What does “alien sinner” mean?


I came across an article on your website by James Sasser comparing Romans 4 and James 2. In it, he uses the term “alien sinner” several times in reference to Abraham and Romans 4:4-5. Can you define this term for me? It is something I have not heard mentioned before.



Everyone sins (Romans 3:23). The Christian, too, sins (I John 1:9).

Brother Sasser was dealing with the claim that Romans 4 is dealing with the salvation of someone who has never known God (the alien sinner) as opposed to the salvation of a follower of God who sometimes sins.

The term "alien" is borrowed from the Old Law where foreigners who are unfamiliar with the law are called "aliens." "But as for you, you are to keep My statutes and My judgments and shall not do any of these abominations, neither the native, nor the alien who sojourns among you" (Leviticus 18:26).


Perfect! I appreciate your response.

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