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The next item in order is, “the total depravity and just condemnation of fallen man.ā€ The work before us is to prove that man in his fallen state, is totally depraved; and secondly, that he is justly condemned by law of God.
On this important subject mankind appears to be very generally in the dark; and from an ignorance of this subject many errors and extravagances have gained in the world as we shall notice in the conclusion of this article. We cannot expect that the proud heart of man will fall in love with the doctrine about to be presented, as it strikes a death blow at all personal righteousness or human excellence, as a ground for acceptance before the sovereign Judge of quick and dead. Painful as the awful truth may be, it should not be concealed that “Man in his best estate is altogether vanity.”

Of the numerous passages of divine truth, which prove that mankind are depraved, we give the following: “God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions.” – Eccl. vii 29. “Wherefore as by one man, sin entered into the world, and death by sin, and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.” – Rom. v. 12. “Their throat is an open sepulchre, with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips, whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness. Their feet are swift to shed blood, destruction and misery are in their ways, and the way of peace have they not known; their is no fear of God before their eyes. Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them that are under the law; that every mouth may be stopped and the whole world may become guilty before God. For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” – Rom. iii. 13-20 and 23. “The whole head is sick, and the whole heart is faint, from the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises, and putrifying sores,” &c.-Isa. i. 5, 6. “What is man, that he should be clean? And he which is born of a woman, that he should be righteous?” – Job xv. 14. “Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? Not one.” – Job xiv. 4. “Behold I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.” – Psalms li 5. “Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity; there is none that doeth good. God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, that did seek God. Every one of them is gone back; they are altogether become filthy; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.” – Psalms liii. 1-3. What then? Are we any better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin. As it is written “There is none righteous, no, not one. There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after. “The wicked are estranged from the womb; they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies. Their poison is like the poison of a serpent, they are like the deaf adder, that stoppeth her ear; which will not hearken to the voice of charmers, charming never so wisely.” – Psalms lviii. 3-5.

The above are a few of the many passages of holy writ, which prove the total depravity of all mankind in their fallen condition. Here in this volume, according to which God will judge the world, the whole mass of mankind are presented on one general level; all have sinned; death has passed upon all; hence there is no class of our race exempt from this state of wretchedness and depravity, conceived in sin, estranged from the womb, going astray, and speaking lies, as soon as they are born.

But as we conceive the doctrine of total depravity involves as a consequence, total inability, i. e. not as natural creatures, to perform natural things, but as depraved beings to perform anything which is good and acceptable in the sight of God. Of man in his alienation from God, it is written, “The thoughts of his heart are evil, and that continually.” ” He cannot see the kingdom of God.” – John iii. 3. “He cannot discern the things of the Spirit.” 1 Cor. ii. 14. “He cannot receive the spirit of truth.” – John xiv. 17. “He cannot do good.” -Jeremiah viii. 23. “He cannot cease from sin.” – 2 Peter ii. 14. “He cannot repent.” -Acts v. 31. “Cannot believe (savingly) in Christ.” – John vi .29; -Acts xiii. 41.

Man is not only a depraved and helpless creature, as a fallen sinner, but lie is also a condemned criminal, having sinned and come short of the glory of God, as we have shown. And the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all unrighteousness. He is not, as many suppose, (a probationer) in a state of trial, to see whether he will, or will not deserve eventually to be condemned; for the law has already uttered its thundering sentence: “The soul that sinneth it shall die.” “For they are condemned already.” Math. iii. 18. Hence, “It is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth. Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth.” – Rom. ix. 16, 18. That the condemnation of fallen sinners is grounded on strict justice, but few will have the hardihood, in so many words, to deny.

Dead in sin, enmity against God, in love with sin, drinking down iniquity, as the ox drinketh water, raging and blaspheming, condemned and under the curse of a righteous, just and inflexible law, we find the human race.
Thus the polluted sinner goes,
Laden with guilt and heavy woes,
Down to the regions of the dead,
With endless curses on his head.

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