Making Sin a Trivial Thing

Text: 1 Kings 16:29-33

Ahab was one of the more infamous kings in the Bible. He was so wicked that sin had become trivial (unimportant, nothing to be concerned about). It is dangerous for sin to become a trivial matter. In Ahab’s example we see how sin becomes trivial so we can avoid this condition as much as possible.

Why it is Dangerous to Make Sin Trivial

  • When sin becomes trivial, we ignore the fact that sin is a transgression of God’s law (1 John 3:4)
  • When sin becomes trivial, we forget that sin separates us from God (Isaiah 59:2)
  • When sin becomes trivial, we can become enslaved to sin (John 8:34)
  • When sin becomes trivial, we see no reason to avoid it or overcome it (Hebrews 3:13)
  • Ultimately, if sin is not dealt with properly, it leads to damnation (Romans 6:23)

How Sin Becomes Trivial

  • Culture – Ahab grew up seeing sin as the norm (1 Kings 16:25); we live in a crooked & perverse generation (Philippians 2:15); we must live to a higher standard (Romans 12:2)
  • Influence – Ahab married Jezebel who was a close companion that constantly encouraged him to do evil (1 Kings 16:31-33; 18:19); we must guard against evil influences (2 Corinthians 6:14-17)
  • Conscience – when one sees sin as a trivial matter, it is because his conscience has become seared (1 Timothy 4:3); godly sorrow leads to repentance (2 Corinthians 7:8-10), but this is impossible without a guilty conscience
  • Openness – Ahab’s sin was out in the  open, not private (1 Kings 16:31-33); sins are often kept private because they are shameful (John 3:20); when sins are committed publicly without shame, it is dangerous (Jeremiah 6:15); indicates that one doesn’t care what God thinks or what man thinks

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