One of the teachings clearly taught in the Bible is the fact that all are fallen and wanting in the righteousness requisite for the Holy presence of God. This is because everyone born in this world is born after the fall of man and born in a fallen world. Sin is therefore so natural to humanity that it is always manifested very early. You don’t need to teach anyone self-love. Selfish tendencies manifest from a very young age in humanity. Parents are sometimes left dumbfounded by things their little children can do. On the other hand discipline must be taught through painstaking efforts and if not taught, may never be learned anywhere. So sin and sinful tendencies are inherently human. But does this mean we are all sinners? Is there a danger in the false security that all are sinners?
While we have all faced the pains of sin, we cannot safely declare everyone a sinner. This cannot motivate a desire for righteousness but we will follow the crowd in evil. This is the danger that faced the antediluvians. They felt that sin was less sinful because of its widespread nature. The ‘everyone is doing’ it mentality.
“As sin became general, it appeared less and less sinful, and they finally declared that the divine law was no longer in force; that it was contrary to the character of God to punish transgression; and they denied that His judgments were to be visited upon the earth”.– Patriarchs and Prophets 95.3
It is very dangerous if we view sin through any lense which makes error less erroneous and sin less sinful. Sin must always be seen in the light of what it cost God on Calvary.
It is true that the outstanding majority have stifled their allegiance to God, but this cannot warrant an assumption that everyone is disloyal. You may be assuming that everyone is cohabiting, that everyone is corrupt, that e everyone is stealing exams, but God will rebuke you with the statement, “I have 400 men who have not bowed to Baal”. You can be surprised you are the only one practicing what you are practicing and which the word of God expressly forbids.
Another important consideration is that we should be focused on how to solve our own sins. You are wasting time by highlighting the sins of others. Focus on your own sins. When you are keen on the folly of others you are tempted to excuse yourself while you yourself are in the same category. If convicted, repent and be baptised. Don’t waste time hiding behind everyone doing it.
Though all nations are to pass in judgment before God, yet He will examine the case of each individual with as close and searching scrutiny as if there were not another being upon the earth. Everyone must be tested and found without spot or wrinkle or any such thing.– Christ In His Sanctuary 126.1
God has, and will always have a faithful people, who will not betray the sacred trust. May you be among them. We are not all sinners. Repent of your sins and walk in the light sing from the Old Rugged Cross.