The FALSE DOCTRINE
Is the DOCTRINE of
the TRUTH of
Now at first this study may seem to have TWO different titles, because this study is actually two studies in one. This study in God's word will be primarily focused upon pulling down the strongholds of the enemy that has fostered the false man made doctrine of TOTAL DEPRAVITY.
However, it will be needful to go into some detail on the false teaching of the doctrine of ORIGINAL SIN as well that falsely teaches that all men have inherited a sinful NATURE because of Adam and Eve's original sin.
The term doctrine of "ORIGINAL SIN" and the term sinful "NATURE" means different things to different Christians. To Catholics the doctrine of original sins means that ALL of mankind has inherited the penalty of death for Adams sin at birth. This is why the Roman Catholic church dreamed up the doctrine of baptizing babies as soon as possible. Now when you thing this through for yourself the Catholic church also teaches that human LIFE begins at conception so now they have another problem with the doctrine of INHERITING the penalty of Adam's original sin. How can a baby be baptized before he or she is born?
No dear child of God baby baptism is NOT required by God himself to cleanse a baby from the so called "inherited" sin of Adam. Please read the study "THE AGE OF ACCOUNTABILITY", where God himself does not hold any human accountable for their sin until a certain age well past the infant toddler stage of life, but for now please understand that every human being is accountable ONLY for their OWN sin.
Now other Christians do NOT see that humans inherit the actual penalty for Adam's sin called the original sin, but rather they teach that all of mankind INHERITS a sin NATURE. So then what do they mean by everyone has a sin NATURE?
Again Christians differ on what is meant by the word "nature". Some Christians teach that because Christians have inherited a sin NATURE because of Adams original sin means that it is the "nature" for humans to sin. In other words, it is HUMAN NATURE to sin. Other Christians take this meaning to the extreme teaching that it is IMPOSSIBLE to humans NOT to sin. And it is this doctrine of Calvinism of TOTAL DEPRAVITY that we will also cover in this study of God's word.
For you see the doctrine of total depravity is based upon the teaching known as the doctrine of ORIGINAL SIN as being a sound Biblical teaching. Now just being an ACCEPTED Orthodox teaching does not automatically make a teaching to be a sound Biblical teaching. The doctrine of original sin is indeed widely accepted and taught in not only Calvinism and Reformed Theology, but is also taught by many other denominations of the main stream church.
In fact there is at least some form of this original sin doctrine that is taught in nearly every mainstream church. Now the doctrine of total depravity, as far as I know, is only taught in Calvinism and reformed theology churches. Whereas the doctrine of original sin is taught in most every church denomination in some form.
First I would like to point out that I do agree that there is a "FORCE" or INFLUENCE that compels mankind to sin. However, I do NOT maintain that this force is our "NATURE" that we are born with or that we have somehow INHERITED from Adam, because of Adam and Eve's FIRST or ORIGINAL sin. But rather I believe that the whole word of God teaches us that this FORCE or this compulsion to sin and rebel against God comes from without side of our being as opposed to being our very own NATURE. In other words, I believe that Satan the devil is the force, compulsion, or influence that first deceives us to sin, which then become a temptation for us to sin. Now I do agree that it is true that over time we can develop being more comfortable and even come to have a desirable nature to sin, but we are NOT born with this desire to sin as having INHERITED these fleshly desires or "nature" to sin.
The truth of the matter is that we LEARN to refuse the evil and choose the good. Bad behavior is learn the same as good behavior is learned as you will clear see after you have read the whole matter on this subject of why we sin. One can develop a HABIT of doing good the same as one can develop a HABIT of sinning.
Basically the doctrine of original sin states that ALL of mankind has INHERITED a SIN NATURE. In other words, according to the doctrine of original sin, BECAUSE of the ORIGINAL SIN of Adam and Eve, who DISOBEYED God by eating the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, then ALL of mankind from Adam to this present day have supposedly INHERITED this so called SINFUL NATURE that causes them to sin.
And some churches such as Calvinism and Reformed Theology take this teaching of original sin that all of mankind are supposedly BORN with or have supposedly inherited a SINFUL NATURE to the extreme and falsely teach that ALL of mankind is therefore SO TOTALLY and COMPLETELY DEPRAVED that it is impossible for any person to even think about SEEKING after God and turn away from sinning, UNLESS they happen to be ONE of the ELECT. who have FIRST been REGENERATED by the Holy Spirit and drawn by the Holy Spirit so that they can understand the word of God enough in order to be saved.
And some even take this doctrine of original sin and the doctrine of total depravity to to point where they teach that because of this so called sinful NATURE that we are FORCED beyond any control of our own to sin. In other words, this false doctrine of original sin has led some Christians to incorrectly believe that they are sinners and that sinning is part of who we are as human beings, because after all does not the church teach that it is our NATURE to SIN. This is the same lie Satan used to BLAME God for creating him with a "nature" to rebel against God to take over his throne. Please read the study "UNDERSTANDING WHY?", which to me answers the question of why God even created mankind in the first place.
But for now let us continue with this study by me assuring you dear child of God that from the very moment that you accepted Jesus as your savior you were created to be a NEW creature in Christ Jesus. That OLD man which each one of us progressed to become throughout our life is passed away. So then, whatever so called NATURE you had before your became a Christian is in the NOW in the PAST.
Again this does not mean that the enemy will leave you alone and never bring up your past sins which grew in your heart to become the deep DESIRES or lust of your heart within you and that these old desires that you once indulged in before Jesus came into your life. But at the same time I want to make it clear that just because you or I are sometimes plagued with the DESIRE to sin does NOT mean that it is our NATURE to sin. No dear child of God, these desires grew inside of you over time and it will take time for you to put off that old man of the flesh. You were NOT born with these desires, nor did you somehow INHERIT these sinful desires from Adam.
The NEW creature is the INNER you, your HEART, which is the new creation. Now you no longer desire from the HEART to continue to do those things which became habits to you over time. And the one who INFLUENCE you to go against your God given conscious is the ENEMY of God and you enemy as well called the Devil and Satan.
The main point that I am endeavoring to get across to you at this point is this study of God's word is that you are NOT being FORCED to sin, because it is your so called NATURE to SIN. The doctrine of total depravity teaches that human cannot help but SIN, because it is our NATURE to sin.
But I say to you the that Bible ITSELF teaches us that sin is a LEANED process of behavior. Please read where Jesus himself LEARNED to refuse the evil and chose the good.
" Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
15. Butter and honey shall he eat, THAT (or so that) he may KNOW to to refuse the evil, and choose the good.
16. For before the child shall know to refuse the evil, and choose the good, the land that thou abhorrest shall be forsaken of both her kings."
Hebrews 5:7-9 teaches us that Jesus LEARNED obedience by the things he suffer. Jesus suffered TEMPTATION like all men. So then what or WHO tempted Jesus? Was it his SINFUL NATURE of was it simply the DEVIL just like the word of truth clearly teaches us?
"Who in the days of his FLESH, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared;
8. Though he were a Son, yet LEARNED he obedience by the things which he suffered;
9. And being made perfect (by NOT giving into the TEMPTATION of the enemy to sin through the Eternal Spirit dwelling IN him), he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;"
You see my dear brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ, many controversies among the different denominations in the church today can be cleared up if Christians will take the time to listen and make the effort to try and understand the reason why other Christians DIFFER with what they believe. I suppose that many of you by now have honed in on the fact that I strongly disagree with the usage of the word "NATURE" to describe this outside "FORCE" or influence that compels mankind to sin. One of the reasons that I strongly dislike this word used in the context of mankind being BORN or INHERITING a SINFUL nature is that to me this word "nature" means that it is who we are and that there is no way to CHANGE our NATURE.
If it is the NATURE of a lion to kill and eat, then the lion as going to kill and eat. But we know from God's word that this is NOT the God given nature of the lion, because in the world to come the lion will eat grass like the ox. I other words, Satan has PERVERTED the true nature of the lion. The same is true with mankind.
You see dear child of God man has a conscience, which teaches us to know good from evil in our MIND or by the THOUGHTS in our MIND, and it is Satan the enemy of God that PERVERTS our minds to rebel against the conscience that God gave to us.
Now in truth it was a CONSCIENCE that we inherited because of Adam's sin to disobey the ONE law of God given to him to NOT eat of the tree of KNOWLEDGE to KNOW good from evil. Before Adam disobeyed God's one commandment both Adam and Eve had NO knowledge of what sin was. They were naked and did not KNOW that they were naked before Adam sinned. It was AFTER Adam sinned that they became conscience or being CONDEMNED and they hid themselves from God.
The law of God itself does not bring condemnation, but rather it is the disobedience of the law the brings CONDEMNATION to man's CONSCIENCE. Under the Old Testament the sin consciousness was in the MIND and under the NEW covenant being made a NEW creature in Jesus Christ the sin conscious is written upon our HEARTS. So there is a warring or battle between our MIND and our NEW HEART.
Now the difference to ME seems to be that over time the mind becomes weak, because little by little sin is reasoned away and it became easier and easier to excuse sin. But NOW being a NEW creature the conscious of our HEART will not allow us to sin. We simply can NOT sin. Not that it is impossible to sin. but rather that the CONDEMNATION of sin in our new HEART will not leave us unless we harden our OWN heart.
This first time that we sinned the fight in our minds was strong. This fight was strong even to the point that many times we overcame this warring in our minds to do that which we knew by our CONSCIENCE we inherited because of Adam's sin to know right from wrong. Our own nature then BECAME corrupt and sinful over time a little at a time. Each time we gave into these temptations to sin, then sinning became easier and even desirable is some cases. Can you not see my dear brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ, that we are NOT BORN with a sinful NATURE, but rather we developed this sinful nature to desire sin over time and sin began to dwell in us.
Another reason why I strongly dislike the usage of the word "nature" in this teaching of this doctrine of original sin is that many Christians are falsely taught that we are BORN or somehow have INHERITED this so called "nature" to SIN, is that because of this false teaching, I have heard and seen many Christians give up their fight against SIN and become complacent in their walk with God giving up all hope of overcoming sin in their life. They have been so brain washed to believe that they are SINNERS and have an inherited "SIN NATURE" that cause them to sin from birth and thus they are born to sin.
Can you not see my dear brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ, how a just little leaven or false teaching such as, being told over and over again that we are SINNERS saved by grace and that it is our NATURE to SIN, can bring to ruin a dear child of God.
Again please do not misunderstand what I am saying. Of course we WERE ONCE all sinners, but this does NOT mean that we are still yet SINNERS and that it is our NATURE to sin so get used to SINNING.
Some of us have come to the knowledge of the truth that we have been truly forgiven of all our past sins and that have been made a NEW creature in Christ Jesus, and that sin has NO more dominion over us.
But yet some Christians are still being taught the lie that they are SINNERS and that it is their NATURE to SIN, because of this FALSE doctrine of original sin.
And even worse others are falsely being taught that Jesus did NOT die for ALL of mankind, but rather God specifically chose certain individuals to be saved, and while at this same time specifically chose other individuals to be eternally destroyed in the lake of fire, and that there is absolutely nothing any of us can do to change from one group to the other.
In other words, some Christians are falsely being taught that if you are one of the unlucky ones that God has supposedly chosen to be eternally destroyed, then there is nothing you can do to change your predestine state. And part of their false doctrine is based upon the FALSE doctrine of original sin, which developed into the false doctrine of TOTAL DEPRAVITY being dogmatically taught by strict five point Calvinist.
So then, let us begin this study in God's word to learn more about how, when and why this false doctrine of original sin came to be so that these other FALSE teachings can be pulled down as well. First let me begin by saying that some Christians have been deceived into believing that this doctrine of original sin has always existed in the church from day one, but this is not the case. You can do the research yourself and you will find that the teaching of original sin did not come into the church until around the third century and was not fully developed until around the fifth century.
Also I would like to point out that the false doctrine of infant baptism did not come into the church until after this false teaching of inheriting Adam's sin that all of mankind are BORN with the GUILT of this original sin, as in, being born guilty before God to receive that wages of sin, which is death.
I myself do not spend a lot of time on church history in the Bible studies that I write, because in some cases it is just a matter of how one views these historical facts that determines their conclusion of how they believe. I suppose it is the same with the Bible, but I myself have spent far more time and effort reading the Bible than I have reading church history. However at times all Christians should know that not all church doctrines are soundly taught from the Bible itself, but rather developed over many centuries by the theories of good sincere godly men who depend more on philosophy more than the word of truth.
Anyway the verses quoted from the Bible that are used to try and support this DOCTRINE of ORIGINAL SIN are, in my opinion, taken OUT of CONTEXT and have therefore been MISUNDERSTOOD not only by those, who teach this false doctrine, but also by those who are being taught this false doctrine. In other words, the scriptures have been twisted either intentionally or unintentionally and have been made to say something that the whole word of Almighty God clearly does NOT teach.
So then, let us begin this section of our study in God's word with the focus upon the doctrine of TOTAL DEPRAVITY by looking at the passage of scripture in Romans chapter 5, which is probably the most widely recognized passage of scripture that is used to teach that all of mankind has INHERITED a SINFUL NATURE and therefore is falsely concluded by those who teach the doctrine of total depravity that all mankind is TOTALLY UNABLE to live without sinning.
Please keep in mind that some Christians have been deceived by these false teachings and have been mislead to believe that EVEN after becoming a Christian or being regenerated by the Holy Spirit they are still destined to SIN, because they have supposedly been BORN with a SINFUL NATURE, supposedly because of the original sin of Adam. But this is NOT what the whole word of God teaches us.
Please read Romans 5:8-21, which teaches us that because of Adam's sin that SIN has entered into the world. And that because ALL of mankind has SINNED, then DEATH has passed upon ALL men, because of their SINS that they themselves have committed at some point in their life. The Bible clearly teaches us that we ALL have SINNED and therefore have fallen short of the glory that God has prepared for us. But this does NOT mean that we all were BORN with this condition or nature of falling short of the glory of God.
In other words, this following passage of scripture does NOT teach us that we have INHERITED a SINFUL NATURE because of Adam's original sin. As you read this passage of scripture please notice that it says SIN has entered the world and that DEATH has PASSED upon all men, and NOT that a SINFUL NATURE has been passed on to, or has been INHERITED by all men at birth.
"But God commends his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (now IF SO BE, that mankind inherited a NATURE to SIN, and it was our OWN HUMAN NATURE that cause us to sin, then Christians should NOT sin nor have any desire or TEMPTATION to sin, because we have been made NEW creatures in Jesus Christ. But this is NOT the case is it dear child of God?. We are still TEMPTED to sin not by a so called inherited sinful NATURE, but rather we are tempted by Satan the Devil to sin. The OLD lust of the FLESH still remain with Christians after they are born again BY the word of God through hearing the preaching of the gospel and believing the word of truth. Our own lust of the flesh grew over time by repeated given in to sin disobeying our CONSCIENCE. Gentiles were not given the law of Moses, but yet some Gentiles not even knowing the written law kept the law of God by obeying their inherited CONSCIENCE. Please read Romans 2:12-15. "For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law; 13. (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified. 14. For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: 15. Which show the work of the law written in their hearts, their CONSCIENCE also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;" This means PRIDE entered in to BOAST of their own good works of righteousness and JUDGE others inferior to themselves.)
10. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved BY his life. (here in this verse we see that we were reconciled first by being forgiven of all our PAST sins by the DEATH of God's SON Jesus. This is step one of BEING SAVED, as in, being placed back into a right relationship with God. Step two the receiving the END of our salvation, which is eternal life in the world to come is accomplished by our OBEDIENCE to the teaching of Jesus is the NEW Testament following the leading of the Holy Spirit dwelling IN us. Please read the study "IS ONCE SAVED ALWAYS SAVED BIBLICAL?")
11. And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement. (so long as we REMAIN IN Jesus Christ are sins forgiven and all our unrighteousness is being cleansed as we obey the leading of the Holy Spirit. There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Jesus Christ who walk NOT after the flesh, but who walk AFTER the SPIRIT. Romans 8:1)
12. Wherefore, as by ONE man (speaking of the one man Adam) SIN entered into the world, and DEATH by sin; and so DEATH passed upon all men,(WHY? Why is DEATH pass upon ALL of mankind?) FOR (or BECAUSE) that all have SINNED: (NOT because that all of mankind have INHERITED a SINFUL NATURE, but rather that all of mankind have SINNED at one time or other in their life that their own sin has caused the to become guilty of the wage of sin, which is DEATH. And the only way to escape this sentence of DEATH is through the blood atonement of Jesus, the Son of Almighty God.)
14. Nevertheless (or none the less before the law came) death reigned (or ruled and had DOMINION over mankind) 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.(In other words, this FORCE, this INFLUENCE that compels and tempts mankind to sin has entered into the world to rule and reign and have DOMINION over mankind, because of Adam and Eve's first or original sin of disobedience to God's command not to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. It is not that all of mankind somehow INHERITED a sinful NATURE that compels us to sin, but rather that we all are TEMPTED and compelled by the author of sin, that old dragon, called Satan and the Devil. Now some will argue that Satan was already in the world, because he tempted Adam and Eve to sin. Yes this is true, but Satan was not yet ruling and reigning over mankind as the god of this present world bringing them into bondage and having DOMINION over them to accuse them before God and to OPPRESS them with sickness and disease. I myself am convince that because Satan's neck was at stake that he "cheated" by deceiving Eve to eat of the forbidden tree who then gave Adam to eat. Now some have asked if Adam had not sinned, then would the rest of mankind have not sinned either? To this I say NO, because Satan would not have given up until he cause some human to sin. Please read the study "UNDERSTANDING WHY?" to learn why God created man a little LOWER or inferior to the angels. Once you see that mankind is a test to prove that God is NOT to blame for Lucifer's sin of rebellion against God to draw one third of God's HIGHER and superior creation of the angels to make war with God to take over his throne. And because we now SUFFER at the hands of God's enemy we who OVERCOME will be exalted above the angels to judge the fallen angels.)
15. But not as the offense, so also is the free gift. For if through the offense of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, has abounded unto many. (So again, this FORCE, this INFLUENCE that compels mankind to sin has entered into the world to rule and reign and have DOMINION over mankind, because of Adam and Eve's first or original sin of disobedience to God's command not to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. But the FOCUS should be on the MUCH MORE part that Jesus has set us FREE from this DOMINION of sin that ONCE kept us in bondage to sin)
18. Therefore as by the offense of one judgment came upon all men to CONDEMNATION (In other words, mankind inherited a CONSCIENCE and became aware of good and evil, because of Adam and Eve's sin of disobedience to eat of the tree of KNOWLEDGE or the knowing between good and evil); even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.
19. For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. (Now IF it were true that ALL of mankind was AUTOMATICALLY made to be a sinner from the very moment that we are BORN as some falsely teach, then it would ALSO be EQUALLY true that ALL of mankind is AUTOMATICALLY saved and therefore does not need to repent of their sins and believe that Jesus died for their sins,because the very same verse says that by ONE man speaking of Jesus that many are MADE righteous. In other words, IF the first part of this verse is to be interpreted to mean that many means ALL of mankind are MADE to be SINNERS, in that, ALL of mankind has AUTOMATICALLY INHERITED a so called SINFUL NATURE that compels them to sin, then the second half of this verse must equally be true and therefore must be interpreted to mean that many in the last part of this same verse also means ALL of mankind is MADE or ALL of mankind AUTOMATICALLY INHERITS the gift of righteousness and eternal life. But we know without a doubt from other scriptures that this is definitely NOT what the Bible teaches us.Therefore it is NOT scriptural to INTERPRET the first part of this verse the very opposite way that the last part is interpreted.)
21. That as sin has reigned unto death, even so (or in much the same way) might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord." (In other words, Paul is teaching us hear to let the grace and power of God RULE and REIGN in our lives to OVERCOME this INFLUENCE that is in the world that is trying to compel us to sin.)
Now those that teach the doctrine of original sin that all of mankind has INHERITED a SINFUL NATURE and are therefore born guilty before God usually take verse 12 out of context and teach that because of this ORIGINAL sin of Adam that SIN has actually entered into the HEART of EVERY human being who has ever been born. And when asked the question of WHEN does a person actually INHERIT this so called sinful NATURE most every answer is the very moment that a person is BORN.
In other words, they take part of verse 12 OUT of CONTEXT that says,
"Wherefore, as by ONE man (again speaking of the one man Adam) SIN entered the WORLD..."
And then that falsely teach that this means that BECAUSE of this ONE man Adam's ORIGINAL SIN that a SINFUL NATURE has entered into every man's HEART the very moment that they are BORN.
In others word's, this doctrine of original sin teaches that each and every person who has been born since the time that Adam and Eve first disobeyed God and ate of the forbidden tree of knowledge, which has been come to be called original sin, then because of this original sin every person ever born has supposedly been BORN with a NATURE that is SINFUL from the very moment that they are BORN. And that all of mankind since Adam has been BORN not only with a NATURE that drives mankind to sin, but also every person who has ever been born has also INHERITED the guilt and penalty of death of this ORIGINAL SIN that Adam and Eve committed even though no other human being has ever eaten of the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
To say this another way, the doctrine of original sin teaches that EVEN a newborn baby, who has had no chance of doing anything either good or evil is BORN GUILTY before Almighty God, BECAUSE they are supposedly literally BORN with the guilt and penalty of this original sin that was committed by this ONE man Adam.
However, this is NOT at all what this passage of scripture teaches us. Romans 5:12 clearly and plainly states that because of this one man Adam that SIN enter the WORLD and NOT that a SINFUL NATURE entered into the HEART of every MAN, WOMAN and CHILD. To ME, it is perfectly clear that this verse means that SIN or more precisely the INFLUENCE of Satan to TEMPT mankind to SIN was allowed to enter into the WORLD as a test to show to all the angels of God, both the good angels who remained faithful to God and fallen angels that rebelled against God that Almighty God had created them ALL perfect from the day that they were created.
For a deeper understanding of what I mean by this again please read the study entitled "UNDERSTANDING WHY", which covers all the scriptures that led me to understand that Almighty God created mankind a little LOWER than the ANGELS in order to PROVE to his former creation the ANGELS that he did NOT create them with a NATURE to SIN and REBEL against him, but rather he created ALL his angels PERFECT in every way from the day that they were created. After you read this study of "UNDERSTANDING WHY" you will know and understand WHY Almighty God has ALLOWED many things that are EVIL to remain in the earth and why bad or evil things happen to good people.
But for now let us continue with a close examination of Romans 5:12 to see what this verse actually teaches in the light of the whole word of God.
"Wherefore, as by ONE man (speaking of the one man Adam) SIN entered into the world, and DEATH by sin; and so DEATH passed upon all men,(WHY? Why id DEATH pass upon ALL of mankind?) FOR (or BECAUSE) that all have SINNED: (NOT because that all of mankind have INHERITED a SINFUL NATURE, but rather that all of mankind have SINNED at one time or other in their life)"
So then, it is SIN or rather it is the INFLUENCE of Satan that tempts mankind to SIN that had entered into the WORLD to rule and reign over mankind after Adam and Eve were expelled from the garden of Eden. And then because of man's choice to give into these temptations to sin the penalty of DEATH was passed on to mankind and NOT that a SINFUL NATURE was supposedly passed on or inherited by mankind. You see, the lake of fire was created for the fallen angels and not for mankind, but because mankind made the choice to be overcome by the lying voice of influence of Satan, then God had no choice but to impose the penalty of death to mankind as well. The scripture says, why has hell ENLARGED herself.
The next part of this verse CLEARLY and PLAINLY states that BECAUSE all of mankind has SINNED that the penalty of DEATH has therefore PASSED upon ALL men. Read this part again.
"...and so DEATH passed upon all men,(WHY? Why id DEATH pass upon ALL of mankind?) FOR (or BECAUSE) that all have SINNED: (NOT because that all of mankind have INHERITED a SINFUL NATURE, but rather that all of mankind have SINNED at one time or other in their life)"
AND SO or so then, that is to say, therefore it is for this very reason of SIN that the penalty of DEATH has PASSED upon ALL of mankind, BECAUSE of the very reason that at one time of another ALL of mankind has SINNED at one time in their life and if any man or woman say that they have NOT EVER sinned, then the truth is not in them. They are filled with PRIDE is the original sin of Lucifer before mankind was ever created. In truth God CONCLUDED ALL of mankind to be under sin, because of PRIDE so HE could save us to eliminate BOASTING.
Please read Galatians 3:22.
"But the scripture has CONCLUDED all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe."
And WHY did God CONCLUDE all of mankind to be under sin? Please read Romans 11:29-36.
"For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.
30. For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief:
31. Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.
32. For God has CONCLUDED them all in unbelief, THAT (or so THAT or IN ORDER THAT) HE might have mercy upon all.
33. O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!
34. For who has known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counselor?
35. Or who has first given to him (God loved us WHILE we were yet sinners), and it shall be recompensed unto him again?
36. For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen."
God chose us IN HIM, IN his SON Jesus to be save before the foundation of the world. God knew that his enemy Satan would influence man to sin to save his neck from being destroyed on the spot, so God needed to keep his plan of salvation a SECRET hid from his enemy. For if Satan had known that killing God's Son would prove that all God creates is perfect the day they were created, then he would not have crucified the Lord of glory. And thus God did NOT create Lucifer to rebel, but rather the sin of PRIDE grew in Lucifer and he sinned because of his own pride.
Now when the Bible speaks of death it can mean a natural death and it can mean a spiritual death, which is a separation from God because of SIN. In other words, because all men have SINNED at one time or another in their life, then BECAUSE of their SIN which they themselves have committed, then they are now SPIRITUALLY SEPARATED of spiritually DEAD from Almighty God.
Please read Isaiah 59:1,2 which clearly teaches us that God is willing and able to hear our prayers, but because of the SIN which we ourselves have committed we are SEPARATED from God.
Please notice that the word of God does NOT say that because of the ORIGINAL SIN of that ONE man Adam that you are SEPARATED from God, but rather plainly states that because of YOUR sins you are separated from God. It is clearly NOT God's hand that is shortened that he cannot save you. Nor is it God's ear that is dull so that he cannot hear your prayer. In other words, you can TURN from your sin at any time and call upon God and he will HEAR your prayer and SAVE you.
Can you not see my dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, that Almighty God has ORDAINED it to be a CHOICE before all of mankind to CHOOSE for yourself WHOM you will serve and obey, whether it be you choose to OBEY that voice of temptation from Satan to SIN and therefore bring the penalty of DEATH upon YOURSELF by your OWN doing, OR whether it be that YOU YOURSELF make the CHOICE to OBEY God's voice and TURN from your sinning and trust in God's grace to overcome the temptation to sin in your life.
Please read Deuteronomy 30:19, which teaches us that Almighty God has ordained or has set before us LIFE or DEATH, but it is up to US to CHOOSE. God desires us to choose LIFE, but none the less it is OUR OWN choice to make.
"I (Almighty God) call heaven and earth to RECORD this day against you, that I (Almighty God) have SET before YOU life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore (or for this reason) CHOOSE life, that both you and your seed may live:"
The context of this passage of scripture is all about TURNING from SIN and OBEYING the commandments of Almighty God in order that we may LIVE. You see the word live here means that you will NOT be SEPARATED from God as long as you OBEY what he says in his word.
But yet according to the FALSE doctrine of original sin and the FALSE doctrine of TOTAL DEPRAVITY all of mankind is SEPARATED from Almighty God the very moment that they are BORN, because according to these false doctrines of men ALL of mankind are supposedly BORN as SINNERS and therefore guilty before God the moment we are born. In other words, these false doctrines incorrectly teach that each and every person ever born has INHERITED the SIN of our father Adam.
However the whole word of God clearly teaches us that the SINS of the father are NOT passed upon the sons and daughters. In other words, the original SIN of our forefather Adam is NOT PASSED upon us as many of us have been FALSELY taught. Please read Deuteronomy 24:16, which teaches us that each individual will receive the wages of DEATH for his or her OWN sin, and that the SIN of the father is NOT passed upon the son or daughter.
So how can anyone teach that ALL of mankind INHERITED this so called ORIGINAL SIN from of forefather Adam?
No! A thousand times NO! Can you not see my dear brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ, that you did NOT INHERIT the original sin of Adam your forefather, NOR did you INHERIT a so called SINFUL NATURE that makes you SIN. It is NOT your NATURE to SIN, nor did you inherit the guilt or penalty of your forefather Adam's sin. The word of God is very clear on this matter that every man will bear the penalty of his or her OWN sin and NOT the sin of their fathers.
Please read Ezekiel 18:20,21, which clearly teaches us that each man and woman shall bear the penalty of death for their OWN sins which they themselves have committed and that NO man will so called INHERIT the penalty of death because of the sin of the father.
"The soul that SINS, 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.
Now some of you may be thinking, "Well what about were we read in God's word in Exodus 20:5, which plainly states that God shall VISIT the INIQUITIES of the FATHER upon the CHILDREN to the second and third generations".
"You shalt not bow down yourself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, VISITING the iniquity (or SIN) of the fathers UPON the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;"
Again those who try and use verses of scriptures such as this one have NOT considered the CONTEXT from which they are taken. Please notice that this verse PLAINLY states that God will visit the iniquity or sin of the father upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of THEM or those children who HATE God. You see, if you keep this verse in the CONTEXT of where it is found and read the very next verse you will clearly see that those who use such verses are trying to make them say something that they are NOT truly saying. Please read some more CONTEXT found in the very next verse, Exodus 20:6.
In other words, IF and ONLY IF the children of the father who sinned against God do NOT consider the ways of their father and and continue to HATE God like their father did by SINNING against God, THEN and only then will Almighty God VISIT the iniquities of the father upon the CHILDREN. However, the word of God goes on to say that Almighty God with show MERCY to THOUSANDS of THEM, speaking of the CHILDREN whose father had SINNED against God, but they themselves did NOT follow in the footsteps of their father in HATRED toward God, but rather LOVED God by KEEPING his commandments.
Some Christians may not realize that devils tend to stay where they are NOT being RESISTED. In other words, the same devils may stay among a particular family for many generations, because these families do not know their authority in Jesus Christ. God's word teaches us that God's people are being destroyed for lack of knowledge. So you see it is not that mankind has a sinful nature, but rather that many are not aware that they have been made over comers by the blood of Jesus and have been given authority to resist these devils in the name of Jesus and the devils will flee from them.
This is why some Christians still want to argue that Romans 5:19 clearly says that by Adam's sin ALL of mankind were MADE SINNERS before God.
"For as by ONE man's DISOBEDIENCE many were MADE sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous."
Well as I stated earlier, if one is to DEMAND that this verse means that the SIN of this ONE man Adam is AUTOMATICALLY PASSED upon ALL of mankind and that no man has any say in the matter, then one must without fail also DEMAND that the second half of this very SAME verse of scripture mean that the RIGHTEOUSNESS of the ONE man Jesus Christ is AUTOMATICALLY PASSED upon ALL of mankind without any man having any say in the matter. This of course would mean that ALL of mankind will be saved, which the WHOLE word of Almighty God CLEARLY does NOT teach. This FALSE teaching that ALL of mankind will be saved is called "Universalism", which I will address in another study that I have entitled "IS UNIVERSALISM A SOUND BIBLICAL TEACHING?", but for now I just wanted to make the point that we must be CONSISTENT when we INTERPRET what a particular scripture means.
Therefore those who teach the doctrine of original sin and the doctrine of total depravity cannot demand that the first half must without fail mean that the original SIN of Adam is automatically INHERITED by ALL of mankind and therefore ALL of mankind are MADE SINNERS, because of this so called INHERITED SIN of Adam that supposedly causes us to have a SINFUL NATURE that MAKES us SO TOTALLY DEPRAVED that we cannot and will not seek God or make any attempt to turn from our sin UNTIL we are FIRST born again or REGENERATED by the Holy Spirit.
Can you not see my dear brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ, that to DEMAND that because of Adam's sin that all of mankind automatically INHERITS the penalty of DEATH, as these doctrines of original sin and total depravity falsely teach that ALL of mankind has INHERITED the sin of our forefather Adam is ALSO to DEMAND that ALL of mankind therefore AUTOMATICALLY INHERITS the RIGHTEOUSNESS of Jesus Christ.
No!. A thousand times NO! This is NOT what this verse is teaching us. No man is AUTOMATICALLY MADE or FORCED to be a SINNER. The TRUTH of the matter is that the WAGES of SIN, which is DEATH is PASSED upon ALL men, BECAUSE all of mankind at one time or another LISTENED and OBEYED the INFLUENCE of Satan's TEMPTATION and SINNED of their OWN free CHOICE. Once again the word of God plainly states that it is DEATH that has passed upon all men, BECAUSE all men have SINNED.
Well some of you may still have doubts about this matter and may be saying something like, "Well what about Psalm 51:5, which clearly says that we are BORN in SIN and that we are SINNERS from the very moment we are BORN."
Now those that teach these FALSE doctrines of original sin and total depravity INTERPRET this verse to mean that David was teaching us that we are ALL formed in the WOMB with a SINFUL NATURE and that the moment we are BORN we are therefore considered by Almighty God to be SINNERS. First of all this verse does NOT say, "Behold, ALL of mankind was shaped in iniquity, and in sin where they all conceived in their mother's womb."
In other words, it is David alone who is saying that he himself was conceived in sin. Now I have heard some Bible scholars say that this verse actually means that David was born out of an adulterous relationship. I myself have not done any further research on this particular interpretation, but it does make sense if it is proven to be true that David was conceived in an adulterous relationship.
But the question at hand is this, does this verse TRULY teach us that ALL of mankind are BORN with a SINFUL NATURE and the GUILT of Adam's original sin? To truly understand what the WHOLE word of God teaches and to properly INTERPRET the scriptures we must follow certain rules of interpretation. One of these rules of interpretation is to keep the verse in question in the CONTEXT of where it is found. Another rule of interpretation is that we must consider what type or style or writing the writer is using.
For example the book of Psalms is primarily written in a POETIC style of writing where not EVERY single word of phrase is to be taken LITERALLY. In others words, David is merely expressing his remorse to God for the SIN that he himself has committed against God and is expounding on his feeling that it is as if he was sinning against God from the time that he was born, or it seems as if he had sinned against God from his mothers womb. Let's read this verse in it's context first to get a clearer picture of what is going on in David's life at this particular time.
Please read Psalm 51:1-13, which clearly teaches us that NOT every single word and phrase can be INTERPRETED LITERALLY.
"Have mercy upon me, O God, according to your loving kindness: according unto the multitude of your tender mercies blot out MY transgressions (or the sins that I MYSELF have committed against you O God)
5. Behold, I was shaped in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. (now to ME, it is clear that David is TAKING RESPONSIBILITY for his OWN sin is verse 4 and is NOT BLAMING God for SHAPING him in iniquity and in sin in verse 5 as some FALSELY teach)
8. Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the BONES which you have broken may REJOICE. (now are we to INTERPRET this verse LITERALLY and DEMAND that Almighty God LITERALLY BROKE the BONES of David and that BONES in and of themselves have the ability to REJOICE? NO, absolutely not! David is simple using POETIC language and is EXPRESSING that it SEEMS as if his bones have been broken. David is simple using poetic language to describe how he FEELS in this verse the SAME way that David is describing how he FEELS in verse 5 of this same Psalm.)
9. Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.
13. Then will I TEACH transgressors your ways; and sinners shall be converted unto you (so then, clearly this verse is teaching us that SINNERS shall be converted to righteousness simply by David TEACHING these sinners about God and NOT that a TOTALLY DEPRAVED sinner must be born again of REGENERATED by the Holy Spirit FIRST before they can UNDERSTAND the word of God enough to be RESTORED to the joy of their salvation)."
Another method that is used to properly interpret the word of God is to compare scripture with scripture. So then, let us compare this time in David's life when he was expressing to God his deep remorse for sinning against God and how it felt to David that he had been sinning against God from the time he was born to another time in David's life where he is PRAISING Almighty God of how he is fearfully and WONDERFULLY made.
Please read Psalm 139:13,14, which teaches us that David knew right well that Almighty God covered him in his mothers womb and that he was fearfully and wonderfully made or formed in his mother's womb.
14. I will praise you; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are your works; and THAT (speaking of the FACT that mankind is FEARFULLY and WONDERFULLY MADE, and THAT) my soul KNOWS RIGHT WELL."
Can you not see my dear brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ, that these two verses spoken by the same man David seem to be speaking directly OPPOSITE of each other particularly when one DEMANDS that Psalm 51:5 be INTERPRETED to mean that ALL of mankind are FORMED or made in the womb with a SINFUL NATURE. I mean THINK about this for a moment and let it sink in.
How can the same man be supposedly saying that he was conceived with a SINFUL NATURE in one Psalm and then turn around and say that he knows right well that he was fearfully and wonderfully made? This makes no logical sense whatsoever to me, so therefore in the light of the whole word of Almighty God I must conclude that it is the INTERPRETATION given by some men that Psalm 51:5 means that all of mankind is born with a sinful nature is NOT a correct interpretation.
Another verse of scripture that is used by those that teach this DOCTRINE of TOTAL DEPRAVITY or TOTAL INABILITY is Psalm 58:3, which SEEMS to say that all of mankind are SINNERS from the moment they are BORN.
Those that teach the doctrines of original sin and total depravity teach that this verse is saying that as SOON as a person is born they start SINNING. And some use the illustration of little children throwing a tantrum or disobeying their parents and say something like, "Now you are not going to tell me that any parent would deliberately teach their children to disobey them and to do bad things! So HOW can you explain such behavior if it were not so that we all were born with a SINFUL NATURE that compels us to sin?"
Now on the surface these types of arguments seem to support these false teachings, but when they are looked at more closely they can be explained in many ways. First of all do not lean to your own understanding or reasoning to base your faith upon, but rather use the word of God. The word of God teaches us in Isaiah 7:14-16 where it is prophesying about Jesus being a young child LEARNING how to REFUSE the evil and the CHOOSE the good.
The Bible ITSELF teaches us that even Jesus himself needed to LEARN obedience and that he became obedient even to death on the cross in Philippians. But this does not mean that Jesus was BORN with a sinful and disobedient NATURE. Nor does it mean that ALL of mankind was born with a sinful and disobedient NATURE. Let us take a closer look at Psalm 58:3 to see if this verse truly means that all of mankind are BORN as SINNERS and begin SINNING the moment we are BORN or estranged from the womb as some falsely teach.
Well here again we need to take under consideration that this is POETIC language and it only SEEMS as if mankind begins sinning as soon as they are born, because a newborn baby cannot speak as soon as they are born, and it is certain that they cannot speak LIES as soon as they are born, because they have not yet learned to refuse the evil and choose the good the moment that they are born.
Also notice that this verse says that the WICKED go astray, which teaches us that the children of the wicked LEARN and mimic their parents at a very young age and therefore are more likely to GO ASTRAY and follow the sinful examples set forth by their parents. And the third point I want to make is the phrase "THEY GO ASTRAY", which emphatically states that in order to GO ASTRAY one must FIRST be in RIGHTEOUSNESS or in right standing with Almighty God BEFORE that person could GO ASTRAY or go away from being righteous.
Therefore ALL of mankind must without fail be BORN in a righteous and innocent state before God and NOT with a so called SINFUL NATURE and the GUILT of Adams sin as the doctrine of original sin falsely teaches. And most certainly we are NOT born so totally depraved that we are totally unable to do good until we are born again or regenerated by the Holy Spirit as Calvinism and reformed theology falsely teaches.
Another point that those who teach the doctrines of original sin and total depravity is that they claim that the Bible teaches that all of mankind is completely wicked CONTINUALLY and they use such scriptures as Genesis 6:5, which says,
Again this verse is taken OUT of CONTEXT and is incorrectly being applied to or wrongly INTERPRETED to mean ALL of mankind throughout every generation has a heart that is ONLY evil CONTINUALLY.
However, the context teaches us that God was speaking of in the DAYS of NOAH that mankind that lived in this point in history had corrupted themselves so much that it repented God that he ever made man on the earth.
Now if it were true that this passage of scripture truly means ALL of mankind were BORN wicked, then how is it that Noah was a RIGHTEOUS person who found grace in the eyes of Almighty God? And how is it even possible for mankind to CORRUPT themselves IF it is true that they were BORN in a WICKED state, which would consequently mean that they were therefore WICKED already from birth or from the very moment that they were born.
You see, in order for something or someone to be CORRUPTED, then that something or someone MUST without fail had to be in an NON CORRUPTED state BEFORE it or they BECAME CORRUPTED. The very meaning of this word corrupt or corrupted demands that mankind was FIRST in a NON CORRUPTED or PERFECT state BEFORE they then BECAME in this UNNATURAL state of being CORRUPTED by listening to the deceiving voice of the enemy Satan the devil.
Can you not see my dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, that to be BORN with a SINFUL NATURE would mean that it would be against the very NATURE in which God created us to be. Almighty God did NOT create mankind to be SINNERS and CORRUPT in NATURE before him. Nor were we born or inherited a sinful nature because of Adam's original sin. Please read Genesis 6:1-8, which clearly teaches us that NOT all of mankind BECAME CORRUPTED before God, because Noah was found to be PERFECT in his generations and therefore found GRACE in the eyes of God. There is no way that this doctrine of original sin ad total depravity can be true that ALL of mankind has inherited a sinful nature and that our nature is so depraved that it is impossible to walk in righteous before God until we are first regenerated by the Holy Spirit, because this would consequently mean that Noah would also have been CORRUPT before Almighty God as well.
4. There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.
7. And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repents me that I have made them.
Then in Genesis 6:12 we read were mankind had CORRUPTED HIS WAY upon the earth, which clearly teaches us that it was by man's OWN CHOICE that each individual person made for themselves that caused them to BECOME CORRUPT in the eyes of God, and NOT
Another point that I would like to make is that because mankind had become so wicked in the days of Noah that God decided that he would destroy man and beast from they earth except for Noah and his family.
Now if it were true that ALL of mankind were BORN with a SINFUL NATURE and were SO TOTALLY DEPRAVED that it was impossible for man to seek after God, and it REPENTED and GRIEVED God for even making man upon the earth, then WHY would Almighty God even try to start over with mankind knowing that Noah and his family all had an EVIL SINFUL NATURE and could in no way do that which is right before God.
The TRUTH of the matter is that Noah did NOT have and EVIL heart CONTINUALLY before Almighty God, because the word of TRUTH clearly teaches us that Noah was a JUST man that WALKED WITH God and who was PERFECT in his generations and therefore found GRACE in the eyes of God.
Now the question has been raised, Does Noah being PERFECT mean that he lived a SINLESS life? Then the question was answered by the same one who asked the question, probably NOT, because Jesus is the ONLY one who lived a SINLESS life?
First of all I agree that Jesus was the only man that lived WITHOUT SIN his ENTIRE life, to this fact there is no doubt. But does this mean that NO man EXCEPT Jesus can walk in righteous and be considered PERFECT before the eyes of God?
Next we all need to be on the SAME page, so to speak, and come to a common understanding of what the word PERFECT means in the Bible.So then, what does the Bible have to say about being PERFECT. First of all let us take a look at the BIBLICAL definition of this word "PERFECT" from the Strong's exhaustive concordance.
In Genesis 6 the word "PERFECT" is the Hebrew word "TAMIN" and means without defect, blameless, without blemish, upright, without spot and undefiled.
know that in the New Testament that being without spot and without
blemish is speaking of being without SIN. So the question is, was Noah
being PERFECT mean that Noah was WITHOUT SIN? YES, or God would not has said so. Keep in mind the DEFINITION of the word PERFECT.
does God say that Noah was PERFECT or WITHOUT SIN mean without a
doubt that Noah lived his ENTIRE LIFE without every committing even
ONE SINGLE sin. Absolutely NOT! Noah may have lived his entire life without sin up to this point if time, but after the flood Noah got DRUNK. So then, is getting drunk a SIN. For ME, getting drunk is a sin. The Bible clearly teaches NOT to be DRUNK with wine, and yet does NOT forbid the drinking of wine. Another study in and of itself, perhaps later, but clearly the Bible teaches us that NO DRUNKARD will enter into the kingdom of heaven.
So then, let me ask you a question, When you came to the Lord and repented of all your sins and asked God to forgive you of your sins and your were made a NEW creature in Christ Jesus, did you not at that point in time become the RIGHTEOUSNESS of God? So then, at that point in time when Jesus forgave you of ALL your past sins YOU were made PERFECT in that very moment!
So, absolutely YES I believe we can be perfect before Almighty God! Of course you were made PERFECT at the moment you repented and confessed you sins, because if you say that you were not made perfect, then you are saying that you were not forgiven of ALL you past sins. Please let me assured you that YOU were indeed at that moment in time made PERFECT and WITHOUT SIN in your life. You see, every time you sin you are no longer without spot or blemish, but EVERY time you repent and CONFESS your sins Almighty God is FAITHFUL and just to FORGIVE you of ALL your sins and in HIS EYES YOU ARE PERFECT.
The working of God in you is to make you PERFECT, that is to say, God commands us to be PERFECT EVEN as he is PERFECT. Is God WITHOUT SIN? Absolutely! So then, be you WITHOUT SIN EVEN as God is WITHOUT SIN. Does this mean you will NEVER sin again in this life. Probably not and at the beginning most likely not, but this does NOT mean that you have to give up and continually confess yourself to be a SINNER. NO! A thousand times NO! You are a NEW creature CREATED unto GOOD WORKS, sin has NO MORE DOMINION over YOU. It is a process to LEARN how to refuse the evil and choose the good.
Resist the devil and he will flee from you, because GREATER is he that now lives within you than he that is is the world. In other words, you have been made more than a conqueror through the anointing of the Holy Spirit that dwells in you. You have been made free from sin and you are no longer a servant or slave to sin. For a deeper understand on being PERFECT please read the study "HOW TO LIVE YOUR LIFE FREE FROM SIN!", but for now let us continue this study on the FALSE teaching of original sin and all of mankind INHERITING a so called sinful NATURE.
Another question was asked, If we don not have a sinful NATURE, then WHY do we SIN? A very good question indeed.
The thing that I want to point out is that IF we as Christians continually place the BLAME on a so called SINFUL NATURE that we supposedly have somehow inherited from Adam, then the Devil will continue to overcome you time and time again. And you will be like Paul was at one point in his life and believe you are a wretched creature that is DESTINED to SIN.
You see, what some preachers do not teach you is that Paul did NOT STOP there in chapter 7 of Romans, but went on to write Romans chapter 8, where we are given he ANSWER to OVER COMING sin, which is to OBEY the leading of the Holy Spirit ONE step at a time. Yes Paul said that there is a warring within us and that which we do not want to do sometimes we give in and do and that which we know to be the right thing to do sometimes we listen to the voice speaking to us and do not do what the voice of the Holy Spirit is leading us to do. But this does NOT mean that the wrongs that we CHOOSE is our very NATURE that we are born with or have inherited from Adam.
So then, to ME, after studying this subject of original sin, I have clearly come to see that there are TWO INFLUENCES in the world. God of course influences the lives of mankind through his written word, through the prophets, trough the teachers or God's word, through the pastors who warn us about sin, through our fellow brothers and sisters who encourage us to remain faithful, through his Holy Spirit that leads and guides us into all truth and brings to our remembrance the things that he has taught us along the way, and even through God's creation we are influenced to see and know that there is a divine intelligence that has created all things. The other INFLUENCE is the god of this world, Satan, the Devil. Now NEITHER INFLUENCE FORCES anyone to do GOOD, NOR forces anyone to do EVIL.
But rather both of these INFLUENCES work through the mind by bringing thoughts to a person. The more you think about sometime the more you will be INFLUENCED by your thinking and what thoughts you are dwelling upon.
Some Christians believe that even if you THINK a bad thought, then you have SINNED. This is simply NOT true. They try and use the words of Jesus that LOOKING upon another woman to lust after her in your heart you have committed adultery ALREADY in you heart. But if this is taken to mean every THOUGHT is SIN, then HOW could Jesus have lived a SINLESS life, because the Bible says that Jesus was TEMPTED in ALL points as WE ARE tempted. No my dear brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ, the TEMPTATION is not a sin. It is only when we give into these temptations or INFLUENCES coming from Satan that we fall into sin.
What Jesus was teaching us when he said that those who LUST after a women have already committed adultery in their HEART is that what were put into our heart will eventually be brought forth into our lives IF we continue to dwell on what is in our HEART. In other words, if the treasure of our HEART is GOOD, then we will bring forth GOOD things. But on the other hand IF the treasure of our heart is EVIL and filled with continual thoughts of LUSTING after another women, then sooner or later that evil will be brought forth and manifested in our lives.
Now for me personally the ONLY WAY that I have ever been TEMPTED has been in THOUGHT. In other words, these THOUGHTS come to my mind that TEMPT me to do that which I know is wrong. We all know from God's word that it is wrong to LUST after another women to desire this other woman sexually and these THOUGHTS come to our mind form the enemy of God, Satan the devil. The TEMPTATION itself is NOT sin. The danger comes when we continue to dwell on these thoughts or temptations of the devil and we allow these temptations to enter into our hearts where they become central thoughts that we focus upon and continually ponder until they are made a reality in our lives.
The TRUTH of the matter is that the THOUGHTS that come into your mind INITIALLY to do GOOD are from God and the THOUGHTS that come into your mind INITIALLY to do EVIL are from Satan. These INITIAL thoughts do not become YOUR thoughts until you CONTINUE to think upon them and RECEIVE them. And even then these thoughts do not become SIN until they CONTROL your being. When a man LUSTS after a woman or a woman LUSTS after a man there is a PHYSICAL change in the human body and if left unchecked this LUSTING will lead to SIN. This is what Jesus meant when he said he who LUSTS after another woman in his HEART, which as I said before begins with a look or a thought that is left unchecked. You see, it is EASIER to NOT SIN if you STOP that thought process when it FIRST begins. This is what Jesus is teaching us.
You see IF a mere THOUGHT is SIN then there is NO WAY that Jesus was ever TEMPTED, because all TEMPTATIONS are THOUGHTS. So IF thoughts are SIN, then JESUS did NOT live WITHOUT SIN, because Jesus was TEMPTED in every point LIKE as we are TEMPTED. Do you see what I am saying. It it only when we CONTINUE to thinks on these thoughts from the enemy that we know are wrong that we become in danger of following through with this initial thought or this initial TEMPTATION. So again the easiest way to over come temptation is to walk away quickly when it first comes knocking at your door.
Now science has discovered that REPEATED thoughts create a pathway through the mind, and the more we THINK on these same thoughts this pathway becomes faster and faster like a dirt foot path becoming an expressway. This is why addictions are so hard to overcome. One has to RENEW their MIND with NEW THOUGHTS. Think on THESE THINGS says the word of God. So then we need to hide God's word in our heart so that we will NOT SIN against him.
I agree that a person's NATURE can BECOME corrupt and SINFUL by becoming a habit, but I definitely do NOT believe that every single human being ever born automatically INHERITS a sinful NATURE at BIRTH. IF this were true then EVERY baby who dies would go to hell because babies do not have to capacity to comprehend the gospel to accept Jesus as their savior and be saved.
Those who truly believe in the doctrine of original sin must also believe in INFANT baptism, because to believe I the doctrine of original sin is to also believe that all babies are born with a sinful nature and the GUILT of Adams' original sin. Well some may argue and say something like,"Well I do not believe in infant baptism because the child of "Christian" parents are sanctified and under to cover and protection of God." Now it is true that Christian parents can and do dedicate their children before the Lord and COMMIT the KEEPING of their children unto the Lord, but again this is NOT and AUTOMATIC things that just happens just because you become a Christians.
And those who understand God's word do not commit their children before the Lord, because the believe that their children are GUILTY before God due to Adam's sin, but rather because they know that God is an ever present help when they as parents cannot always be their when the enemy comes to tempt and oppress their children. They know that God will never leave and forsake that which has been committed unto him to keep unto the coming day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
So then once again, I do not deny that there is definitely an EVIL INFLUENCE in the world which INFLUENCES mankind to SIN, but again I do NOT believe it is our OWN NATURE that we are BORN with that influences us to sin. Again anyone's nature can become CORRUPTED by this evil INFLUENCE if they continue to LISTEN to it's LIES and DECEPTIONS.
Now again the DANGER of believing that you have a sinful NATURE is that the Devil will LIE to you that you can NEVER stop sinning. I have heard testimonies of some Calvinist who testify that they sin hundreds of times every day and I have to ask my self the question have they ever truly committed themselves to God.
I mean for ME, personally the moment I gave my life to Jesus I developed a hatred for sin, The things I used to do I no longer wanted to do. And ONE sin at a time God worked IN me to overcome each sin.
You might say, well then did you yourself not have a sin NATURE because you used to WANT to sin. NO, because I sat down I thought back as to HOW I got were I was and it was a gradual over time journey that eventually brought me to the place where I ignored my conscience more and more until it became easier and easier to sin. But thanks be to God that little by little I started doing things that a small still voice inside of me kept saying NO, don't listen to that voice telling you to do those things, you know that they are wrong.
Eventual this voice of the Holy Spirit led me to repentance and a life walking with God. But this other voice kept hounding me over and over even after I became a Christian, until I gave into it and kept sinning even though my NEW inner man no longer desired to continue sinning. So absolutely there is a WARRING within us even after we become Christians, but again this does NOT mean that this warring is our sinful NATURE, because even Jesus himself had this warring against TEMPTATION. The Bible clearly states that Jesus was tempted OF the DEVIL and NOT by his sinful NATURE.
Now you can believe that YOU are born with a sinful NATURE, but IF this is true then Adam and Eve were CREATED with a sinful NATURE, because they also LISTENED to this lying and deceiving voice that kept telling them to do that which the KNEW was against what God had commanded them not to do.
Remember and keep in mind that the doctrines of original sin and total depravity teach that ALL of mankind from Adam to this very day are ALL BORN with a wicked and SINFUL NATURE and the doctrine of total depravity goes on to the extreme to teach that ALL of mankind are SO TOTALLY DEPRAVED that NO man could possible do that which is right in the eyes of God, UNTIL they are born again or regenerated by the Holy Spirit. In other words, both of these doctrines of man falsely teach that ALL of mankind from Adam to this very day are SINNERS from the moment they are BORN.
Can you not see my dear brothers and sisters in the Lord that these doctrines are FALSE teachings that do NOT agree with what the WHOLE word of Almighty God teaches us? Can you not see that IF these doctrines were true, then there would be absolutely not even ONE RIGHTEOUS person from Adam to Jesus, because EVERY person would have been BORN with this so called "WICKED and SINFUL NATURE" that caused them to SIN CONTINUALLY before God.
But the TRUTH of the matter is that the word of TRUTH teaches us that there were in fact RIGHTEOUS men before God from Adam to Jesus. The Holy Bible teaches us that ABEL was a RIGHTEOUS man before God. Please read Matthew 23:35, where Jesus himself teaches us that there were many RIGHTEOUS men from ABEL in the days of Adam to ZACHARIAS in the days of Jesus.
We also read in Hebrews chapter 11 not only about Abel being righteous before God, but about many other RIGHTEOUS men, such as Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Moses, Joseph and many others. But for now I want to focus upon Cain and Abel, where one made the CHOICE to obey God and do that which was right or RIGHTEOUS before God and the other one made the CHOICE NOT to OBEY God and OVERCOME the enemy that was tempting him to murder his brother. First we will read Hebrews 11:4, then we will go back to Genesis chapter 3.
So then, here in this verse we can plainly see that BY the WORKS that Abel did he obtained the witness that he was RIGHTEOUS before God. Whereas in Genesis 4:3-8 we see that Cain did NOT DO that righteous WORK that his brother Abel did and therefore God was NOT pleased with Cains WORK or deed of sacrifice that he made.
7. If you DO WELL (In other words, if you DO that which is RIGHT as your brother Abel has done), shall you not be ACCEPTED? And if you do not well, sin lies at the door. And unto you shall be his desire, and YOU SHALL RULE OVER him. (In other words, Almighty God EXPECTED Cain to RULE OVER this TEMPTATION to KILL his brother Abel out of jealously)
This passage of scripture alone should prove beyond any shadow of a doubt for those seeking the TRUTH that mankind is NOT BORN with a SINFUL NATURE because of Adam's sin and therefore are SO TOTALLY DEPRAVED that they are thus rendered TOTALLY UNABLE to do that which is RIGHT or RIGHTEOUS before Almighty God UNTIL they are born again or REGENERATED by the Holy Spirit as Calvinism and Reformed Theology FALSELY teaches.
The WHOLE word of God clearly teaches us that Abel made the CHOICE to do that which is RIGHT before God and Cain made the CHOICE NOT to do that which is RIGHT before God and therefore was brought under FURTHER TEMPTATION, which he was told DIRECTLY from Almighty God the HE HIMSELF was to RULE OVER this one who was TEMPTING him. To ME, this leaves no doubt that mankind has always been given the CHOICE to WHOM we are going top serve, whether we be OBEDIENT to God unto RIGHTEOUSNESS, or whether we make the CHOICE to LISTEN to Satan's INFLUENCE to DISOBEY God and serve SIN unto death.
I want you to read Genesis 4:7 from several different translations so that you get the full impact of what Almighty God is teaching us in his word of TRUTH. Here is this verse from the New International Version (NIV).
"If YOU DO what is RIGHT, will you not be ACCEPTED? But if you DO NOT what is RIGHT, sin is crouching at your door; it (speaking of SIN or more precisely SATAN who has ENTERED into the world) desires to have you, but YOU must MASTER it. (or YOU must be MASTER over SIN and Satan and NOT let Satan's temptation master or overcome you)"
Again it is perfectly clear to ME that Almighty God is WARNING Cain and us as well that we have a CHOICE in the matter and IF we make the CHOICE to DO that which is RIGHT, then we will be ACCEPTED of God, and if we make the CHOICE to simply LET the INFLUENCE or TEMPTATION of Satan RULE over us, then we will SIN and do that which is NOT right before God.
Can you not see that SIN or the INFLUENCE of Satan is what entered into the world and then the Bible plainly states that it is DEATH that was PASSED upon men BY the result of each individual man making the CHOICE to obey the INFLUENCE of Satan and do that which is NOT right before God, and NOT that ALL of mankind automatically INHERITED a so called SINFUL NATURE that made it impossible for any man to do that which is RIGHT before God.
The TRUTH of the matter is DEATH was passed upon all men BECAUSE all men at one time or another made a CHOICE to GIVE INTO the INFLUENCE of Satan's TEMPTATION and SINNED.and NOT because all men inherited the quilt of Adam's sin and therefore are made worthy of death. Please read Romans 5:12 one more time.
"Wherefore, as by one man SIN entered into the WORLD, and death BY sin; and so DEATH passed upon all men, (WHY? Why does DEATH or SEPARATION from God come or pass upon all men?) FOR (or BECAUSE) that ALL have SINNED:"
The REASON that death or spiritual separation from God is passed upon ALL men is BECAUSE every single human being EXCEPT for Jesus, the Son of Almighty God has made the CHOICE to give into the INFLUENCE of Satan's temptation and they have SINNED of their OWN FREE WILL. No where in the Bible do I my self find that ALL of mankind has INHERITED a so called SINFUL NATURE that causes us to SIN. It was SATAN who was allow to enter into the world and continue to tempt the rest of mankind throughout the history of mankind.
The TRUTH of the matter is that what causes us to sin is the INFLUENCE and DECEPTION of Satan. The Bible teaches us that it is UNNATURAL for man to SIN. Man does NOT have a NATURE to SIN. It is NOT NATURAL for man to SIN. Therefore mankind does NOT have a SINFUL NATURE. Let me PROVE this to you once and for all time. Please read Romans 1:18-32, which PLAINLY and CLEARLY teaches us that it is AGAINST our NATURE to SIN, therefore PROVING that we are NOT BORN with a SINFUL NATURE as some FALSELY teach.
19. Because that which may be known of God is manifest (or made KNOWN) IN THEM; for God has shewed it unto them.(God shows us that which is right from wrong through the CONSCIOUS which we INHERITED because of Adam's original sin)
25. Who CHANGED the truth of God into a lie, and worshiped and served the creature MORE than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. (by making the CHOICE to obey the INFLUENCE of Satan rather than the word of God)
26. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did CHANGE the NATURAL use into that which is against NATURE:
27. And likewise also the men, leaving the NATURAL use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet.
In other words, ALL these SINS mention here are the result of being WITHOUT NATURAL AFFECTION and doing that which is AGAINST our very NATURE to do. To ME, this passage of scripture PROVES without a doubt that SIN is AGAINST the very NATURE in which Almighty God created us and therefore proves that we are NOT BORN with a SINFUL NATURE as some FALSELY teach.
Now some of you may say that I am trying to twist the scriptures to include all sin as an UNNATURAL act of mankind and it is ONLY the SIN of HOMOSEXUALITY that is AGAINST the NATURE of mankind to commit. Well to ME, even if ONE sin is AGAINST the NATURE of mankind to commit, then this would prove that mankind is not BORN with this so called SINFUL NATURE, because God's word CLEARLY states that it is UNNATURAL or against the very NATURE of man to lie with another man and a woman to lie with another woman. And if we break just ONE point of the law, then the WHOLE law is transgressed. Also another question still needs to be asked, if Paul was ONLY speaking about the ONE SIN of HOMOSEXUALITY, then WHY did Paul bother to list all these others sins and say that those who do such things are WITHOUT NATURAL affection? Any person can BECOME so corrupt that Gd gives them over to a reprobate mind and they become without their NATURAL affection against sin. Tome there is no doubt that this is what Paul was speaking about here.
The Bible teaches that out of the mouth of two or three witnesses to let everything be established. So then, let us take a close look at Romans 2:5-15, which teaches us that the GENTILES who were considered SINNERS by the Jews KEPT the law of God by their NATURE with which they were BORN.
8. But unto THEM that are CONTENTIOUS, and do NOT OBEY the truth, but obey unrighteousness, (or obey the INFLUENCE of Satan and make the CHOICE to give into his temptation and SIN) indignation and wrath,
14. For when the Gentiles, which have NOT the law, do BY NATURE the things contained in the law, THESE (speaking of ALL of mankind, but more particularly here as being GENTILES, who are BORN with a NATURE to do that which is RIGHT, because we ALL have a CONSCIENCE that bears witness to us of right and wrong, THESE), having not the law, are a law unto themselves:
You see even though we ALL are BORN with a CONSCIENCE that bears witness to our hearts that which is right or wrong, we also have been given the freedom to CHOOSE which of the two INFLUENCES that are in the world that we are going to OBEY and therefore we all at time make EXCUSES and try to REASON away the INFLUENCE which we decide to follow or not follow.
My point is this, SOME of these GENTILES, who BY their own NATURE in which they were BORN with, made the CHOICE to OBEY the LAW of Almighty God and do that which was RIGHT before God, without ever having been given the WRITTEN COMMANDMENT of God which they could read, BECAUSE they and we are ALL BORN with the NATURE to know what is right and what is wrong. And it is our NATURE at first to follow that which is RIGHT. However, because SIN or more precisely because the INFLUENCE of Satan, who TEMPTS us to SIN has ENTERED into the world or was ALLOWED to remain in the world, then ALL of mankind at one time or another has either been DECEIVED by the deceitfulness of sin or has simply GIVEN INTO the INFLUENCE of Satan and has SINNED. Therefore DEATH has PASSED upon ALL of mankind, BECAUSE ALL men have SINNED by their OWN FREE WILL at one time or another.
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Now some of you may still not be convince of this Biblical TRUTH and DEMAND that the Bible clearly teaches that there is NOT ONE who is RIGHTEOUS, NO NOT ONE!
Well lets us take a CLOSER look at what the WHOLE word of Almighty God has to say about these verses that SEEM to say that there is NOT ONE RIGHTEOUS, NO NOT ONE. Please read Romans 3:9, which teaches us that we are ALL under SIN, both Jew and Gentile.
Now why Paul goes on in the following verses taking them OUT of CONTEXT to show further that ALL of mankind is UNDER SIN I have no clue. I myself see the NEW TESTAMENT as letters and teachings that were written by men who were indeed inspired by God to write them, but not necessarily every single word being a THUS SAYS THE LORD. What I mean by this is that there are places in the New Testament when Paul comes right out and plainly states that he is speaking as a MAN, which to ME, says that not every single word Paul says is inspired of God. In other words, I personally believe that at time Paul puts in his own opinion. There are preachers today that take verses OUT of CONTEXT to MAKE a POINT and I personally believe that this is what Paul is doing here in Romans 3:9-18 to MAKE the POINT that ALL HAVE SINNED and therefore ALL of mankind have FALLEN SHORT of the glory of Almighty God and THUS NEEDS a SAVIOR.
"What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are ALL UNDER SIN; (then Paul goes on to try and FURTHER prove this truth, which he already said that he PROVED before. Anyway Paul goes on to say:)
10. As it is WRITTEN, There is NONE righteous, NO, NOT ONE (so then, WHERE is it WRITTEN that there is NONE righteous, NO, NOT ONE? Let us read through the entire list of scriptures that Paul QUOTES before we go to the Old Testament and read them in their CONTEXT):
Now in verses 10, 11, and 12 Paul is quoting from Psalm 14, which clearly is NOT speaking about ALL of mankind, but RATHER is speaking of or prophesying of the FOOL that says there is NO God is the last days. Please read Psalm 14:1-5, which says,
"The FOOL has said in HIS heart, There is NO God. THEY (speaking of those who FOOLISHLY say in THEIR heart that there is NO God. THEY) are corrupt, THEY have done abominable works, there is NONE (of THEM, the understood subject of who is being talked about, which is the FOOL that says there is NO God. There is NONE of THEM) that does good.
2. The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God. (a prophecy of the last days when the wickedness is come to full once more in the earth)
3 THEY (again speaking of the FOOL who says there is NO God in the last days, THEY) are all gone aside, THEY are all together BECOME filthy: there is NONE (of THEM, again the understood subject referring to the FOOLS in the last days that says there is NO God. There is NONE of THEM) that does good, NO, NOT ONE (of THEM, speaking again of the FOOL in the last days when wickedness has come to completion, which is the understood subject throughout this entire Psalm).
4. Have all the WORKERS of INIQUITY no knowledge ? Who eat up MY PEOPLE (thus proving that their are GODLY and RIGHTEOUS people of God on the earth that are being killed by these WICKED people who say in THEIR heart that there is NO God. It is THESE workers of INIQUITY who eat up God people) as THEY eat bread, and call not upon the LORD.
5. There were THEY (speaking of he FOOL in the last days that says in his heart that there is NO God and who work iniquity including the killing of the RIGHTEOUS people of God. It is THEY, the FOOL that shall be) in great fear: (WHY? Why shall these FOOLS who say that there is NO God who persecute the people of God FEAR in the last days when Jesus comes to execute the WRATH of Almighty God?) FOR (or because) God is in the generation of the RIGHTEOUS.(which again PROVES that Paul took these verse OUT of CONTEXT either intentionally of unintentionally, but none the less by NOT keeping them IN the CONTEXT they have led many to be MISLED into believing that Paul was speaking of ALL of mankind when he quoted Psalm 14 saying that there is NONE righteous, NO, NOT ONE)"
The TRUTH of the matter none of these verses Paul quoted in Romans 3:12-18 are speaking of ALL of mankind as many FALSELY teach, but RATHER they are all speaking of the WICKED at the end of the age when God shall judge the wicked, because NONE of the WICKED will seek after God, and NONE of the WICKED will TURN from THEIR wicked way. In other words, the FULL NESS of the Gentiles will have come in and be completed when God will look upon the children of men and see for himself that NONE of the WICKED will SEEK after God no matter how much the gospel is preached. Please read Psalm 14:7, the last verse in this short chapter from the Wycliffe translation that prophesies of the last days WHEN the DELIVERER shall come out of Zion to set Israel free from the nations that are warring against her at the battle of Armageddon. "Who shall give from Zion health to Israel? WHEN the Lord has turned away the captivity of his people; Jacob shall fully be joyful/Jacob shall (make) full out joy, and Israel shall be glad. (Who shall give victory/Who shall give salvation, or deliverance, to Israel out of Zion? WHEN the Lord has RETURNED the prosperity of his people, then Jacob shall rejoice; yea, Israel shall be glad.)"
Now the first part of verse 13 in Romans chapter 3 Paul is quoting from Psalm 5. Lets us read the first part of Romans 3:13 again before we read Psalm 5:9 in it entire CONTEXT.
"THEIR throat is an open sepulcher; with THEIR tongues THEY have used deceit;..."
So then, WHO is the THEIR and the THEY speaking of here? Is the THEY and the THEIR referring to ALL of mankind as many of us have be TAUGHT? Well let us see by taking a CLOSE look at Psalm 5:9, which is the verse that Paul is quoting, but let us examine it in it's CONTEXT by reading the entire Psalm 5:1-12, which CLEARLY and PLAINLY teaches us that Paul is quoting about the LAST DAYS and that the are RIGHTEOUS people of God on the earth in these last days who are PRAYING this Psalm about the WICKED to be DESTROYED, because THEY, the WICKED are killing the RIGHTEOUS.
CLEARLY verse 9, which Paul is quoting in the first half of Romans 3:13 is speaking of the WICKED in the LAST DAYS, when the RIGHTEOUS are praying to God to DESTROY THEM, because there is NONE of the WICKED that are SEEKING after God, NO, NOT ONE.
In the last half of verse 13 Paul is quoting from Psalm 140:3. Again let us read the last half of Romans 3:13 before we read the entire CONTEXT of Psalm 140:3, which again is NOT speaking of ALL of mankind as many of us have been FALSELY taught.
"...the poison of asps is under their lips:"
Now here is Psalm 140:3 left in it's ENTIRE CONTEXT, Psalm 140:1-13, which again CLEARLY is speaking of the LAST DAYS when the WICKED are CONTINUALLY making WAR against Israel.
Again, CLEARLY the CONTEXT is speaking of the WICKED and VIOLENT men in the LAST DAYS in the DAY of BATTLE when the WICKED shall make WAR against God's RIGHTEOUS people the Jews and the Christians.
Can you not see my dear brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ that Paul has either intentionally or unintentionally taken these verse OUT of their CONTEXT when he quoted them in Romans 3:12-18 and thereby many have been MISLED into believing that Paul was speaking about ALL of mankind when he said that there are NONE righteous, NO, NOT ONE who SEEKS after God. Again I have no clue as to WHY Paul took all these verse OUT of their CONTEXT. I can only suppose that he was trying to make a point the ALL of mankind had SINNED at one time of the other and therefore, ALL of mankind had fallen short of the glory of God and were considered to be UNDER SIN, and THEREFORE were in NEED of a SAVIOR.
In Romans 3:14 Paul is quoting Psalm 10:7. Lets us read Romans 3:14, which says,
"Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness:"
Now WHOSE mouth is this verse speaking of that is full of cursing and bitterness? Is it the mouth of every single person on the earth or ALL of mankind as many of us have been taught? Or is it the mouth of ONLY the WICKED in the LAST DAYS that Psalm 10:7 is speaking about? Let us keep this verse in it's CONTEXT by reading the entire Psalm 10:1-18, which says,
4. The WICKED, through the pride of his countenance, WILL NOT SEEK after God: (CLEARLY it is the WICKED who is NOT righteous, NO, NOY ONE wicked person in the last days will SEEK after God) God is NOT in all HIS thoughts.
7. HIS mouth is full of cursing and deceit and fraud: under his tongue is mischief and vanity.(so then, it is clear that it is the MOUTH of the WICKED ONLY and NOT ALL of mankind that this verse is speaking about)
8. He sits in the lurking places of the villages: in the secret places does he murder the innocent (speaking of the WICKED murdering the innocent Christians and the Jews): his eyes are privily set against the poor.
EVERY verse that Paul has quoted so far from the Old Testament has been taken OUT of CONTEXT and either intentionally or unintentionally has been quoted together in such a way as to lead one to believe that he is speaking of ALL of mankind when he says that NONE are RIGHTEOUS, NO, NOT ONE, and NONE SEEK after God.
But the TRUTH of the matter is that these verse when LEFT in the CONTEXT are CLEARLY speaking of ONLY the WICKED in the LAST DAYS that are the ones who are NOT seeking God and that the wickedness of the wicked has gotten so bad that there will be NONE of these WICKED in the last days that will TURN from their wickedness, NO, NOT ONE. In other words, the wickedness has come to FULL, when NONE of the WICKED shall become RIGHTEOUS, NO, NOT ONE.
In Romans 3:15 Paul is quoting Proverbs 1:16. Again let us read Romans 3:15, before we read where Paul quoted from in the old Testament.
"THEIR feet are swift to shed blood:
Again whose are the THEIR feet that are swift to shed blood? Is it the feet of ALL of mankind that many of us have been taught? Or is it the feet of the WICKED ONLY? Let us read the Proverbs 1:10-16, which is the CONTEXT of Romans 3:15.
So AGAIN the THEIR here in Romans 3:15 is referring to ONLY the WICKED and NOT to ALL of mankind as many of us have FALSELY been taught by the doctrines of ORIGINAL SIN and TOTAL DEPRAVITY. Clearly the CONTEXT of Romans 3:12-18 reveals to us the TRUTH that there are many RIGHTEOUS ones in the earth at the same time that the WICKED have become so wicked that NONE of the WICKED, NO, NOT ONE SEEK after God in the LAST DAYS.
In Romans 3:16,17 Paul is quoting Isaiah 59:7,8. Here is what Romans 3:16,17 says,
" Destruction and misery are in THEIR ways:
Now when I read Isaiah 59 I see again two groups of people, the WICKED and the RIGHTEOUS. But I also see ISRAEL as being in transgression against God and being heavily persecuted, but yet they do not cry out to God for judgment, but rather take matters into their own hands while all the while God is wanting them to call upon him.
I also see in verse 15 that those who DEPART from WICKEDNESS make themselves a TARGET or PREY for the wicked to cut them down. The more I study about ISLAM and the LAST DAYS I am seeing Isaiah 59:15 being fulfilled today.
In Romans 3:18 Paul is quoting Psalm 36:1. First read Romans verse 18, which says,
"There is no fear of God before their eyes."
Now please read Psalm 36:1 in it's ENTIRE CONTEXT, which again is prophesying of the LAST DAYS, when the wickedness of the WICKED has come to full and the TIME of JUDGMENT has come. To ME, there is NO DOUBT that the THEIR throughout Romans 3:12-18 is speaking of ONLY the WICKED and NOT ALL of mankind as many of us have FALSE been taught by the FALSE doctrines of ORIGINAL SIN and TOTAL DEPRAVITY. Here is Psalm 36:1-12, which clearly teaches us that the THEIR who have NO FEAR of God before THEIR eyes is speaking of the WICKED, the FOOL that says in his heart that there is NO God.
2. For he flatters himself in his own eyes, until his iniquity be found to be hateful (in other words, the WICKED have become SO WICKED and PRIDEFUL that THEY have become HATED and it GRIEVES and REPENTS God to have to DESTROY that WICKED once again).
4. He devises mischief upon his bed; he sets HIMSELF in a way that is not good; (again PROVING that ALL of mankind do NOT INHERIT a SINFUL NATURE, but rather make the CHOICE to set THEMSELVES in the way that is evil) he abhors not evil.
8. THEY (speaking of ONLY those CHILDREN of MEN in TRUST is the Lord and who call upon the name of the Lord to be saved) shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of your house; and you shall make them drink of the river of your pleasures.
Now I have CLEARLY and PLAINLY shown that in EVERY single verse that Paul QUOTED from the Old Testament was TAKEN OUT of CONTEXT and made to say something that the CONTEXT clearly does NOT say or teach, which consequently has lead many to FALSELY believe that Paul was teaching that ALL of mankind is WICKED and that there is NONE righteous, NO, NOT ONE who SEEKS after God.
HOWEVER, the TRUTH of the WHOLE word of God CLEARLY and PLAINLY reveals that these verses in Romans 3:12-18 are speaking of ONLY the WICKED in the LAST DAYS who are NOT SEEKING after God. And NONE of the WICKED, NO, NOT ONE WICKED person in the LAST DAYS will SEEK after God, NO, NOT ONE.
UNTIL Jesus comes in the clouds of glory and power and then a REMNANT of the nations will CALL upon the Lord and be saved ALIVE to go into the 1000 year reign of Jesus in their MORTAL bodies to be taught of the Lord. For a deep understanding of this truth please read the study entitled "THE SECOND COMING of JESUS", but for now let us continue with this study in God word EXPOSING the FALSE teaching of Calvinism by closely examining the doctrines of Reformed Theology in the LIGHT of the WHOLE word of God.
Still there may be some who believe and teach the doctrine of original sin and the doctrine of total depravity that will say that I am the one who is twisting the scriptures, because the Bible clearly says that the HEART of MAN is DESPERITLY WICKED. Then they will quote Jeremiah 17:9 which says,
But again WHOSE heart is deceitful above all things? And WHOSE heart is desperately wicked? Is it the heart of EVERY single human being ever born in that every single human being is BORN with a desperately wicked heart that is deceitful above all things.
OR is it ONLY the heart of those who have BECOME WICKED? In others words, is the CONTEXT of this verse speaking about EVERY heart of ALL of mankind, or is the TRUE meaning of this verse LEFT in it's CONTEXT speaking about the WICKED HEART that is DECEITFUL above all things, and the HEART that has BECOME WICKED is now become DESPERATELY WICKED that WHO can truly KNOW it?
Well let us again read the CONTEXT to find out. Please read Jeremiah 17:1, 5-10 where in verse 1 we read how the SIN of Judah is written upon the table of THEIR heart.
"1. The SIN of Judah (and not the wicked sinful nature of ALL of mankind) is written with a pen of iron, and with the point of a diamond: it is graven upon the table of THEIR heart, and upon the horns of your altars;"
Then God warns them that if they continue in their sin that he will cut them off from the land, because THEIR heart has DEPARTED from the Lord. Now read verse 5 through 10.
"Thus says the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusts in man, and makes flesh his arm, and WHOSE HEART DEPARTS from the LORD.(So then, it is the HEART that trusts in MAN and DEPARTS from the Lord whose heart is DECEITFUL and DESPERATELY WICKED)
6. For HE (the one who DEPARTS from the Lord) shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good comes; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited. (then in the next two verses the Lord goes on to CONTRASTS the difference between the HEART that is DECEITFUL and DESPERATELY WICKED, BECAUSE that heart has DEPARTED from the Lord with the HEART that TRUSTS in the Lord)
8. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreads out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat comes, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.(then is the next verse God goes back to speaking about the HEART that has DEPARTED from the Lord and trust in MAN)
9. The HEART (speaking of ONLY the HEART that DEPARTS from the Lord) is DECEITFUL above all things, and DESPERATELY WICKED: who can know it? (then in the next verse we learn that there are obviously DIFFERENT kinds of HEARTS or else WHY would God even bother to SEARCH the HEART to find out which KIND of HEART a person has?)
Now IF it were true that verse 9 means EVERY HEART of ALL of mankind is DECEITFUL and DESPERATELY WICKED as some FALSELY teach, then this would mean that ALL of mankind would be JUDGED ACCORDING to his EVIL WICKED WAYS, because the FRUIT of a WICKED EVIL heart can only be EVIL. Jesus clearly and plainly teaches us this truth in the gospels.
Can you not see my dear brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ that Jeremiah 17:9 is speaking of ONLY the HEART of those who DEPART from the Lord whose heart is DECEITFUL and DESPERATELY WICKED. Also please notice that EVEN this person who DEPARTS from the Lord whose heart BECAME WICKED was NOT BORN with a WICKED SINFUL NATURE that is SO TOTALLY DEPRAVED that it is rendered TOTALLY UNABLE to turn to God without FIRST being REGENERATED or born again of the Holy Spirit as some FALSELY teach, because the context of this verse clearly teaches us that these hearts DEPARTED from the Lord.
Calvinism clearly teaches that ALL of the ELECT will be saved without fail and that NONE of the ELECT can LOSE their salvation. Calvinism also teaches that NO NON ELECT person will be drawn to God to be saved and that NO UNREGENERATED person can come to the Lord. Therefore according to Calvinism it can be ONLY the ELECT one who DEPARTS from the Lord whose heart BECOMES DECEITFUL and DESPERATELY WICKED, but yet according to Calvinism NO ELECT one can ever possibly DEPART from the Lord. Every Calvinist that I have talked to will argue that those who DEPART from the Lord were NEVER truly saved. Calvinism totally CONTRADICTS itself, so do NOT TRUST in MAN that DEPARTS from the TRUTH of the WHOLE word of Almighty God. Think it THROUGH for YOURSELF.
With that being said let us go to the gospels and see what our Lord Jesus the Christ said about the TWO DIFFERENT kinds of HEARTS, the GOOD heart and the EVIL heart, and HOW the HEART BECOMES EVIL. Please read Luke 6:43-49, which says,
45. A good man out of the GOOD TREASURE of his heart brings forth that which is GOOD; and an evil man out of the EVIL TREASURE of his heart brings forth that which is evil: for of the ABUNDANCE of the heart his mouth speaks.
48. HE (speaking of ONLY the one who obeys the teaching of Jesus) is like a man which built an house, and dug deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.
49. BUT he that hears, and does NOT, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great."
In other words, it is up to US to make the TREASURE in our heart GOOD in ABUNDANCE so that we become DOERS of the word and NOT just HEARERS ONLY whereby we DECEIVE our own self.
Now please read Matthew 12:33-37 where Jesus warns us to either make the tree GOOD and the FRUIT GOOD, or else make the tree CORRUPT and the FRUIT CORRUPT, because the one who is LUKEWARM Jesus will spew out of his mouth when he comes.
My point is this, when a born again Christian continually SPEAKS out of his or her mouth that they are SINNERS, then that is what will be BROUGHT FORTH. If you are TIRED of giving in to temptations then start changing the TREASURE of your HEART to that which is GOOD until it becomes the ABUNDANCE of your heart and you begin to speak God's word of TRUTH that you are a NEW CREATION and that the OLD treasure of your heart which BECAME EVIL has PASSED away and is DEAD to you.
Begin reading and meditating on the word of God that teaches you that you are MORE than a conqueror THROUGH Jesus Christ and the anointing that is in you. For a deeper understand of how you can live free from sin please read the study called "HOW TO LIVE YOUR LIFE FREE FROM SIN!" and the study entitled "THE POWER OF OUR WORDS". But for now let us continue this study in God's word to expose the lies of these FALSE doctrines of original sin and total depravity.
Now even after all this clear and plain evidence from God's word that proves beyond any shadow of a doubt that mankind did NOT INHERIT a SINFUL NATURE because of the sin of Adam there are some than want to cling to that which they have been taught by these FALSE man made doctrines of original sin and total depravity based upon Job 15:14, which says,
As I have said many times, ANY verse when taken OUT of CONTEXT and viewed ALONE and APART from the WHOLE word of God may SEEM to be saying something that the whole word of God does NOT teach. So then, let us keep this verse in perspective to the WHOLE word of God and see what the TRUTH of the matter truly is.
Now if you read the entire context beginning with Job 15:1 you will see that a MAN named Eliphaz was MOCKING Job, who was maintaining that he himself was a RIGHTEOUS man before God. Now in Job 13:15 we see that Job is DECLARING to Eliphaz and his friends that he would MAINTAIN his WAYS. Then in Job 12:4 we see that the WAYS of Job were UPRIGHT or RIGHTEOUS before God.
So then, now we have TWO different sides of a coin so to speak. On one side we have a MAN named Eliphaz that says what is MAN that he should be CLEAN and one BORN of a woman that he should be RIGHTEOUS. And on the other side we have another man named Job whose MAINTAINS that he is a JUST and UPRIGHT MAN before God.
Now WHO is right and who is wrong, because BOTH cannot be right. Either ALL of mankind is BORN WICKED and SINFUL, OR ALL of mankind is BORN INNOCENT and RIGHTEOUS before God. Both ways cannot be right.
Well I suppose that you can have YOUR OPINION and I suppose that I could have mine. But for ME, I would rather let the WHOLE word of TRUTH, the Holy Bible speak for itself and teach us which man is right by comparing scripture with scripture.
So then, let us go to the end of the book of Job and read Job 42:7, where we see Almighty God HIMSELF speaking of this SAME matter of the THINGS which this MAN Eliphaz has SPOKEN to Job.
"And it was so, that after the LORD had spoken these words unto Job, the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite, My WRATH is kindled against YOU, and against your two friends: (WHY?) FOR (or because) YOU (speaking of ALL THREE of YOU, you AND your TWO friends) have NOT spoken of me the thing that is RIGHT, as my servant Job HAS."
So then, this man Eliphaz did NOT speak that which is RIGHT before God, when he SPOKE these words in Job 15:14.
"What is MAN that he should be CLEAN and one BORN of a woman that he should be RIGHTEOUS."
Now if you are still not convince that Job was a RIGHTEOUS and UPRIGHT man before Almighty God, then let us go to the beginning of the book of Job and read Job 1:1,8 and Job 2:3, which clearly teach us that Job is a RIGHTEOUS man, because Almighty God HIMSELF DECLARES Job to be a PERFECT and UPRIGHT MAN.
Well some may say, Well that was the narrator of the book of Job who said that and not Almighty God himself. So to you I say keep reading, because in Job 1:8 it is CLEARLY Almighty God speaking these SAME words.
Then Almighty God REPEATS almost these same exact words again to us making sure that we KNOW without a doubt that MAN can be PERFECT and UPRIGHT before God even under the attack of Satan the devil.
"And the LORD said unto Satan, Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a PERFECT and an UPRIGHT MAN, one that fears God, and eschews evil? And STILL he holds fast his INTEGRITY, although you move me against him, to destroy him without cause."
So EVEN under the direct attack of Satan we can REMAIN that PERFECT and UPRIGHT MAN that we have BECOME THROUGH the shed blood of Jesus who set us FREE from the DOMINION of SIN.
Now that you have seen what the word of TRUTH of the WHOLE word of God TRULY teaches us you are going to have to make a choice as to which side you are going to believe, the side of the MAN Eliphaz who says "What is MAN that he should be CLEAN and One BORN of a woman that he should be RIGHTEOUS."
OR are you going to side with the word of TRUTH, the WHOLE world of Almighty God who plainly and clearly declares the MAN Job to be a PERFECT and an UPRIGHT MAN before him.
Keep in mind that those MEN who teach these FALSE doctrines of MEN on original sin and total depravity use Job 15:14 in order to TRY and proved their MAN made doctrines.
My point is this, YOU can believe what you want to believe, but the TRUTH of the matter is that these FALSE doctrines of original sin and total depravity will only serve to KEEP you UNDER the BONDAGE of SIN, because they teach you that you are BORN with a SINFUL NATURE and that it is YOUR NATURE to SIN. And if you truly believe that it is your NATURE to sin, then you will be deceived as well into believing that you are destine to sin because it is your NATURE.
However if you truly desire to quit sinning and be an OVER COMER, then start believing the WHOLE word of Almighty God, rather than the doctrines of MAN.
May God bless you richly as you continue to seek the truth of the whole word of God.
Your brother in our Lord Jesus Christ,
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