When He comes, He will show the world it was wrong about sin, righteousness, and judgment. (Jn 16:8 CEB)
In this age of entitlement and universal acceptance, secular society has “dumbed down” the very thing that makes Christian faith, faith. Jesus’ death on the cross isn’t simply a fiction story we retell to entertain ourselves and the Resurrection a cool semi-paranormal event made for TV. It served an incredible life-changing purpose, but to understand that purpose, we need to set the record straight on sin.
Non-negotiable. What was sin, is sin, whether you believe it is one or not. It operates outside of personal faith. The fact you don’t worship as I do doesn’t exempt you from sinning. (Gal 6:8)
Intolerable. God doesn’t tolerate sin and neither should we. Sin always has a consequence – always. Whether it’s immediate or way down the road. (1Jn 1:5)
Preventable. You can choose not to sin or choose to sin anyway. Sins are the result of decisions we make. (Jn 8:34)
Demanding. One sin demands another sin and that one easier to do. It multiplies itself. Suddenly what you did once isn't near as bad the second time, and by the third, you've convinced yourself it isn't a sin at all.
False. Sin lies to you. You begin to make excuses to make yourself feel not so bad about it. "MAYBE the Bible is wrong ...." No, my friend, the Bible is never wrong. What God says remains the same forever. (1Ti 4:2;Heb 13:8;Mal 3:6)
Equal. There aren’t any big sins or small sins. Sin is sin regardless of the size of it. All of it requires true repentance from a willing heart. (Mt 9:13)
Decaying. You're the apple which looks perfect on the outside but inside is rotten at the core. (Ps 51:10)
Condemning. You will feel guilty for it, regardless of how often you've told yourself it was perfectly okay. (Jn 3:19;Rm 8:1)
Limiting. Freedom is found in doing what's right. Sin requires secrets, damaging ones that leak into other parts of your life. (Ps 90:8;Ecc 12:14)
Sin isn't politically correct and won't ever be. If it embarrasses you, it should. If it doesn't, it should even more. (Rm 6:12-13)
People in the church sin. People out of church sin. Governments can't legalize it. Religion can't excuse it. You can't ever be outside of it and unaffected by it.
Its origin is death and with it comes disease and disaster and heartbreak. Sin is the silent killer. You can't Iive with it, but you can definitely die because of it. (Rm 5:21:Rm 6:6;Rm 6:23)
But here is the good news:
God didn't authorize it, but He will forgive it. Even better, He'll cast it so far away you can't find it anymore. He forgives and forgets completely. THAT was the purpose of the cross. (Rm 5:12;Ps 103:12)
And greater – that we can live free of sin, with victorious, successful lives. (Rm 6:22;Rm 8:12))
That when we mess up, God’s love is greater than our mistake.
That when life sucks, God’s hand is outstretched in comfort and guidance.
That when we can't see the way, He’ll lead us forward, even if the only step we see is the one right in front of us.
God is greater than sin, and life meant to be lived in joy and peace within the rules He gave us to guide us. Rules for our benefit. (Jn 15:24)
God’s righteousness comes through the faithfulness of Jesus Christ for all who have faith in him. There’s no distinction. All have sinned and fall short of God’s glory, but all are treated as righteous freely by his grace because of a ransom that was paid by Christ Jesus. (Rm 3:22-24 CEB)
Suzanne D. Williams