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MAN’S INABILITY

Martin LutherTherefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned— (Romans 5:12 ESV)

If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. (1 John 1:8 ESV)

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, (Romans 3:23 ESV)

The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. (1 Corinthians 2:14 ESV)

“Inability” is a problem for man because he is absolutely spiritually dead and cannot connect to God, His truth, or authority. “The Fall” has rendered the natural man incapable of performing any spiritual good. Unsaved man is dead in his sins. He is of this world, the flesh, and the devil. He is a slave to sin and does nothing outside of this evil spiritual realm.

The doctrine of Inability teaches that as a result of the fall, man is now inclined to do evil. He has an inner prejudice against the will of God. Fallen man (natural man) sees nothing desirable in God and will blindly run down the path of sin. We were born in a state of total rebellion against God. Rebellion against God is sin. Our inability to submit to God or reform ourselves is sin. We are therefore deserving of God’s wrath. Continue reading

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