Sinful Nature?


 
SINFUL NATURE?

The false doctrine of Sinful Nature has become second nature in the mouth of nominal Christians. The Sinful Nature error has at its foundation many false doctrines that are held by popular evangelists that are often referred to as being authoritative sources, as well as 99.9% of preachers and pastors who support it.  No doubt it was part of their seminary brain washing.

You do not graduate from the world’s controlled schools and seminaries without a proper brainwashing; and you do not get to be a televangelist, on the satanic elites controlled medium of television, unless you make a deal with them and compromise God’s Word.  NO REAL MAN OF GOD WOULD EVER BE ALLOWED ON THE OCCULT CONTROLLED TELEVISION MEDIUM.  

That might hurt you, but it is the truth.  I have seen this for myself.  Every time a real man of God was on some kind of broadcast medium, the devil and the world focused all their efforts on that ministry to either destroy it, get it off the airways, or most likely; get them to compromise God.  The latter being the most effective for broadcast media and schools.

The televangelist the elite allow on their controlled media, water down their doctrines (doctrines that seem wise to the foolish), but they only appeal to your flesh and puffed up ideal of a self-serving religion.  That feel good in the flesh feeling they promote allows nominal Christians to maintain their superstitious worship of God, and retain their flesh love of the world.  

True religion is found in the will (intellect and reason based on fact), not emotions.  Emotions play a part, but it is like this, “Fact leads, Faith with its eye on Fact following, Feeling with its eye on Faith brings up the rear. The moment Faith turns its back on Fact and looks at Feeling, the procession wobbles.”  Every time, Guaranteed!

 

First, the doctrine of “Sinful Nature,” is not in God’s word, not in a pure translation. 

CHALLENGE 

I issue the following challenge.  The only Bible you can use is the one that was used for the Protestant Missionary Movement, the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, Great Awakenings, the Holiness Movement, the Restoration Movement, the Temperance Movement, the Emancipation of Slaves, the Founding of the Baptist and Methodist Churches, the founding of the Salvation Army, the founding of the YMCA, the Layman’s Revival, the Azusa Street Revival, the start of Pentecostalism, the founding of Disciples of Christ, the Church of Christ, and most all other Protestant denominations – i.e., THE AUTHORIZED VERSION.

First challenge, find, “All sinned in Adam,” or that sin can be transmitted by blood in the Bible.  Next, find the concept that a person is guilty because Adam sinned.  Here is a biblical example of the opposite, just look for the opposite of this:

The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.” Eze 18:20. 

Then find the notions of, “Total Depravity” and “Denial of Free Will” in Scripture, or the notion that people do not have control over their behavior.  The heretical Augustinian definition of Total Depravity is:

“Total depravity (also called radical corruption or pervasive depravity) is a theological doctrine derived from the Augustinian concept of original sin.  It is the teaching that, as a consequence of the Fall of Man, every person born into the world is enslaved to the service of sin as a result of their fallen nature and, apart from the efficacious or prevenient grace of God, is utterly unable to choose to follow God, refrain from evil, or accept the gift of salvation as it is offered.”

Side note: when you tell someone they do not have control of their behavior, you, in effect, excuse their behavior.

Find the proof that God reckons the innocent guilty and that it is just.  And, demonstrate how “sinful nature” is different than blaming your sins on someone or something besides yourself.  Here is an idiom to motivate your search of the Bible for these concepts:

“I am NOT a product of my circumstances.  I AM a product of my decisions.” 

  

THE REAL WORD 

For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.”  Romans 7:18.

Romans 7:18, simply reads flesh; yet, the New International Version (NIV) has altered flesh to “sinful nature” in their translation.

The NIV is an ecumenical text meant to be used by all Christian faiths.  It also contains changes that make it receptive to other beliefs like Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and so on.  Its translation is based on the recent (1800s) discovery of two Roman Catholic manuscripts, one of which was supposedly in a trash can in an ancient Egyptian library.   How clever of the Vatican, knowing we would doubt it if they just fabricated it and pulled it out of their own stockpile (which they did).

Do not be deceived.  The Roman Catholic Church, or the Vatican, has stored or made all kinds of writings since the 300’s.  They are also clever, and know how to manipulate the world and keep Protestants splintered.  Look at the Protestant church now, with over a hundred English translations of the Bible and no unity.

There are many changes in the NIV based on these Roman Catholic manuscripts that are meant to accept doctrines that have been long debated.  In a sense, they have ended the debate by changing God’s word to suit a false doctrine.  

Changing “flesh” to “sinful nature” is a grand leap.  If I alone am debating the error of the doctrine of sinful nature, their change prevents me from the dispute.  That in itself is proof of their translation error.

So, to find a Bible with the term “sinful nature” in it means you will have to use one of the Vatican corrupted “New” versions.  The Vatican hates the Authorized Version of the Bible because it is based on the six English versions that preceded it, and it and the other six were responsible for the Protestant movement that split from the Roman Catholic Church.

Romans chapter 7, is one of the hardest chapters in the Bible to understand.  I believe God reveals His Word and its meaning if you sincerely ask, and I believe Romans 7, is about being honest with ourselves and judging whether or not we are walking in the Spirit or in the flesh, and that is what Paul is trying to show the legal Jews.

Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth? For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband. So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man.  Rom 7:1-3.

Paul is talking to Jews, not Gentiles, he says, “I speak to them that know the law.”  Romans chapter 7, describes a conflict, and how that just in the law itself, you cannot by yourselves (in the flesh) accomplish the requirements of the law.  You have to walk with God in the Spirit:

For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.”  Rom 7:14.

We are fleshy, unspiritual, or referred to as flesh – that is, prior to regeneration; and bear in mind Romans 7, precedes Romans 8, and the new life in the Spirit.

For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.   Rom 7:15.

Frustration of the flesh, best explains all the I do, I allow not, I would, do I not, what I hate, that do I.  Paul is showing the legal Jews (who are serving the law in the flesh) how he fared trying to do this.  This is a flesh relationship with the law (me, I, the flesh), and the law.  We are to kill the flesh, cut it from the law and make a new relationship through Christ and the Spirit.

If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.”  Rom 7:16-18.

Nothing good lives in him.  Before the Holy Ghost, before Romans chapter 8, to try and keep the law in the flesh, means you are doing it without something good in you too, just like these legal Jews.  Your sins are committed by and in your flesh.  Your flesh can never be good, but it is your fault, no one else's.  You did not inherit sin, you manufactured it, through the flesh, by walking in the flesh and not the Spirit.

In the flesh, Paul desired to do good, but could not do it in himself (in his flesh) because of his free will that was dedicated to flesh service and not submitted to God’s will of Spirit service, explained in chapter 8.  The biggest misinterpretation of Romans chapter 7 today is, that it exactly describes what happens when you try and keep the law in the flesh.  And, since 99.9% of nominal Christians are walking in the flesh and not the Spirit, they identify with it and therefore build false doctrines around Romans chapter 7 that allows them to keep walking in the flesh.  YOU HAVE TO READ CHAPTER 8…STUPID.

For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.”  Rom 7:19-21.

When Paul wanted to do good, evil was present.  You cannot overcome the spiritual enemies tempting our flesh in the flesh with just the law.  This is the problem Jesus had with the religious people of His day.  They did not have the Spirit to help them (Like Christ’s full measure); yet, like true hypocrites, they tried to appear righteous to the masses in the flesh.

God can see you in secret.  No Spirit, no victory over flesh.  That is why the “sinful nature” doctrine is so important to the carnal Christians of today, because they refuse to walk in the Spirit.

 

For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?  Rom 7:22-24.

The body of sin has been done away with, rendered inactive, powerless, but not annihilated or eliminated, “Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with [him], that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.” Rom 6:6.   

Even after regeneration, even after being baptized with the Holy Ghost, the Bible still says that the flesh body of sin “might” be destroyed and that you “should” not serve sin.  Who will rescue him?  Christ!  You have to use your free will to walk in the Spirit using the power of the Holy Ghost to mortify the deeds of the flesh.  If you are walking in the flesh, that is spiritual adultery.

No matter how evil, every man has a mental accent of the will, or the inward delight in the law that Paul discusses.  In the flesh you want to keep the law, but the war between the flesh and the law is lost because the flesh is weak.  It takes the Spirit of God and your free will application and dedication to walk in the Spirit to overcome your flesh and live the righteousness of the law.

I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.”  Rom 7:25.

Contrary to the carnal Christian’s belief, Paul is not saying it is okay to sin in the flesh in this verse.  The inward struggle with flesh and temptation is in the flesh, serving the law as a form of salvation.  This verse is used by more carnal Christians to accept sin, “sinful nature,” and sinful desires without the least bit of critical thinking applied.

This verse only describes a mind and body service; but no spirit.  In the next chapter Paul says:

Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.” Rom 8:7-8.

Either Paul is contradicting what he says in Romans 7:25 in Romans 8:7-8, or there is another meaning.  What do you see in Romans 7:25?  “I,” “myself,” serve the law.  No death to self.  Also, he says that with the flesh he serves the law of sin, but in Romans 8, he says, “they that are in the flesh cannot please God.”

It is evident that Paul is dealing with something other than a life in Christ in Romans 7:25; or, he is confused by what he says in Romans 8:7.  It is a flesh v/s Spirit walk, not a, I cannot keep God’s commandments and that is okay; which is how most all Christians read Romans chapter 7.  

If the New Testament consisted only of Romans chapter 7, everyone would be living a sinful life (like they are now by disregarding the rest of the New Testament).  There are televangelists that have built their whole sinful ministries around Romans chapter 7, in order to excuse transgressions, while ignoring Romans chapter 8. 

 

NEW RELATIONSHIP 

The context Romans chapter 7, started with those who knew the law and their attempt to be justified by it through a carnal marriage of flesh and law.  Paul is teaching that we are to form a new relationship with the law through Christ because our old relationship to the law through flesh is dead, and it only reminded us that we could not follow God’s demands anyway.

Gentiles are not them that know the law, and that is the target audience of Romans chapter 7, “Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,).”  Rom 7:1.  You are not Jewish, and you were not raised in the law.  

Look at who Paul is talking to and consider how the Christians you know today adamantly refuse to follow God’s commands because the wolves in sheep’s clothing have convinced them they are not under the law, when in fact they never knew the law until they came to Christ and found out about it.  The Jews Paul is talking to were raised in the law.

Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth? For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband. So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man.”  Rom 7:1-3.

Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another,”  Rom 7:4a.

In Romans 7:1-3, the husband died (flesh), not the law.  Carnal Christians try and say the law died.  So, just like in the natural, if a woman is married to another man while having a living spouse from a previous marriage is an adulteress; if your flesh is not dead to the law of sin and you are trying to be married to Christ, you are committing spiritual adultery.

Nominal Christians use Romans 7 to indicate that we cannot overcome the flesh, that somehow this chapter on its own describes the Christian walk. Given the introduction to the chapter, does it not follow more of a line of a legalistic Jew and his struggle to accept Christ as the means of justification in the law instead of his outward obedience in the flesh to the law?  It is the reverse of the argument Paul makes elsewhere of Gentiles beginning in the Spirit and trying to be perfected in the law through the flesh.

He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.” 1Jn 3:8.

For I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.”  2Co 11:2b.

You do not have to succumb to temptation, but you willfully want to.  The true Christian is not searching the Bible looking for excuses to sin, or to withdraw from the struggle.  Romans chapter 7 is not a struggle pre-packaged with a sticker, “OKAY TO SIN” that carnal followers (who do not love God, and would do anything to be saved and have their sin at the same time) can use to vindicate their adulterous marriage to the Lord.  

Pauls’ teachings are too deep for nominal carnal Christians.  They are deep for most spiritual Christians.  Nominal Christians shouldn’t be allowed to use them, especially since they only pull them out of context and ignore ones that contradict the meaning they want.

For those who live after the flesh, they do not relate to Romans chapter 8, and choose to ignore it.  The Bible only gives one definition of sin:

Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.”  1Jn 3:4.

SIN is the transgression of the law, we are not SINNERS due to having the nerve to be born.  We are sinners when we choose to break the law and SIN.

The word of God does not say that it is a SIN to be conceived or to be born into this world, as it is hardly our choice to be born, and why would that be a SIN or against God’s will?  SIN entered the world through Adam because he was the first in this world to SIN:

Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: Rom 5:12.

No one in this world SINNED before Adam.  DEATH (NOT SIN) passed upon all men because ALL HAVE SINNED, by transgression.  We all die physically due to Adam (even little babies) because we cannot reach the tree of life.

 

Spiritual death spread to all men because each and every man SINS himself when he transgresses the law.  If a man did not SIN, then he would not die spiritually.  For the wages of SIN is death.”  Rom 6:23.  Physical death is not the result of our SIN, because physical death is the result of not being able to access the tree of life.

And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:...So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.”  Gen 3:22, 24.

If Adam’s SIN causes all to receive condemnation, then Christ’s obedience would cause all mankind to be saved:

Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift (You have to accept it) came upon all men unto justification of life.  For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many (NOT ALL) be made righteous.”  Rom 5:18-19.

The truth is, all are condemned when they disobey and commit SIN (“so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: Rom 5:12), and all are saved when they obey Jesus. 

CONDEMNATION & JUSTIFICATION 

Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law. Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come. But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many. And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification. For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.) Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.”  Rom 5:12-21.

The context of Romans 5:12-21, shows that the condemnation is referring to spiritual death, because those who are justified still die physically.   Romans 6:23, “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life…  Death” in this context is spiritual (just like Romans 5), because the contrast is eternal life.

To have eternal life does not mean that one will not die physically.  John 11:25, “he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live. If “death” in Romans 6:23, means physical death, being justified would mean that we would not die physically!

Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:”  Rom 5:12.

Adam SINNED, and through his SIN, SIN had entrance into the world – not to every person at birth, but into the world that God created.  Because of this entrance of SIN into the world, death came by SIN.  Notice death still comes by SIN, not by birth.

All men” (not babies), there is an age of accountability; to commit Bible SINS, you have to be a certain age.  SIN is transgression of law, what law have little babies transgressed?

“(For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law. Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.”  Rom 5:13-14.

Nowhere does the Bible mention a “fallen nature,” or that we are born SINNERS.  We die spiritually because we SIN and physically because of Adam’s SIN (we can’t reach the tree of life due to him).

Romans 5:13-14, makes the point that even while SIN was not imputed because there was no law, death reigned.  This does not mean if you remove the law sin is not imputed to you.  It means that even though there was no written law yet, the law of sin and death still operated.  Men died in ignorance to the law not having it to warn them.

There is a false doctrine that reads this verse in that light, that if you do not follow the law, sin will not be imputed to you.  If you are so foolish as to believe this, I am sure the flood victims will sympathize in damnation with you.   

Nowhere in the Bible does it say we are born with a “sinful nature” (not even Romans chapter 5).  People are fond of saying, Love the Sinner, hate the Sin.  They forget that it is the Sinner who goes to hell, not the Sin.

 

DIMINISHED CAPACITY 

Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”  Isa 7:14.

If we were able to inherit SIN, then also Jesus would have inherited it, because Mary also had a mother, and she was the Lord’s mother.

What is man, that he should be clean? and he which is born of a woman, that he should be righteous?  Job 15:14.

Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.”  Psa 51:5.

Job 15:14, and Psalm 51:5, are both used in support of the error of “sinful nature.”  If “sinful nature” is inherited from one’s mother, Christ had it.  If, someone says that depravity is received only from the father, these verses cannot be used to prove it, for they mention only the mother.

A lady teaching Sunday school in a church I attended at one time repeated a teaching she got from her favorite televangelist about how science has proven that in the womb, a mother’s blood never touches the conception or development of an embryo.  It was super fascinating to her and the others as a miraculous construction of God.  This teaching was used to support that Jesus did not inherit our supposed “sinful nature” from His mother.  That is, until I from the back of the room said, That’s great, it means her blood did not touch me as well, and the air went out of their balloon.

Science is not going to prove what cannot exists, a “sinful nature.”  And the false teaching she had gotten from science is also a lie, because blood is always involved at some level of conception in that it is necessary for the means of construction.  There is no way that worldly science set out to prove Jesus did not inherit a “sinful nature,” it was merely a perversion of a discovery used to woo the sheeple.  Nowhere in the Bible does it say Jesus was born of a virgin in order to avoid a mysterious gene that causes sin.

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:”  2Ti 3:16.

To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.”  Isa 8:20.

The problem – there is no verse in the Bible that says Jesus was born of a virgin to avoid a “sinful nature.”  How can you reprove a doctrine that has no proof to begin with?  His virgin birth was a sign.

For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.”  Heb 4:15.

If we possess a deficiency (like a so-called “sinful nature”) that Jesus did not have, then He was not “in all points tempted like as we are.”  Those who say otherwise make the word of God a liar.  If Jesus did not have a sinful nature, you and I do not have a sinful nature.

What is wrong with you is not in your substance, but in your will, the will to be selfish and lustful, to want for yourself at the expense of God and His kingdom.  If all people apart from Jesus would be born in SIN, this would DIMINISH what Jesus did for us, because He would not have had the same sort of hypothetical “disability” as the rest of us.

A person could then rightfully defend their SIN with, “It is not that strange that Jesus managed to live a life free of SIN unlike me, because He was not born with a supposed “sinful nature” like the rest of us poor victims.”  Which is exactly how this false doctrine is being used?  Not to mention, that the Devil would have long since exploited this and overthrown the work of Christ.

So, the Devil exploits it in your mind, making you believe that Jesus was physically superior to you, and that is the reason He did not SIN.  Jesus was not given a single advantage over us!  He did not come to this earth as some kind of a superman with immunity to SIN, or with a reduced ability to SIN, or with a special body lacking some mysterious SIN gene.  He was tempted like us in all points but chose to not give into SIN.

 

“Depraved” and “depravity” are not Biblical words; neither the words nor the concept, can be found in the Bible.  According to God’s word children have no knowledge between good and evil.

Moreover your little ones, which ye said should be a prey, and your children, which in that day had no knowledge between good and evil, they shall go in thither, and unto them will I give it, and they shall possess it.”  Deu 1:39.

I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.”  Psa 139:14.

“(For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;)”  Rom 9:11.

Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions.”  Ecc 7:29.

The first time the phrase “knowledge of good and evil” appears is in Genesis 2:17,  But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.  You have to gain the knowledge between good and evil prior to sinning and dying spiritually.

If you are fearfully and wonderfully made by God’s marvelous works, then there is nothing evil about your substance.  To commit SIN, you have to do something.  Above in Romans, the writer says, “neither having done any good or evil.”  At worst, you are born neutral, with no character at all for good or evil.  However, in time, you will develop a character; and it is a 100% guarantee that you will first develop a selfish sinful character because of your circumstance and lack of knowledge to the truth.

If the Bible says, God made man upright, but man sought out evil inventions, then sin, therefore, is man’s own fault.  How can it be the fault of Adam?  The danger of this doctrine is it undermines true repentance and creates nominal Christians who have no desire to live for God.  

The obstinate sinner has to be met with the full force of the gospel face to face with his evil inventions, and he has to admit he is a sinner and repent.  The false “sinful nature” doctrine allows for an obstinate sinner to accept Christianity on the basis of the fault being outside of himself for his sins.  It is not my fault, I inherited it from Adam, it was the woman you gave me, the serpent made me do it, does any of this sound familiar?

Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? not one.”  Job 14:4.

A SINNER does not invariably produce another SINNER.  There is no reason to read into a passage a meaning you want.  No one can bring other than frail and dying offspring from frail and dying parents.

If Job 14:4, really does teach that a SINNER must produce another SINNER, there could be no way of escaping the blasphemous conclusion that Jesus also was born a SINNER.  

Truthfulness in hermeneutics is ignored:

Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble.”  Job 14:1.

Adam was not the first person in this world to sin anyway, Eve was.  Also, who is to say that Job 14:4, has to specifically refer to birth?

No one in the Bible ever talked about this doctrine.  Jesus never talked about it, Moses never talked about it, no prophet, no apostle, no one in the Bible ever talked about “sinful nature,” and it is such a huge belief that you think at least someone would have.

 

AUGUSTINIAN HERESY 

The origin of the Original Sin/Sinful Nature doctrine is traced back to Augustine.  Original Sin/Sinful Nature did not appear until 300 years after the last apostle lived, and it was introduced by Augustine.

Augustine is considered as one of the greatest theologians of the church, second only to Paul, but he does not deserve it.  For nine years, Augustine was a follower of Mani (Manichaeism), which is similar to Gnosticism.  It taught, “that the flesh was sinful and impure, while the spirit was light and life...this teaching was a comfort to Augustine, as it let him blame his continued sexual sins on his lower fleshy nature, but still be moral by emphasizing the separateness of flesh and spirit.”

When he became a “Christian,” he read this Manichaeistic belief into a number of passages to include Job 14:4, calling it Original Sin.  Manichaeism teaches that matter can be sinful, which is absurd according to the Bible, which defines sin as transgression of law.

This false belief led to Augustine’s doctrine that sin can be passed on physically from one person to another.  In reality, it was not Augustine’s doctrine, he borrowed it from Mani, filtered it through the influence of Neo-Platonism, and incorporated it into Christianity; and Calvin perfected its absurdity, until now it is one of the most deceitful of doctrines facing the church today.

Neo-platonism  -  is a philosophical system, originated in the 3rd century a.d. by Plotinus, founded chiefly on Platonic doctrine and Eastern mysticism, with later influences from Christianity.  It holds that all existence consists of emanations from “the One” with whom the soul may be reunited.  It's in the corrupt NIV Bible.

Look at Augustine’s church age (Pergamos) according to the Lord:

But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication. So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.”  Rev 2:14-15.

Augustine used his knowledge of pagan faiths to stumble the church (things sacrificed unto idols).  Augustine had a problem with promiscuity and lust, further stumbling the church (to commit fornication).  Augustine lived during the Christian Roman empire, and he was politically well-connected, they controlled the laity (doctrine of the Nicolaitans).

Augustine only understood a natural man’s struggle with trying to live for God, he was not a Spirit filled Christian.  His sinful desires and pagan background led him to conclude in error that it was impossible to overcome his flesh, the error really being he did not have the power of the Holy Ghost in his life.

His social status as a philosopher, and religious leader gave him the influence to change Christian dogma in favor of his pagan background to teach that you can inherit sin, and matter can be sinful.  Bottom line, the doctrine of Original Sin/Sinful Nature was introduced to the church by Augustine, and was unheard of prior to this among Christians, having its root in Manichaeism, which Augustine followed for nine years.  No biblical writer ever discussed this doctrine. 

 

SINFUL FLESH 

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”  Phi 4:13.

We can do all things through Christ.  He doesn’t let us be tempted beyond what we are able to bear.

There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”  1Co 10:13.

Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;”  2Co 10:5.

Temptation is common, not SIN.  You inherited an environment conducive to temptation.

This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.”  Gal 5:16.

If we walk according to the Spirit, we won’t fulfill the lust of the flesh.  There is no need to blame SIN on a fictitious infection.  Adam and Eve were in a perfect environment, and all it took was temptation and their free choice.

If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.”  Heb 6:6.

Master the flesh, not ways to excuse it:

Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.”  1Jo 3:6.

He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.”  1Jo 3:8.

If we abide in Him, we do not SIN.  His commandments are not a burden to keep and obey (1Jn 5:3),  And SIN should always be a matter of “IF,” not “WHEN” for the Christian (1Jn 2:1).

Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.”  Joh 5:14.

God commands us to “go and SIN no more” (Joh 8:11) and therefore gives us the ability to do it.  

For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.  Tit 3:3.

The Holy Bible says that we WERE SINNERS:

Among whom also we all had our conversion in times PAST in the lust of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and WERE by nature the children of wrath, even as the others Eph 2:3.

The Bible says that we “WERE yet SINNERS” (Rom 5:8), that we “WERE the servants of SIN” (Rom 6:17, 20), that we “WERE disobedient” (1Pe 3:20), and “such WERE some of you” (1Co 6:11).   A great moral change occurs when you believe.  Those who are born again used to be SINNERS, but now they are referred to as “saints.”  The Bible says those who exercise saving faith “are sanctified” in this life (Act 20:32; Act 26:18; 1Co 1:2; 1Co 6:11; Heb 2:11; Heb 10:10-14; Jud 1:1).

 

For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:”  Rom 8:3.

Christians do not walk “according” to the flesh but walk “in” the flesh.  We are tempted in our flesh, but since Jesus too was tempted in the flesh, we can’t suggest that flesh in itself is sinful.  This is the only place in the Bible where we can read about “sinful flesh.”

Jesus came in the likeness of “sinful flesh” because it’s our flesh which we could potentially use to SIN.  Flesh is not sinful in itself, but we can use it to SIN by application, and we do have options.

Jesus had the option to walk according to His flesh or not; He chose to NOT walk after His flesh.  He refused the things of the world to the point they accused Him of being in rebellion to the nation and Caesar.  If we give in to temptation and choose to SIN, then we have “sinful flesh.”

Jesus was made in the likeness of men in the flesh (Php 2:7) and “flesh” is at times synonymous with men (Mat 16:17):

And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.”  Gen 6:12.

Indeed, flesh (what is physical) is necessary for the body to live out the faith the Lord works in:

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”  Gal 2:20.

Only those who have endured to the end and overcome, and do His commandments, through and by living in faith in the light of Jesus by the power of the Holy Ghost, will thereafter inherit the kingdom of God and live eternally with Christ and have access to the tree of life (Rev 2:7, Rev 22:1-2, Rev 2:14-15, 19).

Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.”  Rev 22:14.

It is always evil to SIN, and thus be dead in trespasses and SINS (Eph 2:1-7, Col 2:13).  Satan LIED to Eve and said that SINNING will NOT cause death, but trespassing the law – which is SINNING – WILL separate us from God and cause spiritual death.  We have the opportunity to repent, for once you die physically – your character is sealed.  The blood of Christ only works here, because the Holy Bible is clear that flesh and blood cannot inherit God’s kingdom (1Co 15:50).

 

Those who choose to SIN will die.  The Bible says:

For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,”  Heb 10:26.

God is not seeking to salvage something unforeseen by SIN:

Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.”  Eph 5:6.

For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:”  Col 3:6.

We can be labeled either children of God or children of the Devil depending on our life styles.  We can also read that the “children of wrath” in Ephesians 2:2, are also called “children of disobedience:”

Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.”  Eph 2:2-3.

So, it is clear that you must be able to DISOBEY – which is something that babies cannot do.  Ephesians 2, does not suggest we are BORN as children of wrath, but it provides details for how we can BECOME children of wrath by the way we live.  

For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)  Rom 2:14-15.

We can read about people who obey the law “by nature,” so apparently we are not born with a sinful nature.  God is not seeking to salvage something unforeseen by SIN.  It is merely for good purposes known only to Him that SIN exists.  He sees that the good will far outweigh the evil in an eternal existence.

SIN is a reality that enslaves the human race.  All SIN is ultimately committed against God.  SIN is the base corrupting agent in the world.  SIN is a universal problem of mankind.  SIN is in the heart (depth of being) (Jer 5:23, Jer 17:9-10).  SIN is a heart problem (Isa 29:13).

SIN was here before the Bible.  God is not the author of SIN.  There is no evil in God (Job 34:10, Deu 32:4, Psa 92:15, Jas 1:13).  God wants beings for His glory, kept of virtue resultant of free choice victory over evil and SIN.  If SIN is contained in matter, in substance; if SIN can actually be transferred from one being to another, then it is no more of choice, and victory is not yours of free will but death’s victory, the real deliverer from your “inherited body of SIN.” 

THE MANIFOLD WISDOM OF GOD 

Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.”  1Pe 1:12.

Our lives offer instruction to angels (Eph 3:10).  Angels observe man and learn important facts through our experience.  The acquiring of the knowledge of evil through observing human experience must be denied the angels unless evil is permitted to exist as an active principle in creation.

There is an incalculable value of virtuous redeemed beings.  God is not avoiding issues that arise from SIN.  He could have created innocent beings with no capacity to err.  But He desired redeemed souls purchased at an infinite cost.  The expression of such love, and exercise of such sacrifice, is possible only when SIN is present.

We are to acquire divine knowledge.  We learn by experience and revelation.  We must realize the sinfulness of SIN to attain, to any degree, to the knowledge God possesses.  We cannot attain such knowledge unless SIN exists.

The presence of SIN allows the demonstration of the Divine hatred of evil.  It is important for God to demonstrate His hatred of evil.  No judgment, wrath, or power in relation to SIN could be disclosed apart from the permitted presence of SIN.

What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction:”  Rom 9:22.

There will be a righteous judgment of all evil.  The principle of evil is to be judged by God, so, it must be brought out into an open demonstration of its actual character.  A demonstration could not be secured with SIN existing as a hypothetical issue.

The presence of SIN allows the manifestation and exercise of Divine grace.  There could be no exercise of Divine grace toward the sinful and undeserving until there were sinful and undeserving beings to begin with.  The angels had only seen God’s wisdom, power, and glory, not His grace.  They had no concept of His goodness.

How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.”  Isa 14:12-14.

The first SIN was committed by Satan, therefore it is not an action transferred biologically or spiritually.  The origin of SIN in creation, as we know it from the Holy Bible, comes from Lucifer (Eze28:12-17).  Lucifer’s first SIN was that of rebellion against, and total independence of God.

The Origin of SIN in the human race is described in (Genesis 3), and we all know that the devil had his hand in that as well.  Yet still, man had a free choice and chose not to obey God, regardless of the temptation.   

The theory of evolution purports that man began at the bottom of the moral ladder.  The Holy Bible declares that man began at the top, in God’s image, and tumbled to the bottom.  In the moral economy God was establishing on earth, SIN was a possibility, but NOT A NECESSITY.

 

But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.”  Jam 1:14.

There is no pollution of the stream of our heredity, we know that Adam and Eve had no polluted ancestry, yet they SINNED.  The cause of evil is NOT due to the sinful environment in which we live, because our first parents lived in a condition of perfection, yet they SINNED.

God gave Adam and Eve an opportunity to prove their love by a simple act of obedience, refrain from committing one thing.  God was not depriving them of anything, they did not need the fruit of the tree, and it was not necessary for their happiness or well-being.

However, MAN DOES NOT NEED SIN.  It has not added genuine pleasure to his life.  Even those who SIN against others want others to deal honestly with them (the liar expects you to tell the truth, the thief wants you to leave his stuff alone, the adulterer wants an honest spouse, the murderer wants to live).

The manner in which Satan came was a real trial, but it was not as to overwhelm Adam and Eve.  This is true of all temptation.  A successful temptation requires cooperation of the individual tempted.  SINNING is our own responsibility, and we bear the penalty.

Satan cast doubts on God’s word and His love.  The tempter came to the woman, due to the fact that God gave the command to Adam directly.  Satan’s subtle question, “Yea, hath God said?” calls into question the veracity of God’s word.  He also suggests God was keeping something back, thus questioning His love.

Eve tampered with God’s Word.  First, she added “neither shall ye touch it,” she made it appear God was unreasonable.  Second, she altered God’s word, “lest ye die,” suggesting there was only the possibility of death.  Third, she omitted “Thou shalt surely die.

Satan contradicted God’s Word (something that is still occurring with those who accept sin as being impossible to overcome), “Ye shall be as God.”  This made a strong appeal to self-centered ambition and the flesh.  The intriguing possibility of a new experience in knowing both good and now evil, an area which she may have been curious.

Eve succumbed to the temptation, “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.” (1Jn 2:16).

These are the 3 areas of temptation man is subjected to in this world.  All SIN stems from at least one of these areas (NOT BIRTH).  Eve fell for all 3.  The seed of every SIN among man is seen in this first SIN.  Adam disobeyed, Eve was deceived (2Co 11:3, 1Ti 2:14, Rom 5:12-14).

There was a necessity to God's probation of man in the Garden of Eden.  Character is the sum total of your choices.  Man was on probation until it should be shown how he would use his power of freedom of choice.

The results of man’s first SIN is seen in his attitude toward himself.  Adam and Eve immediately became conscious of their own SIN.  God had not even entered the picture, yet man knew he was a SINNER:

 

And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.”  Gen 3:7.

Man did not need another to tell him he had sinned; he knew it himself.  People today get mad at you for pointing out their SIN because they are hiding from the truth of God.  However, they know in their heart that they are sinners, thus the need for false doctrines like “sinful nature” to fig leaf the fun their flesh fancies.

Adam and Eve became conscious of 2 things, pollution and guilt.  Pollution led them to cover themselves, and guilt caused them to flee and hide when God approached.  SIN BEARS ITS STAIN ON THE SOUL, God does not put it there, and it is an inevitable result, including consciousness of guilt, because all SIN is ultimately committed against God.

Adam and Eve vainly sought to cover their SIN immediately.  Prior to SIN man needed no covering for his body.  Whether he was covered with a garment of light, the glory of God, or the spirit dominated the body instead of the body dominating the spirit, whatever their condition was, they were instantly conscious that they lost something.  Sinful man has a tendency to always try and cover up the result of his SIN, with fig leaves of self-righteousness.

Fig leafing is a common practice in the secular churches today.  The hirelings know they cannot preach the truth of God in relation to sin, because they can no longer compete with the world’s distractions.  So, what has 99.9% of the churches done, they have conformed themselves to the world in order to offer its congregants entertainment and pleasures to keep their attendance.  That is, placing a fig leaf over their sinful flesh so that their “wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked,” parishioners’ SINS are accepted and they will keep bringing their money and attendance to the service.

God is furious with this world’s religious establishments currently.  They are so far off track, and have denied God’s Spirit so much, that it will not be long before the Lord returns.

The result of man's first SIN can be seen in man’s attitude toward God.  Adam and Eve fled from the presence of God, there is something about SIN in the heart that forms an antipathy toward God.  The SINNER will flee, or only be where their SINS are allowed:

And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.”  Gen 3:8.

Adam and Eve falsely thought they could hide from God.  It is gracious to realize that though God knew what had happened, He sought the fallen pair. “Where art thou?” (Gen 3:9).

God has been taking the initiative in seeking lost Mankind ever since:

For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which is lost Luk 19:10.

The results of man’s first SIN, is seen in man’s attitude toward his fellow man.  One result of SIN is its effect on others.  Eve was not content to disobey God alone.  When God confronted her “Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?” (Gen 3:11), she immediately attempted to shift blame, instead of admitting guilt.  I have seen this first hand when my wife committed adultery and divorced me, she immediately blamed it on me.

 

Adam also blamed Eve, but there is the suggestion that he blamed God, “The woman whom thou gavest to be with me…  It is of the nature of SIN that causes man to refuse to take the responsibility on himself.  That is why the false “sinful nature” doctrine is so popular, it allows blame of SIN on something or someone other than the SINNER. 

SIN 

The definition of SIN: as indicated earlier – SIN is any want of conformity unto, or transgression of, any Law of God given as a rule to the reasonable creature.  The nature of God’s Law: we are under grace and not the CURSE and Penalty of the Law presently, which allows us the opportunity to repent (confess and forsake) SIN and allow the blood of Christ to wash away our SINS.

God’s Law is a revelation of His nature and will, it is only good.  God’s Law is not arbitrary; God says it is right because it is right.  If this were not so, He would be a despot.

God expects us to keep His Law when we know it (not that ignorance is an excuse either).  He knew of our shortcomings thus the statement, ALL HAVE SINNED.

The purpose of God’s Law is to intensify man’s knowledge of SIN. Through God’s published law man has a clearer knowledge of what SIN is:

Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.”  Rom 3:19-20.

What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.”  Rom 7:7.

Just a quick note, you are not under the law if you a led of the Spirit:

But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.”  Gal 5:18.

However, if you willfully commit sin by being led of the flesh, you are absolutely under the law:

Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;”  1Ti 1:9-10.

Having learned SIN is breaking God’s Law, SIN now takes the character of transgression:

Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful.”  Rom 7:13.

Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.”  Rom 7:12.

The Law was given to reveal the Holiness of God.  The Law was given to lead men to Christ (better, to show men their SINS and need for Christ);

For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that beleiveth Rom 10:4.

The phrase “end of the law” means the “goal,” of the law.  Faith in Christ does not end the “law:”

Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.”  Rom 3:31.

Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven. Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:  Mat 5:17-21.

“Not under the law” does not mean, “not having to follow God's Law.”  This would contradict a lot of Scripture (Eze18:20, Deu 1:39, Deu 24:16, Psa 5:4-6, Ecc 7:29, Isa 59:2, Rom 2:12-15, Rom 3:31, Rom 7:12, Rom 7:14a; Rom 7:22, Rom 7:25; Rom 8:4,7; Rom 13:8-10; Mat5:17-19, Mat 19:17; Joh 14:15, Joh 15:22, Jam 1, Jam 2, 1Jn 2:1-7, 1Jn 3:4, 1Jn 5:2-3, and 2Jn 4-6).

 

Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.”  Rom 7:4.

The believer is delivered from the curse and penalty of the Law, (NOT “free from obeying God's Law”).  Our greatest defense against SIN is to be shocked at it, when this attitude ceases, SIN has accomplished its direst results.

Guilt is just desserts of punishment for self-determined violation of Law or failure to conform to God’s Law.  It is the result of SIN in relation to God’s wrath.

There are natural results of SIN in the SINNER (guilt, disease), but wrath brings God into the picture.  Every SIN is an offense against God.  God’s holiness reacts against SIN; the reaction is “the wrath of God:”

God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.”  Psa 7:11.

He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”  Joh 3:18.

He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.”  Joh 3:36.

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;”  Rom 1:18.

Religion is a cloud, a blob.  The true believers punch through and avoid the proselyte process.  Not only does SIN (as unlikeness to the divine purity), involve pollution, it also (as an antagonism to God’s holy will), involves guilt.

Progress in SIN is marked by a diminished sensitiveness of moral insight and feeling.  There is no proof that the voice of conscience can be completely or finally silenced.  The time for repentance may pass, but not the time for remorse.  Hell would be a cooling flame, compared with the agony of remorse.

And that servant, which knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.”  Luk 12:47-48.

The Scripture makes it clear that there are degrees of guilt, and thus degrees of punishment.  This principle is recognized by the variety of sacrifices required by the different sins in Leviticus.  The New Testament suggest degrees also:

Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin.”  Joh 19:11.

Who will render to every man according to his deeds:  Rom 2:6.

For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward; How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;  Heb 2:2-3.

He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?  Heb 10:28-29.

 

There are SINS of ignorance and SINS of knowledge.  The greater the knowledge, the greater the guilt, “woe unto thee, Chorazin! Woe unto thee, Bethsaida!…” (Luk 10:13-14), the works done here were greater, so the judgement will be greater. “For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law;” (Rom 2:12), sins of ignorance will not be an excuse either.

Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.”  Psa 19:13.

There are SINS of presumption and SINS of infirmity.  The Psalmist prayed to be kept from presumptuous SINS.  Peter was determined to be true even if all others denied the Lord; but he found he did not have the strength he thought, a SIN of infirmity.  David’s SIN against Bathsheba was one of impulse, but against Uriah it was deliberate.

Peter said unto him, Though I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee. Likewise also said all the disciples.”  Mat 26:35.

There is a penalty for SIN.  God must deal with SIN.  He is the righteous judge:

Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?”  Mat 23:33.

Upon the unsaved, the penalty is the pain or loss which is directly inflicted by the Lawgiver in vindication of His justice, which ultimately will be damnation, which has been outraged by the violation of Law.  There are also natural consequences (death, mental and spiritual deterioration, and guilt).

The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.”  Psa 9:17.

But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not. For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;”  2Pe 2:1-4.

There is a difference between chastisement and punishment.  Chastisement is corrective, punishment proceeds from justice:

For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.”  Heb 12:6.

You cannot reform a murderer by executing him.  Our punishment is upon Christ, the unbeliever’s and willfully sinful is upon himself.  God does not punish the true believer, He chastises him.  His anger is not upon the faithful.

Willful SIN is a sign of unbelief, and proof of a lost condition.  We all suffer physical death because of Adam's SIN, we are ALL spiritually dead until born again, and the lost will suffer eternal death for failure to repent and exercise saving faith in Christ.

SIN is a matter of your choice, not the choice of your matter.  Matter, substance, flesh, are not proper subjects of law as the source of SIN, they are only instruments used to SIN.  Your choice is the proper subject, as it is the only thing that can violate God's law, which is the definition of SIN, you choose to SIN from free will, NO OTHER EXCUSE.



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