The following articles are related to the topic of SIN

Original Sin and a Misapplied Passage

The doctrine of original sin-the notion that one is born into this world hereditarily totally depraved-is widely believed in the religious world. For example, the Augsburg Confession of Faith (1530), Lutheranism's creed, asserted: [A]ll men, born according to nature, are born with sin, that is, without the fear of God, without confidence towards God and with concupiscence, and that this ... read more »

Who Is Paul’s “Man of Sin”?

In his first letter to the Christians in Thessalonica, Paul spoke of the return of Christ and the glories associated therewith. Because some of these saints apparently misunderstood the instruction of that initial epistle, or had been influenced by false teaching, the apostle was constrained to write a second letter, attempting to correct the erroneous ideas entertained by the Thessalonians. ... read more »

Does Psalm 58 Teach “Original Sin”?

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Do Not Sin Against the Children

Jacob's eldest son, Reuben scolded his younger brothers: "Did I not tell you, 'Do not sin against the child'; and you would not listen?" The foregoing question of accusation was framed when the disguised Joseph, then a ruler in Pharaoh's court, demanded that their younger brother, Benjamin, be brought into the land of Egypt (Genesis 42:22). Reuben's question reflected the ... read more »

Should Christians Pray for the Forgiveness of Their Sins?

"A brother contends that no Christian today needs to pray 'for the forgiveness of his sins,' since, according to 1 John 1:7, the blood of Christ is continually cleansing him (the significance, he says, of the present tense in Greek)." It is a tragic reality that some members of the church, though they may be sincere initially, evolve some of ... read more »

Does “Free Will” Grant a License to Sin?

A frustrated libertine writes: "We are supposed to have free agency here on earth, but the God who is presented in the Old Testament destroyed people who did not keep his laws. How can it be said that we have 'free agency' when people are killed for living the way they choose to live?" This question reflects a serious misunderstanding ... read more »

Is It a Sin for a Christian To Be Depressed?

"Is it a sin for a Christian to be depressed? I am depressed sometimes, and I feel guilty about it. Can you give me any advice?" Could anxiety be sinful? Yes - if we accept the testimony of Jesus, and we respect the apostolic command of Paul. But the Bible certainly acknowledges that life's complications can be depressing (the word ... read more »

Can I Still Be Saved If I’ve Sinned Deliberately?

What does Hebrews 10:26 mean when it says that there is no sacrifice for sins if we deliberately sin? Does this mean I cannot be saved if I deliberately sin after becoming a Christian? The following passage has struck terror into the heart of many a poor soul: For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of ... read more »

Acts 2:38 – Carroll Osburn and “For the Remission of Sins”

Carroll Osburn, a Bible professor at Abilene Christian University, wrote a book titled, The Peaceable Kingdom.This volume is saturated with error from beginning to end. One of the points argued is the notion that it is inconsequential as to whether one believes that "baptism is 'for' or 'because of' the remission of sins" (p. 90).The allusion, of course, is to ... read more »

James 1:13 – God Cannot Be Tempted

The Bible is a document that reveals the majestic nature of the Creator. And James has somewhat to say about the nature of God. For instance, he affirms the absolute holiness of God when he declares that "God cannot be tempted with evil" (1:13). This is reminiscent of Habakkuk's statement that Jehovah is of purer eyes than to look upon ... read more »