If we hope to reach the world with the good news of Jesus Christ, then we must come to grips with the nature of the people we are trying to reach. Man was created both male and female in the image of God as an ever living being Man was created to have fellowship with God, to have dominion over the earth and all of God’s creation was perfect. However, since sin entered the world through Adam’s disobedience, all mankind has been condemned to physical (biological) corruption and eternal (spiritual) death. There now exists a separation;

  • Man separated from God
  • Man separated from Creation
  • male separated from female
  • and Man separated from himself

As expressed in the teaching of Total Depravity (or better phrased, “Total Corruption”), the image of God in man has been tainted in all areas by the stain of sin.

Total Corruption

Total Corruption of sin should not keep of from seeing the value in every life. Every person is sacred. Every person reflects, albeit imperfect, the beauty of God our Creator. And despite the fact that the Father has written his commands upon the heart of all, there remains no hope that Man, of his own effort, can deliver himself from this broken condition by any intrinsic or earthly means.  Man’s natural condition leaves him a subject and a slave to sin. Not only is Man’s corrupt by nature, but daily each and every person chooses to cooperate with sin. Consequently, Man’s conscience continues to be weakened by sinful actions. However, there is abiding hope for all those who, in faith, submit to God and confess that we can be renewed by God’s grace alone through faith in Jesus Christ.

  1. Do you understand sin?
  2. Do you know why sin destroys our capacity for relationship with God?
  3. Do you know what it means to be free of sin?

Dr. J.R. Miller is a Professor of Applied Theology and Leadership & Dean of Online Learning at Southern California Seminary. Outside work, he is a church planter. Dr. Miller has a diverse educational background and authored multiple books on church history, biblical theology, and Leadership. Joe and his wife Suzanne enjoy the sun and surf with their 3 sons in San Diego, CA.

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