The Lie Satan Loves to Tell About Sin

Yesterday on the blog, I asked these questions: 1. Is it okay to break the rules/law if no one gets hurt? 2. When does doing so become a sin? Don’t worry, I wasn’t trying to trick you. There are times when it seems harmless to bend the rules, even when those rules are the law of the land. In fact, 71% of the Christian girls we interviewed for the book said it’s okay to break the law or rules, especially in situations where no one gets hurt. I alluded to it yesterday, but today I want to call this belief out for what it really is—a lie!  It's an idea idea that is usually rooted in a deeper lie that we can sin and get away with it. Satan has been telling this lie from the beginning.

“This may be the most fundamental lie Satan tells us about sin,” write Nancy and Dannah. “He makes us believe that we won’t get caught; we won’t face the music, so to speak. God had said to Adam, ‘If you eat the fruit of this tree, you will die.’ The command was clear: ‘Don’t eat.’ The consequences for disobedience were equally clear: ‘You will die.’ After Satan raised a question in Eve’s mind about the goodness of God in giving such a mandate and whether God in fact had the right to control her life, he proceeded to challenge the consequences. He did so with a direct frontal attack on the word of God: ‘You will not…die,’ the Serpent said to the woman (Genesis 3:4). Three times the writer of Psalm 10 indicates that the reason people disobey God is that they believe they can get away with it” (Lies Young Women Believe, 139-140).

Maybe that’s why violations like speeding or academic cheating seem like “little sins.” The price for getting caught is minor and most of the time there seems to be no price at all. But God’s Truth sends a different message.

Romans 13:1-2 says, “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.”
Galatians 6:7-8 says, “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.”

These two verses deliver a one-two punch to Satan’s lie that we can sin and get away with it. Even when our society says it is no big deal, God’s standard is that we obey the rules and live with the consequences of our sin. I know this can be a difficult Truth. So, let’s sort it out together. What are the specific consequences of our sin (be sure to check back tomorrow for my list)? How does breaking the law/rules (even when it seems harmless) impact our lives? How does it impact our relationship with Christ and others, and our testimony?

About the Author

Erin Davis

Erin Davis is married to her high school sweetheart, Jason, and together they parent four energetic boys on their small farm in the midwest. She is the author of more than a dozen books and Bible studies, the content manager for Revive Our Hearts, and a host of the Grounded videocast. You can hear her teach on The Deep Well with Erin Davis podcast.