Who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father . . .
Sin seems to be an antiquated word these days. It sounds too offensive for modern ears. Even some Christians shy away from mentioning it. Yet, that’s how the Bible defines our innate inclinations to evil. The reality of sin is heard, seen, and felt each day. We should never change God’s diagnosis in order to be more acceptable to today’s culture, no matter how outdated it may sound.
When we don’t diagnose sin as it is, lest our audience may be offended, we also diminish the beauty of the gospel. Recently, I read a doctrinal statement: “Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called ‘sin.’”
Jeremiah didn’t refer to people as having a “tremendous potential for good.” He wrote: “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?” (Jer. 17:9 NKJV). Paul wrote that, by nature, we’re not able to please God at all (see Rom. 8:7). If we don’t believe we’re “desperately sick,” why pursue a cure? On the other hand, if we do believe the severity of our heart’s disease and its prognosis, we would set everything aside and immediately pursue one.
Jesus didn’t give Himself to those who have a “tremendous potential for good.” Rather, He gave Himself for those who are “desperately wicked.” Which one is more amazing? As physicians of the soul, we should give a proper diagnosis and prognosis, especially since we have the perfect cure. Otherwise, we’re in danger of giving people a false sense of security, believing everything is fine.
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