Are We Born Sinners?
Bro. Mike Miller
|I have always been shocked at
the extreme reactions when people hear the doctrine of original sin
questioned for the first time in their lives. Many even get rather violent
in their defense of this tenant of the Catholic Church. You would think that
to deny original sin was to deny one of the fundamentals of the faith.
I have also noticed that any doctrine that promotes the helplessness of sinners and makes excuses and explanations for their sin is very gently accepted with open hearts and minds. It doesn’t matter if it blatantly contradicts well-known Scriptures; there is no violent reaction and generally no resistance to such teachings. Doesn’t that seem a little strange?
What are the effects of denying original sin? What other doctrines depend on original sin? What Bible doctrines are put in jeopardy by rejecting original sin? Does throwing out the doctrine of original sin upset the whole biblical idea of forgiveness and atonement for sin? According to one reformed theologian everything depends upon original sin. He said, "Were this Article of faith (Original Sin) taken away, there would be no Original Sin; the promise of Christ would become void, and all the vital force of our religion would be destroyed." Wow! This doctrine really is the foundation for everything to him!
How can they look around them at this world filled with
iniquity and say that there is no need of redemption and no need of a Saviour? Why must the doctrine of original sin, as prescribed by the
Catholic Church, be true or there is no need for redemption? “All have
sinned and come short of the glory of God” is a very obvious fact, with or
without the doctrine of original sin. Sin is a reality in the world we live
in. It is pure absurdity to say that unless we accept the doctrine of
original sin there is nothing that needs fixing. This world is full of sin
and in need of a Saviour, but what it needs is a Saviour that will save them
from sinning – not just give them a free ticket to heaven while they
continue to live in sin, which is exactly what the doctrine of original sin
makes provision for.
So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God. Rom. 14:12
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. Ezek. 18:20
The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, neither shall the children be put to death for the fathers: every man shall be put to death for his own sin. Deut. 24:16; 2 Kings 14:6; 2 Chron 25:4
In those days they shall say no more, The fathers have eaten a sour grape, and the children’s teeth are set on edge. But every one shall die for his own iniquity: every man that eateth the sour grape, his teeth shall be set on edge. Jer. 31:29-30
The Bible couldn’t be clearer about this matter.
Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. Rom. 8:37
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
For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God. Heb. 7:19
For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. 1 John 5:4
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. 1 John 3:8 (speaks of continual, habitual sin)
If we get rid of the doctrine of original sin we will have
to stop calling ourselves a sinner after we are saved. That would be a good
thing, because that is an idea that is wrong, misleading, and leads to many
other false teachings and misunderstandings about what salvation is and what
it does for a person. We have all heard it a thousand times: “I am just a
sinner, saved by grace.” People think it sounds more spiritual and humble to
say that about themselves. Apparently, they don’t stop to consider how God
feels about such a testimony. After all that He has done for them to save
them and give them life and they wallow in self pity and phony humility!
They should be giving God glory by rejoicing in the victory, thanking God
for deliverance from the bondage of sin.
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Eph. 2:8
Salvation is available because “while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.”
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16
God has no desire to see anyone perish, but neither does
He owe salvation to any man. God didn’t provide the means for us to be saved
out of obligation, but out of love, mercy, and goodness. It is such an
obvious fact to anyone who is acquainted with the Bible that it would be a
waste of time to keep laboring to prove this point.
For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. 2 John 1:7
Allow me to explain: Original sin says that flesh is evil, and that this evil is passed from generation to generation. Defenders of this doctrine use these verses out of Job to prove that a sinner always produces another sinner naturally:
Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? not one. Job 14:4
What is man, that he should be clean? and he which is born of a woman, that he should be righteous? Job 15:14
The humanity of Jesus Christ is very plainly taught in the Bible. Without the humanity of Christ all the promises of God concerning salvation are empty and meaningless.
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. John 1:14
Jesus was made flesh – the same flesh that we are made of. His was not some special kind of flesh that was invincible to sin, but the same as ours in all points.
Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; Heb. 2:14
Jesus didn’t just lower himself a little and become an angel – He came all the way down to where we are. He didn’t have the nature of an angel, but of a normal man.
For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham. Heb. 2:16
Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. Heb. 2:17
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
The Bible teaches plainly that Jesus was in all respects a
man. He had a human body and was born of a woman, who offered her sin
offering as prescribed by Moses after He was born. He hungered, He thirsted,
He wept, He laughed, He grew weary, He rested, and He slept. He was angry,
He felt compassion on others, He loved, and He lived and died just like
other men live and die. Just as we are partakers of flesh and blood, “he
also himself likewise took part OF THE SAME.” He was IN ALL THINGS …made
like unto his brethren.” Now, either Jesus was born with a sinful nature,
just like we are – or we ARE NOT born with a sinful nature. He was made like
us IN ALL THINGS. The defenders of original sin refuse to give up the idea
that we are born with a sinful nature, yet they say Christ was not. In order
to do this they must deny the humanity of Christ. According to them, his
body was NOT like ours. Besides contradicting all the above Scriptures they
are clearly guilty of what 2 John 7 warns - that people who promote this
teaching are antichrist.
These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. John 16:33
Blood always represents life in the Bible – not death.
Jesus shed his blood (and gave his life) so that we might have eternal life.
That blood represented the sinless, victorious life that Jesus lived while
on earth in a body of flesh just like ours, and the resurrection proves it.
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