The Bad News: Man’s Sin Problem



We often do not appreciate the good news until we understand the bad. This study is designed to help you see the bad news, sin and its consequences.

Romans 6:23. Wages are something we earn or deserve. When we sin we deserve death, and we receive it immediately. (Notice the word “sin” is singular. It only takes one sin to cause us to die spiritually.) What is spiritual death?

Isaiah 59:1-2. Spiritual death is separation from God, our source of life. God has the ability to keep us. That is not the problem. The problem is we, by choosing sin, chose to alienate ourselves from God.


Romans 3:9-12,23. Every person sins. Consequently, every person falls short of being right with God. No matter how good of a life you have lived, if you have sinned, you can not make it to heaven on your own effort.

Ezekiel 18:1-4, 20. Children do not inherit the responsibility of their parents’ sin. Parents can not stand condemned for the sins of their children. You stand before God accountable only for your sins.


  • Romans 1:22-32
  • 1 Corinthians 6:9-10
  • Galatians 5:19-21

These are sins of commission. When God says don’t do something, and you do it anyway you “commit” a sin. In these three passages, there are no “Big sins/ Little sins.” Sin is sin. They all lead to spiritual death.

There are also sins of omission. James 4:17. If God says do something and we don’t do it, we sin by omitting what He says to do.

For example:
Praying – James 5:16; Matthew 5:44
Loving your neighbor – Mark 12:31
Sharing your faith – Matthew 28:18-20
Attending church – Hebrews 10:25

To not do good is a sin; a sin of omission.
* Remember, you should never take sin lightly. Sin is serious. Sin is the reason Jesus had to die; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4.


Romans 6:16-18. Until their sins were forgiven these Christians used to be slaves to sin. When did they stop being slaves to sin? When they wholeheartedly obeyed the form; pattern. When we obey the form, our sins are forgiven. That is when we are no longer slaves to sin; that is when we are saved. Have you ever had your sins forgiven? If so, please write down the events leading up to your salvation.


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