The excuse for sin all boils down to is the false teaching of Original Sin. People don’t realize this is the ROOT of the reformed teaching since the time of Augustine. People think they can sin and not die. The Bible is clear that a brother may sin a sin which is not unto death, and there is a sin unto death (1 John 5:16). God’s word makes it clear that all sins are not the same in their effect on our souls. There is one type of sin that is eternal. (Mk. 3:20) Even Jesus talked about the ‘greater sin.’ (John 19:11) Such sins as disowning Jesus (Matt. 10:33; 2 Tim. 2:12) will send a person to the lake of fire as well.
There is no mistake of what sins will disqualify one from the kingdom if they have not repented, that is, stopped the sin (1 Cor. 6:9-10; Eph. 5:3-5; Rev. 21:8; Jude 7, Rev. 22:15; Gal. 5:19-21, etc. etc.). A person may be guilty of one or many, but it still means sin unto death. It does not matter if a person is guilty of one of those sins or all of them. However, such things as a moment of worry (Phil. 4:6), or forgetting to be thankful (Col. 2:7; 3:15; Luke 17:11-18) or not completely humble and gentle (Eph. 4:2) are never mentioned in the lists that will disqualify a Christian from the kingdom and send them to the lake of fire. We all have had our moments of not being gentle or completely humble or forgetting to give thanks, but be careful, because even if these are neglected, it can harden our hearts if we don’t take care of these matters as the holy Spirit brings it to our attention.
To excuse sin, 1 John 1:8 is a classic example and ‘proof text’ to prove the existence of original sin. I have even read some commentaries assert that the passage has to do with original sin! The following excerpt is taken from John Gill’s commentary concerning this verse:
“If we say that we have no sin… Notwithstanding believers are cleansed from their sins by the blood of Christ, yet they are not without sin; no man is without sin: this is not only true of all men, as they come into the world, being conceived in sin, and shapen in iniquity,….”
That is so false. Many are ignorant of the context of John’s letter. John was refuting the Gnostic heresy of his day. He was NOT granting the saints permission to sin (1 John 2:1). It is universally accepted that the sin of Adam can never be cleansed by faith in this lifetime. This is pure philosophy and not Biblical truth. This translates that sin is a forgone conclusion instead of righteousness. (1 John 4:4-10)
We should not dismiss the Biblical truth of HOW one becomes a child of wrath (Eph. 2:3). Either one explanation is true and the other false, or vice versa. Both cannot be true! One cannot be a child of wrath “by nature” AND by personal “transgression of a known law” (1 John 3:4). To embrace one is to void the other. Either one becomes a child of wrath and dead in sins by knowing to do what is right and does not do it (James 4:17) OR by birth. To insist that two opposites can coincide without producing any error is pure fallacy and intellectual dishonesty.
The Original Sin doctrine reverses the order of salvation! It puts repentance and faith AFTER salvation is granted. The thought ingrained in us is that a person sins daily in thought, word and deed. Mere temptation is equated with sinfulness and leads people to believe that they are sinning every time they are tempted! This is fallacy. This would mean that Jesus sinned all the time since he was tempted in ALL points as we are (Heb. 4:15). Jesus said to sinners, “go and SIN NO MORE.” (John 5:14; 8:11). John tells us that if a person is born of God, he does not continue TO sin. (1 John 3:9). Paul says that those who call on the name of Christ DEPART from iniquity (2 Tim. 2:19).
A Christian is a saint, NOT a justified sinner. We are taught that a Christian is a sinner and the only thing God did was remove the GUILT of sin, but the NATURE remains. Nowhere does God’s word teach us that. But people have been indoctrinated for so long to believe that temptation IS sin, regardless of any Biblical evidence that opposes it. So if a person is tempted, he is sinning. Because of this dilemma, doctrines like “Imputed Righteousness” and “Gradual Sanctification” had to be invented.
God’s word is clear that we will reap what we have sown. There is a day coming when God will be rendering to you according to YOUR (and mine) deeds, not anyone else’s nor will we have Adam to blame.