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Summary: What do we mean by total depravity? Can this be found in the Word of God and if so, where can it be found? I also want us to ask this question; why is this doctrine so important?

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Total Depravity

Intro: What do we mean by total depravity? Can this be found in the Word of God and if so, where can it be found? I also want us to ask this question; why is this doctrine so important?

I. What do we mean by depravity?

A. C. D. Cole, a Baptist of the early Twentieth Century gives this

definition. "Total depravity means that man is depraved or

corrupted in all the faculties of his being. It is not a question

of degree; but of extent. It does not mean that any man is as

bad as he may become, or that he is as wicked as the devil.

However, the potential evil is about the same in every man."

The Bible says "there is no difference for all have sinned and

come short of the glory of God." If we have not sinned as

much as others, it is due to restraining grace and not to

anything good in our nature. When Jesus Christ said, "Out of

the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries,

fornications, thefts, false witness, and blasphemies. He was

not describing any particular heart but the heart of every man.

B. John Gill, another Baptist from the 1600’s said, "... but also to

show the corrupt state and condition of mankind in general:

And the words are not always literally expressed, but the

sense is attended to, as in this passage; For in the original text

of Psalms 14:1, it is, "there is none that doth good"; From

whence the apostle rightly infers, "there is none righteous";

For he that does not do good, is not righteous; and therefore if

there is none on earth that does good and does not sin, there is

none righteous upon earth, "no, not one" single person. The

Jews allegorizing that passage in Genesis 19:31, "there is not

a man in the earth to come into us", remark {u} on it thus.

C. I will try to give my definition as simply as I know how. Total

means completely, Depravity means wicked. As a result of

this total depravity, man left to himself is wicked and dammed

to hell and is without hope.

II. Can this doctrine be found and if so where is it found?

A. The term cannot be found in the Bible.

B. The principle behind it is.

C. Much like the word trinity is not in the Bible; but the teaching

is.

D. The Scriptures;

1. Genesis 5:3 - And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years,

and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and

called his name Seth:

2. Job 15:14 - What is man, that he should be clean? And he

which is born of a woman, that he should be righteous?

3. Job 25:4 - How then can man be justified with God? Or

how can he be clean that is born of a woman?

4. Psalms 51:5 - Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin

did my mother conceive me.

5. Galations 3:22 - But the scripture hath concluded all under

sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be

given to them that believe.

6. Genesis 3:6 - And when the woman saw that the tree was

good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a

tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit

thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with

her; and he did eat. Genesis 3:7 - And the eyes of them

both were opened, and they knew that they were naked;


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