YOU DON’T ‘BECOME’ A SINNER BY SINNING – YOU’RE A SINNER BY BIRTH
A raven does not become an unclean bird by eating carrion (decaying flesh), but eats carrion because it is BY NATURE an unclean bird!
Likewise a baby as he starts to grow does not ‘BECOME’ a sinner by ‘sinning’, but he sins because by NATURE HE IS ONE!
“Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? Not one!
Or how can he be clean that is born of a woman”? [Job 14:4, 25:4]
“Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me”! [Psalm 51:5]
“Lo, this only have I found, that GOD HATH MADE MAN UPRIGHT; but THEY have sought out many inventions”. [Ecc 7:29]
He is an alien by birth, and a sinner by choice!
“The inability under which he labors is not an inability to exercise volitions, but an inability to be willing to exercise holy volitions.
And it is this phase of it which led Luther to declare that “Free-will is an empty term, whose reality is lost. And a lost liberty, according to my grammar, is no liberty at all.”
In matters pertaining to his salvation, the unregenerate man is not at liberty to choose between good and evil, but only to choose between greater and lesser evil, which is not properly free will. The fact that fallen man still has ability to do certain acts morally good in themselves does not prove that he can do acts meriting salvation, for his motives may be wholly wrong”. [Loraine Boettner]
“In what does the sinner’s freedom consist? This question is naturally suggested by what we have just said above. The sinner is “free” in the sense of being unforced from without. God never forces the sinner to sin. But the sinner is not “free” to do either good or evil, because an evil heart within is ever inclining him toward sin.
Let us illustrate what we have in mind. I hold in my hand a book. I release it; what happens? It falls. In which direction? Downwards; always downwards. Why? Because, answering the law of gravity, its own weight sinks it. Suppose I desire that book to occupy a position three feet higher; then what? I must lift it; a power outside of that book must raise it. Such is the relationship which fallen man sustains toward God. While divine power upholds him, he is preserved from plunging still deeper into sin; let that power be withdrawn, and he falls — his own weight (of sin) drags him down. God does not push him down, any more than I did that book.
Let all divine restraint be removed, and every man is capable of becoming, would become, a Cain, a Pharaoh, a Judas. How then is the sinner to move heavenwards? By an act of his own will? Not so. A power outside of himself must grasp hold of him and lift him every inch of the way. The sinner is free, but free in one direction only — free to fall, free to sin. As the Word expresses it: “For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness” Rom. 6:20. The sinner is free to do as he pleases, always as he pleases (except as he is restrained by God), but his pleasure is to sin”. [A.W. Pink]