Few doctrines are more thoroughly related to everyday life, political
order, and hope for the future than the doctrine of sin. Tragically, the subject is not even considered in education nor in politics, and yet the fact of sin conditions every area of life and thought.
The Westminster Shorter Catechism defines sin thus: “Sin is any want of conformity unto, or transgression of, the law of God.” The Bible’s definition is the basis of this statement: “sin is the transgression of the law” of God (1 John 3:4).
Sin is disobedience to God and rebellion against Him and His law. Those who deny the validity of God’s law are in rebellion against Him, whatever they may call themselves. All men are sinners. Paul tells us that there are none who are righteous outside of Christ, no, not one. The punishment for sin is death in time and eternity. Salvation is deliverance from condemnation and from the power of sin and death.