars shall be desolate, and your images shall be broken: and I
will cast down your slain men before your idols.  And I will lay the dead carcases of the
children of Israel before their idols; and I will scatter your bones round about your altars.  In all
your dwellingplaces the cities shall be laid waste, and the high places shall be desolate; that
your altars may be laid waste and made desolate, and your idols may be broken and cease,
and your images may be cut down, and your works may be abolished. And the slain shall fall
in the midst of you, and ye shall know that I am the LORD. Yet will I leave a remnant, that ye
may have some that shall escape the sword among the nations, when ye shall be scattered
through the countries.  And they that escape of you shall remember me among the nations
whither they shall be carried captives, because I am broken with their whorish heart, which
hath departed from me, and with their eyes, which go a whoring after their idols: and
shall lothe themselves for the evils which they have committed in all their abominations
And they shall know that I am the LORD, and that I have not said in vain that I would do this
evil unto them...  And there shall ye remember your ways, and all your doings, wherein ye
have been defiled; and ye shall lothe yourselves in your own sight for all your evils that ye
have committed...  I will also save you from all your uncleannesses: and I will call for the corn,
and will increase it, and lay no famine upon you.  And I will multiply the fruit of the tree, and
the increase of the field, that ye shall receive no more reproach of famine among the heathen.  
Then shall ye remember your own evil ways, and your doings that were not good, and
lothe yourselves in your own sight for your iniquities and for your abominations
.  Not for
your sakes do I this, saith the Lord GOD, be it known unto you: b
e ashamed and confounded
for your own ways, O house of Israel
(Ezekiel 6:2-10; 20:43; 36:29-32).

      The above Old Testament points serve as a great tool of learning for us (Romans 15:4 and
I Corinthians 10:1-12).  Again, we need to remember that the greater expectation is upon us
who have the full revelation of our Lord (II Timothy 3:15-17).  Therefore, how could any of us
commit a sin and not lothe ourselves?  If we find ourselves crucifying afresh our Savior Jesus
Christ (Hebrews 6:6) or trampling Him (Hebrews 10:29), how can we play that down?  How
could we excuse ourselves when the man that turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his
prayer shall be an abomination to the Lord (Proverbs 28:9).  Sin is not just a “slip up”, it is a
transgression against our loving Lord (Romans 5:6-10) and His word (I John 3:4).  Instead of
making excuses for sin, we need to focus on overcoming temptation (Matthew 26:41).

      When we commit sin we identify ourselves as children of the devil (John 8:44 and I John 3:
8-10), which is a change to our spiritual birth certificates (cf. I John 3:9).  The Psalmist said:
“Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee” (Psalms 119:11).  We
must take the inspired advice of the Psalmist rather than the uninspired advice of many failing
Christians who have excused sin over the years.  If repentance is in order, it’s time to lothe
ourselves so that we do not repeat our errors.  The old man should have died in conversion
(Romans 6:1-18), but if he (or she) is still alive, it’s time for a death now (Colossians 3:1-15)!
Volume IX    ~    Issue IX   ~   November 23rd, 2008
Words of Truth Weekly - Online Edition
What must one do to be saved (Acts 2:37)?  Hear and believe the Gospel (Mark 16:15-16 & Romans 10:17),
repent of their sins (Acts 3:19), confess Christ (Acts 8:37), and be baptized (immersed) for the remission of your sins
(Acts 2:38 and Romans 6:1-6).  Upon your obedience to these requirements of the Lord He will add you to the church
of Christ (Acts 2:41; 47 and I Corinthians 12:12-13; cf. Romans 16:16).  One must then remain faithful (Colossians
1:23 and Revelation 2:10).  There is more to cover than is here.  Contact me today for a study:
Edited by: Brian A. Yeager
When We Downplay Sin
By: Brian A. Yeager
We Need To Detest [Lothe] Ourselves When We Sin