All Have Sinned

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

Romans 3:23

The holiness of God is incompatible with sin. That’s why, for having sinned, all fall short of the glory of God as Scripture states in Romans 3:23. None is good and none is righteous, but we are all sinners. It is clear that whoever is considered good people being left uncovered when we meditate on what the Bible says. Our consciousness must already be realizing that it is impossible to presume innocence. Our actions condemn us and escape punishment does not come from ourselves.

American writer Rosaria Butterfield (1962- ) said: “Sin is not a mistake. A mistake is taking the wrong exit on the highway. A sin is treason against a Holy God.” I must emphasize that Rosaria Butterfield was a prominent university professor in the United States, who considered herself an atheist and lesbian. Today she is the wife of a pastor and serves the Lord. Therefore, she has a good basis for talking about sin and what God does when we surrender to Him.

The great nineteenth-century British preacher Charles Spurgeon said: “If all the hosts of pleasant sins could gather and stack all the gold to reach as high as the moon, the full weight could not repay a man for him to be thrown into the flames of hell. I beg you not to run such risks. That much grace and enable you to put aside your sins and take Christ.” Spurgeon’s plea that made his listeners more than a century ago remains in force today. Today I do mine and I beg the same way, so do not run that risk going to hell eternally.

If you’re still considering yourself as a good people, look what the Scottish theologian Sinclair Ferguson (1948- ) said: “We do not come to be sinners for committing specific acts. We commit specific acts of sin because we are sinners. In short, my problem is not isolated actions as aberrations I see what I really am. If I think that way I’m kidding myself. These actions are not aberrations but revelations of what is in my heart. They show that I commit sin because I am enslaved to it.”

We cannot afford to evangelizing people without presenting reality of sin and its dire consequences. The American theologian Cornelius Plantinga, Jr. (1946-)  said: “To ignore the Christian church, euphemize or otherwise silence the lethal reality of sin is to cut the nerve of the gospel. For the sober truth it is that without full information about sin, the gospel of grace becomes impertinent, unnecessary and ultimately uninteresting.”

Modern preaching overlooked talk to people from sin. Many pastors are reluctant to address the issue for fear of hurting people and causing a stampede of members of their congregations. The reality is that the gospel begins with the words “Repent and be converted” not “happiness and prosperity.” Because God’s Word is very clear: all have sinned and that excludes us from God’s presence.

If you are a servant of God, tell them to people of the danger concealing his sin. If you do not know the Lord, repent and become Him and record what the American theologian Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758) said: “You do not contribute anything to your salvation except sin that made it needed.” May the Holy Spirit bring light to your conscience and show you your transgressions and confessing them, receive forgiveness. God bless you.

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