The Mother Sin
The Apostle exorted us to “lay aside every weight and THE SIN which so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us” (Hebrews 12:1). THE SIN he is talking about that doth so easily beset us is the sin of unbelief. Unbelief is the Mother of all sins. It is the ONE sin from which all sin derives its life. Every sin, every disobedience, every act that is contrary to God begins with unbelief.
This awful sin manifests itself in many different forms. One form of it is INDIFFERENCE. How can anyone be indifferent about Christ, the gospel, and the church, unless they are beset by the sin of unbelief? Unbelief also takes form in murmuring, covetousness, and discontentment.
It was because of unbelief that God said “So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest” (Hebrews 3:11). What shall we do about this horrible sin that so easily besets us? There are two things; one is, “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2). The second remedy is to do as the man who brought his child to our Lord. “Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; HELP THOU MINE UNBELIEF.” (Mark 9:23-24)