Dangerous Definitions

The world is unwilling to call sin "sin."

Instead, sins are excused, blame-shifted, and redefined. 

We’re told that arrogant people, criminals, and selfish narcissists are victims of heredity, environment, poor self-esteem, and the hurtful acts of others.

You won’t find these excuses in Scripture.(1)

God doesn’t excuse the proud. He opposes them (James 4:6).

God calls criminals wicked (Proverbs 6:16-19).

God calls selfish people unworthy (Matthew 10:37-39).

Scripture says we’re sinners, not victims.

Christ-followers acknowledge this truth because we know a clean conscience is a non-negotiable part of our walk with the Lord (1 John 1:8-10).

Our repentance enables us to identify and repent of our own sins before judging what others have done to us (Matthew 7:1-5). And it gives us access to Christ's power to overcome bad elements of our lives (Philippians 4:13). 

Which will you be? Hopeless victim or hope-filled victor?
(1) While Scripture speaks of generational curses, the sins of the fathers “visited” upon the children, e.g Deuteronomy 5:9, it also makes it very clear that people are punished for their sins, not their parent’s (Ezekiel 18). When a parent is sinful, his offspring often follow his ways. That is the generational curse. But each man can choose to do what is right. People raised in ungodly families can choose to live godly lives, and people raised in godly families can choose to follow the world and reject their upbringing. Ezekiel 18 confirms that truth. Don’t be confused by Proverbs 22:6.
More resources on this subject:
Are You a Victim or Victor?
Errors Regarding Proverbs 22:6
What Does the Bible Say About Generational Curses?


  1. Does Scripture give us a definition of sin, i.e. what is sin according to the Bible? How about 1 John 3:4? Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and SIN IS LAWLESSNESS.

    1. Yes, that would be a good description. Thanks for that Scripture.

      In addition, Scripture defines specific actions and thoughts as sin.

  2. Wonderful devotion!!! So many excuses these days for sin. I have noticed how some believers make endless excuses for their children’s sin. It is sad.


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