The Baptist Faith and Message–The London Baptist Confession of 1689–The Westminster Confession of Faith

Note this: I do not believe in the teaching of man that says, “They being the root of all mankind, the guilt of this sin was imputed, and the same death in sin and corrupted nature conveyed, to all their posterity descending from them by ordinary generation.

“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.”

This corruption of nature, during this life, doth remain in those that are regenerated….”

Here is why I do not and cannot believe these quoted statements (above) made.


The Baptist Faith and Message, as found on the Southern Baptist Convention website, The Westminster Confession of Faith (see section “III” in Chapter 6) and The London Baptist Confession of 1689 (Chapter 6) Catechisms are much the same in meaning when declaring that  Adam’s posterity inherited “a nature and an environment inclined toward sin”.

Here is what the Southern Baptist Convention states in section III. Man (2000):

“Man is the special creation of God, made in His own image. He created them male and female as the crowning work of His creation. The gift of gender is thus part of the goodness of God’s creation. In the beginning man was innocent of sin and was endowed by his Creator with freedom of choice. By his free choice man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race. Through the temptation of Satan man transgressed the command of God, and fell from his original innocence whereby his posterity inherit a nature and an environment inclined toward sin. Therefore, as soon as they are capable of moral action, they become transgressors and are under condemnation. Only the grace of God can bring man into His holy fellowship and enable man to fulfill the creative purpose of God. The sacredness of human personality is evident in that God created man in His own image, and in that Christ died for man; therefore, every person of every race possesses full dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love.

“Genesis 1:26-30; 2:5,7,18-22; 3; 9:6; Psalm 1; 8:3-6; 32:1-5; 51:5; Isaiah 6:5; Jeremiah 17:5; Matthew 16:26; Acts 17:26-31; Romans 1:19-32; 3:10-18, 23; 5:6, 12, 19; 6:6; 7:14-25; 8:14-18,29; 1 Corinthians 1:21-31; 15:19, 21-22; Ephesians 2:1-22; Colossians 1:21-22; 3:9-11.”

Note where it says “…his posterity inherit a nature and an environment inclined toward sin.”Also, notice the scriptures given.

From Chapter 6 in The London Baptist Confession of 1689:

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. (Rom 3:23; Rom 5:12; Ti 1:15; Gen 6:5; Jer 17:9; Rom 3:10-19)
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. (Rom 5:12-19; 1Co 15:21-22,45,49; Psa 51:5; Job 14:4; Eph 2:3; Rom 6:20, 5:12; Heb 2:14-15; 1Th 1:10)
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. (Rom 8:7; Col 1:21; Jam 1:14-
15; Mat 15:19)
5 The corruption of nature, during this life, doth remain in those that are regenerated; and although it be through Christ pardoned and mortified, yet both itself, and the first motions thereof, are truly and properly sin. (Rom 7:18,23; Ecc 7:20; 1Jo 1:8; Rom 7:23-25; Gal 5:17

 

From Chapter 6 in the Westminster Confession of Faith (1647):

I. Our first parents, being seduced by the subtilty and temptation of Satan, sinned, in eating the forbidden fruit.(a) This their sin God was pleased, according to His wise and holy counsel, to permit, having purposed to order it to His own glory.(b)

(a) Genesis 3:13; II Corinthians 11:3.
(b) Romans 11:32.

II. By this sin they fell from their original righteousness and communion, with God,(c) and so became dead in sin,(d) and wholly defiled in all the parts and faculties of soul and body.(e)

(c) Genesis 3:6, 7, 8; Ecclesiastes 7:29; Romans 3:23.
(d) Genesis 2:17; Ephesians 2:1.
(e) Titus 1:15; Genesis 6:5; Jeremiah 17:9; Romans 3:10-19.

III. They being the root of all mankind, the guilt of this sin was imputed,(f) and the same death in sin and corrupted nature conveyed, to all their posterity descending from them by ordinary generation.(g)

(f) Genesis 1:27, 28 & Genesis 2:16, 17 and Acts 17:26 with Romans 5:12, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 and I Corinthians 15:21, 22, 49.
(g) Psalm 51:5; Genesis 5:3; Job 14:4, Job 15:14.

IV. From this original corruption, whereby we are utterly indisposed, disabled, and made opposite to all good,(h) and wholly inclined to all evil,(i) do proceed all actual transgressions.(k)

(h) Romans 5:6; Romans 8:7, Romans 7:18; Colossians 1:21.
(i) Genesis 6:5; Genesis 8:21; Romans 3:10, 11, 12.
(k) James 1:14, 15; Ephesians 2:2, 3; Matthew 15:19.

V. This corruption of nature, during this life, doth remain in those that are regenerated;(l) and although it be, through Christ, pardoned and mortified, yet both itself and all the motions thereof are truly and properly sin.(m)

(l) I John 1:8, 10; Romans 7:14, 17, 18, 23; James 3:2; Proverbs 20:9; Ecclesiastes 7:20.
(m) Romans 7:5, 7, 8, 25; Galatians 5:17.

VI. Every sin, both original and actual, being a transgression of the righteous law of God, and contrary thereunto,(n) doth, in its own nature, bring guilt upon the sinner;(o) whereby he is bound over to the wrath of God,(p) and curse of the law,(q) and so made subject to death,(r) with all miseries spiritual,(s) temporal,(t) and eternal.(u)

(n) I John 3:4.
(o) Romans 2:15; Rom. 3:9, 19.
(p) Ephesians 2:3.
(q) Galatians 3:10.
(r) Romans 6:23.
(s) Ephesians 4:18.
(t) Romans 8:20; Lamentations 3:39.
(u) Matt. 25:41; II Thessalonians 1:9.

 

There is enough information on this one webpage to show that the Original Sin Doctrine is false, IF the Word of God is interpreted following these rules of biblical interpretation:

(1.) Different passages must be so interpreted, if they can be, as not to contradict each other.

(2.) Language is to be interpreted according to the subject-matter of discourse.

(3.) Respect is always to be had to the general scope and design of the speaker or writer.

(4.) Texts that are consistent with either theory, prove neither.

(5.) Language is to be so interpreted, if it can be, as not to conflict with sound philosophy, matters of fact, the nature of things, or immutable justice.

There is plenty here for me to reference to when I need it.

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