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Religion

Who Has Sinned

By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted August 29, 2014

RELIGION –  We are going to be looking at sin today. I know, it’s all those Baptist Preachers talk about! But stay with me, we got to look at the bad news before we get to the good news. If there is anything in the Bible that we should universally believe in, it is that man sins and does wrong! We have Good News Clubs starting back in a few weeks and we teach the wonderful children who come that “Sin is anything that we think, say, or do, that displeases God.” Even small children know that they sin.

Sin is mankind’s willful choice to refuse to honor or obey God, in spite of the unceasing mercies and kindness of God.
 
John MacArthur elaborates and adds “Sin is a transgression of God’s law (1 John 3:4) and defiles His image in man, staining his soul with Satan’s image (John 6:70; 8:44). Sin is hostility and rebellion against God (Lev. 26:27; 1 Tim. 1:9). It is ingratitude toward God (Josh. 2:10-12), is incurable by man himself (Jer. 13:23), affects all men (Rom. 3:23), and affects the total man (Jer. 19:9), body, mind, and spirit. It brings men under the dominion of Satan and the wrath of God (Eph. 2:2-3), and it is so persistent in the heart of man that even the regenerate person needs to continually fight against it (Rom. 7:19). It subjects man to trouble (Job 5:7), emptiness (Rom. 8:20), lack of peace (Isa. 57:21), and to eternal hell if he does not repent (2 Thess. 1:9).”  While this reality, God has a solution to this problem.

Our first two verses of memorization dealt with the creator God of the Bible. But we know that things are not right in this world and in our lives. The next few verses all come from the book of Romans. They provide a succinct framework for God’s plan of salvation. Robert Morgan writes that “The Bible is a big book—sixty-six books and more than thirty-one thousand verses—so the Lord placed a summary of it in the Scriptures, a digest, an abridgement, a prospectus. It’s called the book of Romans, and it’s a synopsis of the message of the entire Bible.”
 
These next few verses are very dear to me as they are where I turn to explain to someone how they turn from their sins and turn to Jesus. I have rejoiced and cried with many over these same verses. As we go through them, I pray if you a believer you will hide them in your heart and use them to help others come to know and trust in Christ. And if you are not a believer, I pray that you will seriously consider your response to these verses, as all eternity hinges on your response. They are commonly called “The Romans Road.” So our verse for this week is Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. “

This is the first stop on the Romans Road.  The first thing that we notice is “all.” The Greek word for all is all! Sadly, man, in his own wisdom, has developed a vast number of philosophies and theories seeking to explain their wrong thoughts, words, and actions. The goal of which has been for man to effectively deny his own sinfulness. Then any wrong he does has been thrust on him from poor environment, upbringing, or education. Henceforth, there should be no real accountability for man’s wrongs. The solution for these problems has been to have better welfare to bring people out of poverty. Better education to shape the minds so they chose to do right and not wrong. But we should all clearly see that these things have not worked and even if they did, this would not get man off the hook for rebellion against God.
 
We all try to deny or minimize our sin. I heard about a little boy one time who remarked to his mother “Why is it whenever I do anything bad, it’s because I’m a bad boy; but whenever you do anything bad, it’s because you’re in hurry or upset?” The reality of denying sin is so dangerous!  Like a whirlpool, sin has a powerful vortex effect. Before we know it, we find ourselves in over our heads – and getting out is so much harder than getting in. Please understand that there is no little sin, because there is no little God to sin against.

We are all accountable to God. Maybe this is bad news to you, it should be. But know that God's wounds cure, but sin’s kisses kill. How will you justify yourself before a holy God for the wrong you have done? If you don’t know the answer to that question, please contact me and I will be happy to talk with you. 

Pastor Phillip


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