I've heard it a lot, but have never seen it in the Scriptures. So many say we are born sinful, or are born with a sinful nature. There's no quote from the Bible or EGW writings to sustain this belief.
Unless a sinful nature is something other than the natural tendency to sin. Is there another definition of "sinful nature"?
People naturally sin because they see so many others in the world naturally sinning. Not because of something they are born with. Children naturally copy their parents. For instance, whenever we see a wicked king, it always says that he walked in the way of his fathers. That's because his fathers where a stronger influence on him than the prophets.
You would have to say that if any child of any wicked person on earth where taken at birth to heaven to be raised by a sinless couple on an unfallen world, that that child would somehow be inclined to sin.
There's no way. A sinful nature is not something we are born with. It's something that we learn from others in this wicked world.
Jesus kept Himself from sinning by doing God's work. That's why He said:
Luke 2:49 And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business?
John 4:34 Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.
Then you can't say that a person who is doing God's work constantly and has not even the slightest inclination to give into temptation, has a sinful nature. Because where it may have once been natural for him to sin, it is now natural for him to do righteousness. This should be the case for all of us. We should all have a new nature in Christ.
Job kept himself from sin since his youth by keeping busy doing the Lord's work. Read the book of Job. The only sin the Devil could bring up against him, he had to dig up from when Job was a kid:
Job 13:26 For thou writest bitter things against me, and makest me to possess the iniquities of my youth.
Some are born filled with the Holy Ghost:
Luke 1:14 And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth.
1:15 For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother's womb.
1:16 And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God.
1:17 And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.
Luke 7:28 For I say unto you, Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist....
See all the things he would spend his life doing?
John was not born with a sinful nature. He was born filled with the Holy Ghost. That's because his parents where holy. They where not sinful. Maybe they where at one time, but they where not any more. They had a new nature in Christ. This is what God is able to do. He is able to make you holy. Don't deny it. Accept it. And give glory to God for it.
And then your children can be holy:
1 Cor. 7:14 For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy
This is a quick, ungraceful post. I apologize. I'm seriously pressed for time. Thank you for your patience. God bless.