Original Sin? Inherited Sin? Is Adam Responsible?
Man is created in the image of God at the moment of conception and is not a condemned sinner at birth. A baby is not guilty of sin until their “youth” – at the age of accountability (Gen. 1:26-27; 9:6; Num 16:22; 2 Kin 21:16; 24:4; Psa 139: 13-14; Ecc 7:29; 12:7; Isa 42:5; 57:16; Jer 1:5; Eze 18:4; Joel 3:19; Zech. 12:1; Rom 9:11; 1 Co 11:7; Heb 12:9; Jas 3:9). Only the physical body is derived from Adam and Eve which is now subject to death and disease. (Gen 1:21; 3:22; 1 Co 15:21-22; 15:38-39; Heb 2:14).
The guilt of the first parents is NOT imputed to their physical offspring (Deu 24:16; 2 Kings 14:6; 2 Chr 25:4; Ez 18:2-4; 18:19-20; Jer 31:29-30). Man retains an aspect of light (conscience) upon coming into the world and has natural ability to select vice or virtue APART from divine coercion because he is endowed with the gift of free will by his Creator (Gen 4:6-7; Deut 30:11; 30:19; Isa 1:16-20; Ez 18:30-32; Jer 8:11; Matt 23:37; Lk 6:46; Jn 1:9; 16:8; Acts 5:32; 17:30; Ro 1:18-21; 2:12-16; 6:17; 2 Co 7:1; 2 Tim 2:21; Jas 4:7-10; 1 Pe. 1:22; Rev 22:17) Man corrupts himself and becomes ‘dead in sin’ by choice when he personally and consciously commits iniquity. (Gen 6:12; 8:2; Deut. 32:5; Jud 2:19; Isa. 7:15-16; 59:2; Ez 18:19-20; Lk 15:24; 15:32; Ro 2:7-8; 3:23; 5:12; 6:23; Eph 2:1-3; Col 1:21; Jas. 4:17; 1 Pe 1:18; Jude 10; 1 John 3:4). Sinful man is an enemy, abhorred and detested by God. (Psa 5:6; 6:8; 7:11; 11:5; Matt 16:23; Ro 3:10-18; 5:10; 8:5-8; Col 1:21; Eph 2:3; Jas. 4:4; 1 Jn 2:15-16). Man is destined to the UN-quenchable ‘lake which burns with fire and brimstone’, unless he repents of sin and is reconciled to God through the Blood of Jesus Christ. (Matt 3:12; 5:22; 5:29-30; 7:19; 7:23; 25:41; Mk 9:42-48; 10:42-28; Lk 3:9; 13:3; 16:19-31; 2 Thess 1:8-9; Rev 21:8).
If flesh is inherently sinful, why does Ezekiel say we need a heart of flesh (Eze 11:19, 36:26)? Sure, man has a propensity to sin without being born-again and “all have sinned”, that is a fact. The principalities and proers of darkness are at work in this fallen world, so, without Christ, there is no hope and one will ultimately end up in eternal hellfire lest they repent and truly come to Jesus.
Jesus will change your life when you do as He commands; such as crucify your flesh, go and sin no more, depart from iniquity, work it out, strive, dig deep, prove you love and fear Him by your life and witness, etc.
Gradual sinning less and less if from the devil, gradual aka progressive sanctification is NO sanctification, and just hay and stubble on judgment day.
Death of the old man MUST occur in bitter repentance first, hence your first and last works, IF you truly die to self and are truly born again.
Those born from above and are of the seed of God sin no more, they are dead, and dead men do not willfully sin. They walk in the Spirit, guard their heart from satan’s attacks, and the dead things of the world, stand fast in prayer and in the word, and get grounded in the truth so they can “put it on”, and walk as Jesus walked, dead to the word, alive to God perfect in all purity, sincerity and love.
“Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance.” Matt 3:8 4:17, Luke 3:8, etc.
What are Deeds Worthy of Repentance? Biblical defined they are:
‘Something that carries weight of value, to merit something worthy of gaining’.
Basically it’s what PROVES you have repented of your sins: “that they should repent, turn to God, and do works befitting repentance.” Acts 26:20
Deeds worthy of repentance are forgotten today, ALL works to the professing “church” is thrown out for the repeat after me, greasy grace, saved in sin gospel where they accept a provision instead of accepting their free will choice to die first in bitter repentance to prepare their heart and soul to be useful the Master.
No real repentance, no death of the old man, no redemption in Christ!
John 9:30-34 The man answered and said to them, “Why, this is a marvelous thing, that you do not know where He is from; yet He has opened my eyes! 31 Now we know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does His will, He hears him. 32 Since the world began it has been unheard of that anyone opened the eyes of one who was born blind. 33 If this Man were not from God, He could do nothing.” 34 They answered and said to him, “You were completely born in sins, and are you teaching us?” And they cast him out.
Romans 5:13-14 For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law. (14) 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.”
What’s the point? Sin was in the world from Adam to Moses but the Mosaic law was not accounted to them. But, because all sinned (Romans 3:23) all die spiritually. They all died physically because they no longer had access to the tree of life. Do you remember the two books where the tree of life is mentioned?
Death is the consequence of sin: Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
All Have sinned: Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God”
We agree that all men have sinned and will do so until the New Heaven & New earth is established. But, it is not because God has made men sinners, but because every human in the flesh has rebelled against their Creator, separated from Him in rebellion.
Summary: All humans have sinned of their own free-will choice. God did not supernaturally change man when Eve and Adam sinned. In Genesis 4 we see God talking to Cain telling him that sin was at his door and he should rule over it. Sin is breaking God’s law. 1st John 3:4 states people die spiritually when they sin against God (break His moral law) and are separated from Him. Isaiah 59:1-2 states that He won’t even hear a sinners prayers. This is confirmed in John 9:31 as well. Because access to the tree of Life is removed from them (sinners) they will continue to live and die in their flesh because they sinned, not because it was “inherited”. We see the Tree of Life show up again in the book of Revelation. We do know that they did not immediately die physically when they sinned so this must be spiritual death, not physical…
Where in scripture does it say Jesus is our righteousness? Or He obeyed for us? It’s about our obedience to HIS calling and ordinances (the moral law which was from the beginning). He who does what is right (strive unto holiness and go an sin no more) is declared righteous. Those who don’t obey Him and live for the flesh are the unrighteousness ones (1st John 3-7).
The Condition of acceptance to God, integrity, virtue, purity of life, rightness, a state of approval by God.
Faith is revealed in righteousness, Romans 1:17, because faith “works by love and purifies the heart by Obedience to the truth” Galatians 5:6, 1st Peter 1:22. John 3:7 Clarifies one must be born-again and 1st John 3:7 states “Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.”
Virtue and purity CANNOT be transferred. No one can do what is right for you or in your place. To be pure as He is pure, you DO what He did, OBEY. 1st John 2:6 “He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.” 1st John 3:3 clearly explains what YOU must do… “And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.”
That’s the exceeding righteousness Christ said you require to enter His Kingdom (working with the Holy Spirit of course). Matthew 5:20 “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.” If Trusting in His virtue and purity is enough for us to be “declared Righteous” regardless of our obedience, WHY didn’t He say so? The deceived pundits keep telling people that no one can be righteous (Rom 3:10) because all have sinned. (Rom 3:23) What they are really saying is this:
No one can do anything right (live righteous and biblically perfect as commanded)
All are born morally depraved sinful wretches and can’t turn on their own free-will to true repentance without God doing it for them (as in forcing them to repent)
If they could do anything right (as righteousness) they could save self and wouldn’t need God (THE STRAWMAN).
It’s a multiple layered deception of immense proportion. Under it ANY Suggestion that man can do something right in the sight of God is considered demonic heresy. Consequently, most people who profess Christ are in a stalemate between knowing they should do what is right but being told they CAN’T do it and it has no merit anyway toward the outcome of their salvation. Yet, the Bible constantly says that a person MUST Produce DEEDS WORTHY of their faith or they will NEVER enter the Kingdom.
1 Co 15:21 “For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.”
1 Co 15:22 “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.”
“Born a sinner” is of the devil and teaches that a person cannot obey God.
Paul in Romans 3 is quoting from Psalm 14 that compares the wicked to the righteous. The demonic doctrine of “I cannot obey, You made me this way” known as “Inherited Sin” is based on several passages of scripture taken out of context and pieced together to form the demonic doctrine upholding rebellion against God. God gave us commandments. Man rebelled and blamed their sin on God.
– The truth is that God is ever merciful. He created man good, and man rebelled.
– Each day that sinful man is alive is a testimony to the goodness of God.
– Morning by morning His mercy is made new. He could destroy everyone, but He does not.
– He makes the sun to shine on the evil as well as the good. And God wants all to come to repentance.
– He created us with a FREE WILL and the ABILITY to serve Him.
– It is not “working” to obey the commandments of Jesus with the free will and ability He created us with. It’s faith, a true, working faith that saves.
– We are to obey God out of faith and love shown by what we do.
God made man in HIS image, not the image of the devil. God created man good with a good conscience and because of a wicked, fallen world and a lifetime of sinful choices and rebellion, sin became “second nature”.
There are several passages of scripture that are frequently used and taken out of context, to teach “Born in Sin”:
1) Psalm 51:5 “Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.”
David is telling us that his MOTHER was in sin his when he was conceived. Nowhere in the passage does he tell us he was “born a sinner” or that he was created to sin.
He was formed “IN SIN”. NOT “WITH SIN”. A very big difference. But the sinner that loves his sin, will overlook the thousands of clear and plain passages commanding him to obey and fear God, and go running to this passage for comfort. A very dangerous place to be. CLICK HERE for a detailed explanation on why David’s mother was in sin when she conceived David.
Deuteronomy 24:16 “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.”
2) Ecclesiastes 7:20 “For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.”
When quoted out of context, it would seem to uphold the doctrine.We must read passages in context. The entire bible is written to everyone, but we must also consider who the passage was originally written to so we can get a better idea of what the teaching is. The Book of Ecclesiastes is a bibliography by “The Preacher”. If we read just a few passages before toward the beginning of the thought, we read:
Ecclesiastes 7:15 “All things have I seen in the days of my vanity: there is a just man that perisheth in his righteousness, and there is a wicked man that prolongeth his life in his wickedness.”
Now we get a clearer picture. The preacher, telling of the time he lives in that the righteous men have died, and the wicked live long.
3) Isaiah 45:7 “I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these thing.”
If you are walking in sin, and not after the Spirit, you will be lead by a spirit of error that will deceive you to blaming God for your immorality.
What this passage is telling us is the same thing the entire bible is telling us. God has made man righteous, man rebelled. God warns the creation that to those who obey, He will send peace, to those who rebel, God will send evil or calamity.
This passage is a warning to the wicked. In just 2 verses down we read the warning. Isaiah 45:9 “Woe unto him that striveth (ARGUE/CONTEND) with his Maker (WHO COMMANDS THEM TO OBEY)! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth. Shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, What makest thou? or thy work, He hath no hands?”
God is warning the “CLAY” that He made to stop arguing with Him. Stop striving with God, and obey. Submit your will to your Creator.
God created man uprightly:
Ecclesiastes 7:29 “Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright; but THEY HAVE SOUGHT OUT many inventions.”
And raised man in righteousness:
Isaiah 45:13 “I have raised him up in righteousness, and I will direct all his ways: he shall build my city, and he shall let go my captives, not for price nor reward, saith the LORD of hosts.”
Man rebelled and “argued” against him. Strived against God and rebelled.
Ezekiel 18:30 “Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the Lord GOD. Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin.”
Isaiah 45:7 is a very warning that we the clay are not to argue with our creator. “For those who rebel, God will send or create evil or “calamity”, for those who obey, God will send peace.”
This Holy and stern warning from God has been perverted into an excuse for sin.
There are two types of death;
(1) Physical death were you are separated from your body… And because of sin, the sinner no longer has access to the Tree of Life.
(2) Spiritual death where you are separated from your Creator… This is the death spoken of when the Bible says “The wages of sin are death.” and “Your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God.”
Anyone telling you that your sinning will not separate you from your Creator is simply echoing the lie told to Eve in the garden in Genesis 3:4 “You shall surely not die!” Jesus came to save His people FROM their sins (Matt 1:21) not IN their sins.
Jesus commands you to REPENT of all the known sin in your life and to FORSAKE those sins and to put your faith in the atonement of Christ for the pardon of those past sins!
Sinning with impunity or believing you have “Free Sins” is theological fantasy and will separate you from God… and unless repented of, that separation will last for time without end!
For example…Homosexuals Are Not Born Homosexuals
Homosexuals often cover and excuse their evil acts of perversion by saying they were born homosexuals. And if the teaching is true that men are born sinners, homosexuals are right to say they were born homosexuals. For they were born homosexuals if they were born sinners. Also they are right to excuse their evil acts of perversion. For if they were born sinners, they were born homosexuals; and if they were born homosexuals they can no more be blamed for their evil acts of perversion than the brute beasts can be blamed for being born brute beasts. Likewise the alcoholic cannot be blamed for his drinking if it is true he was born with the “disease of alcoholism.” In fact the murderer, the rapist, and all other sinners have a perfect and legitimate excuse for all their sins if they were born “sinners”. But God never excuses the murderer or the drunkard or the rapist or the homosexual or any other sinner for his sins. For God created all men with a good nature, and for men to sin they must go against their nature: they must sin “against God’s nature”. All sin is a corruption of man’s original design (nature), it’s a perversion of man’s nature. It is rebellion against our true nature–it’s rebellion against the “law of God written in our hearts” and against the God who has written his law in our hearts. No man is born a sinner. No man is born with the “disease of alcoholism.” No man is born a homosexual, it’s clearly “against nature” (unnatural):
“Even their women did change the natural use into that which is AGAINST NATURE.” Romans 1:26
“Also the men LEAVING THE NATURAL USE of the woman, burned in their lusts one toward another.” Romans 1:27
“Neither shalt thou lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination. Neither shalt thou lie with any beast to defile thyself therewith: neither shall any woman stand before a beast to lie down thereto: it is confusion.” Leviticus 19:22-23
“God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions.” Ecclesiastes 7:29
“Born a sinner” is a lie. Sin is a choice, not a physical thing.
“Lo, this only have I found, that God hath MADE MAN UPRIGHT; but they have sought out many inventions.” Ecclesiastes 7:29
“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.” Deuteronomy 24:16