Sentence Sermons (Christian Inspiration) #85 --- Sin
Quotations on Sin
We must not permit the spirit of the day to blind us to three important things about sin. First, at its introduction to us, it always appears harmless. ... We must not be blinded to the fact that while sin is apparently unoffensive it always hatches into something dangerous. The wages of the most trifling sin is death. ... Neither must we be blinded to the fact that the results of sin are far worse than human language can convey. ... Sin is so terrible in its consequences that there is nothing foul, revolting, or deadly enough for form a comprehensive comparison. Worse than the viper, worse than the cobra, worse than the spotted rattler or the adder, is the most attractive sin. It may appear innocent and harmless ... but it will hatch into something more than serpents. ...
Beware of all habit-forming sins! They may seen harmless today but they will hatch into bleared eyes, and numbed brains, and shattered nerves, and staggering steps, and lost manhood, and blasted character and ruined reputation. Use good common sense. ...
All sin is death. ... How foolish it is for one to walk through the desert of sin gathering snake eggs when God has crowded the world with so much beauty. Why blister the feet on the scorching sands of sorrow and remorse when God’s ways are ways of pleasantness and all His paths are peace. He sends His servant no agony or remorse, no ravings of delirium, no bitterness of despair.
Real pleasures are not physical but spiritual. To gratify the desires for worldly pleasure is to enter the pathway of death. If you want to know real joy and real happiness come back to God. Seek His pardon for your sins, believe in His Son for salvation. Bend every energy and gather the joys and blessings that God has scatted so abundantly along your pathway and are yours for the taking.
—George Wood Anderson, Norwalk Hour, Norwalk, Ct., Sept. 30, 1925.
Whenever a man sins he hurts somebody else. When you sin you hurt your wife and children, and somebody else suffers. We are all tied together like cars to a train. When one moves up the others pull along with it.
—Billy Sunday, Jackson Daily News, Jackson, Miss., Jan. 8, 1925.
The trouble with a little sin is that it refuses to stay little.
—William Henry Bucklew, The Starkville News, Starkville, Miss., Aug. 20, 1948.
There is no tragedy except in sin.
—Spencer W. Kimball, Deseret News, Salt Lake City, Utah, April 14, 1945.
Sin is an isolator that turns away the currents between man and God.
—George W. Truett, Christian Index, Atlanta, Ga., June 9, 1921.
Sin is the great obstacle to be overcome, personally and socially. Redemption, individual and social, is the purpose of Christ. I mean by sin a real moral disaster, such as selfishness, ill temper, dishonesty or cruelty.
—Harry Emerson Fosdick, New York Times, New York, N.Y., June 7, 1925.
Sin is a state of rebellion against God. Sin is not essentially an act but a state of being. Acts of sins are the fruits of this state.
—G.J. Rousseau, The Pensacola Journal, Pensacola, Fla., Jan. 10, 1929.
All sin is shortsighted selfishness. It is a kind of gun that kicks back harder than it shoots forward.
—J.B. Cranfill, Baptist Standard, Waco, Texas, Oct. 8, 1896.
Most sin grows out of a lack of sense of responsibility.
—Isaac C. Jenkins, Gainesville Daily Sun, Gainesville, Fla., Jan. 12, 1920.
The essence of sin is lovelessness.
—William P. King, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., Sept. 26, 1926.
No sin is small if it shuts a man away from God.
—Roy L. Smith, Christian Advocate, Chicago, Ill., Oct. 15, 1942.
Sin in its very essence is the desire to live one's life independently of the authority of God. Self-will brings one into collision with the will of Christ. The desire to have one's own way prevents the surrender of many a soul to the will of Christ.
—Norman W. Cox, Baptist Record, Jackson, Miss., May 14, 1942.
Sin is nothing but the disposition to abuse God-given instincts. Anything which stultifies our natures is sin. Anything which belittles our possibilities is sin. Anything which atrophies our abilities is sin.
—Floyd Poe, Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, Aug. 6, 1928.
Sin is a species of insanity.
—J.D. Franks, The Daily Commercial Dispatch, Columbus, Miss., April 20, 1927.
Sin is but cancerous ignorance.
—W.A. MacKenzie, Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville, Fla., Oct. 24, 1922.
Sin is anything which causes us to lose touch with God or build a wall between us and others.
—Frank A. Godsoe, Amarillo Times, Amarillo, Texas, Feb. 19, 1950.
Sin is refusal to become what our endowments fit us to be.
—Howland Hanson, The Register and Leader, Des Moines, Iowa, June 13, 1910.
The surest way to get rid of sin is not to hide it. You cannot smother sin to death. When covered up, like a smoldering ember, it will burn on and on until it consumes the very sinews of character and leaves nothing but the thin veneer of respectability. The only way to get rid of sin is to bring it out in the open, to confess it, so far as possible to make restitution, and to ask for mercy. And it is always through mercy that sin is forgiven.
If a man really wants to make peace with his brother, the price of that peace is for him to "swallow his pride" and to acknowledge his wrongdoing; or if he knows himself to be innocent, the price is for him to be willing to say nothing of his own innocence and to manifest the magnanimous, forgiving spirit. But the blessing of peace is worth many times the cost.
—Joseph O. Haymes, Hereford Brand, Hereford, Texas, June 3, 1926.
I held a piece of board in one hand and in the other I held a piece of sand paper. I ran the sand paper up and down the edge of the board. I felt a keen pain in my finger and on looking, I saw that a splinter had gone through the sand paper and almost through my finger. My finger cried out with pain, for it had been penetrated by something that did not belong in human flesh. For several days I suffered much. Do you want to know what sin is? It is that substance that comes into human life that does not belong there. What wood in human flesh is, that is what sin is in the heart. God did not make our hearts for sin, any more than he made our flesh for wood. Sin is the splinter in the soul. It never fails to hurt. It never fails to produce corruption in society. Keep sin out of your heart just like you would keep splinters out of your flesh.
—D.W. Haskew, The Jackson County Floridan, Marianna, Fla., Feb. 16, 1940.
Sin is a voluntary failure to love God with all the being's highest passion; a failure or refusal to love our fellowmen.
—J.H.O. Smith, Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, March 28, 1901.
You cannot climb out of your sins; you must be lifted out.
—Ernest C. Wareing, Western Christian Advocate, Cincinnati, Ohio, July 19, 1928.
We do not surrender to sin because of the reasonableness of wrongdoing, but because of our wrongheadedness.
—H.M. Whaling, Jr., Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, April 17, 1926.
Most men are sorry not because they have sinned, but because of the result of their sin. Some men are trying to get rid of sins. They will never succeed until they conquer sin. We are punished not so much for our sin as by our sin.
—Charles Stelzle, New York Observer, New York, N.Y., April 18, 1907.
No sin is a trifle if it costs us the sense of God's nearness.
—Roy L. Smith, Christian Advocate, Chicago, Ill., Nov. 15, 1945.
The wages of sin are paid from an inexhaustible store of trouble.
The wages of sin are most unsatisfactory on pay day.
The wages of sin are usually more than the sinner anticipated.
The wages of sin are usually paid on the installment plan.
The wages of sin are certain, even though they are sometimes slow.
—Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., June 7, 1932.