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How do we relate the sin of Adam to humanity? Why are we guilty for something we did not do? How is this just? Are children born with original guilt and corruption, or does Scripture teach that there is an age of accountability? What did Augustine, Pelagius, or Arminius believe about this important question? On this program the hosts will discuss various perspectives on the effects of the Fall that have arisen throughout the history of the church as they continue to unpack the implications of Original Sin. Join us for the latest episode of the White Horse Inn.Adam's Fall or Original Sin Affects Us Today

“We don’t have trouble with the fact that someone else can carry our sins away. We don’t have trouble saying that someone fulfilled the law in our place and someone imputed his righteousness to us. What we have trouble with is that someone’s sin was imputed to us. But you can’t have one without the other. They’re two sides of the same coin. If you don’t like this side, you’re going to have to throw out the whole coin.” – Michael Horton

Term to Learn:

“Pelagianism”

The term designates both the teachings of Pelagius, a fourth-century Christian monk, and any teaching that minimizes the role of divine grace in salvation. It was Pelagius’ views on the Christian life, his moral rigorism, his high regard for the law, and his emphasis on discipline and the human will that laid the foundation for the controversy that gave birth to what has come to be known as Pelagianism. Pelagius was offended when he read in Augustine’s Confessions that humans must necessarily and inevitably sin, even after baptism. Augustine’s phrase “Give what you command and command what you will” seem to him to undermine the moral law and the quest for perfection, because it placed responsibility for righteousness on God rather than on the human will. Pelagius did not, as is often thought, deny the necessity of grace. Grace was to be understood as the revelation of God’s purposes and will, the wisdom by which humans are stirred to seek a life of righteousness…. Pelagius saw no opposition between the laws of the old covenant and the gospel. He saw grace as a precept and example, a view that led him to overestimate human capability and thus to invite criticism. (Adapted from The Encyclopedia of Religion, s.v. “Pelagianism.”)

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Why is there so much evil and corruption in the world? Why do children need to be taught to behave, whereas disobedience and naughtiness come rather naturally? What exactly is sin, where does it come from, and how does it relate to our view of God’s mercy and grace in Jesus Christ?

While this topic of sin is no longer fashionable to voice, the world needs to understand its plight before it comes to believe in the wonders of God’s mercy and grace in Jesus Christ. On this program the hosts will discuss these questions and more as they begin a new four-part series on the doctrine of Original Sin on the White Horse Inn.

Original Sin“Sin is rebellion against God. If we start talking about sin as ‘I’m not fulfilling my potential or something like that,’ we’re already starting off wrong. We need to ask how sin relates to God if sin is rebellion against God. There’s ways that the Bible has talked about this; sin is about missing the mark of God’s law.

“God is holy and the way that the Bible depicts sin is there’s guilt that comes with our rebellion, there’s corruption that comes with that, but it also talks about sin as folly. So talking about original sin actually helps describe to us our present reality.” – Justin Holcomb

Term to Learn:

Original Sin

6.2 Our first parents, by this sin, fell from their original righteousness and communion with God, and we in them whereby death came upon all: all becoming dead in sin, and wholly defiled in all the faculties and parts of soul and body.

6.3 They being the root, and by God’s appointment, standing in the room and stead of all mankind, the guilt of the sin was imputed, and corrupted nature conveyed, to all their posterity descending from them by ordinary generation, being now conceived in sin, and by nature children of wrath, the servants of sin, the subjects of death, and all other miseries, spiritual, temporal, and eternal, unless the Lord Jesus set them free.

6.4 From this original corruption, whereby we are utterly indisposed, disabled, and made opposite to all good, and wholly inclined to all evil, do proceed all actual transgressions. (1689 London Baptist Confession, chap. 6, Sections 2–4)

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Did you know that Augustine wrote a catechism for a Roman tribune living in Africa? In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols discusses Augustine’s 420 A.D. book, the Enchiridion.

Augustine of Hippo wrote many books, including his Confessions and City of God. One of his somewhat lesser-known works is a book from the year 420 called the Enchiridion. Augustine was around sixty-six years old at the time he wrote it, and he had been a Christian for thirty-five years. The Enchiridion is a short handbook or manual. Sometimes it’s called Augustine’s Catechism or his treatise on faith, hope, and love or faith, hope, and charity. I’d like to simply call it Augustine’s “Handbook on Life.”Augustine’s Handbook for Life

The book is addressed “to my dearest son, Laurence.” Laurence was not Augustine’s actual son; Augustine is referring to Laurence as a sort of spiritual son or a son in the faith. We don’t know much about Laurence. He was a Roman official, a tribune, living in Africa, and he was a man of some importance and some stature in that day. He had written to Augustine to ask a significant question: How can Christian doctrine be summarized? Augustine takes the question and he sort of says, “Well, Laurence, let me help you articulate the question you’re really asking.” And the question is this: How can God be worshiped? This tells us a lot about what Augustine thinks of doctrine and what he thinks doctrine ultimately leads us to. And not only is the worship of God a way to talk about theology, it is also for Augustine a way to talk about life. So, what we are after here in this little book is,

“How shall we then live? How shall we worship God?”

Augustine answers,

“God is to be worshiped with faith, hope, and charity.”

Now, the majority of the book is about faith. We worship God based on what we believe in and what we believe about God. In order to unfold this idea, Augustine walks Laurence through the Apostles’ Creed. At one point, he talks about faith in Christ the Redeemer and says we are under the wrath of God because of original sin:

“We are the enemies of God and God is angry at us.”

And then Augustine says this:

“When God is said to be angry, this does not mean that his mind was disturbed, like the mind of a person who is angry, but his vengeance, which is nothing but just, is, by an extension of meaning, called his anger.”

We are under the wrath of God, the vengeance of God because we are sinners. Then he says this:

“So our reconciliation with God by a mediator and our reception of the Holy Spirit to make us children of the one to whom we were enemies . . . this is the grace of God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

This is what we believe; this is where our faith lies.

Then we have hope. When Augustine turns to hope, he turns to the Lord’s Prayer. The Lord’s Prayer gives expression to our hope, our hope for our needs and ultimately, our hope for the kingdom of God. As the Lord’s Prayer ends, “For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever, amen.” Then Augustine ends with charity. We live in love to God and in love to others. And that, according to Augustine, is a handbook for life.

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Essential Biblical Doctrines are those teachings, which are crucial to saving faith. And everything contrary to those doctrines is heresy. There are several ways to narrow down what these doctrines are, but one helpful way is by using the word DOCTRINE as an acronym.

D stands for deity of Christ. For salvation, it is necessary to know that Jesus is God.

No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, He has made Him known (John 1:18)

 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. By Him all things were created… (Colossians 1:15-16)

O stands for original sin. All have sinned and the wages of sin is death. If we don’t know we’ve sinned against a holy God, we can’t know what Jesus has saved us from.

Sin came into the world through one man [Adam], and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned… (Romans 5:12)

Truly I say to you, unless one is born again, he can’t see the kingdom of God. (John 3:3)

C stands for Canon – just another word for the Bible, God’s inerrant Word. For without it, we can’t know Him or the words for eternal life.

All Scripture is breathed out by God, and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness… (2 Timothy 3:16)

T stands for Trinity. God is one God in three persons: Father, Son and Spirit. Salvation is given by the Father; it is acquired through the Son; it is experienced in the Holy Spirit.doctrine

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit… (Matthew 28:19)

R stands for resurrection. Not only did Jesus rise from the grave, so do all who believe in Him. If Christ has not been raised, no one gets raised and our faith is hopeless.

If we have been united with Him in a death like His, we shall certainly be united with Him in a resurrection like His (Romans 6:5)

If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. (1 Corinthians 15:17)

I stands for Incarnation – meaning the Son of God put on flesh and dwelt among us. Jesus was fully man and fully God, born of the Virgin Mary, lived a sinless human life, and died a sinner’s death to atone for sins. He rose again and ascended into heaven where He alone intercedes for us at the right hand of the Father.

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14)

 By sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh… (Romans 8:3)

The Lord Himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel. (Isaiah 7:14)

For we do not have a high priest unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. (Hebrews 4:15)

For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus… (1 Timothy 2:5)

N stands for New Creation. We must no longer walk in our old sinful ways, but live anew in Christ.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. (2 Corinthians 5:17)

E is for Eschatology – the study of end times. While there are many End Times theories, we need to know that Jesus will return to judge the living and the dead, ushering in His peaceful kingdom and we will be with our Lord forever.

The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever! (Revelation 11:15)

Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay each one for what he has done. (Revelation 22:12)

These doctrines are the foundation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ… when we understand the text.

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When God created Adam and Eve, He put them in the Garden of Eden and told them they could eat from any tree they wanted, except from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The day they ate of it, they would die.

“You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it, you shall surely die.” (Genesis 2:16-17)

And you know how the story went…

Eve was tempted by the serpent, ate the fruit, gave some to Adam, and because they sinned, they were separated from God, kicked out of paradise, death entered into the picture, all creation was sent into upheaval. And everyone born of the seed of Adam – that’s us – are under the same curse, born into sin, and fallen from grace.

Way to go, Adam!

But wait a second…

God knows everything (1 John 3:20)

His understanding is beyond measure. (Psalm 147:5)

Will any teach God knowledge? (Job 21:22)

Why, even the hairs on your head are numbered! (Luke 12:7)

If God is all-knowing and He knew that eating the fruit would result in the fall of mankind, why did He even put the tree there in the first place? Isn’t this His fault?

Well, you know, Adam tried blaming God too…

“The woman whom YOU gave to be with me, she gave me the fruit of the tree, and I ate…” (Genesis 3:12)

Yeah… guess how that went for him.

In Psalm 119, David said,

Oh how I love Your law!

It is my meditation all the day…

I hold back my feet from every evil way, in order to keep Your word…

How sweet are Your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! (Psalm 119:97, 101, 103)

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In other words, there is great joy in obeying God.

Adam and Eve lived in perfection and God showed His goodness all the more by giving them a command to obey. And by obeying it, they would experience the greatest joy possible, needing nothing else but God.

Then the devil came along, and convinced them that God and all His blessings weren’t enough. “God is selfish and is keeping something from you,” he said. So they ate the fruit, believing they needed something other than God to be satisfied.

Such is the case with our sin, too. We are all willing participants in Adam’s sin.

But, God so loved us that He sent HIs Son, Jesus, to destroy the work of the devil.

The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the work of the devil (1 John 3:8)

For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son that whoever will believe in Him will not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)

All who believe in Jesus have their sins forgiven and will be restored to eternal paradise with God… when we understand the text.

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You are born under the Federal Headship of Adam.
You are born again under the Federal Headship of Christ.

Federal Headship…what is that?  Where is that term in the Bible?  How do you typically associate the word federal? With government right?

We are all descendant of Adam and have inherited Adam’s since because he is our Federal Head. And because of Adams sin, his sin was then imputed on us and we are under that curse. Condemnation came to all men because of Adams sin.

Romans 5:18-21 tells us:

Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people. For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous. The law was brought in so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Going back to verse 18, we see that one trespass,the one law that Adam broke led to condemnation for all men. So one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. Not just his death on the cross but His whole life. Jesus accomplished everything that Adam failed at doing.

When you look at Matthew chapter 4 – Jesus’ temptation in the desert – Jesus was tempted in very specific ways. It was the same three ways that Adam was tempted but gave into everyone of those temptations.

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Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”
Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:
“‘He will command his angels concerning you,
    and they will lift you up in their hands,
    so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.
Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”
Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.
Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.

Now not of us can blame Adam for our sin we are willing participants in our sin. We have inherited his sin nature but we have done things that Adam did not do in the Garden. You have lusted, you have committed adultery in your heart, jesus said if you’ve evert hated anyone you are liable to the fires of hell. You’ve coveted, that is a sin of the heart. All of these things you have done on your own. You can’t blame anyone for these things, you will have to give an account of yourself before God as it says in Romans chapter 14.

Where sin increase grace abounds.

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Image: Brian Laing

So we’ve heard the law of God which is the Ten commandments. The law of moses revealed we had missed the mark, we were guilty. But where sin increase grace abounded all the more. We had to hear the bad news in order to understand that Jesus sacrifice on the cross for our sins is the good news! You first had to hear that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. As we talked about it in Romans 3:23 that you have broken God’s perfect law and you stand condemned because of your unrighteousness.

As you heard that news grace increased as you heard the news that Jesus has died in your place which was what you didn’t not deserve and now the gospel of Jesus Christ is GOOD NEWS!

If you are with Christ Jesus and a follower of Christ you are being shaped into the image of your creator as it talks about in Romans Chapter 8:29.

For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.

You are born under the Federal Headship of Adam physically.
You are born again under the Federal Headship of Christ spiritually.

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Christian teaching how to influence the culture in the culture war.

It’s been said that there are four things that God doesn’t know:

  1. He doesn’t know a sin He doesn’t hate.
  2. He doesn’t know a sinner He doesn’t love.
  3. He doesn’t know a plan any better than the one He gave us.
  4. He doesn’t know a time any better than NOW.

John 3:16 tells us that:HeavenJohn316_sign

God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

Could He have figured out a better way to solve the problem of our sin at a lesser cost to Himself? Sure. He’s God. He operates by the “Golden Rule”: He who has the gold makes the rules. He has the most gold. He made the rules. He could have chosen another way if He wanted to.

Could He have chosen a way that cost Him more? No.

Could He have chosen a way that would have better demonstrated the amount that He loves each one of us? No.

So, John 3:16 is the way that He chose.

Salvation, “Born Again”, “Being Saved”… they’re all synonyms that mean a secured eternity in heaven with God – and thus an avoided eternity without God or His attributes – is only possible through Jesus Christ. It doesn’t matter if you are a “Point in Time” Christian or a “Process” Christ-follower. Either way, as a human, this eternity “problem” is something you need to think about… NOW.

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The first time sin happened was not in the Garden of Eden.

The first time it happened was when Lucifer wanted to set his throne above the stars of God.Satan Demanded Equal Rights

God had made Lucifer His most beautiful creature, but Lucifer wasn’t happy being number two. Now, sin had never entered God’s creation before, and it shuttered when somebody said, “No” to God. So one third of the angelic host went with Satan, and all of creation shuttered.

Sin is wanting to set your throne above the stars of God. So when God tells you to do something and you say “no”; or He tells you not to do something and you do it anyhow, you are in a battle regarding “who is going to be god in this situation”. That is original sin: Who is going to be god?

We dare to stick our face into God’s face and say, “No!”

All sin comes out of this type of rebellion. And we’ve all done it.hammer-shattering-glass

You see, sin is like a pane of glass. Imagine a sheet of glass with a circle etched into it. Within that circle, there are ten pie-shaped wedges etched. Now, call each of those pie-shaped wedges the Ten Commandments. When you take a hammer and try to break one piece of pie, the whole pane shatters. With this metaphor, you see that when you break one of the Commandments, you have broken them all.

Because the root of sin is all about who is going to be god: you or God?

All of the religions in the world, save one, have been devised by men and women to try to tell us what God thinks. The Pharisees made 613 rules to help interpret the Ten Commandments. But those 613 laws that they made became the equivalent of Scripture for them. Things written by men became the equivalent of Scripture.

That’s just men wanting to be god, really.grade on a curve

And one of those, in a subtle way, is this: God grades on a curve.

If you do more good works than bad works, you’re probably going to be okay. Well, who thought that up? That’s not in Scripture. It’s just men trying to justify their own sin.

Or, how about this one: I’m going to tell you how much you have to do to work off your sin. That’s men telling men what God is saying. That’s just men playing god, isn’t it?

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Christian teaching how to influence the culture in the culture war.

It’s been said that there are four things that God doesn’t know:

  1. He doesn’t know a sin that He doesn’t hate.
  2. He doesn’t know a sinner He doesn’t love.
  3. He doesn’t know a plan any better than the one He gave us.
  4. He doesn’t know a time any better than NOW.

John 3:16 tells us that:

God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

Could He have figured out a better way to solve the problem of our sin at a lesser cost to Himself? Sure. He’s God. He operates by the “Golden Rule”: He who has the gold makes the rules. He has the most gold. He made the rules. He could have chosen another way if He wanted to.

Could He have chosen a way that cost Him more? No.

Could He have chosen a way that would have better demonstrated the amount that He loves each one of us? No.

So, John 3:16 is the way that He chose.

Salvation, “Born Again”, “Being Saved”… they’re all synonyms that mean a secured eternity in heaven with God – and thus an avoided eternity without God or His attributes – is only possible through Jesus Christ. It doesn’t matter if you are a “Point in Time” Christian or a “Process” Christ-follower. Either way, as a human, this eternity “problem” is something you need to think about.

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Christian teaching how to influence the culture in the culture war.

The first time sin happened was not in the Garden of Eden.

The first time it happened was when Lucifer wanted to set his throne above the stars of God.

God had made Lucifer His most beautiful creature, but Lucifer wasn’t happy being number two. Now, sin had never entered God’s creation before, and it shuttered when somebody said, “No” to God. So one third of the angelic host went with Satan, and all of creation shuttered.

Sin is wanting to set your throne above the stars of God. So when God tells you to do something and you say “no”; or He tells you not to do something and you do it anyhow, you are in a battle regarding “who is going to be god in this situation”. That is original sin: Who is going to be god?

We dare to stick our face into God’s face and say, “No!”

All sin comes out of this type of rebellion. And we’ve all done it.hammer-shattering-glass

You see, sin is like a pane of glass. Imagine a sheet of glass with a circle etched into it. Within that circle, there are ten pie-shaped wedges etched. Now, call each of those pie-shaped wedges the Ten Commandments. When you take a hammer and try to break one piece of pie, the whole pane shatters. With this metaphor, you see that when you break one of the Commandments, you have broken them all.

Because the root of sin is all about who is going to be god: you or God?

All of the religions in the world, save one, have been devised by men and women to try to tell us what God thinks. The Pharisees made 613 rules to help interpret the Ten Commandments. But those 613 laws that they made became the equivalent of Scripture for them. Things written by men became the equivalent of Scripture.

That’s just men wanting to be god, really.

And one of those, in a subtle way, is this: God grades on a curve.

If you do more good works than bad works, you’re probably going to be okay. Well, who thought that up? That’s not in Scripture. It’s just men trying to justify their own sin.

Or, how about this one: I’m going to tell you how much you have to do to work off your sin. That’s men telling men what God is saying. That’s just men playing god, isn’t it?

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