Larry Kirkpatrick

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The following are sermons:

Paul & James: a Contradiction? Case Study: Sin and Righteousness

2017-10-26

  • Introduction
  • Author, Date, Purpose
  • Sin and Righteousness
    • Sin
      • James on Sin
      • Paul on Sin
    • Righteousness
      • James on Righteousness
      • Paul on Righteousness
  • Conclusion

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If We Say We Have No Sin

2008-02-08

Sometimes texts that vex us enclose tremendous insight. Their challenge to our minimally tested assumptions makes them great allies toward our growth in truth.

Seventh-day Adventists reject the doctrine of original sin, the teaching that men are born condemned or guilty. We also reject any notion that man was not damaged by the Fall. We are decidedly damaged; one might say, born broken. But, we are not lost until we choose rebellion. All who have lived in human flesh, except Jesus, have chosen rebellion at some point; all these, then, need Jesus. The Bible is clear: "All we like sheep have gone astray" (Isaiah 53:6). How thankful we are that in Jesus a Savior is provided!

Some good and godly brothers dispute what has just been stated. They hold that all men have sin at birth. And, that all men have sin throughout the full length of their experience. Indeed, they say that men--even "saved" men--die in sin. The belief that in the power of God men can obey His law, that they can live without sinning after Probation closes, mystifies them. A favorite text suggested is 1 John 1:8. You recall the text:

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

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