A Right Conception of Sin: Its Relation to Right Thinking and Right Living

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Right living and right thinking will come only to the Christian who understands what the New Testament means by ’sin.’ Dr. Taylor discusses this theme under the following headings:

  • Sin and Theology
  • Sin and Calvinism
  • A Basic Fallacy
  • The Atonement and the Nature of Man
  • The Atonement and a Sinning Religion
  • What Is an Act of Sin?
  • The Effect of Sin After Regeneration
  • The Atonement and the New Covenant
  • The Atonement and Original Sin

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The power of the atonement does not, through faith, take us to heaven in our sinful condition. but changes our condition from sinfulness to holiness in order that we may be prepared for heaven.

The atonement does not change the nature of sin, but proposes to change thenature at man. It does not take the deadliness out of sin, but takes sin out of man. Therefore we believe the following three facts essential to God's plan of redemption:

1. Repentance which leads to saving faith is a condition of salvation, and the attitude of repentance -- renunciation and hatred of all sin -- must be retained if salvation is to be retained.

2. If at any time practice of sin is resumed, or the means of grace carelessly and continually neglected, or faith in Christ as personal Saviour cease to be active, such sin, either of commission or omission, will again separate the soul from God, and if unrepented of, will ultimately cause the loss of all the benefits once known, and the eternal damnation of the soul.

3. The pardon of all sin through faith and repentance, victory over outward sin, and purging of the nature of all sinfulness, in this life, are three privileges made possible by the blood, and constitute the absolute requirements for entrance into heaven." This excerpt taken from pages 127 and 128 [of the printed edition].

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It is of extreme importance that all Christians have a correct conception of sin. Right living and right thinking will come only to the Christian who understands what the New Testament means by sin.

Let this become cloudy, or let it become a matter of indifference, and Christianity will have received a grievous hurt.

BACK JACKET, INSIDE FOLD TEXT -- ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Richard S. Taylor is associate professor of theology and missions in Nazarene Theological Seminary, Kansas City, Missouri. He was president of the Nazarene Bible College. Sydney, Australia, from 1952 to 1960.

A graduate of Cascade College. Portland, Oregon, and Pasadena College, Pasadena. California, Mr. Taylor received his Th.D. degree from Boston University. For several years he fought in the fields of New Testament and theology of Cascade College.

Beside his broad experience in the academic field, he held very successful pastorates in Oregon and Washington, and his last pastorate was in Everett, Massachusetts.

He has contributed consistently to Nazarene publications, and as a writer has earned a reputation for clear thinking and concise expression.

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