ONE-NATURE TEACHING IS NOT A MATTER OF SEMANTICS.
What are the dangers of believing we have only one-nature or that we do not possess a sin nature? Someone asked, “What are the results of thinking this way?”
It stymies spiritual growth.
It devalues the finished work of the Cross.
It makes confession of our sins unnecessary.
It makes restoration of fellowship with God unnecessary.
It minimizes the believer’s identification with Christ’s death, burial and resurrection.
It makes one not responsible for indwelling sin.
It makes death to mean annihilation, extinction or eradication rather than separation.
It confuses one’s condition with their position in Christ.
It frees the sin nature to go undetected in one’s life.
It devalues how God has delivered us from the sin nature.
It makes it unnecessary to “put off” and “put on.”
It makes it unnecessary “to reckon myself to have died to the sin nature.”
It attributes our sinful behavior to Satan.
It puts a difference emphasis on “spiritual warfare” as demon deliverance.
It leads one into the so called “deliverance ministry” (casting out demons).
It helps lead one into the Charismatic and Covenant realms, which are sources of one-nature teaching.
The problem is how to account for sin in the life of the believer, who says he has but one-nature. “If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us” (1 John 1:8).
The one-nature advocate’s explanation of sin in the life of the believer is that it stems not from the old man and Adamic nature (sin nature) but rather from:
a residuary of sin (residual indwelling sin)
old habits and traits (habits of inclination)
Satan and his demons
an unredeemed body
old grave clothes
dysfunctional family influences left over from pre-conversion days
past parental influences
“It is not possible for the source of sin (the old man) to be eradicated, while retaining sin itself. Effect must have a cause! If you have sin, you have its source – the Adamic old man. Paul exhorts the believer to “put off . . . the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts” (Eph. 4:22). He does not tell the believer to put off what is not in residence or does not exist.”
If eradication of the sin-nature were accomplished, there would be no physical death. Death is the result of the sin-nature (Rom. 5:12-21). Parents without a sin-nature would generate unfallen children. The sin-nature is no more subject to eradication than is the world, the flesh or the devil.
DEATH IN SCRIPTURE DOES NOT MEAN ERADICATION, ELIMINATION OR ANNIHILATION, BUT SEPARATION.
I believe the error of one-nature teaching is caused by the error of confounding position and condition. Instead of reckoning the indwelling Adamic life to be judicially, positionally dead, it is instead considered to be actually crucified, and therefore eliminated. To the one-nature advocate Romans 6:1-10 speaks to his condition rather than his position.
The believer has died to sin while being alive in Christ. “Reckon yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus” (Romans 6:11). At the Cross Jesus broke the power of sin over the believer.
“The New Testament teaches that the flesh, the old man, is judicially dead in virtue of the Cross. but it nowhere says it will become actually dead by standing on that fact. What it does say is, that when counting (reckoning) on that fact the flesh, the old man, will lose its governing power over me. In Romans 6 we find that through Christ’s death unto sin, sin will not have dominion over you – the thought of bondage, ruling, governing, dominating, reigning. There is no such view presented in the Word as the annihilation of the old man, or the exclusion of its presence, but the loss of its governing power. In the death of the Cross the old man was crucified. It is not annihilated, but it has lost its throne. We will feel it there, but we are reigning in life – His life. It is a greater testimony to the power of the Father to let the old life be in us and give us dominion over it, than to remove it to begin with. We want to get clear that the Father does not mean to improve the old man on the one hand, nor eradicate it on the other. The fact that it does not improve does not mean that we are not growing. And the fact that it is still within does not mean that we are not growing in Christ, who is our Life.” Norman Douty.
BEWARE OF THEIR TEACHING!!
A Christian must know he has two natures so he can know the source of his propensity to sin and be able to take the necessary steps to (correct it) be spiritual. If eradication of the sin-nature were accomplished, there would be no physical death. Physical death is the result of that nature (Romans 5:12-21).
Parents without a sin-nature would generate unfallen children.
The sin-nature is no more subject to eradication than is the world, the flesh or the devil.
“Reckon,” “yield,” “let not,” “put off,” “mortify,” “abide,” would have no meaning if the sin-nature had been eradicated.
Even in the new sphere of “in Christ” the old, sinful nature remains in us.
Were this not so there would be no point what ever in Paul’s exhortation to “put off the old man” and to walk worthily of our calling. If the old man were eradicated, and we possessed only the new nature we could do nothing but walk righteously and in holiness, for that is the only way “the new man” can walk.
Paul’s whole argument in “put off the old man” and “put on the new man” is based on the presence of these two natures within the Christian and the necessity of a choice being made as to which is to have the mastery of the life.
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