Sin doesn’t keep us from God – It’s refusing to repent from our sins. King David sinned, but also repented – a man after God’s own heart. Often, when we talk to people we focus on our sin and Christ’s payment for our sin. But unless there is repentance, there is no salvation. Jesus said, “I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. (Luke 13:3, NASB 1995, Lockman Foundation)
What is killing today’s church is a chronic Faking Good which leads to a failure to confess our sins to each other which negates our felt need for repentance which leads to a felt separation from God that we try to expunge by singing louder and saying prayers that are meaningless without repentance and hoping that a word from the preacher will change our future.
If you want to feel near to God:
“Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord;” (Acts 3:19, NASB 1995, Lockman Foundation)
Repenting is the lifestyle of a Disciple. This keeps us near to and refreshed by God.