The Human Race Has A Sin Problem

I am writing today from the beautiful Tampa Bay area.

There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile Romans 2:9

Romans 2 and this week’s SS lesson makes it clear that we are all have a sin problem. Even those who preach the truth struggle with sin. “You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things.” Romans 2:1 NIV  For example, the same men who wrote those noble words on the Declaration of Independence  “All men are created equal” also owned slaves! And while we are at it, let’s make it clear that not all slave owners were white and not all slaves were black. This is not about race. It is not about time. Romans 2 makes it clear that the entire human race has a sin problem. Jew, Gentile, Yellow, red, brown, and black and white, rich and poor, educated and uneducated, we are all a part of the only race the Bible recognizes, and that is the human race. The human race has a sin problem.

The Jews were appalled at the crimes their fathers committed against God’s prophets and then turned right around and Crucified His Son! When you study history you find you are not studying about long ago and faraway places as much as you are studying about human nature in anytime and anyplace. We are all the same. We can stereotype and label other people as having a sin problem, or we can confront the fact the we ourselves have a sin problem. Here is good news for those who accept they have a sin problem:

If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:8-9 NIV

He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy. Proverbs 28:13 NIV

Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD “—and you forgave the guilt of my sin. Psalms 32:5

Before we can be a part of the solution we have to see ourselves as part of the problem. Romans has the solution for the sin problem!

You may find more studies and devotionals at In Light of The Cross.


  1. Yeah well, this “sounds” good but how many leaders admit they have a sin problem? I mean, really. On the outside they look nice — ties, dresses, suits, clean, etc. etc. etc.

    But inside … you’re right. We humans have a sin problem. We try to dress ourselves like turkeys on Thanksgiving but until we admit it, confess it and then give it to God to deal with it — we continue to be humans with no power to do anything about it.


    1. Jesus tells His last day church that they think they are in need of nothing while they are poor, miserable, blind and naked. He knocks on the heart of His last day church asking it to repent. I don’t read of another church following that church so I believe that it does repent! However this is an individual issue as well as corporate. In Genesis 45 we find the remnant church of that time repenting before Joseph. Joseph wants to keep Benjiman locked up in jail when Judah says, “no. let me stay in jai insteadl. My father’s heart was broken when Benjiman’s brother was lost and if Bejiman does not return our father will go to his grave in sorrow.” What Judah was saying, We broke our father’s heart before and I will rot in jail before I break his heart again! That is true repentance! The Bible tells us His church will grasp its need of a Savior and accept His saving grace!


  2. Thank you, William. So, so true. I do miss hearing you preach. This is a nice (a bit short) substitute. God bless!


  3. The hardest part for me is to confess that I am a sinner. I mean I am a pretty good guy, and accepting of others and their limitations. My life can’t be as bad as theirs because I am an “Adventist” Christian.


  4. hmmm…I don’t know if you are addressing this to Christians or to the unbelievers. Yes, we have a sin problem. But as Christians we are told not to judge but we are also told that we shall know them by the fruit they bear whether or not they are true Christians. Bad company corrupts good behavior, and that we shouldn’t tolerate sin. At some point we judge others without meaning to judge through observation of people’s behavior. The Bible does tell us over and over to stay away from those who cause us to sin. How can you make a vital decision of not sinning or associating with those who love to sin without critiquing what they are doing? I believe that is says in 1,2,3 John to stop our habitual sinning and to become perfect like Christ. When we accept Christ and His Spirit we are empowered through his Grace to live like Jesus did meaning that we overcome our sinful habits, live the anointed life like Jesus did and do the miracles that he did. We need to stop this basic charade of stating we are sinners saved by Grace and leave everyone stuck at that basic foundation of the Gospel message. We are asked to go to the higher level of the salvation message to receive everything that God has for us. We are Christians empowered by God’s Grace to do incredible, impossible things that God has called his people to do.


  5. And I believe it is than, that we will see more people come to Christ. When people see the Body of Christ empowered by God’s spirit and living in that empowerment is when our world will be changed and sin will become an issue that will be taken seriously.


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