It has been said by a few of the brethren that sin is not a disease which can be passed down from father to son. Their claim is that you are NOT born with a sin nature, but with a ‘righteous’ nature; and that the disobedience of Adam did not affect his children’s nature. This devilish doctrine of being born with a “righteous nature” as some are promoting, is a new age philosophy. These new agers will produce an evolved sinless being to be worshipped. This will be the Antichrist. The doctrine that they hold fast to is the doctrine of devils ( 1 Tim 4:1 ). They have made the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus of none effect (1 Corinthians 1:17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.) What they are saying with this doctrine of devils, is that someone, somewhere could have voluntarily died for the world and taken the place of the Lord Jesus Christ as our propitiation.
This here verse categorises them to a ‘T’.
The claim of these "New Agers" is that the sins of a person are totally due to their own ‘unrighteousness’, and that sin is only a transgression of the law. While this is ‘partly’ true that a persons unrighteousness is due to themselves, one of the scriptures used to try and prove that there is no sin nature is 2 Chronicles 25:4 But he slew not their children, but did as it is written in the law in the book of Moses, where the LORD commanded, saying, The fathers shall not die for the children, neither shall the children die for the fathers, but every man shall die for his own sin.
However, this law of God has nothing to do with sin nature; but rather, it has to do with who will be made accountable for the sins that one does, which of course the person himself is accountable for his own sin. This no ‘sin nature’ thinking goes to the other end of the spectrum from the Jews who blamed their sin on their inheritance from their fathers. Thus on the one hand you have the Jews, blaming their forefathers (Adam) for everything ( Jeremiah 31:29 In those days they shall say no more, The fathers have eaten a sour grape, and the children's teeth are set on edge.) and on the other hand you have ‘misguided’ brethren who take on the full pity party upon themselves ( it's all my fault, everything is my fault, boo! hoo!) not knowing they have an enemy within, our sin nature ( or whatever you want to call it) = the flesh.
The flesh is much more than just skin as some would have you believe. The final Authority in all matters says that the flesh has a will ( John 1:13), that it is weak (Matt 26:41) and infirm (Rom 6:19), that it even lusteth against the Spirit ( Gal 5:17), the flesh is connected to sin ( Rom 7:5,25; Rom 8:3,). We are warned not to walk after the flesh ( Rom 8:1), nor make provision for it ( Rom13:14). It is obvious from Scripture that the flesh is something more than just skin, if anyone tries to tell you different, mark them as false teachers. ( Rom 16:17)].
Another problem with having the reasoning that we are born righteous but have went bad is that they ignore one of our main enemies, the flesh. These people have to alter, twist or change or even ignore many other scriptures as well, to try and fit their doctrine. 1 Corinthians 5:6 … Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump? For example read what the saved Paul says - Romans 7:15-20 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
And again -
Romans 7:23-24 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
The Apostle Paul speaks about the law of sin which is in my members ( That’s flesh, that’s sin nature) That law of sin, is the one that is passed down from Adam, that's the law which the Jews kept going on about.
What Law is Paul talking about? - This law declares the inward workings of man concerning sin. Sin is a substance that is wicked and evil, it lieth at the door Gen 4:7 lurking for entry (in the shape of devils) or exit (in the form of our sinful nature). But as Cain had a choice to subdue it or act upon it, we also have this choice ( freewill). Sin is a substance, just like virtue is a substance. ( Luke 8:46 And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me. ) This virtue went out of the Lord.
The Apostle Paul confesses as a saved man that he is still a sinner ( 1 Timothy 1:15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.) Note the present tense, sin is still with him.
Lucifer was found with iniquity (sin) in him ( Ezekiel 28:15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.) This was not an act of sin but that of a substance in him.
Where does that leaves us?
The Israelites are just like the people of today, who are looking for someone to take the blame for their own sins and unrighteousness; but instead of going to Calvary they would rather make excuses to try and justify themselves! They never take the easy option; they really do think there is a catch in becoming a Christian.
The Jews knew about the sin nature which was passed down from Adam, but they persisted in blaming their sin on their ‘forefathers’. It is the BIG ‘WISNAE’ me syndrome. The cry goes out still “it’s no my fault”. I was made like this. Again this is ‘partly’ true in respect of your ‘sin nature’, but we have not to become a slave to sin, we are to overcome the flesh.
The Jews knew all about Exodus 20:5 … visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; They blamed their forefathers for the ’sour grapes’ and did not keep charge of these things themselves. Written is their claim to God’s prophets
Ezekiel 18:2 What mean ye, that ye use this proverb concerning the land of Israel, saying, The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children's teeth are set on edge?
But God’s answer to them is – they will have to give account of their own sins and the payment thereof Jeremiah 31:30 But every one shall die for his own iniquity: every man that eateth the sour grape, his teeth shall be set on edge. God turned their claim of the ‘general’ sin nature passed down upon all men to the ‘individuals’ sin, “every man that” and “his teeth”.
Jeremiah 32:19 Great in counsel, and mighty in work: for thine eyes are open upon all the ways of the sons of men: to give every one according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings:
The arguments between the Jews and the prophets went back and forth like lawyers trying to justify their client’s position. The client here of course is ‘sin’. The Jews argued their position in accordance with Exodus 20:5. which is Ezekiel 18:19-20 Yet say ye, Why? doth not the son bear the iniquity of the father?...
Ezekiel answers … 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.
The Jews had very selective hearing, they were told time after time by the prophets but still they insisted their excuses. ( Romans 2:1 Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.) The Lord Jesus repeatedly told them, ( Mark 7:16 If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.)
Unfortunately, they would still replay the old tune, ‘It’s not our fault, it’s our fathers’ fault, our fruits are tainted our teeth and are set on edge, but it doesn’t really matter anyway because we are the chosen people of God, these rules apply to the other nations.’ Wrong! Matthew 3:8-9 Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance: And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. The Jews were always stuck on the general condemnation of Mankind, and the general salvation of the God’s chosen people. Check out the conversation of John chapter 9 between the Jews and the healed man, it shows the Jewish mindset.
The big picture is this, God condemned mankind through Adam. We were cursed with a dead spirit, an attached soul to the body with a sin nature. Adam’s sin condemns mankind to hell if we do nothing about it 2 Kings 7:3 And there were four leprous men at the entering in of the gate: and they said one to another, Why sit we here until we die?
John 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
John 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.
Ephesians 2:1-5 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;)
The lost sinners who die without Christ as their Saviour will have their last chance at the Great White Throne to explain their so called righteousness ( Rev 20:11-15 ). In the Old Testament, the Jew HAD to do right with his works and KEEP the law to get to Paradise. The New Testament, man HAS to TRUST in the Lord Jesus Christ for his righteousness to get to Heaven.
The whole of mankind was condemned by the sin of Adam. Man was judged in Genesis, the sentence of that judgement was death in hell. From the day a baby is born, he/she is going to die sometime in life. God in all HIS mercy takes babies and children to be with Him if they were to die before reaching accountability. King David knew this of his own son to Bathsheba 2 Samuel 12:23 But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me. ( see also What Happens to Babies and the Retarded at Death?) Individually, the person will be condemned by his own actions through time.
Man’s nature is ‘fleshy’, we receive this fleshy nature from our father, and in turn from Adam. The fact that we have this fleshy nature DOES NOT excuse man from the obligation of God. ( Romans 2:2 But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things. Romans 2:6 Who will render to every man according to his deeds: )
2 Corinthians 3:2-3 Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men: Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.
In both Testaments we have the ‘free will’ to choose right or wrong! Our flesh being weak, wants to do wrong, but our will MUST overcome the flesh. Matthew 26:41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Romans 7:15 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.
You cannot clash the ‘general’ judgement of mankind with the ‘individual’ judgement of man. The Jews tried this approach with the prophets and they were firmly rebuked.
Sin is a disease, it is a cancer which has been passed down from Adam and also hereditary. It can also pass from one person to another 1 Corinthians 15:33 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.
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You have a serious problem. You may be afraid to admit it, and you may fight with all your will to deny it, but it is there nonetheless. It haunts and plagues you day and night, and yet there is no escaping its far reaching hand. The problem is called sin, and it will someday be your complete "undoing" if a remedy is not found. You have been diagnosed by the Law of God as having the cancer of sin. It is eating away at your conscience. Things that you once looked on as evil now have no effect on your soul. In time, that sin will drag you down to hell where you will spend eternity wondering why you did not take the cure. What is the cure? It is called: The Gospel .
What is the gospel?
You will trust a physician to give a proper remedy for illness . You will trust the dentist with your teeth and the mechanic with your car. But will you trust God with your soul or look into the pages of the Bible to find the cure for sin? Jesus Christ said
"Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me." John 5:39You think often of your physical necessities, but leave the weightier matters of the soul, heaven, hell, and eternal judgment, to the priest, pastor, or other "religious authority". The Bible is too hard to understand, and the church "knows the way" so, you leave it to them, never having any real assurance that your sins are dealt with according to the word of God. But Christ said, "Search." (see above verse). Not the preacher, the priest, the rector, or Sunday School teacher. YOU search. You have cancer (sin) you are dying! You must find the "remedy"! Let me suggest a place to start.
"For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: 1 Corinthians 15:3,4
That is the good news! The gospel. How can that be good news?
Christ was your substitute. He took the cancer of sin on himself and died from it. He suffered with it and for it in your place. The fact of his resurrection tells us that we don't have to go to hell to pay for our own sins. The gospel is a love story. It is about a God who loves you and because of that love was willing to become a man and die in your place. The gospel is not a religion. It is just you receiving what he has done for you. You receive him by faith. That is, you can't see him, but you can believe him. His word stands. He said "Him that cometh to me, I will in no wise cast out." John 6:37
Search it out!
John 10:9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.