GRACE FOR TODAY Radio Message #412
††††††††† TOTAL DEPRAVITY - A BIBLE DOCTRINE
††††††††† Pastor Don Fortner
††††††††† Grace Baptist Church of Danville
††††††††† 2734 Old Stanford Road
††††††††† Danville, Kentucky 40422-9438
Let me show you that the Scriptures plainly teach the doctrine of manís total depravity. We take our doctrine directly from the Word of God. As I keep reminding you, the basis of our faith is the Word of God alone. We do not build our doctrine upon human opinion, reason, and logic, church tradition, historic creeds, confessions, and catechisms, or denominational history and tradition, but upon Thus saith the Lord.Ē All that we believe we believe because it is plainly stated in the Word of God.
Does the Bible clearly and plainly teach that all the human race is totally depraved? I appeal to no authority except the Word of God. I want you to read for yourself what God says in his Holy Word about this subject (Gen. 6:5; Job 15:16; Ps. 51:5; 58:3; Isa. 1:4-6; 53:6; Jer. 13:23; 17:9; Matt. 15:19-20; Rom. 3:9-12; 3:23; 5:12; 1 Cor. 2:14; Eph. 2:1-3; John 3:19).
††††††††† These fifteen passages of Holy Scripture are but a very few of the many, many statements in Godís Word about the total depravity of the human race. Read each passage carefully in its context. They stand without comment, declaring that all men are by nature totally depraved. To deny what these texts declare is to deny the Word of God. To argue against the doctrine of Total Depravity is to be found fighting against God himself!
God declares that every imagination of the thoughts of manís heart is only evil continually! Fallen, abominable man drinks iniquity like water. We are all conceived in sin and born in iniquity. We have all gone astray from our mothersí wombs speaking lies. "All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way.Ē Our hearts are deceitful above all things and desperately wicked. We all once ďwalked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:† Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others."
††††††††† The Word of God plainly and universally teaches that all human beings are, since the fall of Adam, born in a state of total depravity: lost, corrupt at heart, condemned under the curse of Godís holy law, and utterly incapable of removing that curse or changing their condition.
††††††††† In fact, manís depravity is so thorough and complete that he cannot even make any contribution toward removing the curse of the law, or changing his condition. Fallen man cannot even make a move toward God, much less bring himself back to God!
Let me be crystal clear in stating what the Scriptures teach about the doctrine of Total Depravity. Unless we have a clear understanding about the depravity of man, we cannot have a clear understanding about any other gospel truth. Here are five things revealed in the Word of God about the total depravity of the entire human race.
1. Man by nature is a fallen creature (Eccles. 7:29).
2. We were all born with a decided bias toward evil, with an utter hatred of God (Mark 7:21-23; Rom. 8:7).
3. No one has the ability to save himself by his own works (Gal 2:16).
4. No one has the will or ability to come to Christ by faith (John 5:40; 6:44).
5. The only hope for depraved sinners is the free and sovereign grace of God in Christ (Rom. 9:15-16).