I am most hesitant to start this thread. In the modern times, when soul liberty and fleshly appeals are seeming to be moving the "goal posts," I thought I might brave the topic with the folks in this forum. It is desired that those of you who are experienced in God, church, and people problems address the topic rather than the general readers that one might encounter in other parts of the bb. The question is: What is sin? I know that some consider it a breaking of God's moral law. But then just what is considered the "moral law?" Paul talks about limiting the believer's liberty to a weaker brother's view that fellowship isn't broken. However, does the believer's liberty then a sin? Is sin relative to time, space, conditions, culture, gender, ...? Paul says it is a shame for a man to have long hair, but is it a sin? In the past, many IFBers used up much foaming froth spewing over pants, hair, music, life style choices,... the popular phrase being, "Your not right with God if you..." There were many causes of separation from fellowship with other assemblies and groupings. Whole groupings were gathered over what was or was not held as "right with God." Where does sin reside in these matters? A local pastor in the late 70's demanded that the folks send their children to the church school, even if they had to eat beans and rice. That any child attending the ungodly public school was "in sin." What do you hold as a sin? Is there a cultural nuance that would make something a sin in one part of the world and be totally agreeable in another? What sin is so devastating or so damaging that you might consider the committing as irreparable, unforgivable, intolerable...? What sin would cause you to separate or be separated from an assembly or grouping? Please be very specific, use illustrations, and when possible, make Scripture support for your thinking. Perhaps one might consider exploring what they consider the most pervasive and/or prevalent sin in this modern time.