The Theology of Sin Bible Study September 16 2009 Part One Outline

a state of innocence to our present predicament.


Genesis 3:1-7

Pastor and
Teacher  Charles E. Whisnant

(video will be on or For Me To Live Is Christ

How is the idea of sin faring in preaching in the
United States today? We might not be surprised to discover that preaching about
sin seems bothersome for many contemporary pastors. Of all the theological
topics inviting discussion from the pulpit, there is probably none more
potentially distasteful to modern sensibilities than traditional notions of sin
and the eternal consequences for those not "saved." In contrast to
traditional teachings about sin, modern secular ideologies teach people that
they can control their own destinies, determine their own characters, and
reliably make choices on instinct. How, then, do today’s pastors
"sell" the idea of sin in a secular age?

I’m convinced the opening chapters of Genesis are
not optional. They establish the vital foundation for everything we believe as

Sadly, it is a foundation that is being
systematically undermined by the very institutions that should be most
vigorously defending it. More and more Christian educational institutions,
apologists, and theologians are abandoning faith in the literal truth of
Genesis 1-3.

Scripture offers the only accurate explanations
that can be found anywhere about how our race began, where our moral sense
originated, why we cannot seem to do what our own consciences tells us is
right, and how we can be redeemed from this hopeless situation.

Scripture is not merely the best of several possible explanations. It is the
Word of God.


3 is an accurate historical record of what actually happened in the garden.


want to first give an introduction to the chapter before we get into the
chapter itself.


Genesis Chapter 3 is familiar to us. It is a
chapter that deals with the serpent in the garden, and temptation, and
forbidden fruit, and a woman who was deceived, and a man who followed her in
violating God’s word and God’s command. Then it talks about the curse, and the
price that was paid for that disobedience. Familiar to almost everybody, to one
degree or another, is the record of Genesis Chapter 3.

And at the very outset, I want to just lay down a
simple statement that we’re going to build on all the way through, and that is

Most people who comment on Genesis 3 turn it into
something other than an historical account of a real event. It is as the word
of God says it is.

Chapter may well be the most important chapter in the Bible
. Certainly, it
is true that if you don’t understand this chapter, you don’t understand the
rest of the Bible.

You cannot understand the solution to the
problem, unless you understand the problem.

You cannot understand the cure unless you
understand the diagnosis.

You will never be able to understand God’s
remedy for this world, if you don’t understand the malady under which this
world lives and functions.

This chapter explains absolutely

Everything about our universe, and

about life in that universe, and

 all of us
who live in it.

It explains everything about why things are the
way they are,

why we are the way we are, and

what God is doing in history, and

why He’s doing it in terms of salvation.

Genesis 3 explains the human dilemma.

All the
problems in the universe have their origin in the events of this historic

— physical problems, spiritual problems, moral
problems, social problems, economic problems, political problems —     

 all the
problems in the universe have their origin in the events of this historic

This chapter
then is the foundation of any true and accurate world view
. And without
this foundation, every and any world view is utterly wrong.

If you do
not understand the origin of sin and its force based on Genesis Chapter 3, then
your understanding of the world is wrong.

Everything then is misunderstood;

Everything is misevaluated;

Everything is misread;

Everything is misdiagnosed, and

Hopelessly incurable.



About Charles e Whisnant

Youth Pastor since 1964.Pastor/Teacher 1971-74, 1980-2001, 2008-2015. Seminary, College, On line training, 50 years of study. A student of of the Bible. Expositional in my teaching. Married for 45 years. Four children and three granddaughter. Currently pastor - teacher in Minford, Ohio. No published books. No TV program. Favorite preachers Spurgeon, Calvin, MacArthur, Lloyd-Jones, Packer, Edwards, Baxter, Puritans.
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