Overcoming Sin through Christ: Insolence

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.

Insolence

Richard Dawkins is probably the height (or depth) of insolence in the world today, as he ridicules the idea of faith in God Almighty.

The term insolent means “presumptuous and insulting in manner or speech; arrogant. . . . audaciously rude or disrespectful; impertinent.”[1]  It means “boldly rude or disrespectful; contemptuously impertinent.”[2]  As we survey the New Testament Scriptures, we can see that the Christian life is far removed from the trait of insolence.  Love “does not act unbecomingly” nor is it “rude” (1 Corinthians 13:5, NASB, ESV). 

The people of Nazareth were insolent when they reacted violently against Christ’s message in their synagogue (Luke 4:28-29).  The Sanhedrin members were insolent when they “covered their ears and rushed at” Stephen and stoned him in their fury (Acts 7:54-60).  The silver smiths of Ephesus were insolent when they were filled with rage and cried out “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians” for two hours (Acts 19:28-34). 

Have you known any examples of insolence in your own life?  You might be in a department store and you hear an irate customer rudely denounce a particular salesperson, accusing her of incompetence.  You might be walking along a sidewalk in a neighborhood near you and you hear in the background a woman rudely screaming at her children—or her husband!  One woman where I worked boldly wore a shirt emblazoned with “Rude!” on it.  Rudeness—or insolence—is common among the unbelieving world around us.

I’ve preached and distributed Christian literature on the streets.  When trying to reach the “health and wealth” or “Prosperity” followers at the local Word of Faith conventions, many of them have been insolent in their opposition and rude in their bizarre tactics against the gospel.  At the so-called “Jehovah’s Witness” conventions, I’ve also seen examples of widespread insolence among the members, particularly the leaders.  Years ago, one friend was speaking to a man and then the man picked up the Bible and threw it across the room to the floor. Surely he was manifesting an insolent attitude. 

Let’s stay away from the “disorder and every evil thing” that comes from a worldly wisdom manifested in outward actions, and let’s seek to have the “wisdom from above” that shows itself in “good fruits” and Christian virtues (James 3:16-17).

 



[1] The American Heritage College Dictionary.

[2] Random House Webster’s College Dictionary.

 

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