If you go to church regularly, you will likely be regularly exposed to teachings on major Christian topics such as grace, faith, gifts of the Holy Spirit, and salvation. You might spend weeks or months studying one of those topics.

There are probably many times you have heard a Scripture and said to yourself, “I wish someone would give me a short lesson on a particular word or topic. Not a long treatise, but enough to get a better understanding.” The purpose of this series is to do that for a wide variety of topics. For that reason, some of these videos are shorter than the typical Eyewitness episodes.

As we often caution, we are not trying to add to what the Bible says, we are trying to add context that will help you understand the Bible better. So, please read the applicable Scriptures in the study guides for these stories so you will know exactly what the Bible says.

The Smell of Death

In Romans 6:16, Paul makes one of the most important observations in his letters. He writes, “Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey – whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness.”

The best choice is to be a slave to obedience to God. This results in righteousness and life. The alternative is choosing to obey anything else and become a slave to sin. These sinful things that come to possess you might be such things as addiction, pleasure, entertainment, sinful behaviors or beliefs, or self-centeredness.

In modern times it’s hard to understand the stark nature of this choice. All of society is geared to convince you that everything revolves around you, your pleasure, and your desires. Sin and self-centeredness are put forth as admirable qualities…qualities that give you freedom and a fulfilling life. Since the modern world is relatively peaceful and affluent, it is tempting to accept what the world offers.

In contrast, the Bible says that slavery to sin leads to death! It’s a constant struggle for anybody to remember that their natural state is living around the rotting, stinking smell of death.

Primary Scriptures:
Romans 6, Colossians 4:9, Philemon
Story Summary:
Everyone is a slave to sin or to righteousness
Circa 50 AD