Whatever Happened to Sin?

Thirty-five years ago, Dr. Karl Menninger wrote a book called, ‘Whatever Happened to Sin?’ In his book, this distinguished psychiatrist, examined human morality and the existence and consequences of sin … this theme is as relevant today as it was 35 years ago.

Rarely do we have conversations about sin. Am I right? Who sits around and talks about sin? No one, and I think there are reasons for it. The number one reason is that sin is not easily defined anymore. It definitely is a lost concept in the culture today; it has been totally eliminated from all cultural vocabulary. In fact, I would say even the Church has been negligent in addressing it. We have become enamored with a positive message in the Church that teaches us about good emotional responses to living out our lives. Is that bad? No, but it is definitely incomplete.

It reminds me of finding mold in my basement. I thought if I painted over it that would control the mold and it wouldn’t spread. Wrong. Without getting to the cause of the mold, nothing I put on top of it would stop the growth. Sin is like that mold; it has to be identified and eradicated at its source.

This is the Message we need to be sharing in our local Churches and our Social Media posts. Jesus came to die for the sins of humanity … not to give us a better life now. He died to defeat sin because sin separated us from God … that is the Message of the Church. Period.

1 Peter 2:24 He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.

Three times in this text (1 Peter 2:21-25) Peter tells us that Christ died and that the purpose of his death was to enable us to live differently. Or another way to put it is that he tells us that God's purpose for us as a church is that we live like Christ, that we live righteously; and he tells us three times that his unshakable, infinitely compelling commitment to fulfill that purpose in us is the death of his Son to make it happen. His commitment to make it happen is seen in the sacrifice of his Son to make it happen. ~John Piper

This is the foundation of Christianity; Christ died for sinners, so that we could escape sin and live for God.

Let me say something about sin that we often overlook. Sin never releases its victims without Christ. There isn’t any philosophy, any religious practice, any worldview that will release you from the grasp of sin. This is why all the religions of the world come up short because they do not have an answer for sin. Atheism is an attempt to do away with sin by doing away with God. You cannot talk sin without talking about God. God and sin have a relationship that is inseparable in the sense that you cannot have God in your life when you have sin. If you try to get rid of sin without God, you will fail. The only way you can deal with sin is to deal with God; this is what makes them inseparable. Only Jesus/God can rid you of sin, and it took The Cross to do so. Again, this is why I struggle so much with the modern Church … it spends more time on everything but The Cross. Come on, either I am right, or I am wrong! Please discern this for yourself.

2 Corinthians 5:21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Why is sin so important to talk about?

1. Sin Separates Us from God

Isaiah 59:2 It’s your sins that have cut you off from God. Because of your sins, he has turned away and will not listen anymore.

2. Sin Hardens our Hearts toward God

Hebrews 3:13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.

3. Sin Brings Death to Our lives

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.

Remember: Sin uses the tools of this world to destroy your life, and sin cannot be overcome outside of Faith in the Work Jesus Christ did upon The Cross.

So, is this a conversation we should engage in more? You bet … it is critical for the Salvation of the world.

Keeping Life Honest and Truthful … Larry Kutzler

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