A sin of commission is doing something we are not supposed to do, but a sin of omission is not doing what we are supposed to do. Adultery and murder are sins of commission while not preaching the gospel is a sin of omission (Mt 7.21).
To omit is to - leave out; fail to include or mention: to omit a name from a list. Knowing that "Christ died for our sins, was buried, and rose again (1 Cor 15.3-4)." is not enough. We must believe this and confess it to others with our mouth as Christ's first disciples did (Mk 16.15 & 1 Cor 15.3). The Apostle Paul wrote, "If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God has raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved (Rom 10.9)."
Not preaching the gospel is a sin of omission. Christ says - "Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven (Mt 10.32-33)." Every believer should preach the gospel, but sadly this is not happening. Evangelicals and Catholics are not confessing Christ with their mouths. I was never taught what the gospel is or how to preach it during thirty years of attending evangelical churches of all types (See CONFESS CHRIST on www.preach-the-gospel.org.).
The Apostle Paul defines the gospel in his first letter to the Corinthian believers as - "Christ died for our sins, he was buried, and he rose the third day (See 1 Cor 15.1-4 for the total context.)." It's simple to preach after asking another if they have heard the good news (Gospel means good news.). But it takes us out of our comfort zone for there is fear of rejection (What will they think of me if I tell them?). We are ashamed to tell others, but shouldn't be because the gospel is God's power to save every one that believes (Rom 1.16, 1 Cor 1.21 & 4.15) when we tell it to them in person with our mouth (Eph 6.19 & Col 4.3-4).
Let's not commit the sin of omission by not preaching the gospel.
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