Aligning yourself against the teachings or instructions from the Bible, thus ignoring the mandates of the spiritual life, is a choice for sin.
A sinner is not just someone who is a person of bad reputation, but more often the sinner is a decision, or worse still a pattern of decisions that a person chooses for themselves.
The worst decision you can make, is to consent to sin. The far worse situation is not knowing who a sinner is, or better still what a sinner is. The word for sinners is in the plural. And it means to miss the mark, to error, to sin, it’s a reference to a habitual pattern, plural, that a person has chosen for their life.
We are all children of God therefore, we are all sons. And this Psalm, or this instruction, is directed toward each and every one of us.
It certainly applies to children, that parents should be teaching, but all too often the parents of this world fail in that regard, because they simply never learned themselves.
The principle instruction or set of instructions in our life, comes from God. And we learn them through the study of Bible doctrine. And if you don’t have any consistent pattern of study, then you simply don’t learn.
And therefore we have a very basic, and the very simple instruction, to avoid sin, and sinners, and much more than that, to avoid the pattern or patterns that all of this represents.
There are four great enemies that we all face in this life.
The first, comes from our own thoughts and intents. If we do not know truth, then our thoughts will always lead us in the wrong direction.
Second, pressure comes from other people. And if we do not know truth, then we do not have any discernment, or ability to distinguish the good from the bad.
Third, we are all exposed to bureaucracies of every kind. From government, to employment, to social interactions, and so forth. There will always be pressure and frustration, as well as peer pressure to conform to the accepted laws or rules, or regulations, or the norms and standards of society.
Fourth, the natural environment around us will bring pressure into our life. Whether from a natural disaster, or bad weather, from storms, from physical or mental handicaps, or just plain bad luck, there is no shortage of the possibilities of trouble that can enter into our lives, and steer us in the wrong direction.
Therefore, not consenting to sinners, begins with your own thoughts. And your own thoughts are patterned after what you know, and what you have learned.
Learn Bible doctrine, and you are on the right path. Ignore Bible doctrine, and you’ll never find the right path.