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TOTAL DEPRAVITY

(TOTAL INABILITY)  

Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil.  (Jeremiah 13:23)  

God, through the Hebrew Prophet Jeremiah, shows us the real condition of our sinful hearts. Not only is fallen man's nature evil, but he CANNOT CHANGE. He can no more change his sin nature than a black man can change his skin color, or a leopard change its spots.

Man, by his fall into sin, has lost all ability of will to any spiritual good that might accompany salvation. Natural man is dead in sin and is not able, in his own strength, to convert himself, nor to prepare himself for conversion.

This does NOT mean that all men are equally bad. Nor does it mean that any man is as bad as he could be. Nor does it mean that anyone is entirely destitute of virtue. Nor does it mean that man's spirit is inactive.

What it DOES mean is that since the fall of Adam into sin, man rests under the curse of sin. He is actuated by wrong principles. He is wholly unable to truly love God or to do anything meriting salvation.

FREE WILL AND ABILITY

Man is a free agent. His will is not controlled by any force outside of himself. As the bird with a broken wing is "free" to fly but is not able, so the natural man is free to come to God, but is not able.  How can he repent of sin when he loves it?  How can he come to God when he hates him?

Man's ruin lies mainly in his own perverse will. He CANNOT come to God, because he WILL NOT come.  And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.  (John 3:19)

Fallen man does not desire to be saved from his sins. His fallen nature gives rise to a most amazing stupidity, blindness and opposition to the things of God. In spiritual matters he puts bitter for sweet, sweet for bitter, good for evil and evil for good.

Fallen man is so morally blind that he uniformly prefers and chooses evil over good, as do the fallen angels (demons). He is never compelled to sin, but does it freely and delights in it. Natural man cannot perceive the kingdom of God, much less enter into it.

Man, in his natural, fallen state, may have an intellectual knowledge of the facts and doctrines of the Bible. But he lacks all spiritual discernment of their excellence. He finds no delight in them.

Under the Law of Moses, the circumcision of the newborn child, and the purification of the mother, were designed to teach that man comes into the world sinful.  Human nature is corrupt in its very origin. 

Behold, I was shapen in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me. (Psalm 51:5)

 

The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies. (Psalm 58:3)

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For further reading on Total Depravity (Total Inability) and the lack of free will, we highly recommend Christian Theology Books, particularly those by authors such as Boettner, Gill, Pink, Thomas and Steele. 

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Do you love the King James Bible?  Then you will love Scripture Songs sung from the KJV by Patti Vaillant.

 

Scripture Songs I - KJV Bible Songs  

Scripture Songs II - King James Bible Music

Scripture Songs III - God's Word in song

Scripture Songs IV: Easily Memorize Powerful Bible Passages

Scripture Songs V - The Servant of Servants   

 

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Tulip Gems is a Calvinistic Baptist web site that honors Jesus Christ and provides a free Hyperinflation Survival Guide.  We offer free Bible Articles on several subjects, including Bible Nutrition , Creation Science versus Evolution Passover , The Great Commission and Tulip Calvinism

Which Bible can we trust? Which Bible is the most accurate? Why KJV only? Read our Which Bible series of articles for answers from both Scripture and history (including a Rebuttal of James White's book, The King James Only Controversy).

We also offer a well-documented Vietnam Veteran Story that illustrates the mercy of God.  The Vietnam Veteran Story, found on our Combat Vet page, comes from published accounts of Vietnam Veterans experiences, as well as this Vietnam Veterans experiences, told first hand.  

Concerned about inflation leading to hyperinflation? Some say buy silver and gold coins. Others say it is evil to own silver and gold coins. What does the Bible teach us? Tulip Gems offers an Hyperinflation Survival Guide which provides a Biblical basis for ownership of silver and gold coins as an hedge against the horrors of hyperinflation.  Links to online vendors are also provided. 

Will out of control government spending lead to hyperinflation, and possibly to a new world currency? Will a new world currency lead to the Mark of the Beast (666)? Will the Rapture occur before the Tribulation (Pre-Tribulational Rapture) or will the Rapture occur after the Tribulation (Post-Tribulational Rapture)? For Biblical answers, visit our
Mark of the Beast Explained page.

Will America come under nuclear attack? What does the Bible say? For reliable information on what to do in a nuclear attack, read our
Survive Nuclear Attack page. While many Calvinists shy away from Bible prophecy, we don't. For those who want Biblical guidance about the future, check out our Hyperinflation Survival Guide, Mark of the Beast Explained and Survive Nuclear Attack pages. Our Lord Jesus Christ spoke often about the events leading up to His Second Coming. Where our Good Shepherd leads, we may safely follow.

Who is Jesus Christ? Why KJV only? Why Home School your children? Jesus Christ is Lord and the KJV Bible is the Preserved Word of God in English.  Finally, Scripture gives us compelling reasons to Home School our children. One very important reason is to lead them to Our Passover Lamb. We recommend Christ-centered Home Schooling Curriculum.

George Theiss is a combat veteran of Vietnam who now follows Lamb of God.  He and his wife Christy have been married 39 years. They have 8 children.

 

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