The Sinful Nature Heresy

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The sinful nature heresy is taught and believed throughout the world by the majority of professing Christians, and has led to many other heresies that are the natural outgrowth of this one heresy, resulting in a progressive layer upon layer of deception. The resulting consequence of the belief in this doctrine brings people into the church in their sins, encourages them to live in their sins, and they die in their sins, thinking that they have received the truth. This results from the belief in the false doctrine of the sinful nature, also known as the depravity of man, the fall of man, original sin, and other labels in line with this. The basic idea behind this lie is that every person is born with the natural bent, or inherent defect which causes them to sin. This inherited malady is a disability man is born with that makes him uncapable of choosing right or doing anything good. One major proof text that professing Christians use to support the depravity of man theory is Romans 5: 12-19:

 

12 Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned—

 

13 To be sure, sin was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not charged against anyone’s account where there is no law. 14 Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who is a pattern of the one to come.

 

15 But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many! 16 Nor can the gift of God be compared with the result of one man’s sin: The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification. 17 For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!

 

18 Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people. 19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.

 

This text describes how sin entered the world. Before Adam sinned, the world was totally good, there was no sin. This passage does not say that sin entered every human being as the result of Adam's sin, only that it entered the world. It explains that death spread to all men because all sinned. Not because Adam sinned, but because all sinned. Not because all sinned in Adam, not because Adam made a covenent with God and when he broke that covenent it made us all sinners, and our free will was taken away because of it. The Bible does not teach this. Romans 5 teaches that death spread to all men because all men sinned. This doesn't include babies, toddlers, and young children either. It says that death spread to all men.

 

There has to be a law before one can be accountable for disobedience of the law. Babies and young children do not understand the law, and so they cannot be held accountable. Until the law of Moses was introduced, the only person who had disobeyed a direct commandment from God was Adam. Death reigned even when there was no written code because God placed the knowledge of His moral law on man's hearts.

 

We see that God sent a flood when He found that every intent of man's heart was evil. If there had been no standard for Him to judge the people by, they could not have been judged to be evil. Even though there was no written code, there was a moral law which God expected men to obey. We also read that when Cain killed his brother, Abel, God judged him for it, even though Cain didn't have the law of Moses at the time, the written code. Man had God's moral law written on his heart, which God expected him to obey. God has given all men the knowledge of good and evil. Every person is born with this knowledge written on their hearts. It's called a conscience. The people who didn't have the written code still sinned, they sinned against their conscience.

 

If the Bible teaches in this passage (Romans 5: 12-19) that death came to all men through Adam unconditionally, to be consistent you would have to say that life came to all men through Jesus unconditionally. But it is not saying that. What it is saying is that in the context of all who sinned, all who sinned were given death (which was all men), and sin entered the world through Adam; and in the context of all who have faith in Jesus, they were given life (few people have this faith). All men would be presented with salvation through Jesus, but not all men would be saved.

 

This passage does not teach that all mankind inherited a sinful nature from Adam. In both parts there are conditons placed upon man, which affect the outcome. The difference is that in the first part, all men sinned, therefor all died, and in the second part, not all men respond to the offer of salvation through faith in Jesus. Both sides are based on a condition to be met. When interpreting this passage, people usually recognize the condition in the second half, but they don't recognize the conditon in the first half. Hence, they get the erroneous idea that since death came to all men, it came unconditionally, and therefore a sinful nature must be inherited from Adam.

 

Ezekiel 18:1-3; Ezekiel 18: 14-20. God told the people to no longer use this proverb in Israel, because a man shall not die for the iniquity of his father. A son shall not bear the guilt of his father, nor the father bear the guilt of the son. He who sins shall die. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wickedness shall be upon himself.

 

The following passage is used as proof text that people use to support their belief in "original sin", also known as "the depravity of man," or,"the sinful nature."

 

Exodus 10: 5. This passage does not teach generational sins. It is talking about physical temporal consequences, not about spiritual, eternal punishment. For example, the sins of the father who does not set a good example affect his children. The children are more prone to be wayward when they are not raised with sound teaching and a good example to follow.

 

The doctrine of original sin is a heresy that was started by Augustine int he 4th century. Stop listening to the pastors and teachers who teach it, and stop reading books that teach it. Their teaching is an affront to the reason and conscience that God has given us. Yet millions of professed Christians accept this belief because they are taught it over and over again from their pastors and Bible teachers. They live in an environment where everyone around them has accepted this view, so if they don't accept it, they are subjected to a trememdous amount of peer pressure.

 

In this way, people are led to suppress or ignore their inherent ability to reason and discern the truth. They are indoctrinated to accept the irrational view that man can't help but sin because of the sinful nature that he was born with, because of Adam's sin, yet God holds all of mankind accountable. They are expected to believe that God holds mankind accountable for what they had no choice in the matter of doing, that is they couldn't help sinning because of the nature that they were born with. Yet, these spiritual leaders insist that in spite of this, God is a righteous and just God. They ignore the irrationality of what they are saying, as if a just and righteous God would be like this. The picture that they present is that God is a tyrannical god. It insults his character to assert that He would set up the world to be like this, that he would hold people accountable for sins that they had no choice in the matter to do, they couldn't help but sin because it was a part of their inherent nature to do so.

 

The path that the sinful nature heresy leads down even gets worse. In order to be consistent, if man does not have the ability to refrain from sinning and to choose to do good, God has to provide a plan of salvation that is an alternate to obedience, since man's sinful nature makes him sin. Hence, we have the full blown doctrine of salvation that is an alternate to obedience. God has to do everything for man. He has to save him in his sins, tolerate his continued sinning, not expecting man to obey. God has to obey for him. Subsuquently, because of man's inherent sinful nature and his inability to stop sinning, no one is expected to live a holy and godly life.

 

The church is filled with people who are told that they sin every day, that they are nothing but wretched sinners, and that any act of obedience to God is nothing but filthy rags in His sight. The church is full of people who are hypocritical, lawless psychopaths at worst, and lukewarm hypocrites who don't take their sin seriously at best. No one can judge anyone for their sin, since everyone is a wretched sinner, and everyone thinks that they're going to heaven in this condition, because all of their sins, past, present, and future, were forgiven at one point in time when they repeated after someone the sinners' prayer. At that instant God gave them a magical robe of righteousness that hides their sin from God. When he looks at them He doesn't see their sin, He sees Jesus' righteousness instead. They are told that they are not expected to obey God, if they do try to obey Him, they are sinning. They are told that they shouldn't exert any effort on their own to obey God, but instead, to wait upon the Lord to change them. They are to wait for God to magically give them the desire to stop sinning, and that some day in the future they may stop sinning, or at least sin less, but no one knows when that will be.

 

People who are on the outside of the professed Christian environment can look at this and see how ridiculous this is, because it defies all logic and reasoning. It defies men's inherent ability that God has given them, to discern right from wrong. People on the outside looking in have not been conditioned to repress the truth from themselves, to ignore their conscience, because they have not been subjected to the indoctrination that professed Christians are exposed to, who have been told this lie over and over again by their pastors and teachers. Professed Christians have been told this lie so many times that they believe it. Their consciences have become seared to the point that they delight in lawlessness, and they can no longer discern the truth. That is why the churches are full of depraved sinners. They have been told over and over again that they are depraved sinners, and it has become a self-fulfilling prophecy. The Bible teaches, "as a man believes in his heart, so is he" (Proverbs 23: 7).

 

The Westminster Confessions of Faith teaches that God allows men to fall into grave sin from time to time, to humble them. Professed Christians are conditioned to not take their sin seriously, to believe that God tolerates it, and even uses it for their good. They believe the lie that sin humbles them, when in fact, it does just the opposite. It hardens their heart, and causes it to become seared, to not be able to discern the truth. Sin defiles men, it sears their conscience and sears them from the promptings of the Holy Spirit. The longer people trivialize their sinful ways, the more in danger they are of remaining captive to their sin. When men refuse to love the truth, God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie (2 Thessalonians 2: 10,11).

 

Even though professed Christians become convinced that everything that they do is nothing but filthy rags to God, they allow themselves to be compelled to do all kinds of works for the church, to give their money so that the lieing charleton pastors and Bible teachers can be supported in their efforts to deceive others, leading them down the path of destruction, and these deceiving spiritual leaders become rich and wealthy in so doing. The professed Christians do all kinds of service for the church, even though it is just a pile of filthy rags that they are offering to God. For some reason, they are compelled to do these works, yet all other good works are deemed to be sinning if they try to do them.

 

But of course, it doesn't matter that this doesn't make sense, they have given up trying to live according to reason a long time ago. It is evil to try to live according to reason. The only way that you can tell what is true is to follow the teachings of the in-errant Word of God, the Bible, that is, what they are taught are the teachings of the Bible by their charleton pastors and Bible teachers, As long as they admit that they are wretched sinners, they can live in their sin and still go to heaven, because they are wearing Jesus' magic robe of righteousness (They laugh at the Mormons for their magic underware, yet they're wearing Jesus' magic robe of righteousness). After all, Paul of Taursis was the chief of all sinners, and he went to heaven (he was wearing Jesus' magic robe of righteousness), so they can go to heaven if Paul did, even though they're wretched sinners, and they disobey God every day in thought, word, and deed. Never mind that Paul lived a godly life, in obedience to God, after his conversion.