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Is Adam's Sin Imputed to Man

Updated on November 27, 2017

Is Adam's Sin Imputed to Man

Salvation and the need for it is not correctly understood by most professing Christianity.

Adam's sin, usually called original sin' Is it imputed to mankind?

There always seems to be an ongoing argument by church people about whether a baby is born in sin. There IS No argument in scripture to those that correctly understand scripture and this foolishness should be settled once and for all and dismissed.

The reason this keeps coming up is the apostate churches of men's doctrines teach that man is born in sin – This the opposite of what scripture says. Since there is no scripture about what to do about this none existent “lie taught as fact” church people are confused. Here is what scripture has to say, and this truth will completely do away with the need to ask this non question.

Ezek 18:19-20 "Yet you say, 'Why should the son not bear the guilt of the father?' Because the son has done what is lawful and right, and has kept all My statutes and observed them, he shall surely live. 20 The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not bear the guilt of the father, nor the father bear the guilt of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself.

Salvation is not about sin, its about defeating death-- eternal life and restoring relationship with God. Scripture tells us that through the disobedience of Adam “SIN ENTERED THE WORLD”. It does NOT SAY SIN WAS IMPUTED TO MAN. It says” now that sin is IN the world death is spread to all men –because all MEN have sinned “ through sin DEATH SPREAD TO ALL MEN.” In other words it says because of the sin (disobedience ) of Adam death replaced eternal life as the natural way for men. Before his great sin the natural progression was life, eternal life but now it is replaced for all by death. “

The curse that Adam gave to all mankind was and is death . If Adam had not obeyed his wife and eaten of the fruit of the tree of good and evil in disobedience to God's command to him evil would not have been released on the earth (understand good and evil were both in the garden) without the knowledge of good and evil Adam did not know what evil was but he did know God told him if he ate the fruit he would die. He ate it He died.

As the father of all man we now have inherited death from Adam. Death is simply separation from God (total separation). Because Adam disobeyed, he lost eternal life AND his right to live and never die in his flesh. He was no longer a son of God. That means he and all descended from his loins have lost their God given eternal relationship with God. Because of God's great love for the man he created He created a way for him to be restored, they now must learn to follow God to avail themselves of His provision to restore both, his eternal life and his relationship to God, to once again become a son of God, the prodigal must repent and return. It is now appointed to man, once to die and then comes the judgment but before that judgment ALL men have the opportunity, paid for by Christ, the son of God, to return as did the prodigal in scripture, with hat in hand and a repentant heart to the Father who is patiently awaiting his return. He will welcome the return of each repentant son with open arms of forgiveness and restore all the rights of a son to him.

Before his disobedience Adam only saw good, he had no knowledge of evil, he could not see it as it was not loosed yet.. But when he took a bite—his eyes were open, he could now see evil as it was now released on the earth. If he had not released the knowledge of evil (sin) a new born baby would have eternal life and would not be able to die, but as a descendant of Adam it is not free from the curse of death. So when a baby dies it is under the curse of death but not sin so the concern is not about sin, but is there a scriptural antidote? The antidote for a person of sufficient age and wisdom to be accountable for his sin is clear. They must accept the payment of the penalty for their sins and the release from the power of death that Jesus brought to us. This is explained in scripture. You must repent (which cancels the penalty) and be born again, baptized in water and the Holy Spirit, accepting that Christ paid the penalty for your past sins and then your past sins (all) are removed, you are sanctified and made righteous before God thereby being also released from the curse of death and receiving eternal life. You will still die as the curse is on the temporary flesh man and salvation is for the eternal Spirit man.

Rom 5:12-17 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned — 13 (For until the law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law. 14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who had not sinned according to the likeness of the transgression of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come. 15 But the free gift is not like the offense. For if by the one man's offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many. 16 And the gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned. For the judgment which came from one offense resulted in condemnation, but the free gift which came from many offenses resulted in justification. 17 For if by the one man's offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.)

The antidote for an infant.

The scriptures tell us that the child that dies before having its own sins is not charged with the penalty of sin as he has none. BUT as a member of mankind he is charged, he is subject to the curse of death on all mankind that is inherited from Adam.

I find in scripture the antidote (or how to defeat eternal death) for the child that has one at least one believing parent until the child is of the age of personal accountability. The child is sanctified- made Holy by virtue of the parental faith.

1 Cor 7:13-15 And a woman who has a husband who does not believe, if he is willing to live with her, let her not divorce him. 14 For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband; otherwise your children would be unclean, but now they are holy.

I can find NO scripture to say a child that dies without a believing parent can be excused from the curse of death. Remember death is total separation from God, death in the flesh and no eternal life. Scripture does not directly address this situation.

Based on the above scripture my belief is there is not one ,but God has not given me His truth so I cannot disagree if you don't see it that way. But do you want to chance if for your child?

Many say, but God would never do that to a child. Or would He? But God tells us the parents are RESPONSIBLE for their children and what is more irresponsible than not preparing for their Spiritual welfare.


Sin only comes into the picture after one is capable of their OWN sin. No one is accountable for the sins of another. No one can be held responsible for Adam's sin but Adam. He could not pass his sin to us. By saying that man is charged with Adam's sin you call God a liar because HE SAYS no man can be held responsible for the sins of another. By being the father of ALL man then we inherit his natural (flesh) conditions, hence our flesh (natural Man) must die and the relationship of the natural man to God is also removed. Total loss of relationship with God. Once one commits sin it must be removed before one can regain a relationship with God. And the process of obtaining salvation (return to being a son of God) must be applied. Repent, be born again, submit fully to Christ, be baptized in water and Spirit, learn all Jesus requires of you, and Do all Jesus requires of you including making disciples of Christ. And then endure to the end. This will return you to where God wanted man to be when He created him in the beginning.

You must Understand this.

Adams sin IS NOT imputed to us. He had absolute control over the creation whatever he said and did applied to all creation and he did three things that were devastating to mankind. By his rebellion (disobedience) toward God he released three things on earth the God never intended for man to even know about

1, The knowledge of good and evil. God gave us and wanted only good for us

  1. Death He gave us eternal life in the garden and never wanted us to experience death. (separation from God)

  2. Satan He had prepared the adversary but NEVER desired to release him.

Of course because of his sin there were other curses too, see Gen 3, none of them good but these are primary.

By these things happening ,as the result of his sin, they were the result of his sin not his sin. His sin was the disobedience, he obeyed his wife instead of God.. “Gen 3:17 Then to Adam He said, "Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, 'You shall not eat of it':

The lives of man were terribly and forever altered unless The blood of Jesus be applied. See article, “the greatest sin in the history of man”

I pray this helps you to understand these scriptural truths so if you have the false church taught story you can be set free from it.

Charles LaFoe

copyright 11/27/2017


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    Jim JW Worcester 

    7 months ago from Riverside (Dayton) Ohio

    I have found that even non-believing young men can understand Adam's alibi for what it is.

    When I facilitated men at a crisis pregnancy center (most were cohabiting) I would have them read (Genesis 3:9-12, 17 WEB) 9 And the LORD God called to Adam, and said to him, Where [art] thou? 10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden: and I was afraid, because I [was] naked; and I hid myself. 11 And he said, Who told thee that thou [wast] naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree of which I commanded thee, that thou shouldest not eat? 12 And the man said, The woman, whom thou gavest [to be] with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate. ... 17 And to Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened to the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed [is] the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat [of] it all the days of thy life;

    Verse 12 has the phrase "The woman, whom thou gavest [to be] with me". I finally would get them to recognize that the "thou" was God and that Adam had blamed God for creating Eve. Then I would ask if their own level of personal responsibility was equal to Adam they would agree that it was as they were unmarried and seldom had a job.

    This is still true of many young men today and the reason that "families struggle and single mothers struggle" even more when the man deserts the home.

    It seems to be much easier to concern ourselves with issues like original sin then it does to accept responsibility. The downfall of men will lead to the downfall of families will lead to the downfall of the church will lead to the downfall of a nation.

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    10 months ago from those of the Ecclesia

    Great article Charlie. Keep up the good work.

    Many blessings brother.


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