If I am going to say that it is the love of sin that causes the atheist to deny the God of the Bible, I think it only fair that I also explain why the love of sin does not keep people from believing in false religion. As I have said before, unlike Bible Christianity, religion focuses on a works-based salvation, as opposed to being saved by God’s grace alone. If someone is going to promote a works-based salvation, the first thing he has to do is dumb down the Bible. The second thing he has to do is redefine sin.
In order to enter His Kingdom of Heaven, God demands perfection. No man is dumb enough to think that he is perfect. Therefore, in order to effectively promote a works-based salvation, man must redefine perfection. The Bible clearly says in Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” To effectively promote a works-based salvation, one must remove that verse from the Bible. And in doing so, that person has used God Himself to create an idol for sinful man. As Adrian Rogers said, “Spiritual activity without scriptural authority is satanic inequity.” It is that simple.
That is why I believe that the atheist has come closer to salvation than anyone else who does not know the Lord Jesus. It is also the exact reason that many atheists profess to have once been Christians. What happened was that these people were once in Bible-believing churches; however, at some point or another, they made the decision that they loved their sin more than they loved God. And that is why I believe that every atheist has at some time or another—however subliminally it may have been—said to God, “If none of those other gods are real, You aren’t either! I choose my sin!”
Ray Comfort was right when he said that God does not believe in atheists. Guess what, I don’t either. Atheism is simply the most extreme way of running from God. If you are here today and you are an atheist, you may think that denying His presence means that He cannot see you; but I can assure you that you are dead wrong. I beg you, I beg you today to give your heart and your life to Jesus Christ and to Him alone. Numbers 32:23 says, “But if you do not do so, then take note, you have sinned against the LORD; and be sure your sin will find you out.” As Adrian Rogers used to say, I can assure you that, if you do not confess Jesus Christ as Lord of your life, “once you get what you want, you won’t want what you get.” That is not a threat; it is an earnest plea.