What It Means To Be a Christian (Part 4)
April 13, 2022
“Behold all souls are Mine; the soul of the father as well as the soul of the son is Mine. The soul who sins will die.” Ezekiel 18:4
Being a Christian means understanding that God is the sovereign Creator, God is holy, mankind is sinful, and sin demands a penalty.
God’s holiness and God’s justice demand that all sin be punished by death. This is why simply changing your behavior cannot and will not solve your sin problem, and it will not eliminate the eternal consequences of your sin.
We live in a rehab culture today. The landscape is littered with drug, alcohol, and other addiction treatment facilities. The entire premise of these facilities and programs like Alcoholics Anonymous is that if you can eliminate or mitigate your addiction problem then your life will be greatly improved. This is certainly true, if you can overcome an addiction to drugs, alcohol, or some other destructive behavior, your life is certainly going to improve. But what none of these programs do is address the root cause of these behaviors, which is that every person is a sinner. People do not want to accept that they are sinners, only they have a few fixable problems. Sin demands a penalty and that penalty is death.
As we continue Resurrection Week, let us focus on this fact; that our sin does require a that a penalty be paid, and that penalty is death.