Sand in the Machine

Sand in the Machine

Featured in the August, 2004 Issue of the Ashburn Baptist News

Sin is the sand in the machine of the human personality.

Sin is an additive. It is not part of humanness. God created Adam and Eve
perfect and placed them in a perfect paradise.

Because Adam and Eve doubted and disobeyed God, the entire human race has
been morally contaminated.

Sin is any lack of conformity to the holy will of God, whether in act, word,
thought, attitude or disposition.

Sin is what we do. It is any violation of the Ten Commandments (Exodus
20). “Anyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness” (I
John 3:4).

Sin is also what we fail to do. The Scripture says, “Anyone, then, who knows
the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins” (James 4:17).

We also sin by what we say. Jesus said, “I tell you that men will have to
give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken” (Matthew
12:36; James 3).

Our thoughts can also be sinful. The Scripture says, “The Lord saw how great
man’s wickedness on the earth had become and that every inclination of the
thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time (Genesis 6:5).

We also have sinful attitudes. We are supposed to be loving God with all our
heart (Matthew 22:37,38), and if we do not, we are sinning.

We tend to blame others for what we are and what we do, but the Bible says,
“Each of us will give an account of himself to God” (Romans 14:12).
We tend to minimize our wrong doing, calling sins mistakes, but the Scripture
plainly says, “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure” (Jeremiah

Our problem is not psychological, sociological, or biological, but moral and
spiritual. We are sinners.

We sin by our acts and our attitudes. Our sins are against God and against
people. They are secret and they are also open.
The real difficulty is not a particular sin that is committed, but the
sinfulness of our nature.

We cannot save ourselves. We are helpless and hopeless apart from the Lord
Jesus Christ, who died to take away our sins. Apart from him, there is no
salvation, as Peter the apostle said, “Salvation is found in no one else for
there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved (Acts