During the night of April 4, 1993, around 10:45 p.m., the
I thought: “The concept of ‘the total depravity of
man ‘is not based on Scripture. “
Although I have not had a formal religious training, I have
studied the Word of God for more than 50 years. I have
I examined teaching based on what the Bible says from before I
he was ten years old.
They taught me that every Christian is a priest and is supposed to
to “rightly divide the Word of truth.”
For more than fifteen years, I have been reading the Bible.
at a rate of approximately 1 page per day from the Old
Testament and a page from the New Testament. I go through
the Old Testament once every 24 months and through the New
Will every 7 months. I’m getting more and more confident
what is in the Bible and what is not in the Bible.
Jesus said, “You must be born again.” The word says
you become a child of God by believing in the name of Jesus.
What is not said in the Scriptures is that all in the Old
Testament did only evil. Scripture says that some
good and some did bad.
Eli, the priest, was good but he did bad.
The psalmist said what Paul quoted when he said “everyone has
he sinned and is destitute of the glory of God. “
There is a measure of the wickedness of sin as clearly as a
“abomination” was worse than “transgression.”
“What does the Scripture say? Abraham believed
God, and it was credited to him as righteousness. ” [Romans
This belief was an act of faith. It was the sacrifices to God
by others also acts of faith and, therefore, counts for
God held man responsible for his actions after the fall.
as much as before the fall.
When it is said that man is totally depraved, it implies that
Man is not responsible for his actions since only Adam was
responsable. I cannot accept this conclusion. I do not see
in the scriptures.
Scripture says in Romans 3:23 that “all have sinned
and they fall short of the glory of God. “This is a New Testament
conclusion of Romans 3: 10-18 that begins: “As is
written: There is no fair. “This is really the heart
of the teaching of the total depravity of man and portrayed
as a New Testament doctrine.
The phrase, “As it is written,” clearly casts the truth in
the Old Testament as that is where it is written. The Romans
The quote is from the Psalms which was written by David, the first of
the many kings described in the books of I Kings, II Kings, I
Chronicles and II Chronicles.
Throughout Kings and Chronicles, statements about the new
king either “did evil in the eyes of the Lord” or “did what
was right in the eyes of the Lord. “Sometimes, from those who
did well, the exception was given, “but not with a perfect
Those who teach “total depravity” draw the line as to who
enters and excludes himself very close to his own teaching
saying Old Testament saints come in “looking
forward to Jesus Christ on the cross. “This does not measure
down to Scripture as the sacrifice of Jesus for the sins of the
The world is described as a “mystery” that no one knew until
after Jesus was crucified and resurrected.
How about what the New Testament says? Jesus said that:
“Because he who is not against us, on our part.”
The apostle John says:
“Anyone who confesses that Jesus is the Son of
God, God dwells in him, and he in God. ” [1 John
John the Baptist taught repentance. This is a vital part of
Teaching the New Testament as it was in the Old Testament.
The New Testament clearly defines the line with: “To whom
Worship; God through Jesus Christ or some other god? ”
it’s just as easy in the New Testament as it is in the Old
Testament to stop following the true God to follow some
“If my people, who are called by my name,
humble himself, pray, seek my face and turn from
his wicked ways; then I will hear from heaven, and I will do
forgive their sin, and they will heal their land. ” [2 Chronicles
Anyone claiming to be a Christian is included in the “call
by my name. “They may or may not need more or less
forgiveness of their sins based on how they are living.
We like to think that everything is sin and that we all need
sorry every day. Maybe there is some truth in that
but we really need to keep our definitions based on Scripture.
Let’s deal with the sins spoken of in the Scriptures.
Let’s also talk about obstacles. If someone tells you
you need to do this or that or you don’t have to do this or that,
and these elements are not clearly defined in the scriptures, so
those things become stumbling blocks that hinder rather than
help. We need to take steps and not stumble
blocks. Let’s deal with what is important and biblical.
The concept of “total depravity” is not a necessary doctrine
for the truth of “original sin”. Saying it constitutes a
“extreme” doctrinal position.