We live in a largely postmodern culture that often values feelings over facts. This potentially leads people to reject absolute truth because it doesn’t sit right with them—a terrifying conclusion given the life and death implications of truth in Scripture.
Christians know that sin is real (Rom. 3:23). Because our culture believes everyone is innately good, sin isn’t a term we use frequently. Instead, we talk about our feelings and how we are “struggling” with something rather than the fact that we have a sin we must confess. This line of thinking can even slip into our churches.
Between Hezekiah’s reign and Josiah’s, there were two bad kings, Manasseh and Amon. The good work Hezekiah had done on the temple and to purify the land was destroyed by their sin. So Josiah went throughout the land to tear down altars, remove false gods, and destroy the wickedness. Sin can easily creep in and pollute us both individually and corporately if we aren’t constantly returning to God. We must take sin seriously.
How can you as an individual keep sin from creeping into your life and your church?