Sin typically only bothers us when someone else does it. Our own sin lost its ugliness long ago.
Although not true for all, this is the view of the majority about sin.
One would think the Church would help people see their sin. But typically the Church fosters judgmental Pharisaism more than holiness.
Most church-goers don’t think their sin is a problem. Here are some doctrinal justifications that lead to this view:
1. Grace forgives all sin, so it doesn’t matter if you sin.
2. Your old nature did it, it had to happen, nothing you can do about it.
3. God doesn’t see you. He sees Christ’s righteousness.
4. Love covers a multitude of sin.
5. Baptism guarantees your entrance into heaven.
6. If sin is a problem, you can work it off in purgatory.
7. We’re justified by faith, not works; therefore it doesn’t matter what I do as long as I believe.
Although some of these doctrines have elements of truth, if they make you view sin as not being a problem, you’ve warped those elements of truth.
Grace teaches us to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts. Love does cover sin, and it also patiently teaches and chastens. We are justified by faith and not works, and faith brings with it the power of the Gospel that makes us sons of God and equips us to every good work.
Sin is bad. We’re not supposed to do it.
Don’t ever lose sight of that simple idea.
Theology takes simple issues and makes them confusing so we can use our confusion as an excuse to do what we want.
Don’t do that.
“Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.”
–1 John 3:7