Jasper Church of Christ
Highway 96 South
P.O. Box 151
Jasper, Texas 75951


Pretty Names for Sin
Proverbs 16:2 says, “All the ways of man are pure in his own eyes.”    In other words, if God left the business of righteousness up to us, nothing would be sinful.   We would rationalize things to the point of obscuring the idea of wickedness into oblivion.  On the other hand, as the rest of the verse reads, “The Lord weighs the spirit.”   God alone can discern what is right.   He is the One Who should name sin. 
In the words of Charles Spurgeon, we get into a bad habit of giving “pretty names for sin.”   Our wicked behavior does not seem so bad when we give it a more attractive label.   Listen to the way we talk about life.   Are we using God’s words or our own when we describe sin?
Is it “homosexuality” or an “alternate lifestyle”?  Cf. Lev. 18:22; Rom. 1:26, 27   
Is it “gambling” or raising money for schools”?  Cf. 1 Tim. 6:10.
Is it “drunkenness” or “social drinking”? Cf. Prov. 20:1; 23:29-35.
Is it “murder” or “pro-choice”? Cf. Psalm 139:13-16; Prov. 6:16-19
Is it “atheism” or “evolution”? Cf. Psalm 14:1.
Is it “racism” or “cultural differences”? Cf. Gal. 3:28; Eph 2:14.
Is it “lasciviousness” or “The Prom”? Cf. Gal. 5:19; 2 Tim. 2:22
Is it “profanity” or “colorful language”?  Cf. Eph. 4:29; 5:4.
Is it “lying” or “stretching the truth”? Cf. Rev. 21:8.
Is it “gossip” or “sharing information out of concern”? Cf. Prov. 10:18; 17:4.
Is it “hate” or “keeping my distance”? Cf. Tit. 3:3; I John 4:7, 8.
Is it “forsaking the assembly” or being out of pocket”? Cf. Heb. 10:25.
Sin still separates us from God (Isa. 59:1, 2), and its wages are still death (Rom. 6:23).  Let’s not minimize the situation by downplaying sin.  The only way to freedom is truth (John 8:32), and to get to the truth, we must do away with “pretty names for sin.” -- Drew Kizer  


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