Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
Sunday, July 16, 2017
The Doctrine of the Sins of the Tongue.
Point 1. Definition and classification.
Sin is a violation of the law or standards of God.
The sinfulness of sin lies in the fact that it is against God even when the wrong we do is to others or to ourselves.
Since God’s character and standards are perfect, anything that violates that has been defined in the scripture as sin.
This is the reason that when God gives soul-life at birth, He also imputes Adam’s original sin to the old sin nature so that he can deal with man’s #1 problem, rejection of the divine commands from headquarters in heaven.
Adam could only sin in the garden; He could not produce good or evil.
Good and evil can only be produced after man has a sin nature.
Temptation comes from the old sin nature, but sin always comes from human volition.
Sin is both a thought, a motive, an act of wrongdoing, plus a state of alienation from God.
The source of sin is twofold. (1) Spiritual death at birth.
We are spiritually dead before we commit our first sin.
The fact that the baby is safe and secure is given in passages such as 2SA 12:23 “But now he has died; why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he will not return to me.”
They are safe because they have not reached accountability. JON 4:11 “And should I not have compassion on Nineveh, the great city in which there are more than 120,000 persons who do not know the difference between their right and left hand, as well as many animals?”
They are saved because they have been protected by one or both parents in 1CO 7:14 For the unbelieving husband is sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified through her believing husband; for otherwise your children are unclean, but now they are holy.
We are also totally helpless to understand spiritual phenomena because we are dichotomous, having a body and soul but no human spirit.
This is why we need to be born again so that we can become trichotomus, having a body, soul, and spirit as taught in 1TH 5:23.
1TH 5:23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
So the source of sin is twofold. (1) Spiritual death at birth. (2) The function of human volition.
(1) Sins of cognizance, in which a person, recognizing the temptation as a sin, wants to do it, and he does it.
(2) Sins of ignorance, in which a person is not aware that the old sin nature is tempting him to sin; but he desires to do the sin, and he does it. An unknown sin is still sin and that is why our Lord forgive unknown sins in 1Jo 1:9.
Prin – Because all sin is related to the function of human volition, the believer is responsible for both categories of sin in his life.
You must understand that Jesus Christ was judged on the cross for both sins of ignorance and sins of cognizance.
When the believer acknowledges or names a sin of cognizance in rebound, he is simultaneously forgiven the sins of ignorance committed during the time of being out of fellowship.
1Jo 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all righteousness.
With volitional involvement, ignorance is no excuse, because both the sin nature and human volition are involved in the committing of sin.
Point 1. We need to note the essence of the old sin nature.
(1) The area of weakness. This is the source of all temptation to sin.
It is not sinful to be tempted; It is sinful to succumb to the temptation.
(2) The area of strength. This produces a negative type good called human good. This is also called “dead works” and “wood, hay, and stubble; 1Co 3:11-15.
(3) The trends of the sin nature: legalism, which results in moral degeneracy; antinomianism, which results in immoral degeneracy.
(4) The lust pattern includes power lust, approbation lust, social lust, sexual lust, chemical lust, monetary lust, crusader lust, inordinate ambition resulting in inordinate competition, lust for revenge, criminal lust, and pleasure lust.
This includes power lust, approbation lust, social lust, sexual lust, chemical lust, monetary lust, crusader lust, inordinate ambition resulting in inordinate competition, lust for revenge, criminal lust, and pleasure lust.
(a) The lust pattern of the sin nature eliminates or destroys Bible doctrine as the number one priority in life.
(b) Lust destroys the motivation of the believer to execute the PPOG. He neglects the principle of PMA of B.D.
(c) Lust is a distraction to the normal operation of the Christian way of life.
(d) Lust divorces the believer from reality, which nullifies the understanding and use of the problem solving devices of the PPOG.
(e) Lust turns the believer into a tricky and deceitful person.
(f) Lust destroys the believer’s motivation to glorify God, and turns the believer’s motivation into self-promoting motivation.
- First, emotional sins. Sins related to fear, which includes worry and anxiety. hatred, anger, violence, and murder, self-pity, guilt.
- The second category of sins are mental attitude sins. These include arrogance, pride, jealousy, implacability, bitterness, vindictiveness, inordinate ambition and inordinate competition, all motivational sins, and sinful thoughts.
- The third category is our subject verbal sins which include gossip, maligning, slander, judging, lying, and verbal deception.
- The fourth category is overt sins They include chemical sins, sexual sins, criminal sins.
Point 2. – The source of verbal sins.
All verbal sins originate from mental attitude sins, Which lead to motivational sins; Which lead to the sins of the tongue; Which are designed to destroy your life.
Point 3. Out of the seven worst sins from God’s viewpoint, not man’s but Gods’ three are related to the tongue as verbal sins, Pro 6:16‑19.
A right lobe that devises evil plans [anti-authority sins, conspiracy, and revolution], feet which run rapidly to evil [a trouble-maker], a false witness who utters lies [perjury], and a person who spreads strife among the brethren [gossip, slander, maligning, judging].”
Point 4. The double standard related to the sins of the tongue.
The “emptiness” here is gossip, slander, maligning, judging from self-righteous arrogance; hence, the conversation of the believer involved in legalism and immoral degeneracy.
The legalism of self‑righteous arrogance has rejected the grace standards of doctrine.
The tongue is used to flatter those you are trying to persuade with regard to your slander, while at the same time slandering someone else.
Self-righteousness sets up a double standard of self‑vindication on the one hand, while judging and maligning on the other hand.
- Flattery and hypocrisy toward those that you are speaking evil to. 2. Gossip and maligning that you do toward the one that you are speaking evil against.
The double standard also means that in arrogance the carnal believer ignores his own sins, while slandering, maligning, and judging the sins of others.
(a) Through subjective arrogance by creating a role-model and then destroying it through gossip, slander, maligning, and judging.
(b) He becomes a distraction to others through the function of legalism in the slander, maligning, and judging of another believer, the self-righteous arrogance does not vindicate self, but condemns self without knowing it.
The self‑righteous Pharisees thought it was “their duty” to destroy the perfect Son of God.
The legalistic judaizers thought it was “their duty” to discredit the grace ministry of Paul and stone him.
Rom 2:1 “Therefore, you are without excuse, every person who keeps on judging others; for in that you judge another, you condemn yourself, because you who judge practice the same things.”
The blindness of arrogance is that you are committing the worst of sins when you malign, slander, or judge someone else of committing some sin.
The self‑righteous arrogance of the evil believer assumes the prerogative of replacing our Lord Jesus Christ as the presiding Judge of the supreme court of heaven.
Legalism judges the sins of other believers, real or imagined, which are different from his own sins.
Respectability maligning others is one of the most evil functions in the Christian way of life.
Prin – It is a double standard of arrogance to judge, slander, malign, condemn the sins of others, while at the same time being blind to or ignoring your own sins.
It is neither the duty, responsibility or prerogative of the believer to assume the role and function of Jesus Christ as the Supreme Court Judge.
It is the responsibility of every believer to judge his own life in the light of Bible doctrine.
Grace-righteousness and self‑righteousness are mutually exclusive.
In the case of criminality, that responsibility has been delegated by our Lord to the government.
After the resurrection of the church all believers will be evaluated by our Lord Jesus Christ.
The condemnation of all of the wrong things we have done.
The rewards and blessing for all the things we have done to execute God’s plan.