Is "Sin" Vanishing from our Vocabulary?

Language is such an interesting study. It is fascinating to witness the evolution of words. It can happen gradually or overnight, but words and the concepts they express do change and in some cases, even vanish.

Anyone sat in the parlor lately for “courting” purposes?

“Sin” and the concept it represents may be one of the next words evolving out of our vocabulary. Always a word connected to Christian theology it once was used in a broader sense to identify the wrongs and ills of the greater culture. Slowly it moved out of more common use and is now on the verge of evolving out of the pulpits and pews of Christian culture.

Recently I watched a television news magazine’s feature on one of the most popular Christian preachers in America. He preaches to tens of thousands in his church on Sunday and millions more via various media outlets. He purposefully does not use the word “sin”. In his quest to only focus on the positive he has left this word behind. He may possibly speak about mistakes, slip-ups, regrets or maybe even wrongs but not “sins”.

Stand by for an announcement, “Sin” has left the church building!

Is this a good thing? Is it just the natural evolution of a word?

Or should we be concerned? Can we even have Christian theology without the word and concept which is “sin”?

I do want sin to vanish but only through the blood of Jesus. I think I will continue to use the word in my sermons. After all it must still be a big bad deal. Christ died and arose to free us from it.

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6 Responses to Is "Sin" Vanishing from our Vocabulary?

  1. Lee Hodges says:

    Karl Menninger wrote a book back in the 70’s titled, “Whatever Became of Sin?” How sad to see that now religious groups are afraid of the word. With out sin and its consequences the Good News just becomes average news.

  2. Danny says:

    I agree Lee- not just average news, maybe even no news.

    Come to think of it that- to some- is what it has become.

  3. Stoned-Campbell Disciple says:

    If we reintroduce the vocabulary of sin we need to revisit biblical theology and make sure we are teaching it rather than some neo-platonism.

    We also need to invest sin with Pauline notions of a power that opposes us and not simply an infraction of some code.

    A shallow theology of sin leads to an even shallower theology of grace.

    Shalom,
    Bobby Valentine

  4. Danny says:

    Ah, Bobby, the powers and principalities Paul speaks of. They are indeed a supernaturally evil combine set against in a purposeful way for our destruction.

    I would like to hear more from you on this.

  5. Stoogelover says:

    Just as consisten as the love of God is the wrath of God against all sin. It is tragic that the word is missing from so many of the larger churches. About as tragic as the way we used judgment against sin as a motivation to scare people into obedience!
    I’m an ex-Florida guy now in Southern California. Enjoy your posts.

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