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The Victim of Sin

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Old Testament

A Sermon on Isaiah 5:22-23

Woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine,
and valiant men in mixing strong drink,
who acquit the guilty for a bribe,
and deprive the innocent of his right! (ESV)

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Sin has different symptoms. Some sins manifest in drunkenness and some manifest in self-righteousness, but everyone has to grapple with the sin that is found in the unconverted heart of man. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones expounds on the fact that sin is no respecter of persons in his sermon on Isaiah 5:22-23. It affects the rich, poor, intellectual, and simple. There is no strata of mankind that is unaffected by sin and its consequences. Moreover, wherever sin is found there is also a silencing of a God-given conscience. When a man gives himself daily to drunkenness, or any other sin, he eventually puts a gag in the mouth of his conscience until he completely excuses his sin. Moreover, sin’s pleasure is fleeting: one must go deeper, into more unnatural sin, in order to get the same high that he had to start with. When this kind of gratuitous sin occurs in a society it gives way to a culture that no only sins, but also approves of sin and calls it righteous! Dr. Lloyd-Jones addresses civilizations of the earth and points out that no culture has made headway in conquering sin. Listen in to hear how Christ offers forgiveness to everyone who is caught in sin.


Additional Scripture Translations

Isaiah 5:22-23, New American Standard Bible

22Woe to those who are heroes in drinking wine,

And valiant men in mixing intoxicating drink,

23Who declare the wicked innocent for a bribe,

And take away the rights of the ones who are in the right!

Isaiah 5:22-23, King James Version

22Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink: 23Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him!


About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.