The definition of sin is fallen selfhood. God made us to be like planets—around and around they go, held by the magnetic attraction of the sun. In the same way, God is the great “Sun of righteousness” (Malachi 4:2). And around Him, warmed and healed and blessed and lighted by His Holy Person, all His creatures move—all the seraphim, cherubim, angels, archangels, children of God and watchers in the skies. And best of all was man, made in His own image. We revolved around God as a planet around its sun.

Then one day the little planet said, “I’ll be my own sun. Away with this God “And man fell. That’s what we call the fall of man. That’s where sin came in—sin reached up and took God’s self and said,” I’ll be self myself.” And God was ruled out. As the holy apostle said, they did not like to have God in their minds, therefore God gave them over to vile affections (Romans 1:26). All the evil that the police, educators, doctors and psychiatrists are worried about now—deviancy, sodomy, exhibitionism and all the rest—all came as a result of man not wanting to have this God in his mind or in his heart, not recognizing Him as being God. He went out on his own to be his own little god.

Isn’t that the way the average sinner acts? He’s his own little god. He’s the sun. He puts himself in capital letters and forgets that there’s anybody up there that’ll judge him.

A. W. Tozer and David E. Fessenden, The Attributes of God: Deeper into the Father’s Heart, vol. 2 (Camp Hill, PA: WingSpread, 2001–), 27–28.