Sin is a faithful recruiter and paymaster. Since Adam and Eve, its basic promises have not varied: independence from God, self-indulgence, and no accountability for wrongdoing. In a nutshell it says, “Follow me and be your own god.”
But sin constantly changes its approach. In every generation it tailors its appeal to suit every taste and temperament. It is equally at home with the rich or poor, educated or ignorant, young or old, good or bad.
Sin always obscures its true character. It thrives on half-truths. The word “sin” usually evokes images of drunkards, prostitutes, drug addicts and criminals. In fact, anyone but us! We find it easy to label as sin those bad things which don’t appeal to us, but hard to see what sin really is – independence from and rejection of God.
Sin perverts every legitimate pleasure and appetite. It portrays marital love as boring and illicit sex as exciting. Scientific knowledge becomes a replacement for the Creator rather than a reason for praising Him. Adventure is found in the pursuit of anything except God.
But sin never withholds its wages. The simple statement that “the wages of sin is death” (Rom. 6:23) is a great truth of the Bible. Illnesses and accidents may be the cause of death, but the reason people die is sin. All of us die because “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23 NKJV). Death is the guaranteed wage we overlooked when we were recruited by sin’s false promises. Death means eternal separation from God.
But there is a sure cure for sin. Jesus conquered sin when He died on the cross for our sins (1 Cor. 15:54-57). All who turn to Him by faith are forgiven. The bad news is that “the wages of sin is death.” But the good news is that “the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ” (Rom. 6:23).
Please accept this good news, and receive God’s gift of eternal life. We can show you how!
With permission to publish by: Sam Hadley, Grace & Truth, 210 Chestnut St., Danville, IL., USA. Website: www.gtpress.org