Psalm 51:5–“In Sin Did My Mother Conceive Me”

“Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.”

Paul Washer makes reference to this verse when he says, “The need for speaking clearly about sin is acute since we live in a generation born in sin and captivated by it.” (Source:

John Piper states this about Psalm 51:5: “…The adultery, the lying, and the murder were all just symptoms of a larger, deeper problem. David was evil at his core, and he’d been that way since birth, even before birth. …” (Source:

From the two (above) quotes, this teaching  would have to be summarized by stating that sin is imputed to all who are born into this world; in other words, all are guilty before God at birth, even before birth. This directly opposes other scriptures:

“…The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father…” Ezekiel 18:20

“So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God .” Romans 14:12

“…Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:3

“…Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 19:14

“Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.” Ecclesiastes 12:7

“Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?” Hebrews 12:9

If the world’s most horrific criminal raped a whore or prostitute and she conceived, her  baby’s God-given spirit is as pure as the source (God) from which it came.  The (above) claims of John Piper and Paul Washer are, at best, part of an illusion (implies a false ascribing of reality based on what one believes) which took strong, world-wide root during the Reformation. It is a mirage so many Christians “see” and adhere to. Those never questioning their doctrines should ask themselves what is it that has made them so satisfied with what they’ve been taught. Searching and obeying the scriptures is a must for knowing who God is and staying away from strong delusions.

Please do not get offended with what has been said on this page. I hope that you will read and study a very helpful chapter–Chapter One— of the book by Alfred T. Overstreet, “Are Men Born Sinners?” (If you do read it, I’m sure I’ll hear from you, one way or the other.)

God bless.

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