The Theological Ramifications of Original Sin PDF Print E-mail
The Theological Ramifications of Original Sin and Free Will
By Harold James Rogers
Many accept original sin simply because they are taught it, and they don't really see how
it affects their thought processes concerning the Lord God. They do not see the trickle
down effect this thought has on interpretation of other scriptures. Original sin basically
stated is that all men are born sinners, that is they are guilty at the time of birth. So then
the reasoning follows that Gods wrath is on everyone who is born, so then Christ died as
a way to deflect this wrath from those who believed,(the meaning of which in this context
seems to be to give mental acceptance to the reality of his existence in history.) Then
those who "believe" are seen as righteous in Gods eyes apart from their actual actions,
and once they are "born again" they are forever safe from eternal damnation.
The implication is that the real cause for sin is not in the sinner but in the way a person is
made. In fact the word "sinner" is made to mean no more then the word "human". The
sinner himself is not to be faulted for his sins any more then he is to be faulted for being
human. No!! I ask you to reason; does not all these statements slander Gods character?
Isn't that saying God is unjust first in condemning people for what they cannot help, and
then in reckoning them as doing right even when they are not. Let us recognize that God
is a just God. Not simply by virtue of His power, as many affirm "anything God does is
just because He can do whatever He wants", but that justice is part of His character. Yet
before I go any further let me go down the same path of reasoning without original sin.
God has made man upright but he has gone astray by his own inventions, His wrath is on
those who sin for their own sins which the ungodly have so ungodly committed in their
ungodly lives, Jesus died to wash away our sins and gives us faith to be obedient and
walk upright and holy, reconciling us from our estranged state from God that our own
sins had caused, we recognize that we are only made acceptable to Him through our faith
which leads to obedience and by walking after the spirit and not after the flesh.
Moral character, either good or evil can never be inherited. Each person creates and
forms his own moral character out of his own free will. There are consequences of sin
that have been passed down from Adam. Physical death and sickness just to mention two.
We have also inherited the knowledge of good and evil, which in itself is not sin, Jesus
himself knowing to choose the good and refuse the evil.
Isaiah 7:15 Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose
the good.
We are also born into a world ruled by Satan, Adam having given the rule over to him.
Sin is the result of a free choice.
Luke 4:6 And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of
them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.
You may ask yourself, What is the difference? Simply everything. To truly repent you
must acknowledge your responsibility for your actions, it is your sin which you
committed which caused you to be estranged from God, it is your rebellion against God
that put you in the path of His wrath. It was your choice and your action. There was no
invisible force that caused you to do the wrong you have done, and there will be no
invisible force that will cause you to do right. Here we must speak of freewill. Now by
freewill it is not meant that there is no influence upon your will to cause it to do good or
evil, simply that there is nothing causing you to commit acts of sin without your
cooperation, and the same with acts of righteousness. Without freewill there could be no
virtue or evil. In the beginning we see freewill established Genesis 2:16 And the LORD
God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat: But of
the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you shall not eat of it: for in the day that you
eat thereof you shall surely die.
And so that must be considered in coming to an understanding of what is being said in
every area of scripture that touches this subject. Let us see what God said to Cain
regarding good and evil after the "fall". Genesis 4:7 If you do well, shall you not be
accepted? and if you do not well, sin lies at the door. And to you shall be his desire, and
you shall rule over him. Notice that he is acceptable and unacceptable not simply because
he was born, but because of his actions.
Job 33:27 He looks on men, and if any say, I have sinned, and perverted that which was
right, and it profited me not; He will deliver his soul from going into the pit, and his life
shall see the light. Lo, all these things works God oftentimes with man, To bring back his
soul from the pit, to be enlightened with the light of the living. Notice here the repentant
must take responsibility for all our sins and recognize that it is we ourselves who have
done it and the cause was ourselves and there is no other cause (or excuse) for our having
sinned. Flesh does not cause a person to sin, else Christ would have sinned, since he like
us had the same kind of flesh. Romans 8:3 For what the law could not do, in that it was
weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for
sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us,
who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Now it would be foolish and destructive to your soul to torture the meaning of this
scripture to say that flesh itself is the cause of sin, it would be like saying a cup was the
cause of milk. Since Paul so obviously states that we are to fulfill the law while still in
the flesh he cannot mean that flesh is the cause of sin, In fact the whole point of this is
that Christ having the same kind of flesh that we have did not sin, and so he condemns
those who commit sin in the flesh, and we who are born of his spirit also do not commit
sin. Some wishfully say that Christ simply was condemning sin, not the sinner, as if sin
itself was a being or had substance.
AGAINST YOU!" It was not your birth, you are the one who was guilty of specific acts
of sin and Christ indeed shed his blood for your specific individual acts of sin, understand
this!! Let me state once more: Being born is not a sin and does not make you a sinner,
being born does not cause the wrath of God to come against you. Christ did not shed his
blood for sin in a general generic sense. He himself took upon himself the punishment for
your specific acts knowing that it was you who committed them and deserved the
punishment. It was not some impersonal mathematical ransom. The wrath of God is not
on all but only the disobedient. Colossians 3:6 For which things' sake [the wrath of God
cometh] on the children of disobedience: Look at how the scriptures implore you to be
reconciled to God, how they speak of returning to the shepherd of your souls.
1 Peter 2:25 For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd
and Bishop of your souls.
WHY?? Because it was you who went astray it was you who perverted the path of life
you were set upon when God spoke life into the womb, it was you who decided that this
was your life and you were going to do what you wanted with it, instead of yielding
yourself up to do Gods will, which would have been only a reasonable thing for you to do
since it was He who gave you life. Romans 5:10 For if, when we were enemies, we were
reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be
saved by his life.
Colossians 1:21-23 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by
wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled In the body of his flesh through death, to
present you holy and unblamable and unreproveable in his sight: If you continue in the
faith grounded and settled, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which
you have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven;
whereof I Paul am made a minister;
Notice that you were alienated and enemies of God , not by birth, but by wicked works.
You were not born enemies of God, and how sad it is that many who confess Christ
remain His enemies. They are like solders who are captured in a war and pretend to be on
the side of their captors, only because it will benefit them for the time being, but if they
had only a way to escape, or to overthrow their captors and be safe they would. They
have not truly joined forces with God, but only appear to, (if you don't look too closely).
Indeed they discourage any close examination of their life, in fact they discourage the
close examination of anyones life, lest their cover be torn off and their true self be
exposed for all to see.
Jude 1:4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to
this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and
denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.
What sin is and isn't. It is important to know what sin is, and what it is not. Sin is
transgression of the law, and knowing what is right to do but not doing it.
1 John 3:4 Whoever commits sin transgresses also the law: for sin is the transgression of
the law.
James 4:17 Therefore to him that knows to do good, and does it not, to him it is sin.
Interestingly enough the one verse most often used in "Charismatic" and "Full Gospel"
circles to describe sin.
Romans 14:23 And he that doubts is damned if he eat, because he eats not of faith: for
whatever is not of faith is sin. Is the least descriptive of sin. It is obvious in the context of
passage that Paul is referring to foods and setting apart days etc. The fact that only the
last part of the sentence is used shows how deceptive it is to use this passage as a
definition of sin. Why is it so popular to use then? Simple. because it affords people to
transgress the law and do what they know is wrong as long as they have "faith" while
doing it. Another example of self-deception. It removes the responsibility for sin by
making sin a mystical, nebulous thing that can't be pinned down by an easy definition, the
cloak that sin loves to hid behind, and the tool which Satan will use to deceive everyone
who does not love the truth.
Now do not think that I am saying that you are or can be saved simply by stopping doing
wrong and to start doing right. For that would be useless as your former sins would still
accuse you before God. No you must repent and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. For it is
His blood which cleanses you from your sin and places you in a state of righteousness
before God.
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