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You Can't Reduce the Harm of Sin

Sin Consequences Dead (to sin)

Source: Various

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2022-06-02

Scripture: Romans 6:23 ; Romans 6:11

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

Most of you have probably noticed the growing government trends to distribute “safer” supplies for those who engage in “risky” behaviors, such as promiscuous sexual acts, drug use, etc. Here’s just a sampling of some of their efforts:

- The US CDC touts that, “Condom availability programs (CAPs) began in the early 1990s and are one way schools can help prevent HIV, STD, and pregnancy among teens.”

- The US CDC currently sponsors SSPs (Syringe Services Programs) for “Needs-based Distribution” of clean syringes for IV drug users, “as the evidence shows that this is the best practice for reducing new HIV and viral hepatitis infections.” 

- The Canada Interior Health Department produces helpful “Harm Reduction Pamphlets” for everything from “safer” sex techniques and supplies, to “safer” shoot-up advice for IV drug users, and “safer” smoking guidance for crack cocaine tokers. 

- And most recently the current US administration has gone beyond helpful pamphlets, to distributing Safe Smoking Kits to meth heads and crack addicts they deem in danger of burns and injuries from their unsafe smoking apparatus. While the administration has feverishly tried to deny having gone as far as to even include “safe crack pipes” in these kits, investigation has proven otherwise, says investigative reporters at the Washington Free Beacon:

“While the contents of safe-smoking kits vary from one organization to another—and while those from some organizations may not contain crack pipes—all of the organizations we visited made crack pipes as well as paraphernalia for the use of heroin, cocaine, and crystal methamphetamine readily available without requiring or offering rehabilitation services, suggesting that pipes are included in many if not most of the kits distributed across the country.”

These various programs cost taxpayers tens of millions of dollars to execute.

APPLICATION

While all these “harm reduction” techniques might make sense on some earthly level, they make absolutely zero sense on any spiritual level. You see, there is no program, no measure — not at any cost — which can mitigate the harm of sin. 

The Scripture is clear, “The wages of sin is death.”  We must not seek to mitigate the “harm” of it; rather, we must seek to irradiate it. 

This principle is true not only for the “big,” obvious sins of promiscuous sexual activity or drug abuse and addiction. This principle is true for ALL sin. Lies (even “white lies”) are deceptions, and can lead to betrayals of trust and broken relationships. Unfaithfulness, covetousness, greed, envy, gossip, malice, etc., etc., etc., will all erode the soul, ruin lives (your own and others’), will destroy relationships with others, and most importantly, with Lord Himself.

Sin is always harmful. Full stop. Want to protect yourself and others? Flee sin and temptation.

“Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death” (James 1:15, ESV).

“Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God” (I Corinthians 6:9-11, ESV).

“Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin” (John 8:34, ESV).

Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry …” ( Colossians 3:5, ESV).

“The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires” (Romans 6:10-12, NIV).

The Bomb That Was Too Big

Adultery Sexual Promiscuity Consequences

Source: "The Monster Bomb That Was Too Big To Use," BBC, August 16, 2017

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-11-06

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 6:18 ; Psalms 51:4

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

The BBC reports,

On the morning of 30 October 1961, a Soviet Tu-95 bomber took off from ... the far north of Russia.

... World War Two had placed the US and USSR in the same camp, but the post-war period had seen relations chill and then freeze. And the Soviets, presented with a rivalry against the world’s only nuclear superpower, had only one option – to catch up. Fast.

... The Tsar Bomba was no ordinary nuclear bomb. It was the result of a feverish attempt by the USSR’s scientists to create the most powerful nuclear weapon yet, spurred on by Premier Nikita Khruschchev’s desire to make the world tremble at the might of Soviet technology. It was more than a metal monstrosity too big to fit inside even the largest aircraft – it was a city destroyer, a weapon of last resort.

... [The] Tsar Bomba unleashed almost unbelievable energy – now widely agreed to be in the order of 57 megatons, or 57 million tons of TNT. That is more than 1,500 times that of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs combined, and 10 times more powerful than all the munitions expended during World War Two. Sensors registered the bomb’s blast wave orbiting the Earth not once, not twice, but three times .... Some scientists began to believe it was too big ...  If the bomb was as powerful as intended, the aircraft would have been on a one-way mission.

The power of the bomb persuaded nuclear physicist Andrei Sakharov to renounce nuclear weapons 

APPLICATION

A bomb too big to fit into a plane and too powerful for a flight crew to get out of its range of destruction is just too big, too powerful! 

Likewise, there are some sins that are so destructive that we dare not commit them for fear that we will not be able to escape what we’ve unleashed.

On the top of that list is the sin of adultery!  The power of this destructive force is so great that it should lead us all to denounce it!

Not even a king is protected from the destructive forces of sexual promiscuity.  Remember, it was the great sin with Bathsheba that undermined the house of David. 

"Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body" (1 Corinthians 6:18). 

"Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight; so you are right in your verdict and justified when you judge" (Psalm 51:4). 

Man Robs Bank To Get Away From Wife

Marriage Consequences Spiritual Growth

Source: “Man who robbed bank to get away from wife sentenced to home confinement, community service,” Posted June 13, 2017, By AP WIRE

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-10-11

Scripture: Proverbs 21:9 ; James 1:3

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

KANSAS CITY, Kan. Associate Press reports: 

A 71-year-old man who said he robbed a Kansas City, Kansas, bank so he could get away from his wife blamed his actions on depression.

A federal judge on Tuesday sentenced Lawrence John Ripple to six months of home confinement and 50 hours of community service.

Ripple went to the Bank of Labor — a block from the Kansas City, Kansas, police headquarters — last September and gave a note to a teller saying he had a gun and demanding money. After he was given money, Ripple waited for police.

Court records indicate Ripple wrote the robbery note in front of his wife and told her he would rather be in jail than at home.

APPLICATION

“Better to live on a corner of the roof (or in prison!) than share a house with a quarrelsome wife” (Proverbs 21:9).

Who hasn't attempted to avoid facing their problems? But the real lesson here might be the punishment meted out to Mr. Ripple, and how well it fit the crime. But rather than allow him to escape his dysfunctional home life, the judge sentenced him to six months of home confinement! Perfect!!  

Sometimes God puts us in circumstances we can't change to force an inner change in us.  It's not that the punishment fits the crime as much as the challenge fits our need to grow and mature as a believer. 

"Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance" (James 1:2-3).

Are Alarms Going Off In Your Life?

Wisdom Consequences Word of God

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-09-16

Scripture: Psalms 119:105 ; Psalms 19:7

Author: Illustration Exchange
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"This Won't Happen to Me"

Denial Consequences Temptation

Contributed By: Paul Lingren | Date Posted: 2016-04-27

Scripture: Proverbs 6:27

Author: Rev. Gary Richmond
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Being Poor Is Expensive

Poverty Spiritual Health Consequences

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-12-04

Scripture: Matthew 13:12

Author: Eric Ravenscraft / Illustration Exchange
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Deadly Desire

Temptation Sin Nature Consequences

Contributed By: Ryan Cortright | Date Posted: 2015-10-02

Scripture: Genesis 4:7 ; James 1:14

Author: Ryan Cortright
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Sin Will Find You Out

Sin Consequences Deceived/Deception

Contributed By: Paul Hamilton | Date Posted: 2015-03-06

Scripture: Numbers 32:23

Author: Paul Hamilton
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Not-So-Sudden Sudden Disaster

Laziness Vigilance Consequences

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-01-19

Scripture: Galatians 6:7 ; 1 Timothy 4:15

Author: Craig Larson / Illustration Exchange
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Flash Your Lights for Warning

Warnings Accountability Consequences

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-02-06

Scripture: Galatians 6:1

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