Are Babies Born in Sin?
Total Hereditary Depravity
The doctrine of Total Hereditary Depravity says that every person from birth has a nature that is corrupt, perverse, and sinful throughout. As a result of this inborn corruption, the natural man is totally unable to do anything spiritually good. This spiritual inability means that the sinner is so spiritually bankrupt that he can do nothing pertaining to his salvation. The natural man is enslaved to sin; he is a child of Satan, rebellious toward God, blind to truth, corrupt, and unable to save himself or prepare himself for salvation.
It further says that man was not created this way, for God made Adam upright. When Adam chose evil in the garden, he thereby plunged himself and the entire race into spiritual ruin and lost for himself and his descendants the ability to make right choices in the spiritual realm. His descendants are still free to choose; but inasmuch as Adam’s offspring are born with sinful natures, they do not have the ability to choose spiritual good over evil. Consequently, man’s will is no longer free; instead, man’s will, as the result of inherited depravity, is in bondage to his sinful nature. As a result of Adam’s sin, men are born in sin and by nature are spiritually dead. Therefore, if they are to become God’s children and enter His kingdom, they must be born anew of the Spirit.
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