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White Unto Harvest: Psalm 51:5, Inherited Sin and Foreign Translations

The belief that mankind inherits sin is widespread in what is popularly known as “Christiandom.” Indeed, it would be hard to find a church that does not believe in some form of it. The Roman Catholics teach it as “original sin.” We know of no group among the Protestant Evangelicals which would deny every form of it. Indeed, the New International Version of the Bible witnesses to this fact. Among the scholars who participated in its preparation were those from the following denominations: Anglican, Assemblies of God, Baptist, Brethren, Christian Reformed, Evangelical Free, Lutheran, Mennonite, Methodist, Nazarene, Presbyterian, and Wesleyan (Preface to the Fifteenth printing of the NIV). Representative from these various religions joined in producing a translation which consistently translates the Greek word for “flesh,” when it speaks of the flesh of man, as “sinful nature(s). The NIV translates Psalms 51:5 thusly, “Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.”

In light of the pervasiveness of this teaching, it behooves those preaching in countries where English is not the mother tongue to check translations of various verses. On the topic of inherited sin, Psalms 51:5 has been a point of conflict for years, so it should surprise no one to find it so in other countries. Please notice the following examples of renderings of this verse from some Bibles of Eastern Europe: Continue reading » White Unto Harvest: Psalm 51:5, Inherited Sin and Foreign Translations

Debate: Inherited Sin (Second Negative)

Proposition: The Scriptures teach that, as a result of Adam’s fall, all men are born sinners.

  • Affirm: R.L. Vaughn
  • Deny: Steven Deaton

Second Negative

Regarding the questions:

1. Adam was made in the image of God, free of sin, which God called “good” (Gen. 1:26-27, 31). Yet, Adam sinned. The same is true today–we are created free of sin, “good,” then chose to willfully disobey.

2. Read again Hebrews 2:14-17. We wonder if Mr. Vaughn thinks a person does not exist until they are born and how that may affect his view on abortion?

3. If both, then all babies are born alienated from God and doomed if they die in infancy. Jesus redeemed us by his physical death–sacrificing his body and shedding his blood (Matt. 26:26-28; Heb. 10:5-7). Continue reading » Debate: Inherited Sin (Second Negative)

Debate: Inherited Sin (Second Affirmative)

Proposition: The Scriptures teach that, as a result of Adam’s fall, all men are born sinners.

  • Affirm: R.L. Vaughn
  • Deny: Steven Deaton

Second Affirmative

Answers to Mr. Deaton’s Questions

  1. The serpent deceived Eve, but Adam willfully disobeyed (Gen. 3:1-6; 1 Tim. 2:14).
  2. No. His body was created in the womb of Mary by the Holy Ghost. He existed BEFORE He was born.
  3. Both physical and spiritual death. By what death did Jesus redeem us? Physical or spiritual?
  4. They are born sinners before they sin. However, being born sinners, they immediately begin to transgress God’s law. They lie “AS SOON AS they are born” (Psalm 58:3).
  5. All are saved from Adamic sin; this is not universal salvation because all who do not believe on the Son of God are condemned. Continue reading » Debate: Inherited Sin (Second Affirmative)

Debate: Inherited Sin (First Negative)

Proposition: The Scriptures teach that, as a result of Adam’s fall, all men are born sinners.

  • Affirm: R.L. Vaughn
  • Deny: Steven Deaton

First Negative

Mr. Vaughn states at the beginning that this is about the NATURE of man. So, this discussion is NOT about whether or not man sins, and it is NOT about whether or not men die a physical death as the result of Adam’s fall. It is about whether or not men are born with a depraved, sinful nature inherited from Adam.

Re: Romans 5:12, 18: These verses do not say, “All men have sinned in Adam.” They give a comparison and contrast of the actions and results of Adam and those of Christ. Adam introduced sin into the world, like AS Christ introduced a way of escape from sin. Notice Romans 5:19, “For as by one man’s disobedience many were MADE sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be MADE righteous.” Consider: Thomas Paine MADE many infidels, but was his infidelity transferred to them? No, by his actions he influenced many to reject the belief of God. Likewise, by the actions of Adam, many have been influenced to commit sin because he introduced it into the world. Continue reading » Debate: Inherited Sin (First Negative)

Debate: Inherited Sin (First Affirmative)

Proposition: The Scriptures teach that, as a result of Adam’s fall, all men are born sinners.

  • Affirm: R.L. Vaughn
  • Deny: Steven Deaton

First Affirmative

ARE YOU BORN IN SIN? Or are you born without sin? Mr. Steven Deaton and I invite you to consider the following proposition:

The Scriptures teach that, as a result of Adam’s fall, all men are born sinners.

DEFINITION OF THE PROPOSITION

  • The Scriptures – 66 books inspired by God, often called the Holy Bible [quotations are from the King James Version].
  • Teach – cause to know
  • Result – something that arises as a consequence of
  • Adam’s fall – Adam’s disobedience to God’s command (Genesis 2:16,17) and his subsequent separation from God (Gen. 3).
  • All men – the whole number of the human race.
  • Born – having certain characteristics from birth.
  • Sinner – one that sins. Continue reading » Debate: Inherited Sin (First Affirmative)