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We Are Not Inclined To Do Evil | Sermon Outline By Brian A. Yeager

We Are Not Inclined To Do Evil
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I. Introduction:

A. Some take Scriptures such as Isaiah 53:6 and Ecclesiastes 7:20 and teach that man has a sinful nature.

  1. What is missed is that there are those times in history when it was very hard to find a faithful man (i.e. Genesis 6:6-9).
  2. Statements such as Romans 3:23 have to be considered as exaggerated statements because ALL had not sinned (I Peter 2:21-22).
  3. Come back to the perfect man Noah, who was saved, what was said in that same context concerning “all flesh” (Genesis 6:12-13).
B. Sin is a choice (James 4:17 and I John 3:1-10).
  1. The king of Tyrus was told he was perfect, until… (Ezekiel 28:12; 28:15).
  2. Under both the old and new covenants, we see sin is a choice that people make (Ezekiel 18:4-9 and Romans 6:16).

II. Body: God Hath Made Man Upright, But… (Ecclesiastes 7:29).

A. The Scriptures teach that man corrupts himself (Exodus 32:7, Judges 2:19, Hosea 9:8-9, and Jude 1:10).
  1. Man has the power to cease being corrupt (Ephesians 4:22).
  2. We can escape corruption (II Peter 1:4).
B. Freewill is an undeniable truth (Revelation 22:14-17).
  1. The “Old Testament” shows freewill (Exodus 15:26, Deuteronomy 30:15-20, Joshua 24:20-24, Proverbs 1:29, and Ezekiel 18:20).
  2. The “New Testament” shows freewill (Luke 11:28, Acts 17:4-5, Philippians 2:12, and James 1:13-16).
  3. The Judgment of God on humanity is rooted in this truth (John 5:28-29).
C. If a person chooses to sin, that person can repent (Acts 3:19).
  1. This can be seen in the “Old Testament” (II Chronicles 7:14, Proverbs 28:13, Isaiah 55:6-7, Jeremiah 26:13, Ezekiel 14:6, Ezekiel 18:30, Ezekiel 33:14-16, and Jonah 3:1-10).
  2. This can be seen in the “New Testament” (Matthew 3:1-2, Matthew 4:17, Matthew 12:41, Mark 6:12, Luke 3:7-8, Luke 13:1-5, Luke 24:47, Acts 2:38, Acts 17:30, II Peter 3:9, and Revelation 2:5).
  3. Those whom have chosen to sin can also choose to cease from sin (John 8:1-11, II Timothy 2:19, and I Peter 4:1-5).

III. Conclusion: Proverbs 14:22

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