Oct 6, 2009

My Personal Doctrinal Statement on Hamartiology


THE ORIGIN OF SIN

I believe the entire human was catapulted into sin when Adam and Eve directly disobeyed God by eating of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:5-6). At this point, sin entered intro the human race as a whole (Romans 5:12). I believe that a sin nature as well as the guilt for sin has been passed on genetically from Adam to all humanity.

THE NATURE OF SIN

I believe the Bible describes sin in a number of different ways. One is that sin is a wandering away (Psalm 119:67); this means that sin is not being faithful to God’s revealed will. Sin is therefore a lethal error, despite whatever our intentions or motivations may have been. Sin is also an intentional neglect, a refusal to take heed to the Law (James 1:22-25). Furthermore, sin is perversion, irreverance, rebellion, transgression and a missing of the mark of God’s holy law.

THE EFFECTS OF SIN

I believe the effects of sin upon humanity are such that we are eslaved to sin from birth (Psalm 51:5; Ephesians 2:1-3). This means our will is bent on doing wrong and our heart is in rebellion against God (Romans 3:10). I believe another result of sin is spiritual death; this means there is a loss of two things: eternal life and our communion with God. Sin breaks our relationship with God. I believe sin also produces guilt on the human conscience. This means there is a lingering shame when we sin. Sin also results in physical death (Genesis 2:17).
THE PUNISHMENT FOR SIN
I believe that the thrice-holy God’s response to sin is wrath. This means the whole human race stands justly condemned by God (Romans 1:18), Who is the final judge of all. I believe the just penalty for sin is eternal damnation in the Lake of Fire (Revelation 20:12-15).

THE REMEDY FOR SIN
I believe we are morally depraved and naturally enemies of God but we can be reconciled to Him if we fall upon His gift of grace by faith alone (Romans 5:10) through the awakening power of the Holy Spirit. This means we must repent and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and His finished work on the cross in order to be forgiven of our sin and be made right in God’s sight.


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