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by Antonio Cappola

A recent survey of American evangelicals found that 53% of them believe “that everyone sins a little, but most people are good by nature.” I suspect that if we surveyed our own South African context, the figure would be similar, if not higher.

Few Christians would deny that we don’t sin. Sure, we’ve all told a lie, gossiped here and there and had the odd lustful thought. There’s a temptation to see our sins as some minor blips. Many of us would agree therefore that despite the odd sin here and there, we’re actually pretty good and decent people by nature. I mean most of us aren’t exactly murderers, rapists, serial killers, corrupt politicians and evil people like Hitler and Stalin. We consider ourselves absolute saints in comparison!


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