Internet Ministry in South Africa

Man is sinful

Man is SINFUL and SEPARATED from God.  Therefore, he cannot know and experience God's love and plan for his life.

Man Is Sinful

All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God  (Romans 3:23).

Man was created to have fellowship with God;  but, because of his stubborn self-will, he chose to go his own independent way, and fellowship with God was broken.

This self-will, characterized by an attitude of active rebellion or passive indifference, is an evidence of what the Bible calls sin.

Man Is Separated

The wages of sin is death  [spiritual separation from God] (Romans 6:23).  Heaven and Hell are real destinations and the ultimate choice is ours.   ... those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus ... will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord ...  (2 Thessalonians 1:8-9;  NIV)

This diagram illustrates that God is holy and man is sinful. A great gulf separates the two.  The arrows illustrate that man is continually trying to reach God and the abundant life through his own efforts, such as a good life, philosophy, or religion - but he inevitably fails.

The third principle explains the only way to bridge this gulf...