7th-Day Advent Bible Ministry Church - Jesus Christ Is Coming Back Soon
TOPIC: WHAT IS SIN?       
                                                                 
 
1. What is sin?
"Sin is the transgression of the law" - 1 John 3:4. This is the only definition of sin. The Scriptures talk of many instances of sin but they are not the definition of sin. In fact, the law tells us what sin is. Without the law, we would not have had any idea of what sin is all about. And the law has to be broken in order for sin to exist. The law can be present but if not broken, sin does not exist.
 
Romans 4:15 says, "... for where no law is, there is no transgression."
Romans 3:20 says, "... for by the law is the knowledge of sin."
Romans 7:7 says, "What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet."
 
2. How does one become a sinner?
According to Scripture (1 John 3:4), one becomes a sinner by breaking the law of God. One is not a sinner by the fallen sinful nature or by birth. We are all born with a fallen sinful nature without a choice, but that does not automatically make us sinners. 
 
3. Where did sin first begin and by whom?
Sin began in heaven with Lucifer - Isaiah 14:12-15; Ezekiel 28:13-15. Lucifer was created perfect with a sinless nature. He did not have a fallen sinful nature when iniquity was found in Him. When Lucifer transgressed the law of God in heaven, only then sin existed. In heaven, the law of God was in existence, but sin did not exist until it was broken by Lucifer.
 
4. Did sin exist in heaven through Lucifer by the transgression of God's law or by his fallen sinful nature?
Sin existed in heaven through Lucifer by the transgression of the law of God.  Ezekiel 28:15 says, "Thou was perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee." Lucifer never had a fallen sinful nature when he committed iniquity in his heart in heaven. Sin was never caused by the fallen sinful nature.
 
5. Where did sin begin on earth and by whom?
Sin began in the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve. They were told not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil - Genesis 2:16-17. They disobeyed God - Genesis 3:1-6. Sin is the transgression of the law of God - 1 John 3:4. Had they obeyed God and ate not the forbidden fruit, sin would not have existed on earth through them.
 
When Adam and Eve transgressed the law of God, sin existed without a fallen sinful nature. They inherited a fallen sinful nature only after they had sinned. Hence, a fallen sinful nature is the result of their sin, not the cause of sin. Sin is the transgression of the law. Apparently, sinful nature is not sin. Thus, no one that is born with a fallen sinful nature is born a sinner.
 
6. What is the wages of sin?
"The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ" - Romans 6:23. It does not say, "the wages of a fallen sinful nature is death."
 
7. What is the Deception in the teaching of sin amongst many Christians today?
Today you may hear from Church literatures, pastors and others say, "Sin is by nature," or "We sin because we are born sinful," or "In order for one to be a sinner, all one has to do is to be born," or "We sin because we are sinners," or "Sin is a state," or "Sin is a condition," or "We are born sinful," or " We inherit sinfulness."
 
All of the above statements of sin contradict the Scripture in 1 John 3:4. None is a sinner by nature nor by birth. Anything that contradicts the Scriptue is of the devil.
 
8. Are we born sinners? Or Are we born with a fallen sinful nature?
We are all born with a fallen sinful nature, not born sinners. Being born with a fallen sinful nature and being born a sinner, are two different things. They are not the same. Being born with a fallen sinful nature does not automatcally make a person a sinner. No baby is born a sinner.
 
9. Did we inherit sin from Adam?
No one inherited sin from Adam and Eve nor from their parents - [Ezekiel 18:20.] We all inherited a fallen sinful nature from Adam and Eve. In fact, sin is not transferable to anyone.
 
10. Is sin excusable?
There is no excuse for sin. Sin is by choice. We can excuse sin if we were not given the power of choice. We have a choice to choose Christ to help us overcome all temptations and not to sin - 1 Corinthians 10:13. We also have a choice to choose Satan and live a sinful life - Joshua 24:15.
 
11. How do Christians excuse sin?
For someone to continue to say that he/she cannot overcome sin by divine power because of his/her fallen sinful nature inherited, is an excuse to sin.  
 
To continue to say that we are born sinners and that is the way we are conditioned and we cannot live a life without sin on earth is an excuse to sin by ignoring the power of God made available for our overcoming ALL temptations - 2 Corinthians 12:9; Matthew 19:26; Phillipians 4:13,19; Jude 1:24; .1 Corinthians 10:13 
 
12. What would be the evil consequences of the belief that says, "We are born sinners" as per statements in question 7 above?
 
Indirectly, it means:-
(i) That the fallen sinful nature inherited from Adam is sin.
(ii) That sin is inherited from Adam and Eve to us.
(iii) That sin is transferable from Adam and Eve to us.
(iv) That sin can be excused since we are conditioned to sin.
(v) That sin is without one's choice because that is our state.
(vi) That the sinner is not responsible for sin because we inherited.
(vii) That one can be saved in sin, rather than from sin because we cannot help but to sin.
(viii) That a Christ-like life is impossible since we are conditioned to sin. 
(ix) That we will continue to sin until Jesus Christ returns since we are conditioned to sin.
(x) That it has done away the law of God in a very subtle way.
(xi) That God is reponsible for sin.
 
13. What would be the evil effect of the false teaching of sin upon the Churches?
 
What one believes will affect his/her life style - behavior. One's behavior will affect one's destiny - either for heaven or hell. If the church believes the false teaching of sin, the members will continue living in sin. Eventually, they will end up in hell fire.
 
In order for the church members to live righteous with God, first the false teachng on sin needs to be corrected by the Church (the system). The Church (the system) needs to teach truth, not error.
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Beware of the deception sweeping amongst Christianity in the false teaching on "sin' by the CHURCH! Is your church teaching it?
 
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