I’m currently reading Mystical Union by John Crowder and I couldn’t even make it through the introduction before I had to go and grab my trusted Sharpie Pen. And we all know how much I hate writing in books…but yeah, it was that bad.
Anyways, early on, Crowder states,
There is a two-thousand-year-old heresy that has afflicted the church.
The heresy is this: it is the idea that, as a believer, still have a sinful nature. (23-24)
Umm…what? Crowder’s comment is in fact the heresy. Whether he like it or not, the church has decided that Pelagianism is a heresy and what Crowder is saying, is nothing short of neo-Pelagianism. Just because Crowder says original sin is a heresy doesn’t make it so.
Psalm 51:5 (CEB) states, “Yes, I was born in guilt, in sin, from the moment my mother conceived me.”
We can also turn to several councils and see where Pelagianism has been condemned, the chief of these is the Council of Ephesus or the Third Ecumenical Council.
Our churches teach that since the fall of Adam [Romans 5:12], all who are naturally born are born with sin [Psalm 51:5], that is, without fear of Go, without trust in God, and with the inclination to sin, called concupiscence. Concupiscence is a disease and original vice that is truly sin. It damns and brings eternal death on those who are not born anew through Baptism and the Holy Spirit [John 3:5].
Our churches condemn the Pelagians and others who deny that original depravity is sin, thus obscuring the glory of Christ’s merit and benefits. Pelagians argue that a person can be justified before God by his own strength and reason. (AC II)
This is nothing short of neo-Pelagiaism and should be dealt with as the heresy that it is.