IS DOING NOTHING SINFUL?
- SCRIPTURE READING: James
4:17 "Therefore to him that knoweth to do
good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin."
- THE KEY TO ANSWER THIS QUESTION LIES WITHIN
- The phrase "knoweth to do good"
is the key:
The individual knows the good and therefore must avoid
- "Doeth" The
is the application of the knowledge obtained from God"s
- The verse show that those who were given
to arrogant expressions of sinless living, while yet fully
informed in what was right merely compounded their guilt in
their refusal to "do good".
- The knowledge of knowing what is right,
and then failing to do it, makes the failure to do good worse.
9:41 "Jesus said unto them (Pharisees),
if ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say,
we see; therefore your sin remaineth."
12:47-48 "And that servant, which knew
his lords will, and prepared not himself, neither did
according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.
But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes,
shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whosoever much
is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have
committed much, of him they will ask the more."
15:22 "If I had not come
and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they
have no cloke for their sin."
13:17 "If ye know these things, happy are
ye if ye do them."
LET US NEVER FORGET THAT THERE ARE SINS OF
OMISSION AS WELL AS SINS OF COMMISSION.
- Thus, the answer to the question "IS
DOING NOTHING SINFUL?" Depends on the knowledge one has
and the application of that knowledge.
- It is our obligation (responsibility)
to do that which we know is good and avoid the wrong.
- It is our obligation (responsibility)
when we know that which is wrong to refrain from doing it
and do good.
- The knowledge of what is right makes
us obligated to do those duties.
- Doubt, or the absence of knowledge, whether
something, or some act, is right or wrong (good or bad)
necessitates our abstinence from doing it.
- Never assume you are good, simply because
you are not bad.
- Remember the barren fig tree!
21:19 "And when he saw a fig tree in
the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves
only, and said unto it, let no fruit grow on thee henceforward
forever. And presently the fig tree withered away."
- The assumption was that fruit was on
the tree since it had leaves.
Note: In Palestine the figs come before
To lead each of us to correctly answer the
question "IS DOING NOTHING SINFUL?" These lessons taught
by Christ will help:
- Let not our outward pretense, or show,
give the incorrect idea of being fruitful, when it is in
reality hypocrisy -- When the Lord looks at us may He find
abundant fruits of righteousness.
- THE GOOD SAMARITAN (Luke
- The Sin of the priest and that of the Levite
was one of "not doing", passing by on the other
- The Samaritan "did good", showing
compassion and kindness This was love in action. Jesus
asked the lawyer what the law said in Luke
10:26 and his reply was in Luke
Thou shalt love the Lord thy
God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all
thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as
- THE RICH MAN AND LAZARUS (Luke
- The fault of the rich man was a failure
to "do good" unto Lazarus who had been "laid
at his gate"
- It was well within the power of the rich
man to have Lazarus "
to be fed with the crumbs
which fell from the rich mans table:
- THE TEN VIRGINS (Matthew
- Five of these were foolish in that they
"did not good" in being prepared "
no oil with them:
- Five of these were wise As they came well
took oil in their vessels with
their lamps." (Matthew
Comment: We should be well prepared
in our heart and our lives burning brightly for Christ. II
Peter 3:14 "Wherefore, beloved, seeing that
ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of
him in peace, without spot, and blameless."
- THE TALENTS (Matthew
- The servant with one talent "did
- The other two servants (One with two talents,
and the other with five) "did good"
and put their talents to use.
- Each one was given talents according to
their ability: "And unto one he gave five talents,
to another two, and to another one; to every man according
to his several ability;
- THE ANSWER WE GIVE TO THE QUESTION "IS
DOING NOTHING SINFUL?"
WILL DETERMINE WHERE WE WILL SPEND ETERNITY.
- THE SHEEP AND THE GOATS (Matthew
- The people (goats) on the left because
they had not "done good" , heard the Lord say to
25:41) "Depart from me, ye cursed, into
everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels;"
And these shall go
away into everlasting punishment:
- The people (sheep) on the right had "done
good" and heard the Lord say unto them, (Matthew
Come, ye blessed of my Father,
inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of
the world:"; (Matthew
into life eternal." .
- Let none of us entertain the thought that
the Lord will bless, or save one, merely because he does no
- GIVE CAREFUL THOUGHT TO THESE TWO PASSAGES
6:46-49 "And why call ye me, Lord, Lord,
and do not the things which I say? Whosoever cometh to me, and
heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to
whom he is like: He is like a man which built an house, and
digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock;: and when the
flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and
could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock. But he
that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without
a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the
stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the
ruin of that house was great."
7:21 "Not every one that saith unto
me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but
he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven."
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