Misconception 2:Man is not totally sinful and depraved.
Introduction: John the Apostle has declared that the Son of God has come to earth. He has come to reveal who God is, what God is like and how God wants us to live. In addition to this, He has come to die for us and cleanse us from our sin.
I hear people say all the time, “We aren’t that sinful. We can change our behavior and act responsibly. Man has the discipline to control his own life. Man has the power to please God himself. We are good on the inside. We mean well. As long as I’m educated, religious and have good moral values God is proud of me.” The point is that man objects to the idea that he cannot become acceptable to God on his own. Man objects to the idea that they need a Savior to die for their sins. Man objects because the idea of needing a Savior means that man is: - Sinful and depraved
- So sinful that he is totally unacceptable to God
- So sinful and depraved that he cannot fellowship with God, that all his prayers, worship, and thoughts to God are in vain and empty.
This is the reason why many persons object to Jesus Christ. Many accept Him as a great religious teacher, but reject His claim to be the Son of God and the Savior of the world. They are unwilling to accept the fact that man is totally sinful and depraved. This is the great subject of this passage and the second major misconception of man about the deity of Jesus Christ.
Man: the misconception is forcefully stated, “we claim to be without sin.” Note that the word sin is not plural, but singular. The sin being talked about here is sin as a root within man. It’s apart of mans nature, as a principle, a law, a force, an energy within man. People who say they can approach God on their own are saying that they have no sin, no root of sin, no nature of sin, no principle of sin within them. They are saying that they can handle sin themselves. They are saying that they can stop sinning enough to change their lives and to please God. They are saying that they don’t need the Son of God to die for them. They are saying that they can control their lives enough to keep from sinning.
Let’s see what scripture says about this misconception. Verse 8 tells us, “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” No person can keep from sinning. If any person thinks that he can keep from sinning, the truth is not in him. He is being utterly deceived. If we cannot keep from sinning that means that we have a nature to sin. We have a root down deep within us to sin. Remember that sin is imperfection. Sin is falling short of God’s glory. There are people who think man is not responsible for his sin, therefore cannot be charged with sin. They blame it on their upbringing, parents, society, environment, education or lack of it. They say that man is a product of his environment. The reason man sins is because someone else made him do it. Yes, our environment and our upbringing do affect us and have some bearing on our actions, but we are not just some robots responding to the trigger of the environment. We are free moral people who have the choice to sin or not to sin. The problem is not our environment. We sin because it is in our roots. Sin is a force within us.