Evidence for the Historic Christian Doctrine of Original Sin

Scripture says that we are born sinners and that we are by nature sinners

Psalm 51:5 states that we all come into the world as sinners: “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me.”

Ephesians 2:2 says that all people who are not in Christ are “sons of disobedience.”

Ephesians 2:3 says that we are all “by nature children of wrath.” If we are all “by nature children of wrath,”

God did not create mankind sinful, but due to Adam’s disobedience sin came upon all men in that all have sinned.

Scriptures say that mankind is born into sin and must e born again and given a new nature in order to be saved. “Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child.” Genesis 8:21 says “…the intent of man’s heart is evil from his youth.”

According to Ephesians 2:1-3, all mankind are BY NATURE are the children of wrath.

And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest.

“By one man’s disobedience many [that is, all men] were made sinners”:

“sin came into the world through one man and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all men sinned…” Rom 5:12,19

“Then as one man’s trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one man’s act of righteousness leads to acquittal and life for all men.” Rom 5:18

Psalm 14:2, 3 we read: “The Lord has looked down from heaven upon the sons of men, to see if there are any who understand, who seek after God. They have all turned aside; together they have become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one.”

“What is man, that he should be pure, or he who is born of a woman, that he should be righteous? Behold, He puts no trust in His holy ones, And the heavens are not pure in His sight; How much less one who is detestable and corrupt, Man, who drinks iniquity like water!”” Job 15:14-16

According to the bible original sin is the product of the human heart so therefore since the human heart is sinful, therefore all humans are sinful.

“the heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; who can understand it.” Jeremiah 17:9

“…the hearts of the sons of men are full of evil, and insanity is in their hearts through their lives.”  Ecclesiastes 9:3

Questions for those who do not agree with the doctrine of original sin: If men are born innocent and good, why aren’t there at least some people who have continued in this state and remained sinless? The fact that everybody sins needs some kind of explanation. If people are born morally good and are able to keep the law, then how did it come about that these so called “good” people have historically dwelt in sinful societies and that they have not influenced people to refrain from sin? The only answer is given in the bible…ALL ARE SINNERS, ALL FALL SHORT OF GOD’S GLORY,ALL HAVE BROKEN GOD’S LAW BECAUSE ALL ARE BORN INTO SIN, ALL MEN HAVE A SIN NATURE AND BELONG TO THE DEVIL

First John 3:10 speaks of “the children of the devil.” To be a child of the devil means to be begotten of the devil and therefpore  to have the devil’s life and nature. Cain was of the evil one, the devil, and so is everyone who commits sin (1 John 3:12, 8).

In John 8:44 the Lord Jesus said, “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do.” The fact that the devil is the father of fallen man means that fallen man has been begotten of the devil, or born into sin. Both John the Baptist and the Lord Jesus called the religious ones a “generation of vipers” (Matt. 3:7; 23:33), that is, the offspring of vipers. All these verses reveal that fallen men are children of Satan, possessing Satan’s life and nature.


Where exactly does the doctrine of men being born “inherently good” come from? The answer is HUMANISM!

“The concept of nature as a standard by which to make judgments was a basic presupposition in Greek philosophy. Specifically, “almost all” classical philosophers accepted that a good human life is a life in accordance with nature.” Strauss, Leo (1953), Natural Right and History, University of Chicago Press, p. 92:95

This doctrine has its origins in the Soctaticatic philosophy which invaded the early church.  This doctrine is still preached among more modern humanists and atheists such as John Locke,David Hume, Jean Jacques Rouseau,Freud and Darwin.

The Christian humanist rejects the essential doctrine of original sin thus perverting the gospel of Jesus Christ and preaching “another’ gospel, not taught in scriptures.

Irenaean theology Debunked

Irenaeus taught that man is born in the state of nature inherently good.(above scriptures challenge that humanist idea)

Irenaeus saw the purpose of the world as to develop the moral character of humans; he believed that a good world would be a world that is best suited to that purpose. (Not only does the bible reject this idea but history and science (genetics)debunk it.

Irenaeus taught that the atonement was to offer Jesus as a ransom to the devil or “classical theory.”

(note:word Faith embrace this doctrine)

Augustine opposed this doctrine and clarified scripture that the atonement was to appease the WRATH OF GOD not the devil.  In fact scriptures teach that Jesus came to satisfy the wrath of God for sin because of disobedience to the law which according to the bible was given to lead us to Christ. Man cannot keep the law so God sent Jesus to take our punishment for us and also to die to destroy the POWER OF SIN which came in through the curse of the law. Since Jesus kept the law thus fulfilling the law and those who receive Jesus Christ are imputed (accredited with) Christ righteousness.

We must keep in mind that some “Christians” of the early period of the church were defined as heritics such as Simon Magus, Marcion, Montanus, and Valentinus ,so because a person started out in the early era of Christianity does not mean that their doctrine should be approved,it still needs to be tested against scripture. Irenaeus (ca. 130–202AD), while maintaining some truths learned under Polycarp, also sought to accommodate to the new direction of Roman theology in the name of “church unity”. Justin Martyr (ca. 95–167AD) also molded the thinking of Irenaeus, bishop of Lyons who believed that the God of Plato was also the God of the Bible (Ogwyn J. God’s Church Through the Ages. Living Church of God Booklet, 2003).

Irenaeus heard Polycarp, but still made agreements with Rome that disagreed with Polycarp’s teachings. Irenaeus knew that Justin did not agree with Polycarp, yet he approved of Justin and seems to have prefered to be influenced more by him that by Polycarp.

Irenaeus supported the Roman Church even though Irenaeus knew they tolerated heretics that had earlier been condemned by Polycarp. He knew that Polycarp had the original faith that the apostles had, but did not stand up for it.

 From Tertullian:

Where was Marcion then, that shipmaster of Pontus, the zealous student of Stoicism? Where was Valentinus then, the disciple of Platonism? For it is evident that those men lived not so long ago,—in the reign of Antoninus for the most part,—and that they at first were believers in the doctrine of the Catholic Church, in the church of Rome under the episcopate of the blessed Eleutherus, until on account of their ever restless curiosity, with which they even infected the brethren, they were more than once expelled (Tertullian. The Prescription against Heretics, Chapter 30. Translated by Peter Holmes. Electronic Version Copyright © 2006 by Kevin Knight. All rights reserved).

Church historians recognize Irenaeus as one of the major contributors to the emergence of a unified, Catholic Christianity. He had no understanding of original sin or inherited guilt. According to him, the Fall of Adam and Eve is not a rebellion against God. It represents humanity’s failure to rise to greater things, not a loss of original perfection. This is a quite different view of the Fall of man taught by later writers such as Augustine. Irenaeus suggested that without death and other evils we would never repent. Evil comes from God; ultimately it serves a good purpose that things that seem evil, such as death, are planned by God. They help us learn about good and evil by experience and, ultimately, learn to choose freely what is right. But Irenaeus’ view of the fall has no Scriptural basis.

Irenaeus regards the Son of God as the invisible Father made visible and he places little emphasis on Christ’s death. His view of the atonement is based on the incarnation in which according to him, God is “born by his own created order which he himself bears.”  Irenaeus brings together the Biblical theme of a fallen creation with the incarnation. He argues that the Son “became man amongst men, visible and palpable, in order to abolish death, to demonstrate life, and to effect communion with God and man.” (note:this doctrine is also espoused by the Mormons)

Irenaeus recognized New Testament 25 books and letters, or every book except Philemon and 3 John which interestingly enough say, ” I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.” 3 John 4 and ” The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.”  Philemon 25

Irenaeus uses the writings of Plato in order to support his false doctrine rather than scriptures. For more info check out the link. http://www.jstor.org/discover/10.2307/1583336?uid=3739400&uid=2129&uid=2&uid=70&uid=3737720&uid=4&sid=47698860849407

For more info on Irenaeus and his doctrine of the Soctaticatic philosophy please refer to the following e-book which exposes Irenaeus as being educated in the Greek classics and even quotes them in much of his writings


Why is the doctrine of Irenaeus so anti Christ?  For this reason : It’s not just our actions that make us sinners, otherwise, Christ could have been born through two human parents and His actions would still be sinless. it was for this reason that because Jesus took on human flesh that he had a virgin birth which was to bypass the sin nature of man and have sinless blood.

“For the life of man is in the blood” scriptures say which confirms that sin is passed down genetically.

What the teaching of “no original sin” is saying is that no one dies spiritually until they sin. This would mean that everyone is born innocent (perfect), just like Adam was made, just like Jesus, (without ever having a virgin birth).  The “Christian” humanist does not have a biblical perspective on the interpretation of sin which according to scripture means not only  “to miss the mark” of perfection of God’s goal, but it also carries the concept of separation from God, which we all share in. It is through Adam’s sin which was a representative act that all humanity is found guilty of sin because Adam’s sin was reckoned to their account having sinned in him. Adam was the first man of the human race and from him flows man’s fallen nature which is passed on through the bloodline because the bible says that “the life is in the blood“.

Augustine challenged this view of Irenaeus and Pelagius which was promoted it in the 5th century.  Augustine taught (which agrees with scripture) that the fallen race of mankind is helpless to do any good until grace falls upon him. When God by his grace touches a person’s life then taht person is then able to come to God and do good that is required of him. This is known in reform theology as “total depravity“.  Irenaeus and Pelagius view was rejected by the reformers and called heresy which should also be rejected today.

The bible says that all men are dead spiritually and held captive the sin nature which is Satan’s nature. Before a new birth we cannot choose and practice Gods laws. We do not have the ability to change our own moral state and so we need to be given a new nature. (the born again nature)

Only deeds done in Christ are spiritually acceptable to God. Other deeds outside Christ are done with the works of the flesh even though they can still accomplish good because even the “good” of man is evil having selfish motives. Real obedience to God is found by yeilding our selfish control of our vessels and yielding to the Spirit of God who lives inside those born again. The Bible says that ” The heart (man’s spirit) is deceitfully wicked out of which flow all kinds of evils.”  The only  way to change that is to have a changed heart by God which comes from the new birth to the heart (spirit) of man. To deny the sin nature of man which is passed on to all humanity is to reject the true gospel of Jesus Christ and believe another gospel,one which is humanist, centered on man,his will,his ability and his achievments rather than God’s power and glory.




Salvation is a divine work of God. Man does not cooperate with God in his own salvation. God alone determines who shall be saved, and God alone accomplishes the work of salvation.

Salvation is of the Lord. The will to come to Christ is the outcome of God’s unconditional, free and Sovereign election.

God determines Sovereignly who shall be saved, and who shall not be saved. Salvation is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy and according to His Sovereign good pleasure, God is merciful to whom He will be merciful, and whom He will He hardeneth.

Gods Sovereignty is not limited by the will of man. God performs his will and does not need to depend on man. Yes, indeed he uses vessels meet for his use refined in the fire but these vessels are also a divine work of God. Prepared for glory.

Only through the Sovereign, irresistible grace of God in Christ, that draws the sinner does he give eyes to see and ears to hear, and a heart to desire after Him. So that no flesh will ever glory in His presence!

We have nothing to boast in…no works of any kind. Just to be blessed by God’s mercy to the undeserving sinner. That is why it is called AMAZING GRACE !

John 6:44

 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him.

John 6:65

  And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father

The term “whosoever” has been interpreted by some to mean that a person can accept Christ simply if they so chooseto do so and just say a sinner’s prayer and they are saved.  However, the word “whosoever” is the Greek word “pas” which is used about 1,200 times in the New Testament.

The term simply translated means “each, all, everyone, every.” There is absolutely no implication in the word “pas” of “anytime, anywhere, or choice.” This word does not endorse any idea of a person having a free will to make a choice for his salvation.

There is no sinner that is willing to come to Jesus without the power of the holy Spirit enabling him. Only those that God calls are able to come to God. Man’s nature is sinful and in enmity with God according to scripture. He does not seek after God for God is not in his thoughts. He by nature hates  the gospel and cannot will to come to the truth. Only God can set the captives free from Satan’s dominion.

Salvation is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy, Rom. 9:16

The will to come to Jesus is the fruit of the drawing of the Father. And the number of the “whosoever will” is therefore limited to those whom it pleases the Father to give to Christ, to give them a new heart, and to call them out of darkness into His marvelous light. And preceding this drawing of the Father, there is no saving activity on the part of the sinner whatsoever.

Grace is granted to a man by faith and this faith comes by hearing and being given ears to hear from God’s word and therefore even faith is a divine attribute.

Luke 24:45

Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,

Romans 10

But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Biblical repentance, in relation to salvation, is changing your mind from rejection of Christ, to faith in Christ. Repentance is not a work we do to earn salvation. No one can repent and come to God unless God draws that person to Him. Repentance is a gift granted by God to the sinner.

Romans 2:4

Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?

 2 Timothy 2:25

In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth. And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

Acts 5:31

Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins

The sinner is dead in trespasses and sins. (Eph.2:1) “The thoughts and intents of his heart are only evil continually.” (Gen.6:5) He is the slave of sin (John 8:34), the servant of the devil, (Eph.2:2).

The only way a person can desire the things of the Lord is if God opens their spiritual understanding. A dead man cannot raise himself from  the dead nor do anything except remain dead. When God resurrects us with our resurrected spirits, we then will have a desire for the things of the Lord since we are called to grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord.

Romans 8:9

But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.

The Bible does not teach synergism which is the belief that salvation is a cooperative effort between God and man,but rather that salvation is an act of God. Salvation is not found in ones own self. Man has no ability whatsoever to save himself. unregenerate man is dead in his sins, blind to the gospel, in enmity(having a deep hatred) with God, not subject to God’s will and never can be. Without God’s sovereign grace through faith in Christ given to him by the Father, man would die in his sins and be eternally lost.

Ephesians 2:8-9

 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God,  not by works, so that no one can boast.

John 6:37

All that the Father giveth me shall come unto me; and he that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.


We have to have faith in God’s grace to be saved, but saving faith is not our own human faith, for the bible says that NOT ALL MEN HAVE FAITH, but it is the faith given by God as a gift to those whom the Lord chooses to reveal his word to.

Ephesians 2:8

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves it is the GIFT of God …..”

This is a supernatural faith of God that only comes to those who receive the good news of the gospel. (That is the true gospel) When one becomes born again they are each given a measure of God’s faith,(the spirit of faith, sola scriptura) but Jesus had the Spirit without measure and so he was able to do many works that far surpase the average Christian.  

Romans 10:17

“So then faith cometh by hearing (recieving the gospel message) and hearing by the word of God.(this is translated rhema, revealed word of Christ,not logos written word)

We recieve God’s faith through the revelation of his word. When we hear the word of God the Holy Spirit empowers his word and if we receive the truth by his grace then God’s supernatural faith enters our hearts.

2 Peter 1:1

Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that HAVE OBTAINED LIKE PRECIOUS FAITH with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ

We are not able of our own to recieve the word of God. We cannot have faith to believe without the power of the holy Spirit to enable us to believe. God must reveal his truth to us through his word. He does this through the foolishness of preaching….his word….not the doctrines of men!

We live our lives as Spirit filled Christians by THE FAITH OF GOD not our faith. Your faith will not save you…..you may have an intellectual faith or belief in the gospel but you need saving faith to be saved from your sin nature. Many people followed Jesus who believed in him but they were fair weather friends…like Judas…he saw the miracles performed…partook of the experiences of the holy Spirit…tasted the powers of the kingdom….heard the truth being preached…BUT the word was NOT MIXED WITH FAITH and so there was no profit for him.

Galatians 2:20

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

Paul did not say that he lived by faith IN the Son of God but by THE FAITH OF the Son of God. The faith that Paul had was the same faith that Jesus had. It was Gods faith.

Romans 10:17

So then faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God.

The faith of God comes by hearing (the message of the gospel being preached)and hearing (revealed understanding)by the word of God.(this is translated rhema or living word not logos, written, so therefore faith comes by divine revelation of the logos)

Galatians 3:2

This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith

So you see brethren that faith is a divine gift from God and cannot be achieved by human effort.

John 6:68-71

Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.
Jesus answered them, Have not I CHOSEN you twelve, and one of you is a devil?
He spake of Judas Iscariot the son of Simon for he it was that should betray him, being one of the twelve.

Matthew 16:15-16

He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?
And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, BUT MY FATHER which is in heaven.

In conclusion…God has chosen the foolishness of Preaching (his word) to save them that have by divine revelation by the holy Spirit, recieved the GIFT OF FAITH to believe with the heart (not the head) the gospel message.

I Corinthians 1:18-24

For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness, but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.
Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?
For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe
For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:
But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;
But unto them WHICH ARE CALLED, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.
Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:
But God HATH CHOSEN the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath CHOSEN the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God CHOSEN, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things things that are:


But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption

That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, LET HIM GLORY IN THE LORD.

Faith(Biblical faith) is a Gift from God

Faith(Biblical faith) is a gift from God, a fruit and attribute of HIS SPIRIT. All men have not faith. All born again diciples of Christ each have a measure of God’s faith. Faith is described in Hebrews 11:1 as being “certain of what we do not see.” It is the absolute belief that God is constantly working behind the scenes in every area of our lives, even when there is no tangible evidence to support that fact.

Faith is a gift, (Ephesians 2:8-9) and is described as a fruit (or characteristic) which is produced in our lives by the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22). Scriptures say that faith grows as we hear the word of God and by the power of the holy Spirt that is at work in our lives.

A  faith that grows is what we desire to have and what God desires to produce in us. We cannot make faith appear in us for faith comes from God alone. “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God” (Romans 10:17). The  study of God’s Word is  how strong faith is developed. Also,the Bible is clear that faith does not mature and strengthen without trials. Adversity in our lives is how God develops a strong faith in us.As we learn to trust him in every situation faith in Christ grows stronger!

Faith is not something we can conjure up on our own, nor is it something that we are born with.  Ephesians 2:8-9 makes it very clear that faith is a gift from God, not because we deserve it or have earned it because faith is not from ourselves…. it is from God. It is not obtained by our own power or our free will. Faith  is simply given to us by God, along with His grace and mercy for his plans and purposes.This is why no one can boast for faith gives God all the glory that truly belongs to him alone !

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:8-10



WHOSOEVER WILL : The Gospel of Grace with Kim Balogh








WHOSOEVER WILL……Salvation is a divine work of God….HE WILLS.

Salvation is a divine work of God. Man does not cooperate with God in his own salvation. God alone determines who shall be saved, and God alone accomplishes the work of salvation.

Salvation is of the Lord. The will to come to Christ is the outcome of God’s unconditional, free and sovereign election.

God determines sovereignly who shall be saved, and who shall not be saved. Salvation is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy and according to His sovereign good pleasure, God is merciful to whom He will be merciful, and whom He will He hardeneth.

Gods sovereignty is not limited by the will of man. God performs his will and does not need to depend on man. Yes, indeed he uses vessels meet for his use refined in the fire but these vessels are also a divine work of God. Prepared for glory.

The christian humanist desires to dethrone God, and to be God instead of Him. “Ye shall be as God,” I will, I can, I know, I want, I choose,

However, if man replies against God, he is being rebellious. “Who art thou, O man that repliest against God?” Jesus alone is Lord, master, King, and we must bow the knee to his sovereign will.

Only through the sovereign, irresistible grace of God in Christ, that draws the sinner does he gives eyes to see and ears to hear, and a heart to desire after Him. So that no flesh will ever glory in His presence!

We have nothing to boast in…no works of any kind. Just to be blessed by Gods mercy to the undeserving sinner. That is why it is called AMAZING GRACE !

Isaiah 45 : 7

I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.

Amos 3:6

Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? shall there be evil in a city, and the LORD hath not done it?

Isaiah 45:5-7

I am the Lord, and there is no other; Besides Me there is no God. I will gird you, though you have not known Me; 6That men may know from the rising to the setting of the sun That there is no one besides Me. I am the Lord, and there is no other, The One forming light and creating darkness, Causing well-being and creating calamity; I am the Lord who does all these.

Exodus 4:11

And the Lord said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes him dumb or deaf, or seeing or blind? Is it not I, the Lord?

John 6:44

No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him.

John 6:65

And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father

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