The Faith We Keep
ALL HAVE SINNED
IT SOUNDS ODD to state as a tenet of our faith that we believe all men are guilty of sin. Yet in order to hold a clear understanding of our relation to the Creator we must know how He looks at us and what we must do to satisfy His demands.
Though our natural pride shrinks from the admission we recognize that the Word of God speaks truth when it says, "All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." Further the same Word declares that "through one man sin entered into the world" -- a reference to the disobedience of Adam in the Garden of Eden. That act under those circumstances introduced into our human nature an experimental knowledge of sin that has been passed on to every succeeding generation and individual without any exception whatever. All members of the human race need a Saviour since they all fall under the guilt brought in by our first father.
It is pleasant to consider the love of a Diving Saviour and satisfying to learn of His thoughtfulness of our need in a sinful condition. But we can never connect with His sin-destroying power unless we accept the verdict of the Judge as to our urgent personal need of salvation. The keeping of the pure faith of the saints includes a humble acknowledgement of the lost condition of man except for the Divine intervention.