"What Happens When Believers Sin?"

Text: 1 John 1:8-10; James 4:17
Intro: It is not necessary to spend time discussing the question, “Do believers sin?” These verses should settle this question once for all. If sin should cause you to lose your salvation, how many would you have to commit? Is there a certain number of sins you are allowed? This is a question all teachers of apostasy should answer.
    A. The denial of our sin not only deceives us, but also reflects dishonor upon God.
    B. It challenges his truthfulness.
        1. God has abundantly testified of, and against, the sin of the world. And the Lord said in his heart (determined thus
            with himself), I will not again curse the ground for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth,
            (Gen. 8:21).
        2. Ignorance, prejudices, and lusts, are Satan's strong-holds in the souls of some;
            a. Vain imaginations, carnal reasonings, and high thoughts, or proud conceits, are strongholds in others,
        3. These strong-holds are pulled down by the gospel through the grace and power of God (2 Cor 10:4-5). (For the
            weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down
            imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every
            thought to the obedience of Christ;
    C. It is a very bad thing for a child of God to sin, no one will deny that. But John says “if any man sin, we have an advocate
         with the Father, Jesus Christ the Righteous.”
I. They Lose the Joy of Salvation. (Psalms 51:12)
    A. David sinned and lost the joy of his salvation
        1. There is no joy in feeling and knowing the displeasure of God.
    B. Loss of joy results in loss of vigor and vitality in Christian service.
    C. Some who lost their joy are so miserable they really think they have lost their salvation.
II. Sin Causes the Believer to Lose Fellowship with Christ.
    A. Relationship and fellowship are not the same.
        1. Our relationship is that of a child to a parent.
        2. Our fellowship depends on our conduct.
        3. Fellowship is changeable, while while relationship is not.
    B. Fellowship can be restored by confession (1 John 1:9).  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our
        sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
III. Sin Brings Chastisement and Scourging from God (Heb. 12:6).  For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. Rev. 3:19 As many as I love I rebuke and chasten  (Church at Laodicea)
    A. Unconfessed sin brings harsh judgment (1 Cor. 11:29-32).
        1. David’s child died (2 Sam. 12)
        2. Ananias and Sapphira died (Acts 5:1-11).
    B. Is this the way you want the Lord to deal with you.
IV. Sin will keep Believers from Prayer and Make Their Prayers Ineffective.
    A. God will not hear where unconfessed sin is present (Psa. 66:18)  Isa. 59:1-2 Behold, the LORD's hand is not
        shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you
        and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.
V. Sin in a Believers life will be a Stumbling Block to Other Believers.
    A. Paul’s attitude toward questionable things (1 Cor. 8:8-13) Romans 14:13-15 Let us not therefore judge one another any
        more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother's way. ~ I know, and am
        persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth any thing to be unclean, to
        him it is unclean. ~ But if thy brother be grieved with thy meat, now walkest thou not charitably. Destroy not him with thy
        meat, for whom Christ died.
    B. Sin of Achan caused defeat in all Israel (Josh. 7:2026).
    C. Is your speech, recreation or hobby a stumbling block to others?
Conclusion: Sins of believers cause some to stumble into hell.