John 8:34

Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. (ESV)

  1. Jesus very directly spoke into their greatest need. They were enslaved to sin. And sin leads to death. And if they die in their sin, they will be condemned to hell, eternal separation from God. Their greatest need and humanity’s greatest need is to be free from the bondage of sin.

    If you ever listening to a bible teacher who does not want to address the reality and consequences of sin you need to be very leery about that teaching because it is not Gospel-centered teaching. The very message of the Gospel is that Jesus came to save us from our sins so that we would not perish.

    A prominent American pastor who has large church once said this about why he does not preach about sin or emphasize sin: “… most people are beaten down enough by life. They already feel guilty enough. They’re not doing what they should, raising their kids — we can all find reasons. So I want them to come to (OUR CHURCH) and be lifted up, to say, ‘You know what? I may not be perfect, but I’m moving forward. I’m doing better.’ And I think that motivates you to do better.”

    What is concerning about those words is that the the Gospel message isn’t so we can have a better physical life on this earth. It is so we can have eternal life and live with an eternal perspective while on this earth. Jesus did not come into this world just so we could do better. He didn’t die on a cross so we could emotionally feel better. He came into this world because sin had enslaved humanity separating us from God. Separating us from the relationship we were created to be in. While this pastor I just quoted is concerned about our temporal, physical life, Jesus is concerned about our eternal destiny. Which is why Jesus said in verse 21 unless you believe in me you will die in your sin.

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