Total Depravity

I have a blog post I am working on but it needs some work. And since I haven’t posted anything in awhile I thought I would share the following:

The doctrine of Total Depravity is the teaching that “all men are conceived in sin, and are by nature children of wrath, incapable of saving good, prone to evil, dead in sin, and in bondage thereto; and without the regenerating grace of the Holy Spirit, they are neither able nor willing to return to God, to reform the depravity of their nature, or to dispose themselves to reformation.” (Canons of Dordrecht, 3&4 Head of Doctrine, Article 3

Here are some texts that demonstrate this doctrine (which we spoke of in last Sunday’s afternoon sermon [September 28, 2008]. 

Matthew 7:18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit.

John 3:3, 5-6 In reply Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.” Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.

John 6:44 No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day.

John 6:65 He went on to say, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has enabled him.”

Romans 8:7-8 the sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God.

1 Corinthians 2:14 The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.

1 Corinthians 12:3 Therefore I tell you that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.

1 Corinthians 15:50 I declare to you, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.

Furthermore, the scriptures teach us that, by nature:

1)    Man is dead in sins and trespasses: Ephesians 2:1
2)    Man can’t change his evil ways: Jeremiah 13:23
3)    Man does not seek after God: Romans 3:10-12
4)    Man is bound to the serpent (Satan) and his darkness: 2 Timothy 2:26.

Surely, then, with Paul we must say: 

“O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?
I thank God -through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 7:24-25). For apart from Christ, we can do nothing (John 15:5).

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