Ezekiel 18:4 Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
The truth spoken by the OT prophet Ezekiel wouldn’t be very popular to today’s super sensitive crowd who seem to think sin is not a problem anymore but it was intended to warn of the seriousness of sin. I know we don’t dwell on sin, we dwell on Jesus, our redemption from sin, but that should not make us view sin lightly. I also know we are to awake unto righteousness and sin not (1 Corinthians 15:34), or be more conscious of God’s work in Jesus that gives us right standing before God but that doesn’t mean we can never talk about or teach about the dangers of sin. Jesus loved righteousness and hated iniquity (Hebrews 1:9) but how can we hate something that we are never allowed to discuss or mention.
The New Testament is called the word of His grace (Acts 20:32) and within it there are many mentions of sin and things we are told not to do. Grace teaches us to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts (Titus 2:12) but how can you deny what you cannot identify or read verses that mention it. It is silly and naïve on the part of some to categorize someone as teaching the law and not grace just because you mention sin. Some need to be delivered from the “only positive sounding truth is from God and negative sounding truth is from the devil” errant teachings. The first command ever given was from God and it was negative sounding, “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, THOU SHALT NOT EATEST THEREOF THOU SHALT SURELY DIE Genesis 3:17.” The positive sounding deception was from the devil, “And the serpent said unto the woman, YE SHALL NOT SURLY DIE.” We should be loyal to the truth whether it is positive sounding or not (2 Corinthians 13:8). Sin is deadly and it is still a problem. To bring it under the light of the New Testament we could say that something always dies in us when we sin for the wages of sin is death Romans 6:23. Death also means separation so sin still separates people from the life God intended for man including the Believer.
Thank God, through the provision of Calvary’s Cross, all humanity no longer has to be slaves to sin. Every human being can be free, washed clean from sin by the forgiveness made available from Calvary’s Cross where Jesus shed His blood to give us victory over sin. Not only over the penalty of sin which is judgment and hell; not only one day in the near future over the presence of sin; but right now in our daily walk freedom from the power of sin. “Sin shall not have dominion over us for we are not under the law but under grace Romans 6:14.” We no longer have to fear sin’s death and separation because of the cleansing power in God’s Word. In fact 2 Corinthians 7:1 says, “Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” Perfecting holiness is causing it to happen or bringing it about in our thoughts, words, and deeds. Jesus completed the work of holiness in us and is made unto us sanctification (holiness) (1 Corinthians 1:30) so we can perfect it or work it out in our lifestyle.