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Summary: Why is Sin Such a Perplexing Problem? (Rom. 3:10-17)

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Why is Sin Such a Perplexing Problem? (Rom. 3:10-17)

Illustration:For a long time I used to think this a silly, straw-splitting distinction: how could you hate what a man did and not hate the man? But years later it occurred to me that there was one man to whom I had been doing this all my life--namely myself. . . In fact, the very reason why I hated the things was that I loved the man. Just because I loved myself, I was sorry to find that I was the sort of man who did those things. Consequently Christianity does not want us to reduce by one atom the hatred we feel for cruelty and treachery. . . But it does want us to hate them in the same way in which we hate things in ourselves: being sorry that the man should have done such things, and hoping, if it is in anyway possible, that somehow, sometime, somewhere, he can be cured and made human again.

C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity.

1. Have you ever stopped to consider all the problems brought upon by our sinful nature and our sins of omission, commission, disposition and faulty assumptions? Too many people, in our humanistic age, would rather think in terms of mistakes instead of the seriousness of sin. Paul teaches the Romans about the state of sin in that no one is righteous and no one does good. (vs. 10-12) This goes against the tendency of many who are unwilling to admit that everyone has a desperate need for a Savior. Some people will say, "Oh, look at that cute baby. How can you say that he is a sinner?"

Paul states, "We inherit our sinful nature through Adam." He writes, "None is righteous, just and truthful and upright and conscientious, no not one." (vs. 10 – amplified version)

When a person recognizes that they are incapable of pleasing God they soon realize that they are unable to discern the will of God for their life. Unregenerate people are spiritually dead, but they are loath to admit it.

Spiritual dead people have no aspirations for God or what is good. Their minds are bereft of the Spirit of God that guides one into all righteousness. Corruption, evil and self-destructive appetites control a spiritually unregenerate person.

Only when people admit that they are helpless sinners are they able to experience a new birth through Jesus Christ. For most individuals, confessing their sins is the biggest stumbling block to finding eternal life.

Only when a person comes to God acknowledging that he is guilty of sin can he express his need for a Savior. About 90% of the six billion people on the earth try to find all kinds of substitute sacrifices for sin except Jesus Christ - only to remain unfulfilled and dead in their sins.

Ask the Lord to help you teach people about the serious nature of remaining in a sinful state without having Christ as their Savior and Lord.

2. Paul teaches the Romans that sin leads to deceitful speech. A sinful person’s speech is full of beguilement. A deceitful person consistently practices the act of representing as true what is known to be false.

Failure to be honest with ourself, others and God is a trait of someone who is a prisoner to their own sinful nature.


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