Many Christians are fond of the saying, "No one is more holy than anyone else." Is this biblical? This article shows that it is not by explaining that many neglect the biblical category of the righteous man, the believer who displays a consistency in walking with God.
The author observes the importance of the doctrine of total depravity, and thus the sinfulness of man in church history. In discussing man's depravity, the author appeals to such circles as philosophy and the general empirical observations of human conduct. References are made to such works as Calvin's Institutes and the Reformational creeds (e.g., the Westminster Confession).
The evidence of the unabating effects of sin is dotted through history, and there is no sign that man's evil and sinful condition will ever improve, at least not in this age. This is where the article begins, and goes on to explain the corruption of the human nature as the result of man's revolt against God at the instigation of the devil. It describes this corruption as a state of total depravity, and considers its spiritual and moral consequences.
A faulty doctrine of sin has serious consequences for the church and its teaching on salvation, but good theology must start with man as bad. This is where the Reformers and the Reformed confessions start—with total depravity. For them the doctrine of total depravity did not mean that man ceases to be man, but it meant that he ceases to be good. The article outlines all of this.
The author attempts to emphasize the importance of the Reformed doctrines of grace. He focuses specifically on the teaching of total depravity. It is based on Scripture's teaching that God saved us while we were yet dead in our trespasses (Ephesians 2:1). In the final place, the author emphasizes the importance of equipping believers with these teachings so that they can be able to teach them to others.
The best way to explain man’s natural condition is: total depravity. Simply put, man is born with a natural hatred for God and for his fellow man. Our sinfulness is our own doing through Adam. This article is an explanation of Lord’s Day 3 of the Heidelberg Catechism. The only hope for man is in being regenerated. Why is this the only hope?
This article shows that a true understanding of the gospel and the sovereignty of God will lead to racial harmony. Looking at total depravity, limited atonement, unconditional election, irresistible grace, and perseverance of saints, this article shows how in all of these God works beyond race or color.