“For I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. Against You (God), You only, have I sinned, and done this evil in Your sight – – that You may be found just when You speak, and blameless when You judge” (Psalm 51:3, 4).
You guessed it – – the dirty little word under consideration is “sin.” One will hardly hear a message on this subject because it is politically incorrect and is likely to offend someone. After all, negative concepts are not expedient for our modern audience. If a preacher should even broach that subject from the pulpit, he stands to lose his readers, popularity and money.
Oh, by the way, what is this thing called “sin” anyway? How about a very simple definition: Sin is anything contrary to God’s person and Word. You see, all of us were born with a sinful nature (Psalm 51:5). This nature has been passed on to us from Adam, the first human being. Since then, all have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). And the consequence of that sinful nature which produces sinful actions is death – – eternal separation from God, hope and everlasting life. It’s a great blessing to know that although we deserve death, the gift of God is everlasting life (only) through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 6:23). He knew no sin and was therefore able to be a perfect substitute for those who come to Him repenting of their sins. Dirty people are not welcome in heaven – – only those who have been cleansed through the blood-atonement of Jesus Christ will be there.