At some point you have heard the phrase, “A Sin is a sin is a sin.” In other words, all sins are equally unholy in the eyes of God. We test this saying Scripturally, first calibrating our understanding of sin against the contrasting holiness of God (Revelation 15:4). Next we find all sin to be horrid, so that sins such as hate and lust are the same as murder and adultery, respectively (Matthew 5). Then a few chapters later we find there is one sin above all the rest: grieving the Holy Spirit (Matthew 12:31-32). Finally, we recognize the command to lovingly help others away from sin toward Jesus rather than religiously policing a system of morality we are incapable of fully following ourselves (1 John 5:16-18). In the end we find ourselves at the foot of the cross with the sin of our own heart being the worst of them all.
Christianese is a sermon series tackling some of the churchy words and actions we use in our worship and everyday lives. The goal is to ground our understanding in Scripture in order to obediently live by healthy doctrine to the glory of God. As a result, our Christian living will be just that: Christian rather than a godless subculture of language and routine.