Psalm 26:5, “I hate the mob of evildoers, and refuse to sit with the wicked.”
The Psalmist makes a deliberate and succinct statement in regards to sin and those who promote sin. He calls them “evildoers” and “wicked”. He hates them and refuses to sit with them, meaning having anything to do with them.
Sin is not to be used as a subjective standard. In other words, one sinner is not bad as the other, or one sin is not as bad as another, as is the common ploy in modern society. One who murders many can be seen as more evil than one who commits open idolatry or is a habitual liar, but logically BOTH are still evil. So the levels of sin do NOT defeat the premise of sin, again which is the common ploy especially by world religions such as Roman Catholicism.
The RCC teaches to forms of sin, “mortal” and “venial”. And by using the extreme levels of a sin such as murder, then lying is not seen as detrimental by the Catholic. But Scripture refutes this nonsense, as God would cease to be holy and good if He were to just become subjective on ANY sin which defiles His holiness. Yes, there are more major of sins such as murder or adultery, but just because they are more major doesn’t dismiss minor sins as equally defiling to God’s holiness.
One can look at themselves and say “I am a good person”, if they use the levels of sin as the rationalization. Catholics for example by avoiding the committing of “mortal sins” while keeping the venial sins in tow, believe they are “good people”. However Scripture says what?
Romans 3:12 They have all turned aside;
They have together become unprofitable;
There is none who does good, no, not one.”
What does Paul mean, “none does good”? It means as he continues to say in this chapter in Romans 3:23 “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”.
Can any mortal human beings measure up to God’s perfection?
The easy way to look at this to STOP comparing yourself with other human beings. Now compare yourself to a God who has been sinless, holy, and good for an eternity. Can you now call yourself “good”? If you do, then you do not believe in God most likely, or you just do not want to submit to His holiness. Reducing God in any way to your sinful self, is called idolatry, as you idolize yourself.
When God gives a rebirth to a sinner, the first thing we realize is that we are in FACT a dirty rotten sinner! With this realization we are given a Savior, Jesus Christ, and know what He saved us from, specifically the wrath of God on our sins. The walking dead however will continue to say “I am a good person”, or that God because He loves MUST accept me for who I am no matter how much I defiled His holiness. Meaning then, Jesus died in vain.
This is why regeneration is so very important. Until that supernatural power of God comes upon a sinner, they will continue to be the walking dead.