The Three Dirty Secrets of Sin

ShacklesThe warning is there for a reason.

Exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. (Heb 3:13)

This sermon, inspired by that warning, considers the story of Samson as documented by God in Judges 13-16.

  • A child specifically promised to a barren woman by an angel of the LORD (Jud 13:2-3).
  • To be raised as a Nazirite to God from the womb (Jud 13:4-5).
  • A man of incredible physical strength (Jud 14:5-6,19; 15:4-8,14-17).

But Judges 16 represents a pivotal and tragic turn in Samson’s life.

  • A Philistine prostitute (Jud 16:1-3).
  • Delilah (Jud 16:4-20).

And it is here that the three dirty secrets of sin are on full display.

  • Sin will carry me farther than I want to go (Rom 5:12; 1 Cor 6:9-10; Gal 6:7).
  • Sin will keep me longer than I want to stay (Jud 16:21; 2 Pet 2:10-22).
  • Sin will cost me more than I ever wanted to pay (Jud 16:22-30; Jam 1:12-18).

“Whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction…” (Rom 15:4). We would do well to pay attention.

This sermon was delivered on April 1, 2012.

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About Jason Hardin

Jason lives in southern Indiana with his wife Shelly and their three daughters. He works with the Charlestown Road church of Christ. Jason has written three books and a variety of workbooks. He's a fan of photography, baseball, mountains, wildlife, BBQ, banana pudding, and coffee. You can contact him here or connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

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