Saturday, September 6, 2008
How Sinful is Man? Who Cares?
I care (see here, here, here, here, and here for this series).
I know many of you do, too.
When we understand the sinfulness of man from a biblical perspective, we are forced to either accept or reject the gospel of Jesus Christ.
What concerns me is that many churches in the USA and around the world no longer stress sin at all. When this happens, the need for the gospel simply ceases. Why would we need a Savior if we do not need saving? Instead of Savior and Lord, Jesus is morphed into some sort of best buddy and good example for us to follow. He certainly is our example, but He is so much more.
When sin ceases to be taught, the doctrine of Hell is also tossed out the window. After all, if sin is no big deal, then God certainly wouldn't send anyone to eternal torment. God, instead, is portrayed by many as simply a God of love. Wrath is never mentioned.
Sin must be preached, taught, and discussed in the church. Not only is it biblical to do so, but it also directly affects salvation. If there is no sin, there is no salvation. If there is no sin, there is no need for the cross. If there is no sin, then Christ's sacrifice is greatly diminished.
We must continue to proclaim the corruption of mankind and the glorious atonement of Jesus Christ!