For some confounded reason, being told about our sin, or being caught in sin is distasteful. That’s why there are more people at Walmart on a Sunday morning than there are at any group of churches in your neighborhood unless you have a mega-church in your area.
Why is that? It’s because of many reasons, and since the article title got your attention, here is some perspective on two areas.
Sin is fun. That’s what many who call themselves Christians, but who often sin intentionally would tell themselves. Oh sure, they believe in God, go to church at Christmas, Easter Sunday, and perhaps even Good Friday! What the heck, they even tithe! But in between, they sin, sin, sin, because it’s fun, satisfying perhaps they think they got away with something.
Maybe they got out of a day at the office or whatever! They just don’t want that mental burden of being told that they are sinners by the Preacher. Or, they don’t want to be reminded [again] just which of the 10 Commandments they broke while they were committing that sin. That would be a heavy load to carry home from church wouldn’t it? They just can’t take that chance that the Preacher may touch on the subject of sin in his sermon.
As humans, we are weak. We are [as the Bible says] of the flesh. Many of us come from the “if it makes you feel good, do it” generation of the 60’s. However, it’s that kind of attitude that keeps our church pews from being full on Sunday morning. So many of us have put “sin” to the back of our minds all week long, that we forget all about church, and why we need to be there on Sunday morning or some other time our church holds services.
Uh huh…..that’s right, to hear all about the sinful person we’ve been all week long. To hear the Preacher say things we don’t want to hear, but need to. Going to church is the hour or so in the week that can bring you back to reality and closer to God. It just could be ‘the’ hour that we ‘turn around’ and correct our ways.
We are all sinners, and sin comes in all forms. Infidelity, drunkenness, homosexuality, murder, wife beating, lying, gluttony, stealing, doing drugs, selling drugs, swearing, evil thoughts, and the list could go on for miles. That’s why it’s important to hear about those sins and gain a better understanding of our sinful nature. How do we do that? By visiting church more frequently and listening to what the Preacher says about sin.
Additionally, many churches, especially ‘some’ mega-churches refuse to preach about sin, the importance of understanding sin, and the consequences thereof. The worst offender of this as far as mega-churches go recently is “Lakewood Church” and Pastor Joel Osteen.
When you go to the Lakewood Church website and use their “Site Search”, to search for the words “sin”, “sinner” and “sinless” you get “No results found matching your query”; or, you get a link to “Our Beliefs”, which also says not a word about sin, even under the ‘water baptism’ information. UPDATE: Read more about Joel Osteen’s problems with scripture and his preaching here, or watch the Larry King Live video here.
Why do churches like Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church and other smaller churches not want to broach the subject of sin? Because it doesn’t bring them the large numbers of people they need. If Joel Osteen would begin to preach honestly about what the Bible says about sin and the consequences of sin, you would see his attendance numbers plummet quickly.
So, in churches like Lakewood Church and other not so famous churches, no one goes home on Sunday feeling guilty about their sins because they were just told (paraphrasing) that if you just believe, everything will be OK and God will favor you! So, you can be joyful about your sin because you were not reminded about it in church.
The sad part is, that’s only half of the story, only the Good News, but we need to hear the bad news too! God loves all sinners, but he wants us to repent and turn from our sinful ways.