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Are Small Sins Dangerous?

Discussion in 'Hamartiology' started by martin-luther2, Aug 9, 2021.

  1. martin-luther2

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    On the danger of small sins by Thomas Case


    While our hearts are warmed with prosperity, we think many times small sins can do no great harm; but herein we do wofully deceive ourselves. For besides that the least sin hath the nature of sin in it, as the least drop of poison is poison; and that in smaller sins there is the greater contempt of God, inasmuch as we stand out with God for a trifle, (as we count it,) and venture his displeasure for a little sensual satisfaction.

    I say, besides these and many other considerations, which may render our small sins great provocations, this is one unspeakable mischief, that small sins intercept our communion with God, as much as great sins, and sometimes more. For whereas great sins by making deep wounds upon conscience, make the soul go bleeding to the throne of grace, and there to mourn and lament, and never to give God rest, till he gives rest to the soul, and by a fresh sprinkling of the blood of Christ, to recover peace and communion with God.

    Smaller sins not impressing such horror upon the conscience, are swallowed in silence with less regret, and so do insensibly alienate and estrange the heart from Jesus Christ. The least hair casts its shadow; a barley-corn laid upon the sight of the eye will keep out the light of the sun, as well as a mountain. The eye of the soul must be kept very clear that will see God: “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God,” Matt. v. 8. Little sins, though they do not disturb reason so much as great sins, yet they defile conscience, and the conscience under defilement (unlamented) is shy of God, and God shy of it.

    Thomas Case, Correction, Instruction; or A Treatise of Afflictions (1671; London: Religious Tract Society, 1836), pp 38-39.
     
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  2. TedT

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    The difference in how sin is treated by GOD is not found in the relative disvalue of some sin in GOD's eyes because all, any, sin has an ultimate disavalue to GOD. A jot of a sin in an elect puts Christ on the cross. A tittle of a sin in a non-elect puts him in hell. Iow, All isns are huge!

    It is our relationship with HIM as our Lord and Saviour that differentiates our sins from the sins of those who have chosen to be HIS eternal enemies.
     
  3. martin-luther2

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    So apparently you are of the opinion that God looks on your sin as no biggie because you are of the elect.

    But Thomas Case is speaking of the Christian's view of sin, even little sins. Should the Christian also look at them as 'no biggie'? What should be the Christian's view of sin?
     
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  4. TedT

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    Putting Christ on the cross is a biggie. Don't put words in my mouth or you will be on ignore.
     
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  6. martin-luther2

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    After reading and rereading your post I misread your post. I did not intend to put words in your mouth. Very sorry.
     
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  8. Thatgirloncfforums

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    If man is, by nature, ontologically good, then doesn't it follow that man can 'miss' by degrees, 'the mark' for which he was created? The elect of Israel remained the elect, even though blasphemy and killing a neighbor's ox were not recompensed in the same way.

    As Christ said, some are guilty of a greater sin and worthy of greater punishment until they have paid for their sin in full.
     
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    A teaching I’m familiar with states that smaller sins weaken love in us and show a disordered affection to created things. They weaken us and dispose us little by little towards more serious sin, sin that does oppose and destroy love in us, “sin that leads to death” (1 John 5:16-17). Augustine put it this way:

    “While he is in the flesh, man cannot help but have at least some light sins. But do not despise these sins which we call "light": if you take them for light when you weigh them, tremble when you count them. A number of light objects makes a great mass; a number of drops fills a river; a number of grains makes a heap. What then is our hope? Above all, confession.”
     
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  10. SkyWriting

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    True. All sins are forgiven and forgotten.
     
  11. SabbathBlessings

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    Forgiveness of sins is conditional

    2 Chronicles 7:14

    If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

    True repentance means “turning from sin and obeying”

    The definition of sin is breaking God’s laws 1 John 3:4, Romans 3:20, Romans 7:7

    God bless!
     
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    Little sins get in our way and sneak in and go often unchecked and worm their way into our relationship with the Lord. Pride and arrogant thoughts open a foot hold for the Devil. If we pray and ask the Lord to forgive us of little sins and stop sinning, we must forgive other people their little and big sins. We have to allow for people to be human. Do you think you're perfect? Nobody is perfect. That is why we must remain humble and lean on God's light. We must not judge others.
     
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