Total Depravity

The doctrine summarized in the term “Total Depravity” teaches that the sinful corruption of all human beings, because of our first parents’ fall in the Garden of Eden, is total; that is, it affects every part of us—our intellects, our emotions, our wills.  It does not mean that we are as bad as we possibly could be, but it does mean that our corruption is so deep and so strong as to make us slaves of sin and morally unable to overcome our own rebellion and blindness.  This inability to save ourselves from ourselves is likewise total. We are utterly dependent on God’s grace to overcome our rebellion, give us eyes to see, and effectively draw us to the Savior.  We can’t save ourselves—our natural inclination is to rebel against God and break his commandments.

Please see the following Scriptures:  Ephesians 2.5; I Corinthians 2.14

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