Spiritual Malignancy

When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.  James 1:13-15

How much sin is ok for a Christian? None, nada, zip, zilch, zero. Righteousness and sin don’t belong together. Sin is like a spiritual malignancy.

How many malignant cells are you willing to place into your body? Zero, right? You would never intentionally place a malignant cell into your body. And what if you found out that you had one? How long would you leave it there?  Would you say, “Oh, it’s just a little cancer, I think I’ll just leave it be, it won’t hurt anything.” No, virtually every one of us would say, “Get it out, immediately. I can’t afford to have it in me. It doesn’t belong there! It will destroy me!” 

Why would you be so desirous to get it out? Because you know it won’t stay small or insignificant. It will become metastatic, meaning it will grow and spread. Untreated it will eventually take over and kill you.  As James points out in the verses above, that’s also how it is with sin.

Malignancy is pernicious (it causes great harm; it’s destructive; it’s deadly). Just as you would never intentionally place a malignant cell in your body, there is no amount of sin a Christian should ever accept as ok.

What is the best time to learn you have cancer?  When it’s really small, before it’s had a chance to grow or spread. It’s the same with sin. Get rid of it as soon as you become aware of it.

Is there sin you allow in your life thinking it won’t really hurt you?


Having begun as a guest speaker in 2005, Dan was appointed Interim Pastor in 2008 and has been serving Maple Root Baptist ever since. As a small group leader and Chaplin for the Connecticut Tigers, Dan has a heart for the lost and the God that saves them.

Dan Kinnaman

Pastor, Maple Root Baptist Church