Martin Luther on the Simplicity of Sin

Martin Luther was right: “nothing is easier than sinning.” Sin is simple. So simple, in fact, that sin corrupts nearly everything we do.

We sin by doing things we shouldn’t do. We lie, steal, murder, and commit adultery.

We sin by feeling things we shouldn’t feel. Cherishing our idols more than Christ, feeling bitterness or greed, rejoicing in evil and feeling bored by truth.

We sin by thinking thoughts we shouldn’t think. We’re proud, lustful, selfish, and covetous.

We sin by not doing the things we should do. We don’t pray like we should, we don’t share the gospel faithfully, we don’t lead our families well, we don’t read our Bibles like we ought, and we don’t love our neighbor as ourselves.

We sin by doing the right things for the wrong reasons. Like the Pharisees who gave to showcase their generosity. Jesus said they had their reward.

We sin by doing the right things without faith. After all, Hebrews 11:6 is clear: “Without faith it is impossible to please God.”

There is nothing in your life more simple than sin.

Which is why the gospel is such good news.

You see, God is holy. He cannot look upon our evil. And He will not simply forgive us, any more than a judge will “forgive” the convicted murderer just because he said he’s sorry. A penalty must be paid.

But the Scriptures teach us that Christ has paid the penalty for our sin. This is what His life was all about. Jesus lived in order that He might die. Not as a hapless victim, but as a willing sacrifice to pay for the overwhelming sins of His people.

2 Corinthians 5:21 puts it this way: “For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.”

Now that’s good news.





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