Overcoming Sin through Christ: Confusion and Chaos

  Overcoming Sin through Christ

A Comprehensive List of Sins

(Alphabetically Arranged)

Richard Hollerman

The plan of this study is simple.  We will look at a large number of sins, one by one, alphabetically.  We will define the sin, describe it, and comment on it, along with noticing Scripture references on the particular entry.  Some illustrations will be offered along with the description.

Confusion and Chaos

We know that “God is not a God of confusion but of peace” (1 Corinthians 14:33).  But what is confusion? What is chaotic thinking? How can we avoid being described in this manner? Do you live in confusion? Or, on the other hand, do you look at things logically and clearly, with full insight into problems and full awareness of your plans?

The word confused means, “Being unable to think with clarity or act with understanding and intelligence. . . . Lacking logical order or sense.”[1]  Thus, there are various references to confusion in Scriptures, including the accusation against the disciples of throwing the city of Philippi into confusion (Acts 16:20), the city of Ephesus being filled with confusion (Acts 19:29), the riotous mob being in confusion (19:32), and all Jerusalem being in confusion because of Paul’s influence (21:31).  Confusion in thinking, confusing in acting, and confusion in relating must be avoided.

Confusion speaks of chaos, the very opposite of order, logic, and understanding.  When God confused the language of the builders of the Tower of Babel (Genesis 11:5-9), they were unable to communicate or work with each other.  When we are confused and when a fellowship of believers are confused (without a unified belief, practice, and purpose), meaningful relating is impossible.

When Paul observed, “God is not a God of confusion, but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints” (1 Corinthians 14:33), he was referring to the tendency that the Corinthians had of making their meetings filled with disorder and strife.  Both their practice of prophecy and speaking in tongues were resulting in gatherings of discord.  This is why the apostle went on to say, “All things must be done properly and in an orderly manner” (v. 40).  Visitors should be able to see the assembly of saints as a place of joy and peace, of order and propriety.

The Christian is to think clearly and logically.  He is not to be confused in his thinking or acting.  He is to be sensible and rational in his reasoning and decisions. 



[1] The American Heritage College Dictionary.

 

 

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