Are We Born Sinners?
Bro. Mike Miller
|Second most common objection:
Are you saying that we do not have a sinful nature, or that we aren't prone to sin?
No! Of course the fact that mankind is prone to sin is very obvious. It is a foolish person indeed who would deny that fact. The natural man is much more inclined to sin than to righteousness. However, the problem doesn’t lie in our genes, our blood, or our physical makeup. Our physical body is not the problem – the HEART is the problem! We cannot blame our tendency to sin on a bad gene we inherited from our parents because that simply isn’t true! Jesus said:
But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: – Matt. 15:18-19
Your body is not really you. Your body is the temporary house you live in while on this earth. It is made of dust and it will return to the dust when you are finished with it. The body is simply the means God gave us to function in and experience this physical world. The body has no will of its own. The body does not make decisions and choices. However, the body does need some things. It needs food and water. It needs to be cleaned and comforted. It needs rest. God created a mechanism for the body to let us know when it needs something. It is called natural desire or “lust.” These are natural desires that God gave us so that we can respond and take care of the needs of the body. These desires work through the five senses – sight, hearing, taste, touch, and smell. The soul that lives in the body is the one who makes the decisions and choices about what the body gets to look at, to consume, to listen to, or to experience. Your soul finds pleasure in fulfilling these natural desires. Everyone likes to eat. Everyone likes to be comfortable. Everyone likes anything that “feels good.” God made us that way and then He designed all of creation so we could take care of those physical needs, and enjoy it while we did it. But for our own good, and also to show forth the order and pattern of the Godhead, God put boundaries around all of these desires and their fulfillment. The problem arises when the desire for these things becomes so consuming that we disregard God’s boundaries (law).
Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge. – Heb. 13:4
And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite. Prov. 23:2
James 1 tells us that when lust hath conceived, or has taken control, it brings forth sin. When our lusts run out of control sin will be the result.
Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. – James 1:15
Lust is a matter of the heart. The body is the vehicle through which we experience it. It isn’t that your body is demanding it – it is the fact that the affections of your heart are set on it. People eat when they aren’t even hungry. They buy things they do not need. They seek for that in which they can take pleasure because they are lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God. It isn’t sinful to meet your needs, but when lust goes beyond that and becomes the driving force of your life you are in trouble. Scripture bears witness to the fact that lust is an issue of the heart:
So I gave them up unto their own hearts’ lust: and they walked in their own counsels. – Psa. 81:12
Lust not after her beauty in thine heart; neither let her take thee with her eyelids. Prov. 6:25
Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts
of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Rom.
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 …– Ezek. 18:20
The Bible is very plain in the above verse that guilt cannot be
passed from one person to another either. This verse totally contradicts the
doctrine of original sin. It teaches the same truth found throughout the
Bible – that every man will give account of HIMSELF to God. A just God will
not charge anyone with someone else’s sin. He will never transfer someone
else’s guilt to you. What an ungodly doctrine! If we are guilty of Adam’s
sin, then why aren’t we guilty of the sins of every one of our ancestors
since Adam? Why is it ONLY Adam’s sin that we inherited? If it is a physical
matter and in our blood then we should be guilty of all the accumulated sin
of every generation since Adam. What a ridiculous idea! What blasphemy
against God and his Word! If sin is physical then there are many other
verses of Scripture that simply cannot make sense.
For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Titus 2:11-12
The Bible is clear that those who are saved are made partakers of the “divine nature.” They are overcomers and not practicing sinners any longer.
Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. – 2 Pet. 1:4
We are not denying that man is prone to sin. We are saying that the tendency to sin is of your own making. It is not something in your physical makeup that you were born with. It is a matter of the heart and not a matter of the physical body.
Next Part: What About All Those Scriptures That Teach We Are Born Sinful?