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To the editor:
David Lanius stated that Adam’s sins did not separate him (David Lanius) from God in the “Adam’s Sins and Mine” on the Faith page of The Anderson News in the March 13 edition.
And that though the consequences of Adam’s sins was that sin entered the world, we don’t inherit Adam’s sins (I use the plural only because Mr. Lanius did.) Sin is not sin. I also find it disingenuous that he would use inherited sin rather than imputed sin.
Question, how is Adam a figure of Christ? (Romans 5:14.) If Adam is not our federal or representative head and that we all fell in Adam, how can Jesus be our federal or representative head? I don’t know much about John Calvin, but I do know Paul the Apostle to the Gentiles and he said, “therefore by the offence of one, i.e. Adam, judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life” (Romans 5:18.)
For as by one man’s (i.e. Adam) disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one (that would be Jesus Christ) shall many be made righteous (Romans 5:19).
Now if this be the same thing, John Calvin taught concerning “inherited sins,” I don’t know. But I do know that according to Romans 5:18-19 that by the offence of one man all men were condemned including David Lanius and Bob Logue. But thank God Adam was not separated long because God went looking for him and found him hiding in the bushes dressed in fig leaves. Furthermore, it was God who took full responsibility for Adam’s sin and not Adam.
Finally, I have preached in Anderson County for more than 30 years and I would love to find one of those denominations who “have swallowed hook, line and sinker” this so-called false doctrine.