Posted in Op-ed on May 30, 2010 – 11:11 am
By Bill Koenig
The reason for every major problem facing America and the world is in the Bible. The root cause is personal sin.
Oswald Chambers wrote: “Sin dwells in human nature, but the Bible makes it very clear that it is an abnormal thing, it has no right there, it does not belong to human nature as God designed it. Sin has come into human nature and perverted and twisted it. The Redemption of God through our Lord Jesus Christ delivers human nature from sin.”
Henry Brandt stated: “You can have victory over life-dominating sin, based on two biblical principles remarkable in their simplicity: 1. There is no human remedy for sin. 2. The only cure for sin is in Christ.
Brandt further stated, “Christ cleanses sin and invites you to walk in the Spirit. The antidote to sinful living is clear and abundant in God’s Word.”
Our nation’s leaders are endorsing the most sinful agenda in history. Public endorsement of sin will have grave consequences as it has since the times of Noah.
Moreover, the belief that man and his works are the solution to the world’s problems is folly, pride and arrogance.
Chambers wrote: “Jesus Christ was not a social reformer; He came to alter us first.”
In today’s ecumenical meetings, the saving of souls from sin was replaced with saving the world from unemployment, poverty, war and injustice. But this is treating the symptoms, not the root cause, which is the heredity and existence of sin in people’s lives.
Yale professor H. Richard Niebuhr in his book “The Kingdom of God in America” (1937) wrote that Protestant liberalism’s message and social gospel has led to a “God without wrath brought men without sin, into a world without judgment, through the ministrations of a Christ without a cross.”
When asked, “Should we be trying to redeem our culture? Franklin Graham answered, “First of all, the Bible didn’t tell me to do that. I can’t Christianize this culture. The god of this world is Satan — this is his culture. He is the god of this age. I’m to preach the gospel. God is calling a people for Himself. I don’t know whom He’s calling, I just have to be faithful and preach.”
Paul stated in 1 Timothy 1:15 (KJV), “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.”
Jesus Christ is the One who took our sins to the Cross. His sacrificial love for us guarantees eternal life to those who call on His name.
John 3:16-18 (KJV) says, “For God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten Son [Jesus], that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son [Jesus] into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved. He that believeth on Him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”
Our nation and the world’s only hope is faith in Jesus Christ.