In today’s America, Christians usually talk about salvation in terms of getting the unsaved to love Jesus because He loves them. “Ask Jesus into your heart so you may have eternal life.” This is only part of the process. The beginning of the process is recognizing the NEED for Jesus.
We are sinners because we are born sinners. We sin because we are born sinners just like fish swim because they are born fish. We are separated from God because of Adam choosing sin over obedience. We are “lost” from God since He cannot have a relationship with sin.
Because “God so loved the world, He sent His only begotten Son,” so that we might be reconciled to God. A reconciliation needs to take place so we can be in right relationship with God. 2 Corinthians 5:18-20. We do not bring people to Christ by ignoring their sin. We do not help people by saying “I’m okay and you’re okay.” None of us is okay. We are all sinners in need of Christ.
Did Jonah go to Nineveh and say “Accept the Jehovah God as the One true God and everything will be okay”? No, he said, “Repent or be destroyed!” Repentance has been almost totally ignored in the modern church for fear of scaring people away by telling them they are sinners in need of a Saviour. Do we come to Jesus by changing our ways? Of course not; how does a leopard change its spots? Impossible. However, the Bible makes clear the need for repentance to come to Christ. Luke 5:32, 24:47. 2:4. It is not biblical to tell people they can be saved without repentance. This is not saying a sinner has to make themselves good enough to come to Jesus. That is an impossibility. But, it is saying we must acknowledge our sinfulness and our need for a Saviour.
Sin is the barrier between ourselves and God. Jesus came to remove that barrier. That is why He died the horrible death by crucifixion on the cross. The greatest revivals of history were brought about by preaching against sin. Why is the church so afraid of preaching against sin? Because we are more concerned about offending the sinner than we are concerned about proclaiming the righteousness of God. Sin is evil; God is good. Sin destroys us; God brings healing. Acts 17:30. I love people enough to preach against sin and get criticized for it.