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Arminius on What the First Sin Produced

What were the results of Adam’s transgression against God? ¬†Arminius answers thus:

The proper and immediate effect of this sin was the offending of the Deity. For since the form of sin is “the transgression of the law,” (1 John iii, 4,) it primarily and immediately strikes against the legislator himself, (Gen. iii, 11,) and this with the offending of one whose express will it was that his law should not be offended. From this violation of his law, God conceives just displeasure, which is the second effect of sin. (iii, 16-19, 23, 24.) But to anger succeeds infliction of punishment, which was in this instance two-fold.

(1.) A liability to two deaths. (ii, 17; Rom. vi, 23.)

(2.) The withdrawing of that primitive righteousness and holiness, which, because they are the effects of the Holy Spirit dwelling in man, ought not to have remained in him after he had fallen from the favour of God, and had incurred the Divine displeasure. (Luke xix, 26.) For this Spirit is a seal of God’s favour and good will. (Rom. viii, 14, 15; 1 Cor. ii, 12.)

XVI. The whole of this sin, however, is not peculiar to our first parents, but is common to the entire race and to all their posterity, who, at the time when this sin was committed, were in their loins, and who have since descended from them by the natural mode of propagation, according to the primitive benediction. For in Adam “all have sinned.” (Rom. v, 12.) Wherefore, whatever punishment was brought down upon our first parents, has likewise pervaded and yet pursues all their posterity. So that all men “are by nature the children of wrath,” (Ephes. ii, 3,) obnoxious to condemnation, and to temporal as well as to eternal death; they are also devoid of that original righteousness and holiness. (Rom. v, 12, 18, 19.) With these evils they would remain oppressed forever, unless they were liberated by Christ Jesus; to whom be glory forever.

Written by The Seeking Disciple

10/25/2012 at 5:15 PM

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  1. Hi Roy,
    Would you say that Arminius held to original guilt then?



    10/26/2012 at 10:00 AM

  2. I’m curiuos how he would have dealt with Ezekiel 18 the whole chapter and Deut 24:16 and got that to harmonize with Romans 5?



    10/26/2012 at 12:40 PM

    • I have not read Arminius’ thoughts but I know I have read some Calvinist theologians and their answer is that Ezekiel 18 is not dealing with total depravity but with the breaking of the judicial law in Israel. They would view the same for Deuteronomy 24:16. They would hold that this does not apply to the issue of depravity but with the judicial law of Israel.

      • There’s quite a few holes in the calvinist thought on this because if we’re all guilt of Adam’s sin then Ezekiel 18 and Deut would apply. The problem would read that we are guilty for Adam’s sin but not our fathers. Interesting none the less. thank you for the post Roy. Bless you.



        10/26/2012 at 1:35 PM

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