Are We Born Sinners?
Bro. Mike Miller
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How Can We Sin Without a Sinful Nature?
Original sin is such a deception! Adam did not commit the “original sin” – Lucifer did. Lucifer sinned while in a perfect environment in heaven. A third of the angels in heaven followed him and sinned also. All of these had no sinful nature and were not even surrounded or influenced by a world full of sin and depravity, yet they sinned. Adam and Eve were in a perfect environment in the garden. They were blessed by a visit from God himself at least twice a day. The lived in a world without sin and they definitely did not have a sinful nature, yet they sinned, also.
Those examples alone are proof enough for any reasonable person to realize that a sinful nature is not necessary in order to sin. There is no such thing as a “sinful nature” even mentioned in the Bible – unless you use a modern perversion of the Scriptures like the NIV. You WILL find it in one of those books, but not in the Word of God. The cause of sin is not a sinful nature, but is stated very simply in James 1:14-16.
But every man is tempted, when he
is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived,
it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
Do not err, my beloved brethren. James 1:14-16
For with the heart man believeth
unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
The Atonement through the blood of
Christ is the only means by which these things can be accomplished. A person
simply cannot stop loving this world and the things of the world until he
falls in love with Jesus Christ. When you really see what God has done to
redeem your soul from sin through Christ you will love him.
But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. Do not err, my beloved brethren. – James 1:14-6
The word “lust” does not imply evil in itself. To prove that point take a look at some other verses where this same word is translated “desire” and there is obviously no evil connotation:
For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them. – Matt. 13:17
And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer: – Luke 22:15
For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: – Phil. 1:23
So lust is NOT a sinful nature!
Lust is natural desire. This IS something you were created with, but it is
something that reaches beyond the physical. Our modern day scientists are
creating robots that can imitate a living creature in many ways. They are
making robots shaped like humans that walk upright on two legs. They are
making robots as small as flies that can fly and carry cameras to spy on the
enemy soldiers. They are making robots that catch insects and “digest” them
with chemicals to generate their own energy to continue operating. However,
there is one thing that they cannot, and will never be able to put into a
robot, and that is DESIRE. It is not a physical thing, but a part of the
soul. It is something that God put in man because he was made a “living
soul” in the image of God. Man has corrupted this gift of God by fulfilling
these desires outside the boundaries in which God established for them to
operate. It is man’s heart that has become evil. You do not inherit that
from Adam – it is the result of your own choices, decisions, and actions.
You were made a living soul of infinite value and you have LOST that soul by
becoming a sinner. You have SET YOUR AFFECTIONS on the things of the world
and turned your back on God. You have set up enmity between you and God
because of your sin. The whole intent and thrust of the Atonement is to
reconcile you to God through the Lord Jesus Christ.
Eve had a natural desire for
knowledge and that was not sinful. The serpent played on that desire and
pointed her at something that was forbidden. God had clearly set the
boundary and she knew it. But with a little lie, and a little encouragement
and influence from an evil being she let her desire control her in spite of
God’s commandment. After she sinned against God she went and gave it to Adam
and he followed her in her transgression. She justified what she had done
and saw no wrong in it. She thought it was so great that she recommended it
to someone else – even he whom she loved. They immediately thought God was
their enemy and hid themselves from him. That is exactly the pattern and
result of the sin of every person ever born. It is so plain and the road to
sin never changes. It is mapped out clearly and happens the same way EVERY
SINGLE TIME. Yet men, with the help of the devil, have created a false
doctrine that teaches they sin because they cannot help it. They imagine it
to be a physical flaw in their earthly bodies that compels them to sin and
they call it a “sinful nature” or the doctrine of original sin.
He that is unjust, let him be
unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that
is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be
holy still. – Rev. 22:11
For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
The Bible teaches that living under the control of our lust is something that happened in the past, but NOT after we are saved. Notice that being under the control of lust is put in the past tense of all these verses:
And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. – Gal. 5:24
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. 2:3
That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; – Eph. 4:22
For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. – Titus 3:3
As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: – 1 Pet. 1:14
For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries: – 1 Pet. 4:3
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
Why under heaven would anyone want to abandon and ignore the wonderful promises of the Word of God to delight in the bondage of sin? What a wonderful thing to know freedom from sin! What a miracle to be delivered from the bondage and misery of a sinful lifestyle – right here and now! Salvation is not a “pie in the sky – bye and bye” – it is REAL deliverance from sin in THIS PRESENT WORLD.
Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father: – Gal. 1:4
Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? – 1 John 5:5
THAT is the message and power of the Gospel that once turned the world upside down. THAT is the message that has brought every great awakening and true revival that has ever happened. If modern Christianity would preach true deliverance from sin and throw out all the doctrines of devils that excuse, misrepresent, and even condone sin, we might see a revival in our time. Sin is the great problem of the universe. Until we face that fact, and get our doctrine straight on what it is, where it originates, what causes it, and what the cure is, we will remain under its bondage and the church will continue to grow more and more corrupt and powerless.
Next part: Are you teaching sinless perfection? (coming soon)