If there is something missing from Christianity today, it is the doctrine of sin. Preachers rarely speak of it, evangelism usually avoids it, and culture redefines it. This avoidance comes with a great cost, for without a godly sorrow of your sin, there is no salvation (2 Corinthians 7:10).
Wayne Grudem defines sin as “any failure to conform to the moral law of God in act, attitude, or nature.” Therefore sin is determined by God. He sets the standard.
This seems like it would be an easy concept to understand, but humanity has consistently struggled with the idea that the Creator of the World also created the rules of the World. We have a habit of wanting to create our own rules, our own standards, our own morality. One way we set new standards is by redefining terms, coveting masquerades as the “American Dream”; homosexuality masquerades as “love is love”, divorce masquerades as “you deserve better.” The list could go on and on. However, the bottom line is that God determines what is right and what is wrong, and that is the end of it.
One question you might have is where did sin come from? One thing we must be careful not to do is to charge God with sin, for God cannot sin (James 1:13). However, God has sovereignly allowed for sin and sin finds it origins in Heaven with the rebellion of Satan and 1/3 of the angels. Following this rebellion, God allowed this sin to infect the world through the first human, Adam. From that point on, all people have been infected with a sinful nature.
“Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned” – Romans 5:12
Our lives confirm this truth. If you don’t think so, just work your way through the Ten Commandments. Lied? Coveted? Lusted? Hated? Stolen? I guarantee that everyone reading this blog has done all of those things…I know I have. The bottom line is that the story of humanity is a story of sinners.
Some may say, so what? Does God really care that we sin? Yes, he cares about sin enough to create a place called Hell. And everyone who has not been cleansed from their sin will spend all eternity in Hell weeping and gnashing their teeth.
Fortunately it is not the end of the story. As David does in Psalm 51 we can cry out for mercy. The mercy of God has a name, Jesus. It is through him and only him that we can be forgiven.
“For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” – 2 Corinthians 5:21.