David Jeremiah Daily Devotionals August 18 2022 :
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
1 John 1:8
Recommended Reading: 1 John 1:5-10
More people are claiming they don’t believe in sin. With the rise of secularism, the concept of sin is fading. If there’s no God—at least, no personal God—there are no divine rules to govern us. So why feel guilty? One person said, “I came to the realization that I don’t believe in sin. I still admire Jesus a lot.” The contradiction of that statement was lost on the man. He has a form of godliness without its power, purpose, convictions, or realities.
As one preacher said, “You have to get people lost before you can get them saved.” In other words, if people don’t realize they are lost, they won’t sense their need for salvation. That’s why we must preach the “whole counsel” of God, including its demands, warnings, and judgments. In times like these, it’s dangerous to ignore the reality of sin. But how wonderful to embrace the grace of God’s full and free forgiveness!
In spite of worldly success, I felt empty and purposeless. Then…I realized I was a sinner in need of a Savior….I surrendered my life to Christ….I realized that my life was not my own. Rather, I knew I needed to live for Christ.