Romans 7 – The Bible Doesn't Contradict Itself?
Bro. Mike Miller
The Word of God is the basis for our faith.
“Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.” If the Bible
obviously contradicts itself how could we possibly have any faith in it? How
could we base our eternal destiny on what it says if one chapter tells us
something and the next chapter contradicts it? There are places where there
might appear to be a contradiction to the casual reader, but to the person
who reads and studies the whole Bible, it makes perfect sense. However, what
has been done with Romans 7 is to make blatant, obvious contradictions.
What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? Rom. 6:1
“Of course! Where sin abounds grace does much
Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. Rom. 6:6
His understanding of this verse would have to be, “Well, this is after we die, because we all know that we have this rotten flesh and we can never live right as long as we are living in this vile body.”
For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. Rom. 6:14
“The first part is heresy because we all sin every moment of every day in thought, word, and deed. But I like that second part about not being under the law. Where did you read that?”
What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace?… Rom. 6:15
“Why not? If we are not under the law, then we aren’t really sinning when we break it, are we?”
Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness. Rom. 6:18
“This is when we all get to heaven. We will not be free from sin until we die and are freed from this evil body God created us with. We will all serve God in heaven in true righteousness, but that is impossible here on earth.”
For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness. Rom. 6:20
“Oh yeah, while we lived on earth in bodies of clay we never could do right, so we were free from righteousness. Hallelujah! I sure am glad God doesn’t hold that against us!”
But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. Rom. 6:22
“That means we are free from the PENALTY of
sin – not the power or the presence of sin. We aren’t going to hell when we
die because we have professed Christ as our Saviour. We now have everlasting
life and we will be holy when we get to heaven.”
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 2 Cor. 5:17
How can anyone who reads the rest of the
Bible, and especially the New Testament, look at Romans 7 and believe that
it is speaking of the normal Christian experience? It is confusion and
contradiction on a large scale. Anyone whose mind is working properly cannot
accept such contradiction and confusion. Taking this view of Romans 7 will
certainly not encourage holy living. It will not produce faith in people who
hear it because it undermines the Word of God with its blatant contradiction
of so many other Scriptures.
But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof. Rom. 13:14
We are told not to make provision for the flesh. We are not to give place to the devil. But isn’t that exactly what we are doing when we say that we are “carnal, sold under sin” and make that the basis for understanding everything else about the Christian life? Another contradiction!
For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. Rom. 8:5
God always makes the way clear. It is
fleshly-minded men who muddy the waters. Carnally-minded people want to make
a way for a person to be walking in the Spirit and walking after the flesh
at the same time, but God doesn’t allow such a thing in his Word. One must
wrest the Scriptures and take verses, or even whole chapters, out of context
in order to support such a teaching.
Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. Rom. 8:37
The first of chapter 8 refutes the idea that the best Christian experience is “O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from this body of death.”
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. Rom. 8:1
Those who claim their experience as “I am carnal, sold under sin” cannot claim this verse also. It is a plain contradiction. If they are carnal that means they are walking after the flesh. If Romans 8:1 is true you can’t walk after the flesh and be free from condemnation. The only way that would be possible would be if you have a reprobate mind. You would feel no condemnation then.
Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. Rom. 8:7
So we have people who believe that they are Christians, but their very mind is enmity with God, they are not subject to the law of God, and neither indeed can be. That is a strange thing indeed considering what 1 John 2:3-4 says:
And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
Because our friend we talked to above takes parts of the Bible out of context he would take great comfort in this verse out of Romans 8:
So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. Rom. 8:8
But we must tell him that it doesn’t end there. We need to read the next verse also:
But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. Rom. 8:9
We are not in the flesh? That’s right! If the
Spirit of God dwell in you, then you are not walking after the flesh. The
common understanding in this apostate age is that we are really two people
living in the same body and we are both carnal and spiritual at the same
time. That is an absolute falsehood that is not taught anywhere in the Word
of God. It is the invention of men and the result of the influence of
ancient Gnosticism that flesh is evil and therefore as long as we live in a
body of flesh we are going to be evil. You cannot have the Spirit of God
dwelling in you and walk after the flesh at the same time. What we are
talking about here is a habit of life, or lifestyle. A true Christian is
capable of being influenced by fleshly things and even capable of sinning,
but it is not his habit or lifestyle any longer. He is delivered from that.
He is no longer a servant of sin, but a servant of righteousness. Those who
believe Romans 7 to be the normal and best experience of the Christian life
boldly deny that fact with their teachings.