NCC 16 – What is Sin?

Sin is a topic rarely talked about in churches today, because it is not politically correct. Many churches in America today avoid the word sin in favor of words like ‘indiscretion,’ ‘a lapse in judgment,’ ‘error,’ or ‘a reflection of brokenness.’ While these terms may be true of sin, the intent of avoiding the word sin is to somehow lessen the offense. Sin is defined and described in many places throughout the Bible. In Genesis 3:2-6, the fall of mankind, demonstrates the nature of sin as an act of rebellion. Leviticus 5:17 teaches that any act of rebellion against God’s law is sin. James 4:17 and 1 John 5:17 both teach that anytime a person knows the right thing to do and does something different is sin. Isaiah 53:6 teaches that sin is choosing to reject God’s way in favor of our own way. The Apostle Paul described sin as any act not done in faith (Romans 14:23). And the Bible teaches that all of humanity is guilty of this rebellion and faithlessness against God (Romans 3:23). But the Bible also teaches that “while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Our only hope in overcoming sin is the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Sin is rejecting or ignoring God in the world he created, rebelling against him by living without reference to him, not being or doing what he requires in his law—resulting in our death and the disintegration of all creation.

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