“The Most Basic Sin”

Every spring, at Grace Community Church in southern California, a few thousand Pastors gather from all over the world for the annual Shepherd’s Conference to hear solid preaching & exhortation from the Word of God . At the Shepherd’s Conference last year, during one of the general sessions, Dr. R.C. Sproul delivered a GREAT message from Romans 1:18-25. In his concluding remarks, Sproul made the following statement:

Our propensity for idolatry is the most foundational, basic sin of the human-heart and it is not instantly cured by conversion.”

So simple, yet so profound… and so true. Our hearts were made to worship. Specifically, they were made to worship their Maker. But for those who do not know Him, they find other things to worship: false gods, idols, todum poles, money, status, sex, their spouse, their own bodies, their children, etc. However, even for those who do know Him, the temptation is always there to turn our hearts away from the true & living God to worship empty vanities. In fact, it could be said that the essence of sanctification is the process of ridding our hearts of the desire for anything other than the Lord, our God, so that we might someday return to that pure, unadulterated worship of our Maker. Of course we will never fully realize that in this life-time, but it is definately something great to strive for now and something even greater to look forward to in heaven 🙂


About Elizabeth

I am a sinner, saved by grace striving to increase in the knowledge of my Savior and His precious Word each day. The reader should know that there are a few presuppositions with which I approach this blog: 1) I believe in the biblical gospel, which basically purports that all mankind is born under the curse of sin (due to the sin of Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden). Therefore, man is separated from God and can have no relationship with God because He is perfectly holy, not even able to look upon sin. Unfortunately, God is also perfectly just and must not only separate Himself from sin, but must also punish it. In order to reconcile man to Himself, God, the Father, sent God, the Son, down to earth to live as a man and take our sins upon Himself on the cross. While on the cross, God, the Son, bore the full weight of the wrath of God, the Father, against our sins in order that we who believe in Him might be set free from the curse of our sin. God, the Son, Jesus Christ, died as a propitiation for our sin in order to appease God, the Father's, holy and just character, redeem us from sin, and reconcile those who believe in this gospel to God, the Father. 2) I am primarily writing to those who already believe in this biblical gospel. In other words, this blog is not focused on evangelizing the lost, but edifying believers. 3) I believe that the Christian Bible is the very word of God. Therefore, it is completely inerrant, infallible, sufficient, and authoritative in the life of a believer.
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One Response to “The Most Basic Sin”

  1. geoffrey says:

    You are absolutely right! Thanks for the quote and the thoughts. Love u

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