What does it mean to be Christian? Part 5 in this series covers "Sin". Learn about the foundations of being a Christian.
"We believe that sin came into the world through the disobedience of our
first parents, and death by sin. We believe that sin is of two kinds: original
sin or depravity, and actual or personal sin.
We believe that original sin, or depravity, is that corruption of the
nature of all the offspring of Adam by reason of which everyone is very far gone
from original righteousness or the pure state of our first parents at the time
of their creation, is averse to God, is without spiritual life, and inclined to
evil, and that continually. We further believe that original sin continues to
exist with the new life of the regenerate, until eradicated by the baptism with
the Holy Spirit.
We believe that original sin differs from actual sin in that it
constitutes an inherited propensity to actual sin for which no one is
accountable until its divinely provided remedy is neglected or rejected.
We believe that actual or personal sin is a voluntary violation of a
known law of God by a morally responsible person. It is therefore not to be
confused with involuntary and inescapable shortcomings, infirmities, faults,
mistakes, failures, or other deviations from a standard of perfect conduct that
are the residual effects of the Fall. However, such innocent effects do not
include attitudes or responses contrary to the spirit of Christ, which may
properly be called sins of the spirit. We believe that personal sin is primarily
and essentially a violation of the law of love; and that in relation to Christ
sin may be defined as unbelief."
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