"For the word of the Lord is truth, and whatsoever is truth is light..."
January 30, 2008

Sin

…Sin is untruth, and the misuse of truth. It decries freedom and fosters tyranny. It deceives and lies. It destroys, but never builds up except for more destruction. It slinks away from light and lurks in darkness. It is in deliberate opposition to the Lord’s plan for human progress. Sin is the mark of Satan.

The wide spectrum of sin, laid against a background of selfishness, is everywhere evil. It extends from wilful ignorance to the use of knowledge for unholy purposes: from dishonesty in speech, to deliberate murder: from family and neighborhood contentions, to warfare among nations. Every part of it corrodes, annihilates, is death-dealing. Every part of it, if uncovered, is hideous and found to beckon from slimy, poisonous depths.

Sin cannot be shown love or mercy, however meek and beguiling it may present itself. It cannot be condoned. Were that done the structure of truth would collapse. The battle of the Church is against sin, of every kind: it must be conquered, or the plan of salvation will be defeated: it must be fought to the bitter end. Tolerance of sin is itself sin. (John A. Widstoe, Evidences and Reconciliations, pg. 220)