The Most Destructive Belief

The most destructive belief targets your identity in Christ. It is the sinful nature.

We have heard that we have sinful natures, even in Christ. Is that true?


Exercise 1: [Answers to all exercises are below.]

Let’s test it conceptually. Here’s two opposite headings:

Negative    |     Positive

Now, assign the following words and phrases to the appropriate Negative/Positive heading: anxiety, mind of Christ, flesh, Satan, grace, old man, light, sin, life, damned, love, despair, peace, carnal mind, spirit, law, God, darkness, new man, death, joy, wretched, righteousness, hate, worthy, saved, sinful nature, divine nature

Is the sinful nature consistent with the Negative or the Positive? In our old way of thinking, we made it fit with both, but does it?


Exercise 2:

Does God expect you to be holy?

“According as He has chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him in love:” Ephesians 1:4

“As He Who has called you is holy, so be holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be holy; for I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:15-16

“Do not let fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness be named once among you, as is fitting for saints;” Ephesians 5:3

If you still have a sinful nature as a Christian, can it ever be holy? What does a sinful nature do by definition?

Would He tell you to be holy if that was impossible?


Exercise 3:

Can holy God and the unholy ever be in union together?

You believe that the Holy Spirit is in you in your spirit. Your identity is your spirit (1 Cor 2:11). If the nature of your identity is sinful, how can the Holy Spirit be one spirit with you (1 Cor 6:17)? Can He be one with evil (1 John 1:5, 2 Cor 6:14-18)?


Exercise 4:

If God in fact did leave you with a sinful nature, would that make you feel more loved by Him?

Was Jesus’ sacrifice powerful enough to change your identity?

Believing in error is faith in the negative. Unbelief is believing in a lie.

Believing in a sinful nature in you in Christ is a harmful, self-fulfilling prophecy.


#### Answer to Exercise 1 ####

Negative       |       Positive

anxiety                peace

flesh                     spirit

Satan                    God

old man               new man

carnal mind        mind of Christ

darkness              light

death                    life

wretched            worthy

hate                      love

law                       grace

sin                        righteousness

damned              saved

despair               joy

sinful nature    divine nature

The question was: Is the sinful nature consistent with the Negative or the Positive?

Answer: It is totally consistent with the Negative and totally INCONSISTENT with the Positive! The error the church-at-large makes is continuing the inconsistency of the sinful nature into life with Christ. Impossible – the old man with his sinful nature was crucified, which means dead and in the past ! (Rom 6:6-7; Gal 5:24; Col 2:11; Rom 7:5, Rom 8:9)


#### Answer to Exercise 2 ####

Question: Would He tell you to be holy if that was impossible?

No. It’s only possible in Christ. You must know Him intimately. It is not an individual holiness you will know – it’s only a holiness you will share with Christ!


#### Answer to Exercise 3 ####

God and the unholy can never be one spirit together.


#### Answer to Exercise 4 ####

If you felt that God left you with a sinful nature, you would not have confidence in Him. In fact, you would probably blame Him for such a fatal flaw, for you will do what your nature says.

Yes, Jesus’ sacrifice was powerful enough to change everything-and it did!.

You are no longer your own (1 Cor 6:19-20). You are a new creation in Him (2 Cor 5:17). You are one spirit with Him (1 Cor 6:17).


See Also:
Spirit and Nature
Spirit and Nature Revisited
No Mixture of the Sinful Nature and the Divine Nature in Mankind


5 thoughts on “The Most Destructive Belief

    • Hi Kent.

      There are a lot of comparisons that could be made among New Testament verses regarding ‘falling away.’ Though that’s interesting (and I was looking into them), you mentioned the James passage.

      We see that James 5:19-20 is the last snippet to the book – these two verses stand alone:

      19 Brethren, if any of you (errs/wanders/falls away) from the truth, and someone turns him around;
      20 Let him know, that he who turns the sinner from the error of his way shall rescue a soul from death and hide a multitude of sins. James 5:19-20

      There is a ‘getting lost’ from the truth by a Christian which leads to death.
      The brother who turns him around rescues him from that death.

      You might be intimating that ‘Once Saved, Always Saved’ is false by this verse. You are right – there is no security for us if we fall away. Thank God for His working through brothers and sisters to help those in danger turn back!

      Two verses setting up the great Hebrews 11 chapter on faith are especially to the point about falling away:

      38 The just shall live by faith: but if any man draws back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.
      39 But we are not those who draw back to destruction; we are those who believe to the saving of the soul. Heb 10:38-39

      ‘Once Saved, Always Saved’ errs not because of God, but because of a believer who ‘falls away’ from faith. And, we know that without faith, it is impossible to please Him. (See also the Daily 8/14/2015 entry regarding ‘Once Saved, Always Saved.’)

      Thanks for your comment and the insight I know you have behind it!

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  1. Absolutely spot on right!!!
    Jesus saying “lest you be born of the spirit of above, you cannot enter heaven”. That speaks volumes confirming the answer to the argument, along with all the other confirmations of scripture you have listed.
    But, if you believe you have a sinful nature . . . Then as a man thinks in his core being so is he.

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  2. [Edited by ffsic for content.] The most destructive believe might be the unbelief in who Christ really is. [This post on the most destructive is in terms of being free in Christ, the subject of this website/blog.]

    [… deleted content not specific to freedom from sin in Christ]

    A lot of Christians mistakenly think thy are saved for ever and do not have to do anything any more as soon as they are baptized. But baptism is only the beginning of the race. We do have to finish that race and know that many seeds come onto the wrong places or might not be watered enough, not getting enough spiritual food. We always should remember that faith without works is dead. [Yes, see Downloads menu for Once Saved, Always Saved document.]

    Sinful nature is infested with the negative and with rebellion. Rebellion against God and against the lovers of God.

    Man has to liberate himself from the worldly spirit and has to take on godly spirit, by feeding himself with the Word of God, regularly reading and studying the Holy Scriptures and following those words instead of the words of human beings. [Christ is the only One through His cross Who could and did free us.]

    [… deleted content not specific to freedom from sin in Christ]

    The author writes “Believing in error is faith in the negative. Unbelief is believing in a lie”, but we should be fully aware of error. [Of course. Every believer can fall into error, but we are not forced into error by a perceived continuing sinful nature. It was crucified with Him. See the Topics menu and Sinful Nature articles.]

    [… deleted content not specific to freedom from sin in Christ]

    Believing in a sinful nature in you in Christ is not at all a harmful, self-fulfilling prophecy, it is a reality that we should have to face.[If you believe in a sinful nature, you will naturally do what your ‘perceived’ sinful nature does, which is sin. If you believe that is your identify, you will act in that way. Faith in a sinful thing yields sinful things. See also Topics/Sinful Nature articles showing the crucifixion and circumcision of the sinful nature. It is dead and in the past.] Being liberated in Christ does not make us non-sinning or perfect human beings … not at all … we are still the fallible beings we should humbly recognize to be. [The focus is never on us, but only Him. Apart from Him, we can do nothing.]


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