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18 November 2006

"The Soul That Sinneth"

Ezekiel 18 If there is one thing that a preacher must do, it is to help people understand that they are responsible for their own actions. It is easy to blame a spouse or a job and claim that their presence is a hinderance or stumbling block. Many times people seek to justify themselves by claiming that sinning is just a part of their nature. While in all actuality it should be just the opposite. If everything we do or say has to be credited to nature, we should argue that it is our nature to do right, considering that we were created in the image of God. The truth remains, that man is a free moral agent and has been created with the power of choice. And people will never correct their mistakes as long as they continue to blame others for their own sinful actions.... The apostle Paul put it rather aptly, "For we must all appear before the judgement seat of Christ: that everyone may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad" (2Corinthians 5:10).... Every man is responsible for his own actions. We cannot blame our parents for our sins nor can we blame inheritance or God. "The soul that sins, it shall die". http://www.bible.ca/ef/expository-ezekiel-18.htm

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