Our Insidious Sin Problem

by David Buffaloe

"When Jesus had lifted up Himself, and saw none but the woman, He said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more" (John 8:10-11).

In our day and age people can no longer define what SIN is. This is a terrible problem in any society. God has said in Isaiah 5:20, "Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!" When a nation or a people can no longer distinguish between good and evil, those people are quickly on their way to destruction. Any nation that has long since passed into oblivion started on that terrible pathway when it's people ceased to recognize the difference between good and evil.  We must have a way to determine good from evil. We must have a rule that we live by, a standard, else we are no more than "blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch" (Matt. 15:14)

Several years ago I drove a large ladder truck for a sign company. One day when I was headed toward a job the truck's speedometer stopped working. How do you know how fast you're going when your speedometer stops working? The owner of the company suggested that I follow other vehicles, and match my speed to their speed. But, Beloved, that's not a good rule of thumb. If you've driven on the highway for more than ten minutes you know that this just doesn't work! People are always going faster than the speed limit. If I'm going to stay within the speed limit I cannot use another human as my guide.

The owner next suggested that I count "how fast the white dashes pass under the truck" as I'm driving. I barely passed math in high school, and he expects me to gage my speed by the dashes? This is not a good indicator of speed. I must have a speedometer, something outside of myself that is calibrated to tell me how fast I'm going. My own concepts of speed will not work, nor will other people's concepts of speed help. There must be an accepted standard, else I may find myself being sternly lectured by an officer of the law.

In the spiritual realm there must be a standard for good and evil, else I have no standard. If good is arbitrary, based on what I think, then what about the person who believes theft is acceptable? What about the murderer, or the adulterer? How can I judge right or wrong by what satisfies humanity? The Bible tells us that "all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God" (Rom. 3:23).

Our spiritual speedometer is broken. We are all sold into sin. We need a standard outside ourselves for right and wrong if morality is to be anything more than just a word. That standard exists in Jesus Christ and in the written Word of God.

There are many who have the mistaken notion that salvation by faith in Christ does not mandate a changed life. This is not truth according to the Scriptures. There were two thieves who hung next to Jesus as He suffered on the cross. One of those thieves reviled Jesus, and said "If You are the Son of God, get yourself and us down from these crosses." Yet the other thief said: "Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom" (Luke 23:42). The thief who repented and accepted Jesus Christ as Savior had a change of heart and was saved. The other thief, unrepentant and loving his evil lifestyle, was lost forever.

No, Beloved, you can see literally hundreds of places in the Scripture where only those who underwent a change of heart were saved. The woman taken in adultery called Jesus "Lord" and was saved. The leper came to Jesus and said in Matthew 8:2, "Lord, if Thou wilt, Thou canst make me clean." Upon calling Him "Lord" Jesus healed him. The centurion who called Jesus "Lord" in Matthew 8:6 saw his servant healed. The blind men who said "yes Lord" to Jesus in Matthew 9:28 were healed.

Over and over again in Scripture we see that those who accepted Jesus as Savior called Him "Lord," and because they trusted their lives to Him they were saved. It is absolutely false for someone to claim Jesus Christ as Savior, and yet reject Him as Lord. It is absolutely unbiblical for a person to claim that he is a child of God, and yet wallow in the mud of sin. Those who are Christ's are new creatures, children of God by faith in Christ and by the supernatural intervention of the Holy Spirit of God. If you belong to Jesus, then live like Jesus and love like Jesus.

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