The Doctrine of Sin

Lesson 2

I’m quite certain that many of you who have been to even one of our classes have asked the question in Mark ch.1:

Mk.1:27And they were all amazed, insomuch that they questioned among themselves, saying, “What is this? a new teaching!

Some of the things we present may seem foreign to you

We ask again, please just allow the Bible to speak for itself no matter what you’ve been taught

Please have your pen and notebook ready as we will give many references but will not quote them all for the sake of time

This is where much of your studying after class will come from

The Definition of Sin

The Bible plainly states that man is created in the image of God (Gen.1:27), is created upright (Ecc.7:29), is born perfectly pure (Mk.10:14; Mt.19:14; Mt.18:3), until one reaches the age of accountability and chooses to sin (Rom.7:9).

In these passages about children Jesus says, “the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” and “the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” In fact, Jesus said in (Mt.18:3) “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.”

Until one reaches the age of accountability and chooses to sin (Rom.7:9), then they are in a state of rebellion against God.

Sin has been a choice since Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden (Gen.2:17; Gen.3:6). (Listen to the teaching “Are People Born With a Sin Nature”)

The Hebrew and Greek words translated “transgression” mean “moral, religious, and national rebellion,” “revolt,” “unrighteousness,” “wickedness,” “violation,” and “breaking the law.” Notice these are all by choice.

Sin is twofold:

(1) The first category is “outward” sin, or “actual” sin as we see in the following Scriptures:

“Sin is transgression of the law” (1 Jn. 3:4);

“By the law is the knowledge of sin” (Rom 3:20; 7:7);

“All unrighteousness is sin” (1 Jn. 5:17);

“Whatsoever is not of faith is sin” (Rom. 14:23);

“If you have respect of persons, you commit sin” (Jas. 2:9);

“The thought of foolishness is sin” (Pr. 24:9; 2 Cor. 10:4-5);

“Every idle word that men shall speak” is sin (Mt. 12:36-37);

“He that knows to do what is right, and does not do it, to him it is sin” (Jas. 4:17; Mt. 23:23).

These passages teach that all acts, desires, and lusts that cause us to break the laws of God are sin.

Again, sin is twofold. The terms "blot out", "forgive" and "pardon" refer to actual sins

(2) The second category can be described as “inward sin” or “living in the flesh”, as proved by the following passages:

“You are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father you will do” (Jn. 8:44);

“He that commits sin is of the devil” (1 Jn. 3:8).

These passages and many others prove that sin is something more than mere outward transgression of the law.

There is a sin principle, a real nature and spirit of sin, which is the spirit and nature of the devil, that is working in every sinner.

“Wherein in time past you walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience . . . fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others” (Eph. 2:1-3);” (Eph. 2:1-3)

1 Sin has lusts: Rom.6:12 therefore do not let sin…

2 Sin has desire: Gen.4:7…sin is crouching at the door;

and its desire is for you, but you must master it.”

3 Sin can be a master and is a “someone”: Rom.6:14-16 “For sin shall not…What then?...If I never hear, “Christians don’t have to do anything to..?!

4 Sin is deceitful: Heb.3:12-14

5 Sin is a spirit: EPH.2:1-2…this is want we used to be! Walked according to the course…the prince…the spirit…

This spirit of sin works in man to get him to live contrary to the law of God and the highest good of his own being and of the universe.

This spirit and nature of the devil working in men, among various other names, is called: “the old man” (Rom. 6:6-12; Eph. 4:22-24; Col. 3:5-15); “the lusts of the flesh” (Eph. 2:3; Gal. 5:19; 1 Jn. 2:15-17); “the body of this death” (Rom. 7:24); “the lusts of sin” (Rom. 6:11-12); “the law of sin and death” (Rom. 7:7-25; 8:2); “the carnal mind” (Rom. 8:1-13); “the god of this world” (2 Cor. 4:4); “in the flesh” (Rom.7:5); “the power of Satan” (Acts 26:18-20) “to open their eyes, that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive remission of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified (made holy) by faith in me.’ 19 Therefore, O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision: 20 but declared both to them of Damascus first and in Jerusalem, and throughout all the country of Judea, and also to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, doing works worthy of repentance (proving their repentance by their deeds).

Again, professing Christians need to stop saying…

Again, “Inbred sin” or “the old man” is the spirit and nature of the devil working in men of disobedience.

The “old man” is the opposite of righteousness (Eph. 2:1-3) or “the new man” which is the Spirit and nature of God working in men of obedience as seen in (Eph.4:20-24) “But you did not so learn Christ; 21 if indeed you heard him, and were taught in him, even as truth is in Jesus: 22 that you put away, as concerning your former manner of life, the old man, which grows corrupt after the lusts of deceit; 23 and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and put on the new man, which according to God has been created in righteousness and holiness of truth.”

This is the new birth, a creative act of God! (2Cor.5:17)

“Living in the flesh” - What is “the Flesh”?

Romans 7:5 For when we were in the flesh, the sinful passions "which were aroused by the law were at work in our members to bear fruit to death.

Were ,were, were”…clearly a past experience for a true Christian!

But we here MANY professing Christians speak of living in the flesh!

[in the flesh] Simply meaning living in sin.

The sinful passions that were working in our members.

The spirit that works in the sons of disobedience (Eph.2:1-3).

To call the “flesh” the Adamic nature is unbiblical.

Adam and Eve still had the same spirit, soul and body after the fall that they had before the fall.

There was simply a change of masters: Matthew 6:24

The spirit, soul and body of a person must be fully consecrated to God as opposed to the devil.

The Christians “members” are no longer carrying out the sinful passions of the flesh, but they are now instruments or weapons of righteousness!

Romans 6:13 and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments (or weapons) of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments (or weapons) of righteousness to God.

You are now a weapon…when Satan tempts, you say, “Back up…I’m the winner…greater…

Romans 8:8-9 So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God. But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His.

This Scripture clearly states that if you are minding the things of the flesh you prove that you do not have the Spirit of Christ and therefore do not belong to Him (1Jn.3:7-10)

The “old man” then is not some part of the body, soul, or spirit of man, but is the spirit and nature of the devil working in man the lusts of sin.

The “old man” could be spelled D–E–V–I–L or S–A–T–A–N, and this will express the truth about inbred sin as taught in Scripture.

Again, sin is twofold. The terms "purge," "cleanse," "purify" and "sanctify" refer to indwelling sin.

God is Not the Author of Sin

He warned sinless man against it before he fell (Gen. 2:17).

Yes! Man was created “sinless”!

Many people say that Christ is the only one who is sinless

Adam and Eve were sinless

Remember, all children are born perfectly pure and sinless! (Mk.10:14; Mt.19:14; Mt.18:3)

Sin entered the world from an outside source through the malice of the devil (Rom. 5:12-21).

And again, sin is carried on by the spirit and nature of the Devil working in people of disobedience! (Eph.2:1-3)

Sin originated with Satan when he decided by his own power of choice to rebel against God (Isa. 14:12-14).

“How you have fallen from heaven, O star of the morning, son of the dawn!
You have been cut down to the earth, You who have weakened the nations!
“But you said in your heart,
I will ascend to heaven;
I will raise my throne above the stars of God,
And I will sit on the mount of assembly In the recesses of the north.
14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds;
I will make myself like the Most High.’”

Others chose to rebel with him and thus, by free choice, transgression of the law of God became a reality.

When man choses to transgress the law of God he becomes sinful and NOT before(Gen. 2:17; Rom. 5:12-21).

Since the Garden of Eden the devil and rebellious evil spirits have taken advantage of man's weakness to resist them, thereby controlling the human race.

Before the fall man had power over the devil and every form of evil, but when man became sinful, the stronger set of rebels—the spirit beings under Satan's rule—became masters of the realm of man.

Man can only obtain power over these spirits again through Jesus Christ, the Gospel and the armor of God (Mk. 16:17-18; Jn. 1:12; (Eph.6:10-17).

The Universal Effect of Sin

The sin of Adam had a universal effect—the imposition of death upon all mankind (Rom.5:12) “Therefore, as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin; and so death passed to all men, because all sinned:”

We see death is not passed until people choose to sin…“because all sinned”

Men now are not personally responsible for Adam's sin, but they are responsible for choosing to remain in sin, following the way of Adam (Jn. 3:16).

Each of us can renounce sin and get out from under its dominion and curse by repenting of our sins, placing complete enduring faith in Jesus Christ (Acts 21:20), accepting Jesus Christ as our personal Savior and by consecrating ourselves to obey God (Rom. 6).

All Men Outside of Christ are Sinful and Depraved

The present state of those outside of Christ is one of utter depravity—man without God is polluted and corrupt in all his nature.

“His thoughts evil continually” (Gen. 6:5; 2 Cor. 10:4-5); “His understanding is darkened” (Eph. 2:3; 4:18); “his conscience defiled” (Heb. 10:22); “his will obstinate and rebellious”(Rom. 8:7); “his affections carnal and sensual”; “his heart full of abominations” and “his life and conduct devoted to living in different lusts and pleasures of all kinds” “unrighteous”; “dead in trespasses and sins”; (Jer. 17:9; Eph. 2:1-3; Mk. 7:19-21;1 Cor. 6:9-11; Gal. 5:19-21; Eph. 2:1-3; Rom. 1:18-32; Ps. 51:5).

He is a “slave of sin” (Jn. 8:34); “alienated from God” by wicked works (Col. 1:20-22); “separated” from God by his sins (Isa. 59:1-2); “without hope, and without God” in the world (Eph. 2:11-13; 4:13-32; Rom. 3:9-25); “blind to the truth” (2 Cor. 4:4; Eph. 4:18); “lustful” (Eph. 2:3); and “doomed to eternal death and Hell” (Rom. 6:23; Mt. 25:41, 46; Rev. 14:9-11; 19:20; 20:11-15; 21:8; Jude 7; Isa. 66:22-24).

All Sins Are Not The Same

We see by the following Scripture there is sin not unto (spiritual) death and there is sin unto (spiritual) death:

1 JOHN 5:16-18

16 If anyone sees his brother sinning a sin not unto death, he shall ask, and He (God) will give him life for those who commit sin not unto death. There is sin unto death. I do not say that he should ask about that.

17 All unrighteousness is sin, and there is sin not unto death.

18 We know that whoever is born of God does not sin; but he who has been born of God keeps himself, and the evil one does not touch him.

(1Jn.3:5-10; 1Jn.5:18, etc.)…two or three witnesses…So the people who are using the scriptures to justify sinning are obviously taking them out of context considering these PLAIN references here

John says very clearly, all sins are not the same in their effect on our souls…sin not to death…sin to death…

Some sins are greater than others (Jn. 19:11).

One type is eternal (Mk. 3:29), while others are not.

Another type of sin is uniquely against our bodies, while other sins are outside our bodies (1 Cor. 6:18). James 4:17 declares that whoever knows to do right but does not do it, to him it is sin.

Again, 1 Jn. 5:16 declares there is sin not to death while there is sin to death.

Things like worry (Php. 4:6,7), and not being completely humble and gentle (Eph. 4:2), are not listed in any list of sins that will damn.

The death penalty sins certainly will send any person to hell if they die unrepentant, even a person who was once saved.

A general list of these sins in the words of Scripture and the eternal consequences for committing them are: idle words....By your words you shall be condemned" (Matt. 12:36-37); evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, an evil eye, blasphemies, pride, foolishness, and bearing false witness...."These are the things which defile a man" (Matt. 15:17-20; Mark 7:19-23); uncleanness, lusts, making God a liar, idolatry, vile affections, a reprobate mind, unrighteousness, wickedness, envy, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness, gossips, backbiters, hating God; being despiteful, violent, proud, boastful, inventors of evil things, without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, calloused, and unmerciful...."They which commit such things are worthy of death. . . But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things" (Rom. 1:24-32; 2:1,2); being effeminate, sodomites, homosexuals, revilers, and extortioners...."Do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God?" (1 Cor. 6:9-11); biting and devouring others, witchcraft, hatred, contentions, jealousies, wrath, strife, selfish ambitions, heresies, envyings, drunkenness, carousing, and such like..."They which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God" (Gal. 5:15-21); lying, corrupt words, bitterness, wrath, anger, outbursts, evil speaking, and unforgiveness; filthiness, foolish talking, coarse joking, sexually immoral ...... " For this you know, that no sexually immoral or impure person, or one who is greedy, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God." (Eph. 4:25 - 5:6); resisting the Holy Spirit (Acts 7:51) “You stiff necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears”; fornication, uncleanness, lust, evil desire, and covetousness, anger, wrath, malice, railing, shameful speaking ......" Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience" (Col. 3:5-9); lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power, leading others into sin, faithlessness, and being evil (2 Tim. 3:1-13);  We also were once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various desires and pleasures, living in evil and envy, filled with hatred and hating each other, (Titus 3:1-3); showing favoritism (James 2:9-12); DESIRING to be a friend of the world (James 4:4; Luke 17:32,33); living in ungodliness, anarchy, presumption, selfwill, and rebellion (2 Pet. 2:9-22); being lovers of the world and of the things of the world (1 John 2:15-17); dreamers that defile the flesh, sowers of discord, terrible words, murmurers, complainers, and mockers (Jude 8-19); seducers (Rev. 2:20); devil worshippers, sorcerers (Rev. 9:20-21); cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake of fire" (Rev. 21:8); and taking from and adding to the Word of God (Rev. 22:18-19).

There are many statements in the above lists of sins that plainly say that people who commit such things and who die in these sins will be lost. Let the Bible itself prove this!

Are Bad Habits and Worldly Pleasures Sin?

Worldly pleasures that do not make one spiritual, morally pure, physically clean, or more godly and consecrated to the highest good of all is sinful.

Mrs. Wesley gave her children a good rule or test whereby they could know the lawfulness or unlawfulness of a pleasure.

It was, “Whatever impairs the tenderness of your conscience, weakens your reason, obscures your sense of God, or dulls your deep desire for spiritual things; whatever increases the authority of your body over your mind and will, that thing to you is sin.”

The Bible says, “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust thereof: but he that does the will of God abides forever” (1 Jn. 2:15-17);

“Do you not know that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore wishes to be a friend of the world is the enemy of God” (Jas. 4:4);

“And be not conformed to this world: but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” (Rom. 12:1-2).

You may be as lost as a goat…but when you read Matthew, Mark…and all the letters…it will transform your bulldog disposition into the nature of the Son of God!

HalleluYah! Be transformed by the…!

Scripture indicates that we are to live our lives very differently from those who don't follow Christ: “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own: but because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hates you . . .The servant is not greater than his Lord. If they have persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my word, they will keep yours also. But these things will they do unto you for my name's sake' because they know not him that sent me” (Jn. 15:18-21);

“The world has hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world” (Jn. 17:14-16).

Questions that demand an answer:

Can anyone argue scripturally and with a clear conscience that worldly pleasures are of God?

Can any claim that they make one spiritual, Christ–like, godly, morally pure, physically better, and the best example for Christians to set before sinners?

Can anyone claim that they are definitely of God and helpful in any way to the Christian life?

Has anyone ever been saved through any of them?

How many hundreds of thousands of sinners stumble daily over church members who indulge in sin?

What can such acts be called but lusts of the flesh, lusts of the eyes, and the pride of life?

One only has to look at the lives of godly and consecrated people of God to see the difference between Christian virtues that draw us toward God and worldly pleasures that draw us away.

Why do church members who indulge in worldly pleasures have to always explain and apologize to sinners and real Christians for indulging in such practices?

Why do not such church members pray the blessing of God upon such practices when they do them?

Why do they feel so condemned for doing such things?

Why do many of them seek to hide such practices from real Christians?

Why do many of them always want to know whether such practices are sinful or not?

On the other hand, no such questions are ever raised about whether it is wrong to read the Bible, pray, go to church, serve God, and do godly things.

Why is it that men who are really saved from their sins and become new creatures have perfect freedom from these habits? Why does God deliver these people from such things if they were godly habits?

Why do sinners expect men to be saved from such things when they become Christians?

Why do real Christians take up such habits again when they backslide?

We all know the answers to these questions, just as we know that such pleasures are sinful and unbecoming to Christians and will indeed send one to hell in the end.

If the world cannot tell the difference between a professing Christian and sinners, what did you get saved from?

Certainly not sin and therefore hell!

Therefore, let us all get saved from such habits!

Worldly Pleasures in Churches are Schools of Crime

When children see the world in the churches they are many times turned against Christianity and go into the world when they leave home.

Testimony of a man: I was one of those that rejected Christ for years because of these conditions, and things are infinitely worse in churches today than when I was a boy.

I was brought up in a nice, dignified church where I saw church members participating in activities that were not appropriate for followers of Christ.

Many is the time I said, “If that is Christianity, I do not want it.” I saw my friends join church, get baptized, and formally accept Christ.

I never would join the church. I first wanted to see if religion changed my friends.

When I saw them live as they did before, I turned from such hypocrisy and sham and rejected the church for years, until I saw real Christianity in practice.

Then I was not long in getting saved from my sins. Sinners are hungry for real Christianity and they will soon accept Christ if men live Christian lives before them.

Jesus mission was to save…(Mt.1:21) So, if your not saved from your sins…Folks, sin is the enemy of the human race!

And when you truly see this absolute fact, receive it as fact, you will hate it like God does!