Doctrine Report of Actual Sin
My childhood took place in a small community, about 30 years ago. The town was home for Northwestern Prep College for WELS coed high school and pre-seminary for males, Bethesda Lutheran Hospital for mental illness, and Maranatha Baptist College. We had a whole lot of religion going on. I am taking this back about 30 years ago. I was in WELS grade school, about 5th grade and I was aware my mom was having an affair. I lived in fear of losing friends and going to hell. At home, everything I was told at school was contradicting. It was similar to living with an alcoholic, my mother. The abuse, dysfunction, deception, and my own personal war of confusion became my norm. Oh, but how I knew it was not right. It is common knowledge in my world we are all sinners, therefore we sin. We are sin. I knew I would go to hell for my sins, particularly one in general. I was keeping my mother’s adulterous affair a secret. I did not know fact from fiction. I do now know the difference. As an adult Christian, I want to know what the truths are of my sinful life. I still have trust issues but am choosing to take God’s word as my only source for truth. I want God and His words to help transform my old thinking patterns into the truth. Psalms 71:5 For, thou art my hope, O Lord GOD: thou art my trust from my youth.
Sin is part of history, the present, and will continue through the future. I can the answers from the bible, the source of truths. The Missouri Lutheran Synod teaches sin came into the world by the fall of the first man, as described in Genesis 3. By this Fall not only he himself, but also his natural offspring have lost the original knowledge, righteousness, and holiness, and thus all men are sinners already by birth, dead in sins, inclined to all evil, and subject to the wrath of God, Rom. 5:12, 18; Eph. 2:1‐3. (Doctrinal declaration of Missouri synod on man and sin, 1957, Concordia pub., St. Louis, ms, pg.44 vs.217) 1 John 1:7-9 But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin. If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. Sin could be simply stated as, a failure in genuine love for God and neighbor. It is more complicated than that, so I heard. Theologians have researched and expanded the Bible’s truths of sin. The doctrine of original sin is the center of Christian faith and theology. Original sin is not committed, but is a condition, a state of being in a person, which has completely infected our human nature (James 1:14-15; Matthew 15:19). This is why we commit individual, personal, or actual sins. Actual sin is a product of original sin (Genesis 3). . Actual sin is the lawlessness committed by people, everything a person does or leaves undone that is contrary to the will of God is sin.(1 John 3:4) It flows out of original sin (Galatians 5:19-21). Personal sin is any thought or attitude, act or failure to act, that violates God’s standard of perfect holiness. (CTB)
There are two kinds of actual sin—mortal and venial. Mortal sin is a grievous offense against the law of God. This sin is called mortal because it deprives us of spiritual life, which is sanctifying grace, and brings everlasting death and damnation on the soul. It can be classified in various ways: (CTB) * Sins of commission- Break the Ten Commandments-(PP)
For every one of commandments of God reveals sin to us. The Law of God serves our soul as a mirror serves our body (Truth, Free p.37) 4:17, Matthew 23:23 * Willful, deliberate “mortal sins” -drive the Holy Spirit from a person’s heart (Judas in Matthew 26:14-16) * Sins of omission-Not doing what God commands (Truth, Free p.37) Many consider the sins of omission to be less serious than...
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