Is There Biblical Evidence For Original Sin?

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

“Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me.” Psalm 51: 5

“The wicked are estranged from the womb; These who speak lies go astray from birth.” Psalm58:3

“Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child.”  Proverbs 22:15

“…the intent of man’s heart is evil from his youth.” Genesis 8:21

“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.” Psalms 14:2,3

“What is man, that he should be pure, or he who is born of a woman, that he should be righteous?” job 15:15,16

“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.” Eccel. 9:3

“And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the  CHILDREN OF DISOBEDIENCE. 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.But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,Even when we were  DEAD IN SINS, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)” Ephesians 2:1-5

 

Free Will is a Fallacy

Free will is a Fallacy

First of all before I begin my argument let us define what “free will ” is exactly.

According to the online dictionary “free will” is,

The power of making free choices that are unconstrained by external circumstances or by an agency such as fate or divine will.”

In other words people are free to choose whatsoever they desire without any interference at all, from God or outside influence. Aristotle was the first to come up with the free will argument, (as it is not a biblical idea), based on the idea of chance,(This is where the evolutionists get their argument from), which is described as a causal chain based on first cause with four possible causes; material, efficient, formal and final.

Libertarian free will is what many today ascribe to and again this is not a biblical idea but purely a humanist philosophy which says that humans are free from all kinds of determinism.(including divine will) Libertarians believe that strict determinism limits freedom of the individual. Religious libertarians ascribe free will to all mankind but God knows everything by foreknowledge that man will do. This idea is an attempt to reconcile humanism with Christianity but when held up to examination of scripture in its complete context does not stand up.

The argument for free will in Christianity is based on this premise, “If you will.”

Redemption is only possible IF YOU WILL, it is conditional. Historically this position has been known as “Arminianism” and “semi-Pelagianism” because these were the men who originally caused division in the church by introducing the doctrine of free will. According to this religion God is only able to desire sinners to be saved but in actuality he has no power outside of man’s will to save.

The problem of this doctrine is that it is based on works, a doctrine of the Roman church and not the Reformation. The fallacy for this argument is based on the question, “Why are not all men saved if God loves all the world and desires all to be saved?”

Since God loves all the same and has sent Jesus to died for all the world then according to the free will argument Christ died for all men but he in actuality did not die to save all men, only some, those who exercised their free will. This means that the Holy Sprit is unable to exert his power over the free will of man through conviction or God’s word which has really no power to bring faith to the heart.

However, according to the bible the gospel is not dependent on men’s will but upon free grace which makes provision by the power of the holy Spirit for men who are helpless sinners to be saved because not only does he provide the desire for salvation but grants faith and repentance to be saved.(refer to my other blogs)

The question concerning the free will/ sovereign will of God argument comes down to, who exactly effects redemption? God or man? According to the bible the sinner is unable to obey God for he is not in any way subject to God’s will.

Let us take a look at what the bible says concerning man’s ability to exert free will in determining his salvation. If you look at all versions of this scripture it comes out the same, ” man’s mind is in enmity, hostile to God and cannot, is unable to, and will not, obey God because he cannot. Why can man not choose God? Simply because  man is bound by the sinful nature which is in enmity by that nature to God and all that consists of God.

New International Version(©1984)
the sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so.

New Living Translation(©2007)
For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will.

Version(©2001)
For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot.

New American Standard Bible(©1995)
because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so,

King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)
Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

International Standard Version(©2008)
That is why the mind that focuses on human nature is hostile toward God. It refuses to submit to the authority of God’s law because it is powerless to do so.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English (©2010)
Because the mind of the flesh is hatred toward God, for it is not subject to the law of God because it cannot be.

GOD’S WORD® Translation(©1995)
This is so because the corrupt nature has a hostile attitude toward God. It refuses to place itself under the authority of God’s standards because it can’t.

King James 2000 Bible (©2003)
Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

American King James Version
Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

American Standard Version
because the mind of the flesh is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can it be:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Because the wisdom of the flesh is an enemy to God; for it is not subject to the law of God, neither can it be.

Darby Bible Translation
Because the mind of the flesh is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God; for neither indeed can it be:

English Revised Version
because the mind of the flesh is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can it be:

Webster’s Bible Translation
Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

Weymouth New Testament
Abandonment to earthly things is a state of enmity to God. Such a mind does not submit to God’s Law, and indeed cannot do so.

World English Bible
because the mind of the flesh is hostile towards God; for it is not subject to God’s law, neither indeed can it be.

Young’s Literal Translation
because the mind of the flesh is enmity to God, for to the law of God it doth not subject itself,

So if man’s very nature cannot obey God where then is his free will in determining his salvation? According to the bible man is blinded by the devil, lost and bound in sin, unable to save himself and in need of redemption. If man could choose God of his own will then he could also choose to obey the law which scriptures afirm he cannot because there are none that are good due to the sin nature. If man could choose God then he could also keep the law and Jesus Christ would have had no reason to come. To say that man must exert his will to accept salvation is adding man’s works,his ability and his ego to the cross and this nullifies grace.

In conclusion, free will is a fallacy because according to scripture (rather than humanism) man is unable through his very nature to choose to obey God. Salvation is based on the sovereignty of God that causes men to believe and trust in the gospel of Jesus Christ.

THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH

THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH

Examine yourself and see if you’re in the faith” (2Cor. 13:5)

Not all who claim to be Christians are Christians. A true Christian will produce fruit. However, the argument about a Christian being able to loose salvation is not scriptural. MANY are converted to a false “gospel and serve a false “Jesus”. They are no more Christians than a goat is a sheep! To say that a true Christian can loose salvation undermines the atonement, the work of God.

The bible says that Jesus came to destroy the power of sin, why would you doubt his capability to destroy the works of the devil? That is the problem with humanistic christianity, no faith in God, faith only in the ability of man!

John 3 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.

Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. And ye know that he was manifested TO TAKE AWAY OUR SINS; and in him is no sin. Whosoever abideth in him SINNITH NOT: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him. Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. HE THAT COMMITETH 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. Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother. For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother.

And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous. Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you. We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death. Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him. Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. And hereby WE KNOW THAT WE ARE OF THE TRUTH, and shall assure our hearts before him. For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment. And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, BY THE SPIRIT which he hath given us.

IF ONE ADDS WORKS TO SALVATION THEN THEY ARE NOT SAVED BUT ARE UNDER THE LAW AND WILL DIE IN THEIR SINS. Works plus faith is Roman Catholic doctrine, the Protestant reformation brought the true gospel to those in bondage to the apostate church, THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH! Sola scriptura! The law is any deed done however well intended, to make one right with God. That is a doctrine of demons! DO you think that your works are good enough??? No, the bible says they stink! Why? Because no one but God is good enough, ALL fall short of the righteous requirements of the law because NO ONE can keep them, if any one says that they can keep the law, then they are a liars according to scripture.

The bible says that Christians are JUSTIFIED (made righteous) by the blood of Jesus and not the works of the law. Works do not make a Christian! A Christian may do good works because the bible says that Christians are PREDESTINED to be conformed to the image of Christ and that Christians are CREATED UNTO GOOD WORKS. In other words it is the nature of a born again person to live a life that pleases God even if he is not perfect as no one is perfect but God, however, so do humanists do good works, but they are not saved.

What is the fruit of a saved person? HAVING THE INDWELLING OF THE H0LY SPIRIT, WALKING IN THE HOLY SPIRT, LIVING IN THE HOLY SPIRIT, PRAYING IN THE HOLY SPIRIT, MOVING AND HAVING ONES BEING IN THE HOLY SPIRIT….nothing counts according to God but THE NEW CREATURE, the born again person, born of God! JESUS SAID “YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN TO ENTER INTO HEAVEN”!!! If any man have not the Spirit of Christ HE DOES NOT BELONG TO CHRIST! Sola Scriptura!

So if God lives in his people how can they live a life of sin? IS God party to sin? God forbid! Can a true Christian murder? Rape? Steal? NO!!! BUT an Apostate can live a life of sin, a false christian,  false brethren, they deceive all the time! They sit in church and sing praises to God and then go home and beat their wife. THE HYPOCRITE IS NOT SAVED, HE DECIEVES HIMSELF AND THE TRUTH IS NOT IN HIM! There is no such thing as a backslider, (it is not a New Testement word) and there is no such thing as a “carnal ” Christian, ( not a biblical term) these are all doctrines of men, the doctrine of Antinomianism, which Martine Luther preached against!

The bible preaches salvation by grace, a gift, but the holy Spirit which transforms immediately the born again man into the new creature in Christ who is justified by the blood of the lamb, and is sanctifed daily by the transforming power of the holy Spirit! Paul said he died daily and so do all the other disciples of Jesus Christ.

Acts 13:39 And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.

Romans 3:20-27 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but  BY THE LAW OF FAITH.

Martin Luther once said that “Faith alone justifies, but not the faith that is alone.”

“Works,” Luther said, “are not taken into consideration when the question respects justification. But true faith will no more fail to produce them than the sun can cease to give light.”

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE TOTALY DEPRAVED?

Depraved is synonymous with corruption
Depraved according to scripture means that everyone is born in a state of CORRUPTION as a result of original sin

Depraved – deviating from what is considered moral or right or proper or good; “depraved criminals”; Morally corrupt; perverted. Having the nature of vice [syn: evil, vicious] Hopelessly bad; an unregenerate. Reprobate conduct. (Web.Dic.)

Corrupt-Containing errors or alterations,Marked by immorality and perversion; depraved.(Web.Dic.)

EPHESIANS 4:20-25

But ye have not so learned Christ;
If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:
That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is CORRUPT according to the deceitful lusts. And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.

PROVERBS 25:26

A righteous man falling down before the wicked is as a troubled fountain, and a CORRUPT spring

PSALM 14:1

The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are CORRUPT they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, that did seek God.Every one of them is gone back: they are altogether become filthy; there is none that doeth good, no, not one

Matthew 7: 13-33

Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a  CORRUPT  tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”

Scriptures say that All are CORRUPT (depraved) and ALL need the Saviour Jesus Christ to save them from the CORRUPT sinful nature that was inherited by the sin of Adam passed on to ALL in that ALL have sinned.