Dual Nature Theology
A name that God told me to give to the modern-day theology about sin is this: Dual Nature Theology. Dual nature theology is defined as the belief that we have two natures living within us: a fleshly/human nature and a spiritual/godly nature. Essentially, dual nature theology instills the belief that our fight against the flesh will never end in this life because we must constantly overcome our fleshly nature and choose the godly nature living within us. But let me be clearer about the core concept of dual nature theology by phrasing it this way: dual nature theology is the belief that Christ lives within us, but sin lives within us also. Interesting. So what that means is that both good and evil occupy the same space at the same time within our physical and spiritual bodies. Is this even possible when we think about what the Bible teaches us?
“A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit” (Matthew 7:18 and Luke 6:43). In other words, Jesus said that you are either one or the other. You are either a good tree that produces good fruit or a bad tree that produces bad fruit. It directly contradicts the teachings of Jesus to claim that we have both good and evil living within us. Here is another scripture that confirms this from John: “Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous.” (1 John 3:7)
Based on the words of Jesus, what should we expect to happen if we really did have conflicting dual natures present within us simultaneously? “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand” Matthew 12:25 and Mark 3:25.
Okay. Where is the kingdom of God? Where is the city of God? Where is the temple [or house/tabernacle] of God?
- “The kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you” Luke 17:20b–21.
- “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden” Matthew 5:14.
- “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought with a price; therefore glory God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s” 1 Corinthians 6:19–20.
- “And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, ‘Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God’” Revelation 21:3.
Is it possible for God’s house (i.e., you, if you are in Christ) to be a house of righteousness and a house of sin at the same time? The answer is vehemently no. Dual nature theology is a tradition of man, and I believe that it is time for us to put away the idea of a dual nature and to build our faith on rock rather than sand. We need to commit to the truth that we are not warring within ourselves on a daily basis because the flesh has really died! Let us not forget that Jesus said to us that a “house divided against itself cannot stand” (Matthew 12:25, Mark 3:25), so it is very clear that those who struggle with dual nature theology will fall into sin again once they are tested: “And the rain descended, the floods came, and the wind blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall” (Matthew 7:27).