7th-Day Advent Bible Ministry Church - Jesus Christ Is Coming Back Soon
Part 1

The Doctrine of “Universal Sin” leads to the Doctrine of “Universal Salvation”
 
Introduction:
From the beginning, the devil was the master deceiver of God’s truth. He has tried to counterwork the character of God. Since the character of God is seen in his written law, the devil will attack His law.  In craftiness, Satan insinuated the doctrine of “babies born sinners” due to Adam’s sin. This doctrine has led many professed Christians to believe that we all sinned without a choice due to the first Adam’s sin, thus, we all have been given eternal life unconditionally without a choice by Christ’s death (2 Adam) at Calvary. It is the belief on “universal sinfulness of humanity through Adam” that led to another doctrine called “universal salvation through Jesus Christ.” Both these doctrines go hand in hand.

To fully understand the doctrine of sin, one has to also understand the doctrine of salvation. And to understand the doctrine of salvation is to understand the doctrine of sin. One cannot understand one without the other. Both doctrines are interconnected and cannot be separated.

First, let us understand what sin is. So the question is –

What is sin?
The Scripture tells us that “sin is the transgression of the law” – 1 John 3:4. In order for one to become a sinner, one has to break God’s law. “Without the breaking of the law, there is no sin” – Romans 4:15. This is the only definition of sin found in the Scriptures.

If one does not transgress God's law, he or she cannot be called a sinner. Lucifer transgressed God’s law and he became a sinner in heaven – Ezekiel 28:15. He was not a sinner by nature. The fallen sinful nature he inherited after he sinned was not the cause of his sin. Actually, Lucifer's sin demonstrated the clearness of the definition of sin where it says, “sin is the transgression of God’s law.” Sin originated with Lucifer in heaven when he transgressed God's law.

Adam and Eve transgressed the law and they became sinners – Genesis 3:1-5. They would not have become sinners if they had not broken God’s law. We need to understand that they did not sin because of the fallen sinful nature. Their fallen sinful nature came as the result of their sin. The sin of Adam and Eve demonstrated indisputably the definition of sin  where it says, “sin is the transgression of God’s law.” Sin is not by the fallen sinful nature. The fallen sinful nature is not sinful, and it does not make one a born sinner. 

There are SEVEN (7) points that I will briefly list below to show how sin has to be involved with the transgression of the law. Any explanation of sin where one becomes a sinner without the transgression of God's moral law, is a clear indication that Satan is behind that doctrine to down play the law of God which is His character.

1.     Sin involves the breaking of the law – 1 John 3:4.
Sin has to do with the breaking of God’s law. Any explanation to define sin without the transgression of the law is an intruder to distort the Bible definition.
If anyone tells us that we are sinners by Adam, immediately one should be able to see the error because a baby cannot be a sinner without the transgression of God’s law.

Actually, no one is a sinner because of someone else’s sin. Therefore, no baby is born a sinner. If a baby is born a sinner without the breaking of God’s law, then, sin becomes inheritable without a choice, and will contradict the Scriptures.

2.     Sin involves a choice – 1 John 3:4
Sin involves a choice. One has to make a choice to transgress the law to become a sinner. Therefore, any explanation on sin that makes one a sinner without a choice is another intruder to distort the Bible definition. Therefore, no baby is born a sinner. If a baby is born a sinner, then, sin becomes inheritable and will contradict the Scriptures.

3.     Sin is not inheritable – Ezekiel 18:20
Since sin involves a choice, then, it has to be non-inheritable. Therefore, any explanation on sin that makes one a sinner without a choice and becomes inheritable, we know that it is another intruder to distort the Bible definition. Therefore, no baby is born a sinner. If a baby is born a sinner, then, sin becomes inheritable and will contradict the Scriptures.

4.     The sinner is responsible for sin – Ezekiel 18:20
Since sin involves a choice and it is not inheritable, therefore, the sinner must take responsibility for his or her own action. The soul that sinneth, it shall die. Thus, one cannot be a sinner by birth or because of another person’s sin – via Adam. Therefore, no baby is born a sinner. If a baby is born a sinner, then, sin becomes inheritable and will contradict the Scriptures.

5.     The sinner himself/herself will receive the penalty of his/her own sin (Eternal Death – 2 Death)  – Romans 6:23
The individual sinner will receive the wages of his/her own sins which is eternal death. The son will not die eternally because of his father’s sin. Thus, one cannot die eternally because of Adam’s sin. Therefore, no baby is born a sinner. If a baby is born a sinner, then, sin becomes inheritable and will contradict the Scriptures.

6.     Sin is individual – NOT universal – Ezekiel 18: 4; 20.
No one is a sinner due to another person’s sin. The sin of the father is not passed on to the son or daughter. Whosoever commits the sin will die eternally. The son cannot die eternally because of his father’s sin.

7.     Jesus Christ took the wages of Adam’s sin – 2 Corinthians 5:21
Since the law cannot be changed to save Adam and Eve, Christ had to come and die as their substitute to give them another opportunity where they could repent and receive immortality again. Christ was the sacrificial lamb killed by Adam as their sin offering at Eden – Revelation 13:8. Though Christ never sinned, yet He died and took not only Adam’s sin but the whole world’s sin at Calvary, A.D.31.

Therefore, this is another proof that Adam’s sin was not transferred to any baby. Adam’s sin was not passed upon his posterity. 

What three things did we inherit from Adam?
1.      We inherited a fallen sinful nature, (not sin).
2.      We inherited a mortal body
3.      We inherited the first death – (this allowed Jesus to be able to die at Calvary).
If Christ was not killed by the Roman soldiers at Calvary, still he would die the first death out of old age since he inherited the first death through his mother, Mary.

What two things did we NOT inherit from Adam?
1.      We did not inherit sin from Adam.
2.      We did not inherit the second death (eternal death) from Adam.

Christ voluntarily died the second death at Calvary. The second death has to do with the wages of sin. He took everyone’s sin as if he was the sinner, and he died the second death so that no one should ever die eternally, if we were to repent of our sins.
 
Since Jesus Christ was born mortal through his mother, Mary, this made him able to die the first death on the cross, and the second death voluntarily as a sinner also. His humanity died, but his divinity never died.
 
Inheriting the fallen sinful nature from Adam makes no one a natural sinner. The fallen sinful nature is not sinful because “sin is the transgression of the law.”
 


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