What if We Change the Name of Sin?
Yet another subtle way that society wants to change sin is to change the name of sin in order to take away the negative social connotation. For example, the murder of the unborn is called “abortion” or merely the “termination of a pregnancy.” The Bible speaks of inward forming in relation to Job, Solomon, Isaiah, Jeremiah and John the Baptist (Job 31:15; Ecclesiastes 11:5; Isaiah 44:2, 24; Jeremiah 1:5; Luke 1:41-45). This clearly demonstrates that abortion is the murder of something which has been internally formed by God, not the simple termination of an inanimate “fetus” (Psalm 139:13). Fornication and adultery are now referred to as “making love,” a “love affair” or “having sex.” However, they are both condemned in the scriptures (1 Corinthians 6:9-10; Galatians 5:19-21; Hebrews 13:4).
Homosexuality is now referred to as “gay,” an “alternate lifestyle” or a “life choice.” Homosexuals refer to “life partners,” but the Bible refers to them as “abusers of themselves with mankind,” “reprobate” and “against nature” (Romans 1:26-28). Alcoholism is referred to as a “disease” or simply a “problem.” Yet again, drunkenness is condemned in the Bible (Romans 13:13; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10; Galatians 5:19-21).
Changing the name of sin lessens its impact and that is exactly what the world desires. “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil” (Isaiah 5:20). Whatever we choose to call it, it is still sin. No matter what the name, it still influences us for evil.