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Dr. John Witherspoon's sermon - All Mankind by Nature under Sin.

This is Dr. John Witherspoon's sermon on Romans 3:23 and All Mankind by Nature under Sin. Dr. Witherspoon was an important founding father and signer of the Declaration of Independence. He was also a minister with numerous sermons and tracts, and president of Princeton college.

Scanned PDF's are online, but this seems to be the first full text version without errors(just edited). I'm slowly reading Witherspoon's sermons - they make good reading. This particular sermon goes well with Roger Sherman's witnessing tract "The Greatest Concern in the World. What Must I do to be Saved?". http://www.scribd.com/doc/98295560/The-Greatest-Concern-in-t...

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NOTE OF THE EDITOR.
[Dr. Witherspoon published a separate volume of Sermons on the leading truths of the gospel, with the design of forming something like a connected system of these truths. The sermons that were thus published are kept together in this edition of his works.— They begin with the discourse that immediately follows, on Romans 3:23; and end with that entitled "Obedience and Sacrifice compared."]

ALL MANKIND BY NATURE UNDER SIN.
SERMON 1.
ROMANS 3:23.

For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.

THE whole revelation of the will of God to mankind, both in the Old Testament and the New, proceeds upon the supposition that they are sinners; that is to say, transgressors of his law, and liable to the stroke of his justice. This only can give meaning to the doctrine of redemption. None can understand, at least none can relish or embrace it, unless they believe, and are persuaded of this preliminary truth.

What I have now said, appears from many express passages of the holy scriptures; and is particularly evident from the general strain, and from the very structure, of the epistle to the Romans. In it the apostle, who had never been at Rome, gives a full and particular account of the doctrine of Christ; and he lays the foundation for this by a distinct and laboured proof, that all mankind, both Jews and Gentiles, are under sin. In imitation of his example, I intend to begin my discourses on practical religion, by endeavoring to impress your minds with a sense of the same truth. This must lead the way to the saving knowledge of the Redeemer; and as he only can build securely, who takes care that every part of the superstructure rest immediately or ultimately upon the foundation, it is as necessary to be remembered by saints, as to be received by sinners.

It may perhaps, on a slight view, appear to be superfluous. ‘All mankind,' some will say, ‘are ready to acknowledge that they are sinners; and there is great reason to believe they are sincere in this confession.' But, my brethren, a little reflection may convince you, that this general acknowledgment is either very insincere, or very imperfect and defective. It is plainly a light sense of sin that enables the multitude to sleep in security. It is plainly a light sense of sin that betrays men into the commission of it, and emboldens them to continue in it. It is plainly a light sense of sin that blunts the edge of all the threatenings in the word of God, and the admonitions of his providence. Is it not from a light sense of sin, that when the preaching of the gospel is not wholly deserted, its inestimable truths are received without thankfulness, and heard without profit?

For these reasons, I propose, through the assistance of divine grace, to discourse a little on the words of the apostle now read: "For all have sinned, and come short of the ": glory of God:" And, in so doing, shall

1. Endeavor to confirm the truth-contained in them, That all mankind are sinners, or transgressors of the law of God, and liable to his righteous judgment. And,

2. Shall make a practical improvement of the subject.

rest available for download or reading at:
http://www.scribd.com/doc/100280040/John-Witherspoon-All-Man...

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Thanks.

I also enjoy "Sinners in the hands of an angry God" by Jonathan Edwards.
Possibly the best sermon ever preached on American soil.

I like that one. I may

I like that one. I may re-read it. I'm just posting works by the founding fathers though - since it bears on the topics that are posted everyday on Daily Paul.

I'm just concentrating on founding fathers as being mostly those that signed the Declaration of Independence, (fyi).

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.

Michael Nystrom's picture

Not a 'DP Original"

Listen, thanks for the info but a "DP Original" means something you wrote, specifically for the community here. It does not mean a link to Politico, or some other outside source that was written by someone else.

Thanks for your understanding.

I transcribed that sermon

I transcribed that sermon myself. It is only available as text on Daily Paul - as opposed to bad scanned copies, and has some editing done in it by me.

It hardly matters. I don't expect the thread to be popular or get in the side bar. Sin or personal responsibility to God isn't a popular topic.

However, our founding fathers thought so, and they almost always started whatever they were doing with sermons, fasting, and praying to God. That was their solution, and it's certainty one that should be considered - since it worked.

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.

SteveMT's picture

What does this post have to do with Ron Paul?

This post is fine as an Off Topic subject, but not in the Daily Paul Liberty Forum, IMO. We are about everything Ron Paul and Liberty, so I thought.

If you don't like founding father's solutions,post own thread

Odd coming from the one poster that probably has the most posts insisting that the founding fathers were deists. Don't bother me with facts!

Christianity has more to do with liberty then anything you've been posting about. That is why the founding fathers were so involved with beseeching God, because only only God gives freedom (quote from many founders), God answers prayers and freed us (many quotes from founders), and God delivered us (John Adams quote). We ought to be asking God about our problems, and humbly beseeching Him.

Sin has everything to do with freedom. Sin is what causes governments to exist in the first place. Taking responsibility for sin is self government - as in self control. For every post about health on these boards, sin is not health, and knowing the actual Lord is health. And lastly, if God is judging America, then repenting may be freedom. Being in sin is being in bondage, which is not freedom.

The problems we have were hardly caused by God, but us, but God is willing to help if we ask. That was what the founding fathers thought was a solution to their problems, and it is obvious the solution we ought to be looking at for ours.

The above is the first sermon by Dr. Witherspoon of his published works, one of the leading organizers of the American War for Independence. It's a good tract, and brings up points about sin that you may not have - and I did not, think about until I read it.

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.

SteveMT's picture

First, I'm glad that you or someone did make this Off Topic.

That is appreciated. Second, "Insisting" in the not correct word. What I said was that some of the Founders had Deist views, although Christianity predominated most probably. I accept what you have been telling us. I do not insist on much except clarity when people use every opportunity to try and attack me. I'm actually a fair, easy going guy, who attacks only ideas, not people.

Well, that all the founders

Well, that all the founders were professing Christians and went to church (we know which churches they went to after all), isn't really the point of the thread.

The point is, what the founders were won't help you or our present problems. If our problems is sin - and sin is the only reason we have government or problems, then we are digging at the wrong thing, and the founders were right.

Sin is something that doesn't take a Christian to acknowledge, but if our problem is sin - and why do governments even exist except sin (mentioned fyi in sermon posted), then maybe the problem is personal responsibility to God. So we are working backwards and should start with ourselves and look at more important things.

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.

I really feel strongly that

I really feel strongly that that is the case, and what we need to be looking at.

And - fyi, I haven't read these sermons I've been posting except just before I've posted them. I was aware that they existed in general before now, but the effect they have had on me is what I've gotten from having just read them.

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.

I agree. Plus, I am not a

I agree.

Plus, I am not a sinner. Quit playing the victim and take control of your own life.

“If ever a time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin.”

Interestingly, in Chris

Interestingly, in Chris Hedges' book 'I don't believe in Atheists', which he writes as an atheist devil's advocate, criticising the direction the New Atheist movement of Dawkins, Hitchens, Harris et al is taking, he does say that while he doesn't belive in God, he does believe in sin, because the evidence of human history clearly points that way. He believes that unless we take the idea of sin seriously, our politics will always go awry from over-confidence about our intentions, motives and abilities. It's a pretty good read.

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Dr. Witherspoon takes that

Dr. Witherspoon takes that direction a little in part of his sermon.

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.