16 January, 2017
Pelagius is Alive and Well …
A few points to ponder:
The apostle Paul, writing to the Roman Christians around AD 56, said, 'Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned—', and 'Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. For as by the one man's disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man's obedience the many will be made righteous.
(Romans 5:12, 18-19 ESV). That's a couple years earlier than Augustine, isn't it?
The author acknowledges the existence of sin, but never states where she believes it came from. If it didn't come from Adam and Eve (as pointed out in the above passages), where did it come from?
We are 'separate from God' (Isaiah 59:2; Ephesians 2:11-12, for instance) until we are called by Him and given to Christ.
We, in and of ourselves, cannot atone for our own sin. We are 'at odds with our bodies and desires' and we have 'no solvable way to integrate them' precisely because we have no righteousness of our own ( Romans 3:10-18). There is nothing we can do to save ourselves – it's all based on believing the Lord Jesus Christ, '[f]or by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast (Ephesians 2:8-9)
And it was not just the earth and the snake who were cursed. Genesis 3:14-19, tells us that 1) the serpent was cursed; 2) Eve was cursed with 'pain in childbearing' and a 'desire contrary to your husband, but he shall rule over you.”; 3) Adam was cursed to struggling to harvest a decent crop of food and eventual physical death; and 4) through Adam's curse, the ground was cursed.
The author's entire argument hinges on Pelagianism, 'the denial of the doctrines of original sin and predestination, and the defense of innate human goodness and free will.' Pelagianism is seductive in that it tells you you are the author of your fate and the captain of your destiny, and that, in defiance of every teaching in the Bible regarding sinfulness, you don't need Christ's atoning death and resurrection to 'get right' with God. It's a dangerous game being a Pelagian; worse if you teach it to others.