By Mike Miller


The tone of this article may seem rather harsh at times, but I feel that it needs to be. Be it known that I am not attacking people, but I am attacking what I believe with all my heart to be a false doctrine. I do not imagine that everyone who believes in original sin is unsaved or ungodly. I personally know many dear brethren who, I believe with all my heart, love God supremely and serve Him in holiness, but yet preach this (false) doctrine. I have observed that most of them have never given it any serious thought or study – they are just repeating what they have been taught and heard all their lives. So please don't take personal offense at this article. It is not intended to hurt the feelings of people but to "contend for the faith once delivered to the saints." It is intended to stir you up and get you to study and take an honest look into this matter in the light of the Word of God.

What is at stake is too important! We must get it right! "Make straight the way of the Lord!" We just can't be slothful and careless with the souls of men, so please read and consider this challenge to what has become the foundation of modern Christianity.  

Are We Born Sinners?

So you believe all men are born sinners? That is the foundation from which you build all your other doctrines. Rejoice, because you have plenty of company. This doctrine is the common thread among all the cults, including Jehovah's Witnesses, the Catholic Church, and Calvinists. It is the common ground for evolutionists and Christians who believe it. It was a major factor in many of Sigmund Freud's misguided ideas that have done so much to guide the world away from God and his Word. The world uses the idea of original sin as a basis for the excuses and explanations for evil and excess. It is the best excuse men have ever come up with for their sin. It has done more to encourage men to continue in sin than any idea ever conceived.

The cult known as Jehovah's Witnesses are famous for not allowing blood transfusions. The reason is because they believe sin is in the blood and will be transferred to them if they take someone else's blood. The Catholic Church baptizes infants because they believe they are born guilty of Adam's sin and will go to hell if they die without having those sins washed away by baptism. All of Calvinism is pretty much summed up in one word – "inability" and according to their logic, it is a result of being born sinful. Take away the doctrine of original sin and Calvinism has no foundation for its major doctrines. We are hearing from the humanistic world now that sodomites were "born that way." Drunkards were "born that way." Now we are hearing the same explanation for people who are fat, or who are thieves, or child molesters, or perverts, and on and on. Recently there was an article in the news proclaiming that the tendency to be religious is also a result of your genetic makeup. In other words, you inherit that trait physically from your parents and therefore you can't help it if you are religious or not. That ought to make the Calvinists happy – the humanists believe just like they do!

Therefore, original sin is the common ground for humanists, evolutionists, psychiatrists, and most modern denominations of Christianity. They all believe that the physical body is the source of all the problems. You are what you are because of your genetic makeup. You do what you do because you are preprogrammed from conception.

Of all the damnable, deceitful, dirty lies that devil has deceived mankind with through the years, the doctrine of original sin must be his masterpiece! It has ruined more souls, destroyed more churches, put out more fires of revival, and quenched the working of the Holy Spirit more than any other doctrine that has ever entered the minds of men. It has undermined the true gospel message and rendered it impotent. It has turned the reality of salvation through Christ into a mere form of religion and the multitudes have embraced it. It has made the church and its message a mockery before the world.

It is illogical and unscriptural! It is unthinkable! It is amazing that men of sound minds could swallow such a load of deceit and nonsense! It is obvious that this is the work of the great deceiver. It is also evidence that sin truly does cause depravity in man. Anyone honest person who knows anything about the Bible and who hasn't been exposed to this horrendous doctrine automatically rejects it when they hear it for the first time. It is so preposterous that even a child will reject it. The very idea that newborn infants are guilty sinners while they have no knowledge of good and evil and no ability to reason or make choices flies in the face of the very nature of every person on earth – saved or lost! That a just God will cast these infants into hell if they die is an abomination to every sensible human being! There really are those who preach such nonsense, but you can rest assured that if they preached this at the funeral of an infant, there would not be one single person there who would believe it, no matter how many doctrinal books they lay out to prove it.

This perverted doctrine denies the justice of God. It removes the responsibility for sin from the sinner, but worse than that, it places that responsibility on God himself. What blasphemy! It confuses the definition of sin and presents it as something completely different than it is in reality. It is an outright lie because it teaches that sin is a substance passed through the genes, and particularly, the blood of our physical bodies. It makes sin a NATURAL thing and it certainly is NOT. God did not create man to sin, so it is completely UN-NATURAL. This can be easily understood by the natural barriers that God gave us to protect us from sin. Every sin is most difficult the first time we do it, after that it gets easier each time. For example, any kind of addiction, from tobacco, to drugs, to booze, is something you have to work at in order to develop. Your body resists these things naturally. Think of someone tasting hard whiskey for the first time. They will almost choke. Think of someone inhaling a big puff off a cigarette for the first time. He coughs, and gags, and sometimes gets physically sick. But if you do it again, and again, you will eventually overcome that natural resistance and truly develop an un-natural desire for something. That desire is not what God created you with, but it is of your own making. Sin is anything but natural – it is completely un-natural.

This hellish idea makes God the author of sin. Only the devil himself is mean enough to come up with an idea like that and make it acceptable to men who claim to love and serve God. If you are born sinful then it is of God's doing because He is your Creator! Who doesn't believe that? Your countenance, the color of your eyes, the color of your hair, your smile, are all designed by God himself. If you are born sinful then it is also of his doing. You can't deny the fact that this ungodly doctrine lays the blame for sin at the feet of God himself! That alone should make you back up and think about it! That alone should make you question what you've been taught about this matter! If you believe this doctrine you are charging God Almighty with the sin of all mankind. You are telling Him that He is to blame for every dirty deed you have ever done and every time you have yielded to your lusts and did as you pleased against his law.

This doctrine hatched in hell has produced plenty of offspring. Why do you suppose the Catholics had to come up with the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception? The doctrine of original sin had them in a tight place. They couldn't answer the questions about how Jesus could be born of an earthly mother and yet have a sinful nature. The only way they could do this without trashing the doctrine of original sin was to make Mary sinless, also. Now that's a pretty difficult task if it has to be based on the Bible because the Bible plainly says that Mary went and offered her sin offerings after the birth of Christ just as she was supposed to do. They were only able to do it because they do not believe the Bible is the final authority – they believe the Catholic Church is.

All the "Bible-believers" that adhere to original sin don't worry about answering the questions that arise, they just use their tongues to slay the ones asking the questions and mark them as "heretics." That solves the problem for them. There are others who try to explain it by saying that sin is passed through the father's blood and because Jesus had no earthly father he didn't receive that sinful nature. This has all been proven to be a fairy tale and is medically and scientifically false. The baby's blood is from both father and mother, not from just one. The sin is NOT in the blood – it is NOT a physical attribute or a substance passed from one generation to another physically!

Infant baptism is another practice that has no basis in the Word of God. It is the result, or at least in the beginning, it was the result of the false doctrine of original sin. They baptized infants to wash away their sins. Oh, not the sins they had committed, but the sins they were born with. Foolishness!

Then there are all the doctrines of Calvinism that have poisoned the waters for so many multitudes and left so many without any hope in God. Without the doctrine of original sin there would be no such thing as Calvinism or Catholicism. No one would ever get the idea that they are outside the elect and without hope. No one would ever sit on their rear end until they die and go to hell thinking there was nothing they could do but wait on God to save them through some passive faith and grace that they have no part in. It is a damnable, deceitful, and truly wicked doctrine!

This is the doctrine that has produced the idea that men cannot obey God. They are unable, even with the Spirit of God dwelling in them, to even come close to obeying the law of God. What an affront to God himself! What a mean God He must be! He made the law, then he made us unable to keep it, and sends us to hell because we can't! I would like someone to show me just one law that we cannot keep. Where is it written? Which one is it? Some have said, "Well, that's easy! It's the very first one – "Thou shalt love the Lord they God with all thy heart, soul, mind, and strength. No one lives up to that one." If someone asked you if you loved your children with all your heart, what would your answer be? I suspect you would say yes. I will just say that if you can't honestly say you love God that much you should really consider checking up on your salvation. For most people the statement above would be enough to jar their mind into thinking clearly again. Don't you see how this doctrine of devils has the power to warp your mind and cause you to think in a twisted way about God and your sin?

The doctrine of original sin makes many things sin that aren't sin at all. It makes people think in such a way that they consider temptation to be the same thing as sin itself. Many poor people live in misery and defeat because they have an evil thought, and to them, that proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that they are wicked and possessed of this "sinful nature" they were born with. No matter how hard they try they cannot overcome sin. They want to do right, but cannot. When they would do good, they do evil anyway. The strange thing is that when they got saved they quit cursing, they quit drinking, they quit smoking and gambling. They quit committing fornication and started attending church and tithing. They overcame SOME sin, but can't overcome others. What is this sin that they can't seem to overcome? It is their thoughts. They think if they have a bad thought they have sinned. How ridiculous! Thoughts precede actions. Temptation is always in the mind BEFORE sin is committed. To think a thought and cast it aside is NOT sin. You are NOT guilty until you dwell on that thought and start planning and plotting to carry it out in action. What freedom many people could know if they simply would understand the difference between temptation and sin! Remember, Christ himself was TEMPTED IN ALL POINTS LIKE AS WE ARE – yet He was without sin.

The zealous proponents of this doctrine of devils try to prove it by pointing to an infant crying for its mother and calling that sin. Wow! That should bring up a red flag to anyone who is thinking! That child is innocent and as pure as the driven snow. He has no evil thoughts! He has no depraved thinking! He is not lying there and thinking about how he can deceive his mother! He is simply reaching out for help in the only way available to him – crying. There is nothing sinful about wanting to be in the arms of his mother. There is nothing sinful about being hungry or needing a diaper changed! What kind of a mind calls this sin? Think about it!

Allow me to point something out to you. The same kind of mind that calls this infant's crying a sin will call other things in adults simply "Christian liberty." Isn't that amazing? We have no right to call things sin when Christ gave us "liberty" but they charge an innocent infant with sin and he has no defense. We're to the point now where fornication is considered "Christian liberty" by many. Hellish music is "Christian liberty." Dirty habits that abuse your body, ruin your testimony, and dishonor God are "Christian liberty," and a baby crying for his mother proves that we are born sinful and uttering lies. How can anyone possibly believe such as that?

Right now you probably have a number of questions running through your mind. Asking questions is natural when you are challenged about something you have embraced as truth. I believe there are reasonable, scriptural answers to your questions. I would also say that if you intend to stake out your ground in original sin, then you have a boatload of questions to answer yourself. However, you are going to find yourself in a real predicament because you can't answer those questions unless you give up the falsehood of original sin, or cast the Word of God aside.

That only leaves the option of attacking those who have challenged you to think. I hope you won't do that, but that you will consider these things and truly seek the mind of God through the Word of God on this matter.

First most common objection:

Are you saying all men aren't sinners?

Over the years I have noticed that the first reaction of most people is the same when they hear the doctrine of original sin refuted for the first time. They immediately assume that we are saying that all men are NOT sinners. This is just absolutely not true. The Bible is clear on that fact: "All have sinned and come short of the glory of God." "There is none righteous, no not one." Many other verses prove that all men are sinners in need of a Saviour. If they do not come to Christ and trust Him as the only hope for forgiveness of sin they will perish forever in hell. That is why we are so fervently contending that we MUST get the message right! We must make the path STRAIGHT – and not crooked! We MUST understand what sin is, what its cure is, and how to obtain it! The stakes are too high to handle the Word of God lightly in this matter, or just accept what a certain school of theology teaches. Eternal souls are at stake!

All men are sinners and must be saved or they will perish. That is not the issue here. What IS the issue is the ORIGIN OF SIN. Most of modern Christendom says it is part of our physical makeup we were born with and we are contending that the Bible teaches otherwise. The Bible teaches that we are born innocent and without any knowledge of good and evil and that we GO ASTRAY. We TURN ASIDE every one to his own way.

They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one. – Psa. 14:3

Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions.Eccl. 7:29

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. – Isa. 53:6

How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray? – Matt. 18:12
They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.– Rom. 3:12

Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness; – 2 Pet. 2:15

For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.1 Pet. 2:25

The Bible is clear in its language – man is born innocent and corrupts himself by allowing himself to be controlled by his lusts. He "turns aside." He "goes astray." He "becomes filthy." He "turns every one to his own way." He "becomes unprofitable." He "forsakes the right way." We find man's waywardness expressed in the same way over and over in the Word of God. If men are born guilty sinners then from what are they turning? If they are already filthy how do they "BECOME filthy?" Sin is something that happens AFTER you are born – it is not something that is in your genes, DNA, or chromosomes. If sin IS a physical problem then man will surely come up with a way to fix it on his own one day. Through genetic engineering and all they are prying into they will surely find the "sin gene" and be able to make a drug that will suppress it or kill it. Don't you see how ridiculous it is to believe that sin is physical? I'm sure that you would agree that this is never going to happen. The reason it will never happen is because sin is a HEART PROBLEM and NOT A PHYSICAL PROBLEM! Jesus said so:

And Jesus said, Are ye also yet without understanding? 17Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught? 18But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. 19For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: 20These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man. –Matt. 15:16 through Matt. 15:20

Sin is a moral issue and not a physical issue. It is impossible to be born with your morals already corrupted. When you are born you have no knowledge of good and evil. You have no ability to even reason with your mind. You have no capacity to make choices. As you develop physically and mentally you begin to acquire knowledge and part of that knowledge is the knowledge of good and evil. Then you begin to make choices. Because "sin entered the world" through Adam the world is corrupt and the influence to make the wrong choices is overwhelming and powerful.

There has only been One in all of history who has made the right choices and not become a sinner – the Lord Jesus Christ. Those who view the Bible through the doctrine of original sin explain that fact by saying that Jesus was different physically than the rest of us. Again, their false doctrine blinds them to the plain teaching of the Scripture:

For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham. Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. 18For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.Heb. 2:16-18

Jesus was made just like us IN ALL THINGS. In fact, the Bible is so forceful in this teaching that even any spirit that denies this fact is labeled "antichrist."

And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. – 1 John 4:3

Jesus overcame the world, the flesh, and the devil by the same means that are available to us – the Word of God and the Spirit of God. He used divine power to still the raging sea and to raise the dead, and heal the leper, but when it came to resisting temptation He only used the Word of God, being led by the Spirit of God. No divine power was used to overcome sin, and if it was then we certainly don't have a chance at all because we are not divine.

The wonderful thing is that we DO have the Word of God and we DO have the Spirit of God indwelling us if we are saved, and therefore, there is victory in Jesus for us! There IS power to overcome sin and live a holy life that is pleasing to God! Hallelujah! That is such a different message than can be preached by those who base everything on original sin. That is such a different message than the defeated, hopeless Christian life that original sin preachers present. They declare Romans 7 to be the best you can expect as a Christian. If I had no better hope than that to give to a sinner I certainly would quit preaching! But I don't have to quit because there is Romans 8, and a host of other Scriptures that make very clear that we are "MORE THAN CONQUERORS THROUGH HIM THAT LOVED US!"

What about our sinful nature? Second most common objection:

Are you saying that we do not have a sinful nature, or that we aren't prone to sin?

No! Of course the fact that mankind is prone to sin is very obvious. It is a foolish person indeed who would deny that fact. The natural man is much more inclined to sin than to righteousness. However, the problem doesn't lie in our genes, our blood, or our physical makeup. Our physical body is not the problem – the HEART is the problem! We cannot blame our tendency to sin on a bad gene we inherited from our parents because that simply isn't true! Jesus said:

But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: – Matt. 15:18-19

Your body is not really you. Your body is the temporary house you live in while on this earth. It is made of dust and it will return to the dust when you are finished with it. The body is simply the means God gave us to function in and experience this physical world. The body has no will of its own. The body does not make decisions and choices. However, the body does need some things. It needs food and water. It needs to be cleaned and comforted. It needs rest. God created a mechanism for the body to let us know when it needs something. It is called natural desire or "lust." These are natural desires that God gave us so that we can respond and take care of the needs of the body. These desires work through the five senses – sight, hearing, taste, touch, and smell. The soul that lives in the body is the one who makes the decisions and choices about what the body gets to look at, to consume, to listen to, or to experience. Your soul finds pleasure in fulfilling these natural desires. Everyone likes to eat. Everyone likes to be comfortable. Everyone likes anything that "feels good." God made us that way and then He designed all of creation so we could take care of those physical needs, and enjoy it while we did it. But for our own good, and also to show forth the order and pattern of the Godhead, God put boundaries around all of these desires and their fulfillment. The problem arises when the desire for these things becomes so consuming that we disregard God's boundaries (law).

Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge. – Heb. 13:4

And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite. Prov. 23:2

James 1 tells us that when lust hath conceived, or has taken control, it brings forth sin. When our lusts run out of control sin will be the result.

Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. – James 1:15

Lust is a matter of the heart. The body is the vehicle through which we experience it. It isn't that your body is demanding it – it is the fact that the affections of your heart are set on it. People eat when they aren't even hungry. They buy things they do not need. They seek for that in which they can take pleasure because they are lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God. It isn't sinful to meet your needs, but when lust goes beyond that and becomes the driving force of your life you are in trouble. Scripture bears witness to the fact that lust is an issue of the heart:

So I gave them up unto their own hearts' lust: and they walked in their own counsels. – Psa. 81:12

Lust not after her beauty in thine heart; neither let her take thee with her eyelids. Prov. 6:25

Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Rom. 1:24

Many other Scriptures could be given to prove this. There are verses that refer to the "lust of the flesh" but again, the body is the only means by which we experience life in this world. Therefore, the clear meaning is the lusts of our heart that we experience through the body. The "lust of the eyes" doesn't mean that the eyes themselves lust, but it speaks of the things we see with our eyes that our soul lusts after. It is very evident that without the soul the body will not lust. A body lying in the casket does not lust anymore, even though it retains every molecule and gene that it possessed while it was alive. The only thing missing is the soul – that's YOU, and that is the part that did the lusting! That dead body is simply an empty shell – like a discarded garment that has been taken off and dropped on the floor. The body has no more of a will of its own than the clothes that you wear.

Many seem to think of the desire itself as sin, but a natural desire is given by God and cannot be sinful as long as it is fulfilled within the boundaries God prescribes. The desire can lead us to temptation, but being tempted is not sin either. Jesus himself was tempted in all points as we are, but yet without sin. Sin is not a physical substance in your blood, or your genes, or your body. Sin is willful transgression against God's law. Sin is a matter of the heart and it is a moral issue – not a physical issue. It is not a physical trait passed from parent to child like the color of your eyes or hair.

The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son …– Ezek. 18:20

The Bible is very plain in the above verse that guilt cannot be passed from one person to another either. This verse totally contradicts the doctrine of original sin. It teaches the same truth found throughout the Bible – that every man will give account of HIMSELF to God. A just God will not charge anyone with someone else's sin. He will never transfer someone else's guilt to you. What an ungodly doctrine! If we are guilty of Adam's sin, then why aren't we guilty of the sins of every one of our ancestors since Adam? Why is it ONLY Adam's sin that we inherited? If it is a physical matter and in our blood then we should be guilty of all the accumulated sin of every generation since Adam. What a ridiculous idea! What blasphemy against God and his Word! If sin is physical then there are many other verses of Scripture that simply cannot make sense.

You may say that we are making a mountain out of a molehill, but this issue is very important. If this tendency to sin is simply the result of our physical makeup and we were born that way, then there is no way we can rightly feel guilty about it. No matter how hard you try to twist it and make me feel guilty I still know that I had no say in it. My will was not involved. I didn't make the choice, and by my very constitution I know that a holy and just God cannot blame me for it. HOWEVER, if the problem is NOT physical then I must bear the responsibility for being a sinner. It was MY CHOICE and MY DECISION! It was MY HEART that chose to "go astray." Because of my selfishness I have "become filthy." I had a choice and I made the choice to disobey God and I am without excuse!

Does man have a sinful nature? Man is certainly prone to sin, but referring to that as a sinful nature is confusing, to say the least. To say that he is BORN with a sinful nature is just totally wrong, unscriptural, and a terrible teaching that without a doubt has taken away from many sinners the conviction of the Holy Spirit. It was exactly what they needed to hear to take the heat off.

Man DEVELOPS the tendency to sin through his own lusts. That should be so obvious to any person who will lay aside the dogma they have been indoctrinated with and just think sensibly. It gets easier to sin if you keep doing it. The first time a person commits a particular sin his conscience troubles him. The second time it isn't so bad. The voice of conscience gets quieter and quieter until eventually it isn't even heard anymore.

For example, take the use of drugs and tobacco. The first time you use it your body rejects it and it might even make you physically sick. The only way you can become addicted to drugs or tobacco is to keep using them. After a while it them becomes your NATURE or habitual behavior. You MUST have it! But you have developed that "nature" yourself AND created an un-natural desire. God did not give you that desire – you developed it by yourself. Now you are in bondage and controlled by your un-natural desire. Drugs, alcohol, and tobacco are good examples of the way ALL sin becomes a part of your life. ALL sin works the same way. When you are a sinner, sin controls your life. You are in bondage and must be delivered if you are ever going to be free from it. That is why God sent a Saviour! He came to "take away the sins of his people." He came to "set the captives free!" He came to deliver you from yourself and the mess you've made of the clean vessel God gave you to start with.

It's bad enough that so many teach and believe we are born with a physically sinful nature, but what is even worse is the teaching that we retain that nature after we are saved! If that is the case then what on earth is salvation all about? Just a home in the sky by and by with no real deliverance here and now? The Bible is too clear that there is much more to it than that.

For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Titus 2:11-12

The Bible is clear that those who are saved are made partakers of the "divine nature." They are overcomers and not practicing sinners any longer.

Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. – 2 Pet. 1:4

We are not denying that man is prone to sin. We are saying that the tendency to sin is of your own making. It is not something in your physical makeup that you were born with. It is a matter of the heart and not a matter of the physical body.

Third most common objection:

What about all those Scriptures that teach we are born sinful?

It always amazes me that folks seem to assume that we have never seen those verses in the Bible. Most of us who have rejected the doctrine of original sin were once just as strong in believing it as our critics are now. We have taken a second honest and closer look at those verses that appear to teach this doctrine of devils and found that we had been looking at them with a preconditioned bias that made us see what we wanted to see in those verses. It is amazing how stubborn and blind we can be when we get an idea in our mind. We can look so deeply and at the same time miss the most obvious and simple facts. If we hope to understand God's Word correctly we must lay aside all our prejudices and fears of what others might think and be totally honest in our heart before God. If we have no intention of accepting or obeying what God shows us then you may be assured that God is not going to reveal anything to you.

Of course, the kingpin of all the verses that "teach beyond a doubt" that man is born sinful would be found in Psalm 51:5:

Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. - Psa. 51:5

Just yank this verse out of context and it looks like the issue is settled doesn't it? However, that violates every rule of interpretation by anyone's standards, and so anyone who is going to be honest is going to have to look a little closer. There are several ways to look at this, unless you have your mind already made up and don't intend to change it.

First of all, this is David's prayer of deep and thorough repentance. He sees himself as very low in the light of God's holiness. He has sinned against God and his guilt is great. He is humbling himself before God, as we all have to do. He is saying that he is just unworthy of anything from God. His best has not been anything to compare with God's holiness, and the best he has ever done now looks very worthless in view of his sin. His sin is all that is before him now and it is the great obstacle between him and God.

This is figurative language and that cannot be denied. If we take this statement and make a literal application with it, then we must also take verse 7 and apply it literally.

Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. -Psa. 51:7

But we know that hyssop will not cleanse us from our sins - it is figurative language. The idea is that David wants to be clean from his sin. He is begging God for deliverance and forgiveness and holding forth nothing of his own merit, but putting himself as low as he possibly can. He is saying, "I've never done anything worthy of your mercy, but I'm asking anyway."

Again in verse 8 we see figurative language used:

Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice. - Psa. 51:8

God did not literally break his bones, and bones do not rejoice. It is figurative language and in the same context as verse 5. Again it is speaking of David's low estate because of his sin and his desire to have his innermost heart pure and right with God.

Another way of looking at this to realize that he said "I was shapen IN iniquity, and IN sin did my mother conceive me…" Sin entered the world through Adam. David was born IN this world. His mother conceived him IN a sinful world and he was shapen as he grew IN the midst of a world full of iniquity. This is the way that Jewish writers of old interpreted this verse. We are all in the same boat. We were born into a world full of sin and we have been exposed to it from the day we entered the world. How can anyone imagine that it would not be a factor in our "going astray" or "becoming filthy?"

Some have put forth the idea that David was saying he was conceived when his mother committed fornication. I completely disagree with that idea. I see no evidence to even justify thinking such a thing. In my opinion it is far from a satisfying explanation for this verse.

We can also start dissecting the words in this verse and see much more than the "obvious" meaning that has filled so many textbooks and doctrinal books. "Shapen" means to "writhe or twist in pain." He says he was "shapen in iniquity." It is connected to the later part of the verse, which says, "and in sin did my mother conceive me." The word "sin" there means "a crime or its penalty." Take a look at Genesis 3:16: Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee. - Gen. 3:16 Part of the result of sin entering the world through Adam and Eve is that childbirth is painful. David is saying that he entered the world in the midst of writhing and pain and it was because of the fact that sin had entered the world long ago. We surely see the effects and results of sin everywhere, but that doesn't mean that it is physically transmitted from generation to generation. It is a moral problem - not a physical problem. Sin has definitely affected the entire creation, but INFLUENCE is the way sin is spread - it hasn't done so by physically transmitting itself from one being to another.

Of course, Augustine, the father of this doctrine of devils, believed this verse to say that the union of David's parents in which he was conceived was sinful in itself. Augustine believed that intimacy between a man and woman was sinful because it involved lust. The fact that they were married made no difference, as far as he was concerned. He believed that sin was transmitted to the child because of the lust that was involved in the intimacy between husband and wife. Never mind that it is a natural desire given by God and also blessed by God inside a marriage relationship.

Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge. - Heb. 13:4

Of course, when you look at a verse with your mind already made up you just don't think about all those other verses that contradict your private interpretation.

So you see that there are other interpretations for Psalm 51:5, and they also fit much better with the rest of the Bible and its teaching on sin.

Second proof text for original sin:

The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies. - Psa. 58:3

Once again we see the words "go astray." If this verse teaches us anything it teaches that we are NOT born sinful - it is something that BEGINS at birth. By the way, infants do not "speak" anything, they only cry. They have to be able to "speak" before they can "speak" lies. Infants only have physical needs, they do not have the ability to reason and make choices. They are not capable of the scheming and planning required to "speak" a lie or deliberately deceive someone.

They "go astray as soon as they be born." The trouble begins when they are born into a sinful world. By the time their reason starts to develop they have already made physical pleasure their number one priority. Self-gratification is what their life is about. Before they know anything about God they have already known the lust of the flesh. Paul said: For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died. (Rom. 7:9) Sin is not imputed where there is no law. Infants do not know or understand the law of God and therefore are not sinners according to the Bible definition. As soon as they come to the age where the law of God is revealed to them they become accountable and therefore are sinners in the eyes of God. When they obtain the "knowledge of good and evil" that is when they begin to be accountable to God for choosing evil over good.

Third proof text for original sin:

Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: - Rom. 5:12

This verse is used to "prove" that we are born sinners. However, it is one of the easiest to refute. The verse says plainly that DEATH passed upon all men - NOT SIN! By one man SIN ENTERED INTO THE WORLD. Death entered BECAUSE of sin and DEATH passed upon all men BECAUSE all have sinned. This verse does NOT teach that sin is passed physically through the genes to all the generations since Adam. It is simply reaffirming the fact that all men have sinned, and "sin when it is finished bringeth forth death" 100% of the time. Read it and interpret it correctly and it fits with all other Scripture. Interpret it through original sin-stained glasses and you have added to the Word of God, a crime which carries a stiff penalty according to Revelation 22:18.

Our critics might say that the fact that all people will inevitably become sinners is no different than saying all men are born sinners. Either way it isn't our fault and therefore we could still blame God for letting us be born in a sinful world where we have no chance. Let me remind you that it wasn't God who ruined the world, but men. And it wasn't just Adam who has made such a mess of this world, all his descendents have done their full share, also. Sin is MAN'S fault - NOT God's fault. God has done far beyond what any man would do to save us from sin. God has provided a cure for it. He has provided an escape from its bondage. You can trade your sin for Jesus and get a renewed mind, a new heart, a new life, a new song, new desires, eyes that can see, ears that can hear, and a home in heaven, all to boot!

Fourth proof text for original sin:

For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. - Rom. 5:19

In the first place, if we are going to be consistent then we must say that if Adam MADE ALL men sinners then Jesus MADE ALL men righteous. You cannot change your interpretation between two identical phrases in the same verse. The Universalists use the doctrine of original sin to prove that all men are going to heaven. If you believe in original sin then you have no grounds on which to argue with them - they win the debate. The word used here is not ALL, but MANY. This verse is speaking of the INFLUENCE of Adam - not what he physically passed to his descendents. We are not trying to lessen the significance of Adam's sin because it surely did bring sin into the world. It was the beginning of every heartache and misery that has been experienced by men since that day, not to mention all the death. However, the doctrine of original sin is a terrible distortion and misrepresentation of what really happened.

For example, we could say that Hugh Hefner of Playboy magazine has made many men immoral, adulterers, and perverts. That is certainly true, but we don't think of the sins of Hugh Hefner being imputed to others! That would be a ridiculous twist of reason! We could say that all the devil-possessed rock musicians of our day have ruined multitudes of people with their music and their message of drugs and rebellion. That would be true, but we would not think of them being ruined in the sense that the rock singers' sins were imputed to them by some physical means. Again, we might see a family where the father was a drunkard and all his sons were drunkards, too. We would say that father made drunkards out of his boys with his drinking, and that would be true. But you would never think that the father somehow passed that to his children physically. We understand that it was his INFLUENCE that caused his boys to be drunkards also. We have sense enough to understand these things correctly but when it comes to the Word of God we put a twist on it that doesn't fit with reason, or with the rest of the Scripture.

Along that same line of reasoning, we all have known wicked fathers who had sons who were righteous. The Bible is also full of examples like that. Likewise, we have seen righteous men who have had wicked sons. It is the INFLUENCE - NOT THE GENES! It is whether or not they submit their heart to God and his law or rebel against it. EVERY person must choose for themselves - and they DO!

Fifth proof text for original sin:

Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. - Eph. 2:3

This is another verse held up as PROOF that we are born sinful. The word used here is WRATH - not a thing said here about being born sinful. The book is written to a Gentile church. The context and emphasis of the chapter is that he is speaking to Gentiles who have been saved. They were born Gentiles - by nature they were Gentiles. The Jews considered the Gentiles to be "dogs" and enemies of God. There wasn't much hope for a Gentile as far as the Jews were concerned. They were "children of wrath." They were wicked and estranged from God and would be recipients of his wrath on Judgment Day.

It is just a terrible strain to try to make this verse "prove" that we are born sinful. The only way someone can believe that is because they come to this verse with an idea already fixed in their mind and every verse must be FORCED to fit their preconceived idea. Try reading it IN CONTEXT while forgetting about the doctrine of original sin.

There are other verses that are also used to support this false doctrine, but these we have discussed are the strongest and most commonly misinterpreted. The Bible does NOT teach the doctrine of original sin. Anyone who is willing to look honestly at the Scripture and lay aside their biased opinion will have to acknowledge that fact.

Fourth Most Common Objection:

How Can We Sin Without a Sinful Nature?

Original sin is such a deception! Adam did not commit the "original sin" – Lucifer did. Lucifer sinned while in a perfect environment in heaven. A third of the angels in heaven followed him and sinned also. All of these had no sinful nature and were not even surrounded or influenced by a world full of sin and depravity, yet they sinned. Adam and Eve were in a perfect environment in the garden. They were blessed by a visit from God himself at least twice a day. The lived in a world without sin and they definitely did not have a sinful nature, yet they sinned, also.

Those examples alone are proof enough for any reasonable person to realize that a sinful nature is not necessary in order to sin. There is no such thing as a "sinful nature" even mentioned in the Bible – unless you use a modern perversion of the Scriptures like the NIV. You WILL find it in one of those books, but not in the Word of God. The cause of sin is not a sinful nature, but is stated very simply in James 1:14-16.

But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. Do not err, my beloved brethren. James 1:14-16

If you are one of those who has been taught the doctrine of original sin someone has implanted in your mind the idea that your physical makeup is what makes you sin. You think you can't help it, your body is physically flawed because of Adam's sin. Some say it is in the blood, but no one has ever identified it there. Some say it is in the genes and DNA, but again, it hasn't been found there. If it were in the blood or the DNA the scientists could one day eliminate it and cure our sin problem. We would not need God or the blood of the Saviour to "take away our sins." The humanists would be right and man is really his own God.

What a bunch of nonsense! Sin is not a physical problem and cannot be cured by physical means. It is a spiritual problem and must be cured by spiritual means. It is a malignity of the soul and not of the body. There is no drug that can make you do righteousness. There is no drug that can make you think holy thoughts. If sin were a physical problem and simply the result of chemical reactions in your brain we could squelch it with drugs, but that cannot be done. As a matter of fact, mind-altering drugs usually weaken our natural defenses against sin. They make it EASIER to sin and that is precisely the purpose the devil has for them. That is why they are always condemned in the Word of God and associated with witchcraft and evil. I would like to talk about that a little more, but that is another subject.

The propensity to sin is developed AFTER your are born. There is no possible way it can be blamed on a physical flaw in our bodies and there is not a shred of evidence to support that lie in the Bible. It is the result of our continual yielding to lust. You get used to having what you want, when you want it, and it becomes your nature to be motivated and follow your lust. That becomes the driving factor in your life. You set the affections of your heart on the things you lust after. You LOVE the world and the things of the world. If you love something you will seek after it. You will rationalize, reason, manipulate, and whatever else you need to do in order to acquire that which your heart loves and lusts after. That becomes your life's purpose and this is what people are calling a "sinful nature." Yes, it is there and it is real, but you were not born with it and it is not a problem with your physical body.

There is no physical cure for sin and God does not do a physical work on our bodies when we are saved. The only cure for sin is that your affections be set on "things above and NOT on things on the earth." What you need is a new HEART - not a new body! You need a heart that loves God instead of this world and the things of the world. That is why God said it can't be both ways. If your heart loves the world it cannot love God – the Bible says so. Sin is a HEART problem and God has a HEART cure.

For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Rom. 10:10

And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. John 3:19

The Atonement through the blood of Christ is the only means by which these things can be accomplished. A person simply cannot stop loving this world and the things of the world until he falls in love with Jesus Christ. When you really see what God has done to redeem your soul from sin through Christ you will love him.

The Scripture in James is very clear. We don't start out astray – we are "drawn away," and it is by our lust that we are drawn away – not a sinful nature we were born with! Lust is NOT a sinful nature.

But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. Do not err, my beloved brethren. – James 1:14-6

The word "lust" does not imply evil in itself. To prove that point take a look at some other verses where this same word is translated "desire" and there is obviously no evil connotation:

For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them. – Matt. 13:17

And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer: – Luke 22:15

For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: – Phil. 1:23

So lust is NOT a sinful nature! Lust is natural desire. This IS something you were created with, but it is something that reaches beyond the physical. Our modern day scientists are creating robots that can imitate a living creature in many ways. They are making robots shaped like humans that walk upright on two legs. They are making robots as small as flies that can fly and carry cameras to spy on the enemy soldiers. They are making robots that catch insects and "digest" them with chemicals to generate their own energy to continue operating. However, there is one thing that they cannot, and will never be able to put into a robot, and that is DESIRE. It is not a physical thing, but a part of the soul. It is something that God put in man because he was made a "living soul" in the image of God. Man has corrupted this gift of God by fulfilling these desires outside the boundaries in which God established for them to operate. It is man's heart that has become evil. You do not inherit that from Adam – it is the result of your own choices, decisions, and actions. You were made a living soul of infinite value and you have LOST that soul by becoming a sinner. You have SET YOUR AFFECTIONS on the things of the world and turned your back on God. You have set up enmity between you and God because of your sin. The whole intent and thrust of the Atonement is to reconcile you to God through the Lord Jesus Christ.

Sin makes you depraved – you do not start out that way. Sin warps the mind, pollutes the heart, blinds the eyes, and damns the soul. It is like a snowball rolling down a hill – it ALWAYS starts out little and ends up big. Sin is progressive. The first time is the hardest, but each time after that it gets easier. Your conscience gets quieter each time. The warnings you have heard and the fears you have had dissolve away and you are able to practice your sin with less and less obstacles. Then you begin to justify and rationalize and come up with reasons in your mind why it is RIGHT for you to do what you are doing. You finally come to the realization that "there is nothing wrong with this." What you once knew to be wrong you now embrace, defend, justify, and promote for others to do, also. It all started with your lust – something natural that God gave you – something that was not evil.

Eve had a natural desire for knowledge and that was not sinful. The serpent played on that desire and pointed her at something that was forbidden. God had clearly set the boundary and she knew it. But with a little lie, and a little encouragement and influence from an evil being she let her desire control her in spite of God's commandment. After she sinned against God she went and gave it to Adam and he followed her in her transgression. She justified what she had done and saw no wrong in it. She thought it was so great that she recommended it to someone else – even he whom she loved. They immediately thought God was their enemy and hid themselves from him. That is exactly the pattern and result of the sin of every person ever born. It is so plain and the road to sin never changes. It is mapped out clearly and happens the same way EVERY SINGLE TIME. Yet men, with the help of the devil, have created a false doctrine that teaches they sin because they cannot help it. They imagine it to be a physical flaw in their earthly bodies that compels them to sin and they call it a "sinful nature" or the doctrine of original sin.

How wicked is this doctrine that says that we sin because we are sinners – because we are born that way! Created by God with a sinful nature! In other words, sinning is what we are SUPPOSED to do. It is what we were CREATED to do! That is the essence of the teaching that we are born with a physically sinful nature, which is the root and cause of all our sin. Proponents of original sin insist that we are condemned because of that sinful nature – not because of our particular sins. I have read in their books where they plainly say that "no man ever went to hell because of any sin of the flesh." He goes to hell because he has a sinful nature that causes him to sin and he can't help it. He is doing what comes natural to him.

Then to add insult to injury they teach that salvation does not deliver us from this sinful nature because our physical body is the problem. Therefore, death of the body is the only deliverance from sin. DEATH is our Saviour – not Jesus Christ. This is exactly what the Catholic Church and all other "works for salvation" people teach. You are not a saint until you are dead. Anyone who knows anything about the Bible knows that is a lot of heresy. God is in the business of changing hearts HERE AND NOW in THIS PRESENT WORLD, and the state of your soul when you die is fixed for eternity. Your heart and your spiritual condition do not change after death. The Scripture is plain:

He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. – Rev. 22:11

If we are born with a sinful nature and it is the cause of our sin, and salvation doesn't deliver us from it, but leaves us in its bondage, then the New Testament is full of contradictions. All the promises are empty -  because they are only given to the overcomers. To him "that overcometh" are made many promises. See Revelation 2:7, 2:11, 2:17, 2:26, 3:5, 3:12, 3:21, 21:7. If we are still under the bondage of a sinful nature after we are saved then 1 John 5:4 is a lie:

For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.

The Bible teaches that living under the control of our lust is something that happened in the past, but NOT after we are saved. Notice that being under the control of lust is put in the past tense of all these verses:

And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. – Gal. 5:24

Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. –Eph. 2:3

That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; – Eph. 4:22

For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. – Titus 3:3

As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: – 1 Pet. 1:14

For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries: – 1 Pet. 4:3

Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. – 2 Pet. 1:4

Why under heaven would anyone want to abandon and ignore the wonderful promises of the Word of God to delight in the bondage of sin? What a wonderful thing to know freedom from sin! What a miracle to be delivered from the bondage and misery of a sinful lifestyle – right here and now! Salvation is not a "pie in the sky – bye and bye" – it is REAL deliverance from sin in THIS PRESENT WORLD.

Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father: – Gal. 1:4

Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? – 1 John 5:5

THAT is the message and power of the Gospel that once turned the world upside down. THAT is the message that has brought every great awakening and true revival that has ever happened. If modern Christianity would preach true deliverance from sin and throw out all the doctrines of devils that excuse, misrepresent, and even condone sin, we might see a revival in our time. Sin is the great problem of the universe. Until we face that fact, and get our doctrine straight on what it is, where it originates, what causes it, and what the cure is, we will remain under its bondage and the church will continue to grow more and more corrupt and powerless.

Fifth Most Common Objection:

Are you teaching "sinless perfection"?

Answer: No! As long as there is temptation there will be the possibility of sin. Until we leave this world of sin we will be subject to temptation and there will be a continual battle. To say that we will never lose a battle is to be presumptuous. However, with the Holy Ghost of God living inside us sin shall not have dominion over us. We are no longer slaves to our lusts and the pressure of a sinful world. "Greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world." (1 John 4:4)

The GREATEST difference that sets true Christianity apart from ALL the other religions of the world is the deliverance from sin and its guilt. None of the eastern religions offer true forgiveness or deliverance from sin. Islam certainly does not offer deliverance from sin. None of the pagan religions even seriously consider the matter of sin. ONLY Jesus Christ, through repentance and faith in Him offers genuine forgiveness and deliverance from sin. It is a mystery to me why people who claim to be true Christians would want to give up the major thing that testifies to the truth of our gospel? When you remove true deliverance from sin in THIS PRESENT WORLD from your system of beliefs you are left with nothing more than all the other religions offer.

You may say, "Jesus rose from the dead, and that is what sets Christianity apart." Yes, He rose from the dead, but if He isn't risen in your heart and reigning in your life those are empty words to an unbelieving world. The PROOF that He is risen is the new creature you become when you are born again and have the resurrected Lord living in your heart. Otherwise, his resurrection is of no consequence or value as far as you are concerned.

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. – 2 Cor. 5:17

We are not teaching sinless perfection, and those who continually make this accusation against us are simply being dishonest. But anyone who would consider living without sin to be somehow wicked is off their rocker, in my opinion, and in light of the Bible. Certainly their thinking is twisted and affected by some ideas that are plainly contrary to the overall teaching of the Word of God. Living without sin should be the desire of every person who is truly born again.

But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. – Prov. 4:18

But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. – 2 Cor. 3:18

That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; – Phil. 2:15

This is the point of contention that should shock at least some people to their senses about this matter. The doctrine of original sin has so warped their thinking that I have heard some say with a smirk, "Well, according to what you believe it would be possible for someone to be born, live a life without sin, and not need to be saved!" That is simply a straw man argument because the Bible is clear that ALL have sinned – there is NONE righteous, no not one. The only one who ever was born on this earth and lived a sinless life was the Lord Jesus Christ. We are standing on the Word of God here and people who make statements like that are just in a mental merry-go-round and can't seem to get out. Their thinking is not sound because it is so affected by the deception of the doctrine of original sin.

Stop for just a moment and consider what they are really saying! Do they really think that NOT SINNING would be the most wicked thing that anyone could do? Do they really think that God would be DISPLEASED with someone for NOT sinning? They certainly have a distorted idea of the way God views sin! Sin has wrecked God's creation and He HATES it! God did not create man to sin! In spite of this fact the people who believe in the doctrine of original sin have concluded that we MUST sin so that grace may abound, and they are fully convinced that they have ascended to a higher level of spirituality because they believe this way. In order for God to be glorified they MUST sin. The more we sin, the more grace abounds, and the more God is glorified when He forgives us. Is it any wonder then that the churches are filled with all types of sin and immorality where this doctrine is sown? You can't teach people that sin is natural, unavoidable, and something that God expects from you, and then expect them to live pure, holy, separated lives!

All that Jesus did was designed to deliver us from our sins. Teachings like original sin and all its offspring doctrines work to have exactly the opposite effect. Therefore, you are working against God and the Holy Ghost when you teach such unbiblical heresy as the doctrine of original sin! How can anyone imagine that teachings and doctrines which encourage sin are of God? Any teaching that lessens the load of guilt and sin while you continue to live in it is a lie! Any doctrine that gives you an excuse to sin, or allows you to blame your sin on something or someone else is a lie from the devil! Sin is YOUR fault and if you will find forgiveness you must be convinced of that. How many souls are being deceived and led into a false hope by this damnable teaching from hell?

"Oh, so you think you can live without sin?" We hear this accusation often. They go so far as to say that if you say you can live without sin for one moment you are totally deceived. They really appear to believe that we live in continual sin and are unable to do any better even after being washed in the blood of Christ and filled with the Holy Ghost. My, what a powerful gospel they have! People can do better than that without God! There are drunks who give up their drinking, smokers who give up their tobacco, drug addicts who quit taking drugs, and others that overcome any sin you care to name – WITHOUT GOD or his help. They simply decide to quit and they quit – with no Holy Spirit living in them and without any influence from the Word of God. I'm saying sinners can and do quit particular sins simply because they decide to do so, and get victory over the bondage that they were held in by that sin. They do it because they have some selfish interest in abandoning their sin. They want to live longer, or they see it is destroying their family and they forsake that particular sin in order to avoid that trouble in their life. They do not get forgiveness from God because they quit a certain sin, and they do not rid themselves of the guilt for the damage their sin has caused. There is no saving power in overcoming their addictions, but they do it anyway. Then along comes someone who says they have been born again of the Spirit of God and made a new creature in Christ and they say they can't live a moment without sin. To claim to have victory over sin – even for one moment, would be the ultimate wickedness they can imagine. How can you get any further off base than that?

I have known many people who teach these loose doctrines of sin but do not live according to them. They are simply being hypocrites! They have quit sinning in some areas of THEIR lives. If you were to ask them what their sin was most of them could not tell you because their conscience is clean. They make allowance for sin in the lives of others, but not for themselves in their own life. They will defend some fornicator and say he is saved because he made a profession of faith, but they could NEVER allow such sin in their lives and they know it

If you can never be free from sin then how can you ever have a pure heart? How can you ever lift up holy hands? How could you possibly be greeted in heaven with "Well done, thou good and faithful servant?" Are you saying that Jesus is going to say that to people who lived in continual, habitual sin? Ridiculous! Those who hear the Lord say that to them will have purified their hearts, cleansed their hands, and lived and walked in holiness.

Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation. – Psa. 24:3-5

The old doctrine of the Wesleyans and Nazarenes known as "sinless perfection" speaks of a second work of grace whereby you are freed from the possibility of sinning ever again. That is so preposterous I don't understand how anyone could believe it. As long as we are in a world of sin, we are subject to temptation. As long as we are subject to temptation there is the possibility of sinning. We do not teach "sinless perfection" and those who make that accusation know we do not. They are trying to deceive others about what we believe. They know very well how "sinless perfection" is understood and they know what people assume when they tell them that we are teaching that doctrine.

We do not teach or believe that a second work of grace fixes things so you cannot ever sin again. But we do believe that you are not obligated to sin. We do not believe that you HAVE to sin. Every time you sin it is because you choose to! It is not caused by some "nature" you have that you cannot resist.

Why would you be against someone who preaches against sin? Wake up and realize how far off base you are when you are defending sinners and their sin and attacking someone who is preaching holiness! You may think you are more spiritual, but the Word of God doesn't agree with you.

Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump? – 1 Cor. 5:6

This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.2For men shall be …despisers of those that are good, – 2 Tim. 3:1-3

Jesus said about the Holy Ghost:

And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: John 16:8

The first work of the Holy Spirit is to reprove the world of sin. If what you are preaching and teaching has the opposite effect you are working against God! How can you expect God to work on sinners while the message you are preaching is contradicting what the Holy Spirit is saying to him? You should be doing all you can to discourage men from sinning. Of course, when you do that others will say you are preaching "sinless perfection."  

What is the harm in denying the doctrine of original sin?

I have always been shocked at the extreme reactions when people hear the doctrine of original sin questioned for the first time in their lives. Many even get rather violent in their defense of this tenant of the Catholic Church. You would think that to deny original sin was to deny one of the fundamentals of the faith.

I have also noticed that any doctrine that promotes the helplessness of sinners and makes excuses and explanations for their sin is very gently accepted with open hearts and minds. It doesn't matter if it blatantly contradicts well-known Scriptures; there is no violent reaction and generally no resistance to such teachings. Doesn't that seem a little strange?

What are the effects of denying original sin? What other doctrines depend on original sin? What Bible doctrines are put in jeopardy by rejecting original sin? Does throwing out the doctrine of original sin upset the whole biblical idea of forgiveness and atonement for sin? According to one reformed theologian everything depends upon original sin. He said, "Were this Article of faith (Original Sin) taken away, there would be no Original Sin; the promise of Christ would become void, and all the vital force of our religion would be destroyed." How can they look around them at this world filled with iniquity and say that there is no need of redemption and no need of a Saviour? Why must the doctrine of original sin, as prescribed by the Catholic Church, be true or there is no need for redemption? "All have sinned and come short of the glory of God" is a very obvious fact, with or without the doctrine of original sin. Sin is a reality in the world we live in. It is pure absurdity to say that unless we accept the doctrine of original sin there is nothing that needs fixing. This world is full of sin and in need of a Saviour, but what it needs is a Saviour that will save them from sinning – not just give them a free ticket to heaven while they continue to live in sin, which is exactly what the doctrine of original sin makes provision for.

For some strange reason these people cannot see sin as a willful transgression against God. They see sin ONLY as something long ago and far away, of which they had no part or knowledge, but of which they are guilty in God's eyes nonetheless. Their conception of sin is that it is some mystical unseen entity or substance that possesses their bodies and acts completely separate from their own will. This mystical, invisible evil is somehow passed from one generation to the next and is the real reason they commit their evil deeds. They had no choice at all in whether they wanted this evil thing in them – God himself made them with this inherent evil and now He blames them for it and intends to judge them and punish them forever for it. No wonder the educated skeptics mock Christianity! How could anyone with any sense of justice accept such a perverted idea of God? It is utter foolishness!

There are no Bible doctrines that require that the doctrine of original sin be true. Without the doctrine of original sin ALL the major doctrines of the Bible, including sin, the Atonement, redemption, and sanctification, take on such a deeper and more clear meaning. The only doctrines that depend upon original sin are those that encourage or excuse sin. For example, without the doctrine of original sin the idea that sin is a calamity of nature rather than an act of the will against God must be disposed of. This puts the responsibility for sin on man rather than God, and this is exactly what the Scriptures teach:

So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God. Rom. 14:12

The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him. Ezek. 18:20

The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, neither shall the children be put to death for the fathers: every man shall be put to death for his own sin. Deut. 24:16; 2 Kings 14:6; 2 Chron 25:4

In those days they shall say no more, The fathers have eaten a sour grape, and the children's teeth are set on edge. But every one shall die for his own iniquity: every man that eateth the sour grape, his teeth shall be set on edge. Jer. 31:29-31:30

The Bible couldn't be more clear about this matter.

If you throw away original sin, the idea that Romans 7 represents the normal Christian experience must be discarded. Romans 7 then must be explained in light of Romans 6 and 8, as well as the rest of the Bible, instead of the man-made doctrine of original sin. This will present a completely different picture of the Christian walk. The only reason anyone would look at Romans 7 and believe living in sin and defeat to be the highest expectation of a Christian in this world is because he is clinging to the doctrine of original sin. Somehow, original sin so blinds the minds of people that they can completely put Romans 6 and 8 out of their mind while they wallow in self-pity and glory in Romans 7 as their experience. Many people are going to wake up in the pits of hell because they have believed a lie and been damned because of this matter. You better know that the Christian experience is not defeat and habitual sin! If you believe that it is, you have been deceived! What will you do with these verses?

Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. Rom. 8:37

Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. 2 Pet. 1:4

For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God. Heb. 7:19

For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. 1 John 5:4

He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. 1 John 3:8 (speaks of continual, habitual sin)

If we get rid of the doctrine of original sin we will have to stop calling ourselves a sinner after we are saved. That would be a good thing, because that is an idea that is wrong, misleading, and leads to many other false teachings and misunderstandings about what salvation is and what it does for a person. We have all heard it a thousand times: "I am just a sinner, saved by grace." No! If you are saved, you are a saint of God! Nowhere in the Bible does God refer to saved people as sinners after they are saved! A sinner is a sinner and a saint is a saint. Again, we're not saying that a saint cannot sin, but he cannot practice habitual, continual sin. He cannot be classified as a sinner. The only way you can justify such a thing is if you think we are physically, constitutionally sinful. You must think that the body is sinful in and of itself. You must think of sin as something besides an act of your will against God. You must think of it as something you cannot help. You must think of it as something beyond your control. This is the result of believing in the doctrine of original sin. Instead of being grieved for our sin we glory in it. "We are such sinners, yet God loves us anyway." Hogwash! That is a total misrepresentation of sin, of salvation, and of God's attitude and disposition! Sin is a crime – it is not an accident, it is not a tragedy, it is not unavoidable! God loves the sinner and desires for him to repent. God works in his heart to draw him to Christ so that he can see what God has done to redeem him. But if he continues in his sin and refuses to turn he will face the judgment and wrath of God. He is much more likely to repent when he understands his sin is HIS FAULT and not something that was imposed upon him without his consent.

We could go on and on about the false teachings and doctrines that encourage sin and how they all depend upon the false doctrine of original sin. But let's take a look at another aspect of this matter. Is the doctrine of original sin in harmony with the other major doctrines of the Bible? Absolutely not! Here are a few examples to consider:

Salvation is by grace through faith.

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Eph. 2:8

Salvation is available because "while we were yet sinners Christ died for us."

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

God has no desire to see anyone perish, but neither does He owe salvation to any man. God didn't provide the means for us to be saved out of obligation, but out of love, mercy, and goodness. It is such an obvious fact to anyone who is acquainted with the Bible that it would be a waste of time to keep laboring to prove this point.

If the doctrine of original sin is true then salvation cannot be of grace, but of justice. If God formed us in the womb and so constituted us that sin is natural and righteousness is unnatural, then He cannot condemn us for sin and still be just. The only way He can maintain his justice is to offer salvation, and if man takes it, well, but if he rejects it, then God is clear in the matter. Salvation then is based on justice rather than grace, and one of the major doctrines of salvation is turned on its head.

Another major doctrine that is fundamental to the faith is the sinlessness of Christ. The doctrine of original sin necessarily makes Jesus a sinner. In order to believe the doctrine of original sin you must deny the humanity of Jesus Christ in some way or another. The Bible labels people who do that "antichrist."

For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. 2 John 1:7

Allow me to explain: Original sin says that flesh is evil, and that this evil is passed from generation to generation. Defenders of this doctrine use these verses out of Job to prove that a sinner always produces another sinner naturally:

Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? not one. Job 14:4

What is man, that he should be clean? and he which is born of a woman, that he should be righteous? Job 15:14

The humanity of Jesus Christ is very plainly taught in the Bible. It is put forth with such force that anyone who denies that Jesus Christ was flesh just like we are is to be marked as antichrist.

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. John 1:14

Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; Heb. 2:14

For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham. Heb. 2:16

Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. Heb. 2:17

For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Heb. 4:15

The Bible teaches plainly that Jesus was in all respects a man. He had a human body and was born of a woman, who offered her sin offering as prescribed by Moses after He was born. He hungered, He thirsted, He wept, He laughed, He grew weary, He rested, and He slept. He was angry, He felt compassion on others, He loved, and He lived and died just like other men live and die. Just as we are partakers of flesh and blood, "he also himself likewise took part OF THE SAME." He was IN ALL THINGS …made like unto his brethren." Now, either Jesus was born with a sinful nature, just like we are – or we ARE NOT born with a sinful nature. He was made like us IN ALL THINGS. The defenders of original sin refuse to give up the idea that we are born with a sinful nature, yet they say Christ was not. In order to do this they must deny the humanity of Christ. According to them, his body was NOT like ours. Besides contradicting all the above Scriptures they are clearly guilty of what 2 John 7 warns - that people who promote this teaching are antichrist.

Baptist and others outside the Catholic Church who believe in the doctrine of original sin have no answer to this dilemma. The Catholic Church realized the corner they had painted themselves into long ago and came up with the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception. Somehow, Mary was born without a sinful nature and that is how Jesus could be born without one. Never mind that such a thing is found nowhere in the Bible, but original sin MUST be protected and defended.

There are those who try to say that since Jesus had no earthly father his blood was God's blood. There are many problems with that, the first one being that God is a spirit and a spirit has no blood. God is not flesh and blood – He is spirit. (John 4:24) He BECAME flesh through the virgin birth of Jesus. God doesn't have 46 chromosomes – that is flesh, and God is a spirit. GOD WAS MADE FLESH and dwelt among us. He WAS MADE like unto his brethren in all things. Nothing about the fleshly body of Jesus was different than anyone else ever born on the earth. We have heard a lot about the sinless blood of Jesus, but the fact is, He was entirely sinless; his hands, his feet, his eyes, his tongue, He was the sinless Saviour, but it wasn't because his flesh was somehow different than ours. He was tempted "in all points" as we are, but He overcame temptation with the same things available to us – the Holy Spirit and the Word of God. The big difference was that He was GOD in a body of flesh – just like the body you and I have. The virgin birth was simply the means for God to become flesh – not a miracle to produce some different kind of fleshly body for God to live in.

He was the "second Adam." He came to undo what Adam had done – in all points. Where Adam failed Jesus succeeded. Adam brought sin into the world and death because of sin. Jesus brought life by overcoming sin and the world, while living in a body of flesh.

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. John 16:33

Blood always represents life in the Bible – not death. Jesus shed his blood (and gave his life) so that we might have eternal life. That blood represented the sinless, victorious life that Jesus lived while on earth in a body of flesh just like ours, and the resurrection proves it.


Away with a doctrine that would take away the humanity of Christ! Only the devil could be the author of such a dishonor to our Saviour!

As we have previously pointed out, the doctrine of original sin contradicts, confuses, and makes a mess out of all other true Bible doctrines. It is totally out of character with the rest of what the Bible teaches about sin, salvation, depravity, guilt, mercy, and judgment. It is impossible to reconcile the doctrine of original sin with the major doctrines of Bible believing Christianity.

As another example let's look at the doctrine of regeneration. The term means to renew. It refers to the new birth, which is a spiritual birth. Just about any dictionary or commentary will agree with that definition of regeneration. It is that change that happens at salvation in which the will and the enmity of man toward God and his law are subdued, and in it's place a supreme love for God and his law is shed abroad in his heart. He has been born again or regenerated. He is a NEW CREATURE IN CHRIST.

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 2 Cor. 5:17

For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature. Gal. 6:15

Those who believe the doctrine of original sin run into problems trying to understand and teach the Bible doctrine of regeneration. Since they believe that moral depravity is part of your physical constitution it follows that a physical change must take place in regeneration. I have heard some of them refer to regeneration as being literally "re-gened," or in other words being made new – physically. They are completely outside of the Scriptures with this idea because there is no such thing even hinted at in the Bible. Sin is always referred to as a matter of the soul, or the heart of man. The new birth is a spiritual birth – not another physical birth. It is circumcision of the heart – not of the flesh.

If our very nature is sinful, and that from birth, then is naturally impossible for us to repent and believe the Gospel. According to those who believe in original sin, God must regenerate us BEFORE we can repent. Therefore, the sinner is totally passive and God does everything. Here's how it works: God chooses someone He wants, regenerates them, and then they repent and believe the Gospel. They are totally passive and just a very lucky person because God happened to choose them.

Because they believe that sin has as its cause your physical body, they reason that God must do something to the physical body when we are regenerated. For this reason we see people coming up with doctrines like "eradication of the sinful nature," or "sinless perfection." We are often falsely accused of believing these doctrines. Every time I hear that accusation I have to laugh, because our critics who believe in original sin are the ones who are obliged to believe these doctrines. They are the ones who believe that regeneration is a physical thing God does to you. These are just a couple of the misunderstandings that naturally follow and spring forth from the idea of original sin.

When a person gets saved and suddenly realizes that they are still tempted to sin they run to these spiritual leaders who believe in original sin for help. They are told that they have a sinful nature and will have it until they die because this sinful body is the problem. But the new convert is confused because they were told by these same people before they were saved that the sinful nature is what condemned them to hell. It wasn't the sins of the flesh, but that wicked nature they were born with that needed salvation. Now they are saved, but still have this sinful nature! Not only that, but they need not expect to be free from sin. Everyone sins every day in "word, thought, and deed." What kind of salvation is that? What IS salvation if after we are saved we still have the thing for which we were condemned?

So they have a real dilemma on their hands. From here spring forth all kinds of false teachings and doctrines intended to explain this difficulty while holding fast to the doctrine of original sin. They couldn't dare question the foundation! In their minds original sin is the basic truth of the Bible, and to it is totally unacceptable to question it at all. Everything else MUST be made to conform to the doctrine of original sin! It HAS to! They can't give up their basic, fundamental doctrine!

So they explain it this way: after we are saved we are really two separate people – the old man, and the new man. The old man is wicked and sinful, while the new man CANNOT sin. Life is a constant battle and there is never any peace because that old man just won't die. What happened at salvation was that a new man was born, but now must share the same body with the wicked "old man." This "old man" seems to be much more wicked than the person was before they got saved. He can't ever do right, but that same person before they were saved did do right once in a while. They were selfish and sinful, but not nearly as bad as this mysterious "old man" that now runs the show. The new man is weak and sickly and unable to take control away from the "old man." Bless his heart, the new man WANTS to, but he just CAN'T. He is trapped in a body that is out of his control and he must simply bide his time until the creature dies. Then, and only then, will he be truly set free. DEATH is really his only true saviour. DEATH is the only thing that can deliver him from his bondage of sin. God created this new man but He just wasn't able to make him stronger than the "old man."

Isn't that a wonderful picture of salvation? How many sinners would jump at the chance for a new life like that?

Isn't original sin a wicked doctrine? It makes salvation so empty and meaningless. It is such an insult to what Jesus really did do for us. It makes being saved so unappealing that it is a wonder that anyone ever gets saved. Instead of peace and victory it offers only struggle and defeat. Instead of true deliverance from bondage it leaves you in a worse state than you were before!

The true Bible teaching on this matter is that the old man is DEAD. He has been BURIED. And the new man has risen with Christ and …

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. Gal. 2:20

Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. Rom. 6:6

Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; Col. 3:9

Thanks be to God, the old man is dead!

So the proponents of original sin run into a problem with the Bible every time they try to explain the inconsistencies and contradictions with the other major doctrines of the Bible. Maybe that is why the new Pope said in 1985:

"The inability to understand 'original sin' and to make it understandable is really one of the most difficult problems of present-day theology and pastoral ministry."

This is from the man who was the guardian of doctrine for the Catholic Church for years under Pope John Paul II, and is now the Pope himself. He admits that it is impossible to understand or explain. But still, it is the basis for all other doctrine concerning sin and salvation – for Catholics and most Protestant denominations. And multitudes of souls continue to be deceived and die in their sins because they are taught by the religious leaders that there really is no victory in this life.

No wonder Jesus said, "When the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?" – Luke 18:8

Spiritual Death?

The doctrine of original sin has so many tentacles reaching out in so many directions that is an overwhelming task to try to cover them all. Its origin isn't found in one single misinterpreted Scripture or idea, but in many. Sometimes it is hard to tell if a doctrine has been spun off of original sin or if it is itself one of the foundations for original sin. Such is the idea of spiritual death.

No where does the Bible speak of spiritual death. The Bible never says the spirit dies, or ever has died. There is no evidence whatsoever to prove that Adam's spirit died when he ate the forbidden fruit. Yet for most Christians who claim to believe the Bible this is a major doctrine. The idea of spiritual death is foundational to their understanding of the Atonement and salvation. Naturally, when you start off with a false teaching that isn't even mentioned or hinted at in the Bible you are going to get really off-track in your understanding of other things.

The spirit is always associated with life in the Bible – never with death. I challenge you to get a concordance and search it out. You will not find any mention of a spirit dying anywhere, anytime, since God created man.

Man is a three-fold being, made in the image of God. Man consists of body, soul, and spirit. To try to separate them into three separate entities is like trying to separate the Godhead – it can't be done. What we can do is see the manifestation of each one.

The body is easiest for us to understand because we can see it with our eyes and feel it with our senses. The body is the means by which we experience the physical world we live in. The body dies. That is a fact of life. When the body dies we can no longer experience the world or things of the world, because the body is the only means we have for doing that. It is over! A dead body doesn't come back to life, no matter what the doctors do. Everyone since Adam has died eventually, and we can be assured that everyone that is alive now will also die unless they are caught up when the Lord returns.

The soul is the essence of who we are. It is our consciousness. The soul will live on after the body is gone back to dust. Man is a living soul – not just a body.

And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. Gen. 2:7

Your soul is YOU, with your affections, your desires, your opinions, and beliefs. The soul is sometimes referred to in the Bible as the heart. It is where sin originates and comes from.

For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: Matt. 15:19

The soul can be lost. The soul can die in the sense of being separated from God forever.

The soul that sinneth, it shall die. Ezek. 18:20

The spirit is the means by which we experience God. God is a spirit and to even be aware of his existence is a spiritual exercise. We cannot communicate with God outside of the spirit, and if we have a dead spirit, or no spirit, God cannot communicate with us. By the way, how could you be born with a dead spirit? A dead spirit is one that doesn't even exist. A spirit is not physical and not a body. When the soul and spirit leave the body it is dead, but what could be separated from the spirit to make it dead? Whenever you read of the spirit in the Bible it is always associated with life. The spirit is not something that can die.

The argument is that God told Adam that "in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die," (Gen. 2:17) and they reason that since Adam didn't drop dead immediately he must have died spiritually. Most people automatically accept that as a good explanation, but don't consider the fact that there is no Scripture to back it up. Someone just dreamed up that idea one day. The Bible just doesn't teach that Adam died spiritually. What the Bible does teach is that Adam brought sin into the world and death came with it – physical death. Every person since Adam, except One, has sinned and died, or will die – physically.

Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: Rom. 5:12

And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died. Gen. 5:5

God said they would die and they did. So has every sinner since Adam, and those who are alive and sinning at this moment will also die. Death is a fact of life and a certainty.

More of the reasoning to defend the idea of spiritual death is found in Ephesians 2:1:

And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;

Since the natural man cannot understand spiritual things (1 Cor. 2:14) they cannot conceive any idea of death that isn't literal, with a body lying there to prove it. "Dead" must mean DEAD, like a body lying in a casket. Obviously, they aren't literally dead, so it MUST mean they are spiritually dead, they reason. Their spirit must be dead and that is why they are unresponsive to God. The truth is that they are SEPARATED from God because of their sin, just like Adam and Eve were. Sin SEPARATES and that is likened unto death in the Bible.

Jesus gave us a very clear example of this in the story of the prodigal son. He LEFT his father and WENT astray. It was HIS OWN doing – NOT his raising, NOT his genes, NOT anything his father or mother, or anyone else did. HE wanted his own way with no restraints or boundaries in his life. When he returned his father said two different times that his son "was DEAD, and is alive again." (Luke 15:24, 32) Now we know the prodigal son was not literally dead, but he was separated from his father because of his sin. He was not so dead that he couldn't "come to himself" and remembering his father's goodness, to say, "I will arise and go to my father." Neither was he too dead to get up and do it. There was something in him that could still be touched by the goodness of his father. It should be noticed that the father didn't do anything to contact him while he was in the far country. He didn't send for him, he didn't send him a ticket home or do anything for him. What brought the son around was what he ALREADY knew about his father and his father's house. It was what he ALREADY knew about his father's character and all that his father had done for him in the past. It was what he ALREADY knew about how his father treated everyone else, including his hired servants.

The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly. Prov. 20:27

But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding. Job 32:8

For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him…1 Cor. 2:11

Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it. Eccl. 12:7

Likewise, there is still something in man with which God has to work to enlighten us. That something is the spirit of man, which is not dead or non-existent. The Bible speaks of man's spirit as if it is present in man. There are no Scriptures that teach that the spirit is dead.

You may believe this is not that important, but it is. You see, if our spirit is dead and God cannot communicate with us, then God has to literally DO something to each individual to "quicken" them before they can even realize that He exists. Now the truth is that God IS the initiator but He has done that through sending his Son to die in our place and make atonement for our sin. When Jesus said it was finished – it was finished. He will not come down and FORCE anyone to look to him. Now the Spirit of God works through the preaching of the Word of God and the testimony of his saints to cause people to consider God. If they have no spirit then all our preaching and all our godly living is in vain, as far as having any influence on them. Besides that, the Bible teaches in Romans 1, for example, that the invisible things of God can be clearly seen in his creation, so that they are without excuse. Without a spirit they would not be able to see those things at all.

For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Rom. 1:20

If the spirit of man is dead and God must do something to each individual to quicken them BEFORE they can begin to consider the things of God, then the Calvinistic teaching of election which says that God just picks out a few and the hates the rest, is true. There is no need for you to seek God because if you aren't one of the elect there is no hope for you. You should just wait on God and if He DOES something to you then you'll know, if not, then you have no hope anyway. Thanks be to God for his Word, which plainly denies such a wicked teaching:

That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. John 1:9

The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. John 1:7

And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: Eph. 3:9

Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. 1 Tim. 2:4

For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Titus 2:11

The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. 2 Pet. 3:9

If there is anything that is clear in the Word of God it is the fact that God wants ALL men to be saved, and that He has made provision and provided the means for ALL to come to him. Sadly, not all men WILL come. They hate the light because their deeds are evil. It isn't that their spirit is dead, and it isn't because they do not understand and God has left them out – it is because their heart is hard because of their sin.

The idea of spiritual death fits very well into the doctrine of original sin and all its framework of wrong understandings. It is just another offspring of this doctrine that makes it easier for men to sin, and harder for them to repent and turn to God. This is the mark of EVERY tentacle that grows from this false teaching of the ancient Gnostic cults and the church in Rome – it makes sin a objective matter and removes our personal responsibility. It takes the power out of the true Gospel message and makes sinners feel sorry for themselves rather than guilty before God. Jesus never taught a single doctrine that has that effect on sinners. Neither did any of the apostles, including Paul. It is leaven that, without a doubt, was introduced by the devil himself. Mark any doctrine that has these tendencies and get rid of it. It is mud in the water and you will be amazed how God will open your eyes and you will begin to see all things clearly when you lay it aside and just believe the Word of God instead of the false teachings of men.

Why Any Person Should Know That Original Sin Isn't True

There are some things that are just basic and MUST be true. When it comes to God one of the most basic truths has to be the justice of God. He is righteous, He is fair, He does all things right – He is just. He doesn't mistreat anyone and He is no respecter of persons. That means that He will never wobble in judgment because of who it is that is in trouble. The Bible plainly calls that a SIN and says God doesn't do that. (Rom 2:11; James 2:9) If this basic attribute of God is undermined, then we simply cannot trust him. No one can truly trust a God who is not completely and consistently just. If He doesn't absolutely do what is right ALL the time then we just cannot completely trust him, and that is the very basic thing we must do in order to be saved – trust God.

The idea of justice is basic to our nature. Almost every story ever told, or every movie ever made, has as its basic theme good versus evil. There are always two forces pulling against each other – right and wrong. The suspense is always basically about how the story will end. Will it end "right" or will wrong prevail? No one wants the bad guys to win. Any story or movie that would end with the bad guys winning and the good guys getting defeated would be contrary to our nature and no one would like it – that's why no one writes stories or makes movies like that. Even bad people root for the good guys to win, and are troubled when it looks like they will lose. That is because God so constituted us that we want justice to be done. The only part of our nature that will override that desire for justice is plain old selfishness. People will mistreat others and be unjust in order to get their own way or obtain what they want. But even when they do that they must rationalize until they justify it (make it just or right) some way in their minds so they can live with themselves. That is further proof that God has instilled in us a great sense of justice, and because of that we know that God MUST be just.

So we come to what is the greatest problem with the doctrine of original sin. Not only is it unscriptural and illogical, but it is plainly unjust, and it necessarily makes God unjust. Every person's conscience cries out that it is wrong to blame someone for the wrongdoing of another, and even more so when they had no knowledge of the act, gave no consent, and didn't even exist when the act was committed! If an infant is judged guilty before he is born because of what Adam did 6000 years ago then God is not just. That is just not right and every person on earth knows it! Even those who believe the doctrine of original sin concede that it can't be reconciled with the justice of God.

For this reason it has been the stumblingblock to many of the famous skeptics and enemies of the Gospel through the years. Any reasonable, thinking person who insists on truth just can't reconcile this illogical, unscriptural doctrine with the fact that God must be just. It is not necessary to throw out reason and common sense when it comes to understanding and explaining the Gospel. It is ridiculous for anyone to belittle or condemn reason and logic when it comes to understanding God. We were created by God and given the ability to reason and think. It is a part of everything else in our life and to insist that you have to lay it aside when it comes to God is an abominable idea. Certainly, there are things about God that we cannot understand this side of heaven, but not when it comes to understanding the plan of salvation! Not when it comes to God's basic character! Not when people insist on a doctrine that totally contradicts the righteous character of God! How many souls has the doctrine of original sin damned for eternity? How different might it have been if this doctrine had never been introduced into the church and become so widely accepted!

The doctrine of original sin necessarily teaches that babies who die go to hell forever. Augustine, who introduced this doctrine into the Catholic Church in the fifth century A.D., plainly stated that babies who died without being baptized by the church were condemned to hell. The Catholic Church teaches that baptism is the new birth and the water washes away sins. This is the reason for the persecution against the Anabaptists, which was a general term referring to those who didn't baptize babies. Because of their firm belief in original sin the Catholics thought it a terrible crime not to baptize babies, because if they died without baptism they went to hell. Many good and faithful believers were burnt at the stake or otherwise tortured and killed by the Roman Church because of this doctrine of devils.

Over the years this doctrine has crept into other denominations and become the foundation for all their beliefs. The doctrine of original sin has served the cause of ecumenicalism far better than anything else Rome has ever come up with. The way it was transferred from the Roman Church to the rest of Christianity is through Calvinism. Calvin simply took the teachings of Augustine, starting with original sin, and began his own brand of Christianity. Through the years it has evolved into a watered down version that is palatable for most undiscerning Christians. But a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump, and the gospel has become a mass of confusing contradictions that has no power to save or to sanctify.

The Catholics, the Calvinists, and most of the rest of Christianity, including the cults, all agree on original sin. When you really begin to dig and study this matter, one of the first things that becomes apparent is that the Roman Catholics are more consistent than the rest of Christianity when it comes to original sin. Over the years they have realized the obvious inconsistencies and the fact that they are not reconcilable. So they come up with new doctrines to try to make the whole thing reasonable and workable. Not the so-called Bible-believers! I have never met one of them who believed babies go to hell when they die. They know God is just and that it is unjust to send an innocent baby to hell. Yet they will defend the fact that babies are born sinners with all the fire and brimstone they can muster. What a contradiction! They say, "Well, they haven't reached the age of accountability!" But when asked for Scripture to prove that, they are totally empty-handed. There is no Scripture to prove that certain sinners will go to heaven because they were unaccountable. The only way given in the Bible for a sinner to make heaven his home is to repent of his sin and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. Sin is not imputed where there is no law. Babies are simply not sinners because they have no knowledge of good and evil. The Bible teaches that they "become" sinners when they "turn aside" and "go astray." Sin is a deliberate act of the will against the known law of God – not some hidden gene you are born with! Adam's sin is not recorded in our DNA! If it is then it is only a matter of time until scientists figure out where it is and they can cure it – without the blood of Christ. Salvation is a matter of the heart (soul) of man and not of the body. Jesus doesn't do anything to your physical body when you get saved – it is your heart He makes new!

Those who believe in the doctrine of original sin are therefore very unconvincing to any lost sinner who thinks. In his mind, he knows God must be just, but this Christian, who is trying to win him to the Lord, teaches a doctrine that denies the justice of God. Therefore, the would-be soul-winner puts a giant stumblingblock in front of the sinner. He must trust God, but God is not always just. He will not always do what is right. He sometimes blames people for things they didn't do. He creates innocent babies and then puts them in hell because of the sin of Adam.

If you have embraced the doctrine of original sin you certainly have your work cut out for you. Obviously, because of the deceitfulness of sin, there are many that will believe this nonsense, but thankfully, there are some who won't, and I am one of them. It is amazing how the Word of God becomes so rich and real when you lay aside this confusing, deceitful doctrine! The Atonement and what God has done for us through Christ becomes so much more understandable and wonderful! This doctrine is like blinders that keep you from seeing. Take it off and throw it away and you will be amazed at what you can see!

My sin was MY own doing, and my own fault! It was MY HEART that was set against God because of my own sin that I loved. But God loved me while I was yet in such a state and gave his Son for me! He will forgive me if I simply trust Him and I CAN do that because He is a righteous (just) and holy God! Salvation is real and the world needs to hear that way!