IX. Of Original or Birth-Sin.
Original Sin standeth not in the following of Adam, (as the Pelagians do vainly talk;) but it is the fault and corruption of the Nature of every man, that naturally is engendered of the offspring of Adam; whereby man is very far gone from original righteousness, and is of his own nature inclined to evil, so that the flesh lusteth always contrary to the spirit; and therefore in every person born in this world, it deserveth God’s wrath and damnation. And this infection of nature doth remain, yea in them that are regenerated; whereby the lust of the flesh, called in the Greek, which some do expound the wisdom, some sensuality, some the affection, some the desire, of the flesh, is not subject to the Law of God. And although there is no condemnation for them that believe, yet the Apostle doth confess, that concupiscence and lust hath of itself the nature of sin.
I am a huge fan of “Total Depravity”. It was/is the first step in my personal theological revolution. I feel strongly about this article, as I do believe that there is no righteousness to be found in the heart of man. No one is righteous, no not one. All have sinned, and fallen short of the Glory of God. The heart is deceitful, and desperately wicked. No one seeks after God. I believe that without the proper understanding of sin, it becomes really hard to comprehend salvation.
You have to understand, I believe that I was raised Pelagian. There was always an emphasis on being about the Masters business, just in case he shows up… Chuck told the story countless times about how he was afraid to be found watching a movie when the Lord returned. I had been known to teach along these lines in my past. I have to say, I now believe this to be edging on heresy. The Synod of Carthage condemned this drivel almost 1500 years ago, and eventually, I have come to almost the same conclusion.
At any rate, go nuts! All points of view are welcome, especially those who disagree with this Article. I really appreciate the involvement in these threads.