Friday, August 20, 2010
All men are guilty before God. Ever since Adam sinned, humanity has had one consistent problem— the problem of sin. Sin is universal. No human society has ever escaped its grasp. No government, Christian or secular, has ever brought their society into a state of perfection. Not even the most moral civilizations in history have ever produced a single man deserving of God’s love.
Even a quick examination of Scripture will reveal that men are constant offenders of the Most High God. All men have sinned. All men have fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). Solomon states in Ecclesiastes 7:20 that there is not a righteous man on earth who continually does good and never sins. The evidence of the validity of these statements can be found on every page of human history (see How Bad Is Sin?).
God’s standard is perfection. From the book of James it is clear that whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all. For He who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not murder.” Now if you do not commit adultery, but do commit murder, you have become a transgressor of the law (James 2:10-11). In the same way, if you do not commit theft, but you fail to love the Lord with all your heart, you have become a transgressor of the law. If you are a human being, you are guilty before God. And without the blood of Jesus Christ, your guilt and your sin will remain. You can try to do good things and earn your way to heaven, but Scripture is clear: by the works of the law no one will be declared right before God (Romans 3:20).
How Bad Is Sin? (Part 1) - The Christian Worldview
The Fall: No Repentance - The Christian Worldview
Why Is Sin Unavoidable? (Part 1) - The Christian Worldview
The Fall: Humanity Cursed - The Christian Worldview
The Blowing Chaff - Psalm 1:4