Evil, Sin, and Iniquity

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      “Evil is the unconscious or unintended transgression of the divine law, the Father’s will. Evil is likewise the measure of the imperfectness of obedience to the Father’s will.”

      “Sin is the conscious, knowing, and deliberate transgression of the divine law, the Father’s will. Sin is the measure of unwillingness to be divinely led and spiritually directed.”

      “Iniquity is the willful, determined, and persistent transgression of the divine law, the Father’s will. Iniquity is the measure of the continued rejection of the Father’s loving plan of personality survival and His merciful ministry of salvation.”

      “By nature, before the rebirth of the spirit, mortal man is subject to inherent evil tendencies, but such natural imperfections of behavior are neither sin nor iniquity.  Mortal man is just beginning his long ascent to the perfection of the Father in Paradise. To be imperfect or partial in natural endowment is not sinful. Man is indeed subject to evil, but he is in no sense evil unless he has knowingly and deliberately chosen the paths of sin and life of iniquity. Evil is inherent in the natural order of this world, but sin is an attitude of conscious rebellion.”

      “Men are, indeed, by nature evil, but not necessarily sinful. The new birth –the baptism of the spirit –is essential to deliverance from evil and necessary for entrance into the kingdom of heaven, but none of this detracts from the fact that man is the son of God. Neither does this inherent presence of potential evil mean that man is in some mysterious way estranged from the Father in heaven so that, as an alien, foreigner, or stepchild, he must in some manner seek for legal adoption by the Father.  All such notions are born, first, of your understanding of the Father and, second, of your ignorance of the origin, nature, and destiny of man.”

      “Thomas, have you not read about this in the Scriptures, where it is written: ‘You are the children of the Lord your God.’ ‘I will be his Father.’ ‘Bring my sons from far and my daughters from the ends of the earth; even everyone who is called by my name, for I have created them for my glory. ‘You are the sons of the living God.’ ‘They who have the spirit of God are indeed the sons of God. ‘ While there is a material part of the human father in the natural child, there is a spiritual part of the heavenly Father in every faith son of the kingdom.”

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