Saturday, October 07, 2006

All have sinned...

When the Bible says that all people have sinned (Romans 3:23), it is referring to all people. There is only one exception in all of humanity's history. Christ, and Christ alone, is the only sinless member of mankind. To say that someone else, other than Christ Himself, was sinless or even ceased from sinning at a certain point (except for death) is a horrible heresy that needs to be combated.

There are those in modern churches who claim that no matter what they do after they have been saved, it is not sin. Basically they would affirm that they do things that should be considered sin if done by an "unbeliever" but because they have been saved (so they claim), it is not a sin for them. Similarly, there are also those who say that once they were born again, they actually stopped sinning. They don't do anything that is sinful. Saying that anyone - anyone - other than Christ either stopped sinning after they were saved, or saying that they never sinned is heresy, and it misses the point of sin in relation to salvation. So, whether I say that I have stopped sinning or that Mary (Joseph's husband, the mother of Jesus) never sinned or ceased from sinning is contrary to the testimony of the entire Bible.

Please look at these verses and consider the weight of the Biblical text to combat and destroy your objections (whatever they are) or to show you in the fact that yes, in fact, all people have sinned, and are naturally condemned because of our sin in Adam and our own personal sin.

Genesis 6:5
"Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually."

Genesis 8:21
"The Lord smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: "Never again will I curse the ground because of man, even though every inclination of his heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done."

1 Kings 8:46
"When they sin against You (for there is no man who does not sin) and You are angry with them and deliver them to an enemy, so that they take them away captive to the land of the enemy, far off or near;"

Psalms 14:1-3
"The fool says in his heart, "There is no God." They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good. The Lord looks down from heaven on the sons of men to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God. All have turned aside, they have together become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one."

Psalms 130:3,4
"If You, LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand?
But there is forgiveness with You, That You may be feared."

Psalms 143:2
"And do not enter into judgment with Your servant, For in Your sight no man living is righteous. "

Proverbs 20:9
"Who can say, "I have cleansed my heart, I am pure from my sin"?"

Ecclesiastes 7:20
"Indeed, there is not a righteous man on earth who {continually} does good and who never sins."

Romans 3:23
"for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,"

1 John 11:8-10
"If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us."
Do not be deceived. Neither you nor I nor Mary will be sinless in this life, but only when we are glorified in the presence of our Lord.


steph said...

Isn't it wonderful that we can use Scripture to interpret Scripture, and the message is clear: all have sinned, no one is righteous, the only way is narrow and that way is Jesus. I love the message of the gospel which is foolishness to those who are perishing. Again, thank you for your work on this blog, and for the works in your life that prove you are saved. I enjoy watching you grow in the wisdom of God and godliness as the years go on.

steph said...

I just have to leave a comment that Jeff said to me to hopefully be an encouragement. The road is tough, the way is narrow, die to yourself, but it's the only way. Doesn't that sound unenticing. Then you consider the reward for those who are found in Christ: Heaven--an eternity with the One who bought you at a price that cannot be compared. Doesn't that make it all worth it?! To know that when this life is over and all the struggles that we have inevitably endured are through, Heaven is waiting for those who truly are saved. Amazing grace!

St. Michael the Archangel said...

yes it is steph... but the answer is... how do you know... that you are truly saved, when the doctrine that you base your belief on was created by (a man) in the 16th century?

EJ said...

It is a horrible mischaracterization of the doctrine of justification by faith apart from works (sola fide) to say that it was created by a man. This doctrine is found solely in the inspired Word of God, and just because Rome missed the truth of the Scriptures by such a margin as to totally distort it to make it a works righteous system - that's not the Scripture's fault, nor is it the fault of Martin Luther for proclaiming it.

You are not saved by deeds done in righteousness (Titus 3:5), baptism is a deed and it does not make one saved. You base your hope on "things" and sacraments that will ultimately show your faith to be worthless and result in the condemnation of your soul.

I say these things in a straightforward manner not to be mean, but to be loving. Nothing is more loving than the truth. I beg of you - that if you dive into the Bible, study it and it alone while praying to God (not anyone else) that He would open your eyes and make the gospel clear so that you can believe and know that you are saved.

It is out of love for you and others who are mislead that I speak so boldly on these matters.

May God grant you grace.

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