Do you have to sin over and over for it to be a bad thing?

I recently heard a sermon where one of the points was that we don’t have to make a habit of some sin before it is bad in God’s eyes.

First, keep in mind that we’re not talking about something for which you repent, but about something that you are rationalizing away without repentance because you don’t do it “all the time”.

Consider three quick examples from the Bible:

  1. Lot’s wife (Genesis 19:26) only looked back at Sodom once, and God killed her for her disobedience – she didn’t get multiple warnings.
  2. Nadab & Abihu (Leviticus 10:1-2) only offered unauthorized fire to the Lord once, and they died for it.
  3. Ananias & Sapphira (Acts 5:1-11) only lied to the Holy Spirit once each, and they were killed for their duplicity.

Aren’t we lucky that the Lord doesn’t punish us physically today like He did in Biblical times?  It seems like we get chance after chance after chance.  And we do, right up to the point where we don’t anymore.

I’m not saying that if we mess up one time we’re going to Hell (I certainly don’t believe that) – I’m saying that we can’t say that something isn’t a sin because we don’t make a habit of it.


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