Problem two: Speaking of sin, especially in judgmental tones, drives people away from God.
Time and time again, I’ve found pretending sin doesn’t exist is a far more effective way to drive people away from God.
When I think there is no difference between my sin and yours, a moralist will see us as “morally equal.”
As a result, I feel no special weight to bring you to Jesus … and from a Christian perspective, there is the greatest difference: the atoning death of Christ, and a clearer definition of light and darkness, sin and righteousness.
We speak of sin not because I’m a better person than you are, but because sin separates a person from Christ.
That needs to be said clearly. Why?
First, because it’s true.
Second, because it makes little sense to think people will come to Christ through osmosis or without some sense of need for Christ’s forgiveness. Throughout Scripture—whether at Nineveh or Pentecost—helping people understand their sinfulness in God’s sight provides the clearest path to repentance and union with Christ.
Besides, the moral compass of the Lost is not the moral standard by which we preach. God will provide us the wisdom and words to speak of sin without judgmentalism if we desire to speak of it faithfully.