From Genesis to Revelation you won’t find a single verse that teaches all of mankind is born completely corrupt and incapable of anything good spiritually the moment we’re born! You would think that would settle the issue, but sadly it doesn’t. Despite the fact that the Bible doesn’t teach Total Hereditary Depravity there are some people who still love to try to make it do so!
People who teach we’re born sinners love to quote David when he said, “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, And in sin my mother conceived me.” (Psalm 51:5) They don’t love quoting it in context but they still love quoting it. But for some reason they don’t like to quote Job when he said, “But from my youth I reared him [the poor] as a father, And from my mother’s womb I guided her [the widow].” (Job 31:18) I wonder why not???
When did Job say he began guiding the widow??? So what did Job mean by that? Same thing David meant when he said he was conceived in sin! They were both speaking in hyperboles to describe the lifestyle they were living at that particular time. It’s not that David was literally conceived in sin any more than Job was literally serving the widow from the womb! They were symbolic phrases to describe the feeling they had in their heart.
People who teach we’re born sinners love to quote Paul when he said, “among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.” (Ephesians 2:3) They don’t love to quote it in context but they love to talk about how we’re children of wrath by nature – attempting to make Paul teach that we’re born that way. But they don’t like to quote Paul when he said, “for when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do the things in the law, these, although not having the law, are a law to themselves,” (Romans 2:14). Again I wonder why not???
Never mind the context of Ephesians 2:3 that says the nature of wrath comes from disobedience in verse 2 or that the nature is actually talking about a learned nature, let’s pretend for a second that nature means we’re born completely corrupt, and by nature we can’t do anything good spiritually! If people are born with a nature that can’t do anything good spiritually then how did the Gentiles of the old world follow God’s law by nature??? If people are born with a nature that can’t do anything good spiritually and the heart is nothing but corrupt, then how did Jesus describe the heart as good and honest that the seed (God’s word – Luke 8:11) fell into in Luke 8:15?
How can any of that happen? It’s because we’re not born sinners! We’re not born spiritually depraved! Total Hereditary Depravity is totally wrong!!!
The Bible teaches that we are all born spiritually innocent and we become guilty like Adam when we choose sin over righteousness. Adam and Eve ate from the tree of “knowledge of GOOD and EVIL” – not the tree of “knowledge of EVIL and EVIL.” The heart of mankind goes astray from God – it’s not born astray from God!
Listen to what the scriptures teach – “…Then the Lord said in His heart, “I will never again curse the ground for man’s sake, although the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth…” (Genesis 8:21). “Truly, this only I have found: that God made man upright, but they have sought out many schemes.” (Ecclesiastes 7:29). “They have all turned aside; they have together become unprofitable; there is none who does good, no, not one.” (Romans 3:12) “I was alive once without the law, but when the commandment came, sin revived and I died.” (Romans 7:9)
Mankind isn’t born evil – we become evil. Mankind isn’t made evil – we seek out evil. Mankind isn’t born “aside and unprofitable” – we turn aside and become unprofitable. Mankind isn’t born spiritually dead – mankind learns God’s will and rebels against it. Read the scripture references above again!
The effects of Adam’s sin can be seen in every one of our lives the moment we’re born, but not the guilt! “The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not bear the guilt of the father, nor the father bear the guilt of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself.” (Ezekiel 18:20) It’s true that certain circumstances in life can be decided by decisions of parents, grandparents, great grandparents – but the Bible teaches that a person is not guilty spiritually of sin because of the choices made before they were born. Sound familiar with what some try to teach with Adam’s sin???
When someone tries to teach about Total Hereditary Depravity they soon love to start talking about what the “church fathers” said about it. Why is that? Because the scriptures are too plain! The scriptures don’t teach it. The Bible teaches, like Adam and Even in the garden, that men and women in the world today must choose to sin against God because the choice has not be made for us…but that’s for another topic of Calvinism’s “TULIP.” EA