- Parent Category: FAQs
- Category: Questions about Sin and Salvation
- Published on Wednesday, 18 November 2009 18:40
Morally, our fallen nature is completely corrupt and degraded. "Deceitful above all things, and incurable" (Jeremiah 17:9, JND), our natural heart, our mind, is hostile to God and rebellious against and incapable of submission to righteousness (Romans 8:7, 8). Apart from Gods intervention, we neither seek Him nor desire anything but what serves self. This evil contaminates all that human nature produces; therefore, the unregenerate cannot glorify or please God.
Going beyond Scripture, Calvinists, however, teach that "total depravity" means mans will cannot choose right. That God brings judgment on those who disobey the Son (John 3:36, Weymouth) and assures the water of life dependent on mans will (Rev. 22:17) affirms mans ability to choose evil or good. Adams fall bent the will of "the sons of disobedience" (Ephesians 2:3) toward evil, but did not make them incapable of choosing right. Furthermore, mans conscience bears the signature of Gods law (Romans 2:13). Depravity is total in its effect on all man does, but not its extent to every part of man.