Man and Sin by Piet Schoonenberg (1964) 2.3 FM

This leads to the question:

Does bondage to sin mean the suppression of all freedom?

Schoonenberg answered like this:

Yes, if the term “freedom” is understood simply in contrast to “bondage”.

No, if the term “freedom”’ means “freedom of the will”, a correspondence the Bible never uses, but is implicit in the Scriptures use of the word “heart”’.


Man and Sin by Piet Schoonenberg (1964) 2.3 FL

Summary of text [comment] page 83

[Schoonenberg moved to another facet of virtue and sin.]

According to Paul, sin rules in “man” and over “man” through concupiscence.

Schoonenberg quoted Paul’s Letter to the Romans 7:17. His sinful deeds “are not done by I, but by the sin that dwells in me.”

Paul is in bondage to a sinful attitude that renders him powerlessness.]