Article IV — Man, Created and Fallen.

     We believe that man was originally created in the image and after the likeness of God, and that he fell through sin, and, as a consequence of his sin, lost his spiritual life, becoming dead in trespasses and sins, and that he became subject to the power of the devil. We also believe that this spiritual death, or total depravity of human nature, has been transmitted to the entire human race of man, the Man Christ Jesus alone being excepted; and hence that every child of Adam is born into the world with a nature which not only possesses no spark of divine life, but is essentially and unchangeably bad apart from divine grace (Gen. 1:26; 2:17; 6:5; Pss. 14:13; 51:5; Jer. 17:9; John 3:6; 5:40; 6:35; Rom. 3:1019; 8:67; Eph. 2:13; 1 Tim. 5:6; 1 John 3:8).


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