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What a strange question to ask I hear you say, especially if you are a 'Born again' Christian. But then If you're aren't, and let's be frank, you would be counted in the vast majority of the world's population, whether a churchgoer or not, it would certainly seem a strange question to ask.
Primarily because, outside of the true 'Born Again' body of Christ church, sin, as a subject, has never been a topic worthy of serious consideration or debate, let alone a state or condition from which one should seek salvation.
However, that as it may be, the lack of awareness or consciousness of sin on the part of the vast majority of the peoples of the world, is no defense against either it's existence or the need to do something about it.

Indeed, God's word, the bible has much to say about the reality of sin and it's detrimental effect and influence in the lives of all humans and indeed, on the whole of creation itself. Accordingly, it follows that as the world has no overt interest in the subject of sin, and the church does, or should, then only people of the Christian faith are ever likely to get involved in public discourse on the subject of sin, particularly when contending for the faith from the pulpit or in open public debate or discussion forums, if they are serious.

How is sin defined? While there are many variations in man's attempt to define sin, I think we should stick to the master's definition on this occasion, and it is quite simple: “Sin is lawlessness” “Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness”. (1Jn 3:4) No buts or maybe's, any kind of unlawful behavior, either against God or man, is regarded as sin, and if you consider yourself free of sin, you might be wise to learn what God has to say about your self assessment before you make it public

“All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Rom 3: 23)
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us. (1 Jn 1:8-10)

Now that we have established what sin is, who is guilty of it, and who does and doesn't want to discuss it and do something about it, it's a good time to consider my question.

It should be apparent to whom the question is addressed. As the subject holds no interest for non believers, it follows it is addressed to the church. So, inherent in the question, is the suggestion that something might be wrong. In fact the question: “Whatever happened to sin?”infers a past tense construct, almost to a point of suggesting that sin is no more, which to any thinking believer would be nonsensical.

But sadly, there is an aspect of sin which is almost “no more”. I refer to the almost complete lack of preaching on the subject from the pulpits of the world, and given that the word “sin” is mentioned nearly 500 times in the scriptures, and that Christ died for our sins, one could be forgiven for thinking the subject is important to God. And so it is. So what's going on in the church? Well may we ask, “Whatever happened to sin?”, for not so long ago, certainly within the last 100 years, not a month would go by, where in many mainline evangelical Christian churches around the globe, one could be confronted with sin and the need to repent by some firebrand preacher in their pulpits, and not only on Sundays. It was not uncommon for churches to conduct well attended midweek meetings in the 19th and early 20th centuries, when church auditoriums would be filled by people hungry for more of God's gospel message and repentance from sin, as God poured out His spirit to set the captives free from the slavery & bondage of Lucifer, the Devil.

There are several powerful influences which have negatively impacted the effect and acceptance of the fundamental gospel message of the church in recent years, and if I'm not mistaken, all are inspired by the Devil, with one goal in mind: to destroy the church by destroying it's message of hope in Jesus Christ, our blessed Savior. The primary strategy being adopted by this great deceiver and father of all lies, in these last days, is in the use of false teachers, spreading lies and false doctrines of demons among the saved and unsaved alike, for he is aware that the heart of man is deceitful above all else.
"The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it? (Jer 17:9)
“Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, “ (1 Tim 4:1)
But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! (2Tim 3:1-3,5)

The primary theme of the Christian gospel message, is centered around the Lord Jesus Christ offering Himself, God's only Son, to die so that man could be freely redeemed from the guilt and penalty for sin.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (Jn 3: 16)
The gospel contains nothing about baptism, good works, church attendance, tithing, sacraments or rituals. The gospel glorifies Christ for what “He” has done, not for what He must do, because the redemptive work of Christ is finished. “Christ died once for all our sins.” He isn’t still dying, as Rome maintains, for Christ triumphantly declared, “It is finished” (John 19:30) as He offered up His spirit from the cross.

Now I must deal with what many learned scholars consider, is the most overt, evil attack by deception against the gospel of Christ ever experienced in the life of the Church, which I must also add, forms part of bible prophecy pertaining to 'End Time' apostasy. I refer of course to the proliferation of false teaching ministries that have burst onto our TV screens, the internet and radio networks in recent years. Making all manner of false claims about healing, prosperity, personal power, health and well being and a whole host of unscriptural claims, designed to deceive both those who bring the false teaching as well as the poor souls who are the target of their deceptive behavior. A case of the blind leading the blind.

For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ.
And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works. (2 Cor 11:13-15)

The saddest aspect of all this, is that not only are their followers being led astray into a tormented eternity because they lack discernment to avoid the consequences of their actions, but they are also being fleeced blind financially by these workers of iniquity. One need only be aware of what the purveyors of the new age social gospel, and the health,wealth and prosperity gospel are spreading, and by what means, to understand how these apostles of wickedness are simply setting out to line their own coffers with their ill gotten gains. Even a cursory examination of their asset bases, reveals the extent of the corruption involved.
Vast estates worth many hundred's of millions, stand as damning testament to the level of self indulgent corrupt practices and false doctrines these evil apostles of Satan are inflicting on their flocks, being led astray.
Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all long suffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. (2 Tim 4:2-4)

So as I come to the end of this short summary dealing with false doctrine, I will finish where I started out.
Sin is not, nor ever has been a popular subject for debate, mainly because it forces us to confront our own spiritual state, and if we are honest, we cannot like what we see. So what is it that makes the false gospel messages offered up by this cohort of false teachers so attractive? Unlike the true gospel of Christ, at no stage is anyone asked to confront their sin, and seek repentance. But as attractive and acceptable as it may seem it doesn't have the power to save. So it's at once rendered attractive and destructive at the same time.
Anyone gullible enough to accept such false teaching at face value, without first testing it's doctrine against the truth of the scriptures, cannot complain to God if things go awry somehow. Sorry if that sounds harsh, but the truth often can sound that way, and as it is the truth that I seek for all, in order that God's love is for all to share, I trust you can accept the need for truth: "…...If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." (Jn 8: 31-32)
God has always made it abundantly clear to man that sin is His primary concern, because it is sin which effected all of His creation for so long. However, because of who He is and what He is: A Righteous Judge, who simply cannot ignore sin; A Creator God, full of love for His creation: on the one hand He must judge us as sinners, for which we are guilty and have a penalty to pay. However, on the other hand, because He is a God of Love, full of grace and mercy, He has offered to pay our Penalty for us through the substitutionary death and blood sacrifice of His only Son Jesus Christ, on the one condition that we repent of sin, confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead.(Rom10:9)

As a 'Born Again' believer, my heart thrills as I write this, knowing what God has done for me personally, so I don't understand and cannot comprehend why anyone would balk at such a wonderful free gift of salvation offered by the one and only person in the universe, with the Love and power to do so. The Bible teaches that our personal love for God and appreciation of His love and forgiveness will be in proportion to the measure by which we recognize our sin and unworthiness. The exultation of self and a self centered existence, can only hinder such an abiding love which the first and greatest commandment requires of us, which I can only suggest is required of us for our own good,, rather than for God's sake:

"Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?"
Jesus said to him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.' This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets." (Matt 22:36-40)

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This is a End Time ministry focused on the individual..To take you by the hand and lovingly lead you down God's pathway to that along the way He can reveal to you His heart full of love, grace, and mercy, which He promises to pour out for you personally, while time still remains. Provided of course that in return, you put trust in  and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ