Original Sin Means Sin Can’t be Helped and Isn’t a Big Deal

One of the ramifications of the Reformed doctrine of Original Sin is that it makes sin irresistible. You have to do it. Since you have to do it and you have no choice, there’s really no point in not sinning.

This is why Calvin insisted upon Irresistible Grace; it had to be because sin was already irresistible.

Calvinist notions of Total Depravity and Original Sin are often applied even to those who are saved. In other words, many still think your after-conversion supposed righteous efforts are still filthy rags, as you are still unable to resist sin even after salvation.

No doubt, some inconsistent Calvinists would deny this. But if God has ordained every single action of every atom of creation, then I have no power to do anything. If God wills me to sin, then I must sin.

Of course, this then means that sin is God’s will, and if that is the case, you can no longer define sin as “doing whatever is against God’s will.” Thus, the idea of original sin makes God the one accountable for sin.

We can’t stop it. He can. He didn’t. God is responsible.

Furthermore, most who would be considered antinomian or hyper-grace are Calvinists. Some will go on to say that sin is just your old nature which you can’t control anyway. Everyone sins, you have to, lighten up!

The notion that sin is irresistible really takes the edge off of sin. There really is no point in resisting it.

When Jesus tells us to be perfect like our Father in heaven is perfect, well, He was just exaggerating. Got a little carried away. When Paul tells us we should be perfecting holiness in the fear of God, we know he meant to say, “just kidding, you can’t really do that.”

Do I think true believers can achieve perfection in this life? I doubt it, but the degree to which we don’t, is the degree to which we are accountable for not being so. It’s not God’s fault.

Yet most Christian doctrine ceases to have a problem with sin. We’ve given up the fight since there’s no real point to fight what is inevitable.

If you think sin is irresistible and can’t be helped, I suggest you have some things wrong in your understanding.

Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.

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