I’ve met several people who do not believe in original sin. They contend that babies are innocent; they have not done anything wrong. When babies are born, they are already children of God.
So, what’s the deal? Are we born sinners? Or are we born saved? And if we are born saved, do we stay saved or are we only saved until the age of accountability?
I believe we are born sinners. We are, in fact, born dead in our sins. “…we were dead in our sins…” Ephesians 2:5.
And as a side note, our God is not going to throw innocent babies into the flames of Hell simply because they had the misfortune to die before they could hear, let alone comprehend, the good news of the gospel. I believe that if a person dies before the “age of accountability” (and God knows how to decide when that age occurs), then God will correctly handle that situation and act according to His nature which is kind, and good, and loving.
We were once dead in our sins, but when we heard the gospel, and believed in it with faith, then God saved us by His grace. When that happened, God made us alive by giving us the Spirit of Christ, the Holy Spirit.
“When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ.” (Colossians 2:13)
Those who falsely believe that we are born saved, who say we are born children of God, are denying the biblical truth that all are born “in Adam.”
The Bible is clear that we “are born in Adam.” We are not born in the image of God, we are born in the image of Adam. (See Genesis 5:3) Adam’s one act affected all of mankind.
“Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned— one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people…through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners.” (Romans 5:12 & 19)
This is bad news. We are lost and dead and we need salvation from our sins, salvation from hell, salvation from condemnation.
A blogger (false teacher) depreciates the value of salvation by saying that, “The salvation of the soul is not [about] going to heaven when you die. It means as we trust that person of Christ, we find deliverance from the confusing and sometimes addicting realm of the soul: addictions, thoughts that are compulsive, depression, anger, etc.”
That is his definition of salvation? Jesus did not come to save us so that we could go to heaven? Excuse me? This implies that everyone is already going to heaven because of what Jesus did on the cross. Nope.
And about Jesus, this blogger says, “What is extremely important is that Mary and Joseph were told to name their son Jesus ‘for he will save his people from their sins.’ He came to his Jewish family, his covenant people, to rescue them… not for heaven, but to rescue them from how their violence and hatred were going to rouse the Romans to completely destroy their city and their way of life forever.”
Okay. You know what? I don’t have time for people like this guy. Enough of him already. Let’s get back to some good news.
There is good news! The gospel is good news. The one act of Jesus Christ has justified all of mankind; we are all forgiven.
But since we are born in Adam (important to know this!), we are born dead. The gospel is God’s proclamation that we need what is being offered through His death, burial and resurrection.
The gospel must be proclaimed to the dead. We are the dead because we are born in the image of Adam.
God had breathed His life into Adam and Eve, but they believed the devil’s lie and they died; the life of God departed from them.
Without life you are dead.
If you are having a hard time with what I am saying about Adam and Eve dying, please realize that it was their ‘spirit’ that died — that part of them that was the Temple of the Holy Spirit. Their temple became deserted.
Don’t forget that God TOLD them not to eat from the wrong tree; He warned them of the consequences. “But from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.” (Genesis 2:17)
Being dead is really bad news, but the gospel is really good news. The gospel asks a person, “Will you be reconciled to God? He is reconciled to you! Please receive the free gift He is offering!”
Colossians 2:6 says, “Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him.”
If you choose to receive Him, if you hear the gospel with faith and you believe, then He will enter your body, and that gives life to your spirit. He will come to make His dwelling within you, and He and all of the angels will rejoice at your decision!!