Day Two: Whatever Became of Sin?

Romans 6:23 (NIV) – For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

“One acute observer of the human condition, who has noticed the disappearance of the word, is the American psychiatrist Karl Menninger. He has written about it in his book, Whatever Became of Sin? ‘It was a word once in everyone’s mind, but is now rarely if ever heard… Enquiring into the causes of sin’s disappearance, Dr Menninger notes first that ‘many former sins have become crimes’, so that responsibility for dealing with them has passed from church to state, from priest to policeman (p.50), while others have dissipated into sicknesses, or at least into symptoms of sickness, so that in their case punishment has been replaced by treatment (pp.74ff.). A third convenient device called ‘collective irresponsibility’ has enabled us to transfer the blame for some of our deviant behaviour from ourselves as individuals to society as a whole or to one of its many groupings.” [Stott, John, The Cross of Christ, pp.94ff]

When we try to get rid of the existence of sin by renaming it, we are deceived and become blind to our true problem, sin, which causes not sickness but death! Let’s not diminish the seriousness of our sins. Instead, let’s receive God’s forgiveness and enter into the joy of His salvation and eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord!

Let’s worship to “Living Hope” (Click here) by Phil Wickham and rejoice in His salvation!

– DP

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