Of late, Chuck Swindoll did a radio series on Romans chapters 6 through 8. He commented, “I don’t need to tell you that we all have sinful natures.”
That’s not a reason. That’s not scripture. That’s an assumption maintained over his fifty plus year ministry. Swindoll is giving you his opinion – the same one he was told and taught. But not analyzed , as you will see.
Several generations of ministry, at least, have asserted the same thing as does Swindoll, so he’s merely echoing what we’ve all heard and been taught.
Adherents never benchmark scripture that can prove or disprove the thesis: Do we still have sinful natures in Christ? Pages and pages of their assumptions appear to be what is most important to them, not walking freely in Christ.
The gauntlet is here laid. Here are the avoided benchmarks. The following verses are a filter through which any coherent comments to this topic must pass. If anyone cannot navigate these roadblocks that force an answer to God’s great deliverance, then those ministers should withdraw from the field of battle. They’re not prepared, and they cannot equip you.
The verses: [Most versions translate the Greek sarx to the word flesh. One of the translated phrase is the sinful nature. For example, the NIV 1984 translated flesh as sinful nature in the following verses. So, when you read flesh, realize it’s talking about the sinful nature being crucified and circumcised.]
“And they who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its affections and desires.” Galatians 5:24
“(11) In whom you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: (13) And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, has he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;” Colossians 2:11, 13
“For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, worked in our members to bring forth fruit to death.” Romans 7:5
“But you are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if any man does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to him.” Romans 8:9
Why are these verses benchmarks? Because they depend on Christ’s crucifixion and circumcision. If ministers perpetuate a continuing sinful nature in Christ, they must answer how His crucifixion and circumcision of the sinful nature (what was removed is never again a part of the body) were not enough to make us free. For, these verses say the sinful nature was crucified (past tense), circumcised (past tense), and that we are no longer in the flesh (past tense).
Therefore, to continue advocating sin natures in Christ, these ministers must negate the Lord’s ability to crucify and circumcise the flesh, the sinful nature. They must deny something about Him, which is to call Him a liar, that He did not do what He claimed to have done.
That’s a problem.
Accept no thesis of a continuing sinful nature in Christ that ignores its crucifixion and circumcision found in these verses. Require that advocates of a continuing sinful nature in Christ answer these verses, before rationalizing their ideas.
Christ delivered you from the sinful nature, because He loves you and wants you to walk in His freedom. You can believe Him and trust Him. Don’t place your faith in mistaken ministers of His Word.