Total hereditary depravity
(or Inherited Sin)
Other False Doctrines that
originated from inherited sin
We Speak truth in LOVE
I. All babies are born into the
world destined for hell
A. Inherited sin demands that babies
are born lost and destined for Hell
- Luther said, "hereditary sin is truly
sin and condemns to the eternal wrath of God all those who are
not born again through baptism (infant baptism) and the Holy Spirit."
B. Some churches (Baptist, Nazarine,
Pentecostal, AGC, Alliance) do not believe inherited sin has any
effect upon the newborns soul
- Most have never really studied "inherited sin" and
don't understand the implications.
- People will sometimes study and understand the implications
of inherited sin. Instead of rejecting it as false doctrine, they
continue to believe in hereditary depravity, but deny that babies
are born destined for hell. When this happens they are not being
honest and are usually suffering from a conflict between their
heart and their head.
- This position is undefendable, inconsistent and contradictory
within itself and the Bible:
- either all babies inherit the guilt and sin of Adam at birth
and are lost or
- babies are born as innocent as Adam before his fall (thus
inherited sin is false doctrine)
- By the Bible's own definition, if man is born "spiritually
dead" he is lost. All churches that teach inherited sin,
apply the expressions under the "Lost-Hell" column to
newborns: How can any of these churches apply these terms to newborns,
yet maintain newborns are saved?
Saved = Heaven
Lost = Hell
sinless or forgiven
joined to God
separated from God
Alive to God
dead in sin/trespasses
B. Faith by proxy
A. Definition of faith by proxy:
- Websters: Proxy, "the authority to act for another, a
person empowered to act for another
- A person can "vote by proxy" at a shareholders meeting
he doesn't attend through another person he has authorized, that
- Faith by proxy is where someone else's faith, saves us when
we have no faith of our own.
- The parents, by proxy, make a commitment on behalf of the
child to serve God.
B. The personal faith of godfathers
and godmothers is considered an acceptable substitute for the
faith a newborn lacks.
- "Catholic parents who put off for a long time, or entirely
neglect the baptism of their children, commit a mortal sin."
(Catechism of Christian Doctrine, Pg 264)
- "We (Catholics) promised through our Godparents in baptism
to renounce the devil and to live according the teachings of Christ
and His church." (Catechism of Christian Doctrine)
- A "Dedication ceremony" is where the child is dedicated
to God through the parents.
C. Implications of faith by proxy:
- What becomes of the newborn, whose parents are atheists? Is
one child saved and another lost solely on the basis of something
the parents do? What if the Godparents are unfaithful does the
newborn suddenly become lost again since its faith was based upon
- D. If the faith of an adult can substitute for that of a child,
why can't an adults faith substitute for that of another adult?
- Many people believe that they will go to heaven if their spouse,
parents, grandparents etc are Christians when they are not. They
feel that their loved one or relative will "put of good word
in for them" or will "hold the doors open for them".
This too is faith by proxy.
- Most churches practice infant baptism in order to remove inherited
depravity, the guilt of Adam's sin and most importantly to change
their eternal destiny from hell to heaven.
- The Catholic and Lutheran church openly teaches that newborns
that die without being baptized will go to hell.
- Imagine two newborns, one day old, lying
in incubators. One has a priest sprinkle water on it but the other's
parents were atheists and did not. Then both babies died, the
unbaptized newborn would be cast into hell for all eternity but
the baptized one would go to heaven.
- Although offensive to many, they are being entirely consistent
and honest with the implications of inherited sin. They have merely
taken the doctrine to its logical end.
- Those who believe "inherited sin", but don't like
this conclusion, should come to their senses and entirely reject
the teaching as false.
- There are no commands or examples of infant baptism in the
Bible. If infants are lost from conception then God never made
any provisions for forgiveness of their sins.
- Baptism was always performed by total
immersion not sprinkling or pouring: Acts 8:36-38
- Baptism only for penitent believers, never infants: Acts 8:37;
Mk 16:16; Acts 2:38
- Infant baptism or sprinkling was not practiced before 200AD
- A note about Pentecostal, Christian & Missionary Alliance,
AGC: They correctly do not practice infant baptism or sprinkling,
but incorrectly teach that baptism is not essential to forgiveness
of sins (Acts 2:38; 22:16; 1 Pe 3:21; Mk 16:16). Yet it is a puzzle
how they can teach that infants inherit "spiritual death"
from Adam and are "separated from the life of God" but
will be saved in this condition. They teach inherited sin, but
believe all infants are safe until the age of accountability (age
8-14). The Nazarines believe the same, except they practice infant
baptism, (but not to remove depravity).
- Since they believe baptism removes depravity, and depravity
is transmitted from mother to child, why wouldn't the child of
a mother who was baptized be born without depravity?
A. Understanding the implications
of Baptismal Regeneration
- Definition: Baptizing someone without their consent, knowledge
or understanding for the purpose of forgiveness of sins and saving
them from the wrath of hell.
Salvation from sin
3 Different positions
|Faith only (baptism not essential)||100% important
|Bible truth (Mk 16:16)||50% important
|Baptismal regeneration: (infant)||0% important
B. Infants are not candidates for
- They do not believe: Mk 16:16; The Eunuch asked, "What
prevents me from being baptized" Philip replied, "If
you believe with all your heart you may." Acts 8:36-38
- They cannot repent: Acts 2:38
C. Churches that practice infant
baptism have a double standard:
- They will baptize infants who neither believe, repent, understand
- Yet for adults, they require faith, repentance and catechism
- At what age do they stop forcing people to be baptized?
D. The real questions to be answered:
- If baptismal regeneration saves infants who neither believe
or consent, why won't it save adults the same way?
- Why not force masses of unbelievers at gunpoint to be baptized?
- Why doesn't a priest sprinkle his "holy water of baptism"
at the crowds in the city centre on main street?
Absolution From Sin:
A. Understanding Absolution from
- When a Catholic dies, a priest sprinkles water on the dead
man and says a formula of words which forgives all his sins and
ensures he will go to heaven. All this to a dead man!
- Absolution is derived from a combination two false doctrines
taken to their logical end: (faith by proxy and the concepts underlying
|.||FAITH BY PROXY||BAPTISMAL REGENERATION
|Infant Baptism||Faith and position of Godparents
||Water of baptism + formula of words|
|Absolution Of Dead||Faith and position of priest
||Oil/water + formula of words|
B. Absolution from sin is part
of a bigger problem:
- The idea of certain men (priests and pastors) being qualified
to perform marriages, baptisms, absolutions, communion, forgiveness
of sins through confessional, while others are not is another
- The implication is that your baptism's validity is based upon
the faith, qualifications and position of the one who baptized
- Again a mix of faith by proxy and the principles underlying
A. What is confirmation:
- Confirmation is usually performed with "Holy Chrism"
(olive oil) being anointed to the forehead in the sign of the
cross. The official may also give the person a slight blow on
the cheek to remind him he must be ready to suffer everything.
- Lutheran: "Those baptized (as infants) need to confirm
the church's action of their behalf in the affirmation of their
baptismal covenantor confirmation. This is our acceptance of our
responsibility-at an age of reason (age of accountability 8-14),
willfully, and determinedly, to be a disciple." (Lutheran
church membership and you, Pg 12)
- Catholic: "Confirmation is the sacrament through which
the Holy Ghost comes to us in a special way and enables us to
profess faith as strong and perfect Christians and soldiers of
Jesus Christ. The word confirmation means a strengthening. We
are not certain from Sacred Scripture of the exact time and circumstances
of the institution of Confirmation." (A Catechism of Christian
Doctrine Pg 265)
B. Confirmation is not a Christian
- Notice that the Catholic church actually admits that Confirmation
is not taught in the scriptures!
Mariolatry: (Mary, mother of Jesus)
Note: There are a wide range of false
doctrines that have been taught about Mary, the mother of Jesus
because of the false doctrine of inherited sin.
A. Immaculate Conception:
- Jesus was God become flesh, born of a woman-a man: Jn 1:14;
Gal 4:4. Inherited sin advocates had to explain why Jesus didn't
inherit the sin of Adam.
- Britannica #11, "Mary" pg 562, "Attempting
to prove the universality of sin against Pelagius,... Augustine
(354-430AD)...wrote "We must except the holy Virgin Mary.
Out of respect for the Lord, I do not intend to raise a single
question of the subject of sin. After all, how do we know what
abundance of grace was granted to her who had the merit to conceive
and bring forth Him who was unquestionably without sin?"
- Council of Trent, decreed in 1546 AD, "The doctrine of
the conception of all men in sin was not intended to include the
- In 1708, Pope Clement XI appointed a festival in honor of
the immaculate conception.
- On Dec 8, 1954, Pope Pius IX, Official Papal Decree before
200 bishops in St. Peter's Cathedral, "It is proclaimed by
the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ and the blessed apostles
Peter and Paul and in our own authority that the doctrine which
holds the blessed virgin Mary to have been, from the first instant
of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege of Almighty
God, in view of the merits of Christ Jesus the Saviour of mankind,
preserved free from all stain of original sin, was revealed by
God, and is therefore, to be firmly believed by all the faithful."
- Noll and Fallon, Father Smith instructs Jackson, 1960, "When,
in eternity, the Son of God willed to become man, He evidently
thought of the one from whom He would take His flesh and blood.
She must be as worthy of her dignity as a creature could be. Hence
at the moment He would create her soul, He would apply to it the
merits of His atonement and preserve it from original sin."
Sinless Life of Mary:
- Some Catholics go one step further, "By a special privilege
of Almighty God, our blessed mother was free throughout her life
from all actual sin, both moral and venial." (A Catechism
of Christian Doctrine Pg 47)
- If Mary didn't sin, why couldn't she have died on the cross
and been our saviour?
Assumption Of Mary:
- Assumption Of Mary means she was taken directly to heaven
in body and soul without physical death.
- "Assumption" in scripture: Enoch: Gen 5:24; Elijah:
2 Ki 2:11; Jesus: Acts 1:9. Yet the Bible is absolutely silent on
the "assumption" of Mary and is therefore "unscriptural".
- On Nov 2, 1950 Pope Pious XII declared, "Wherefore, after
we have unceasingly offered our most fervent prayers to God, and
have called upon the Spirit of Truth, for the glory of Almighty
God who has lavished His special affection upon the Virgin Mary,
for the honor of her Son, the immortal King of the ages and Victor
over sin and death, for the increase of the glory of that same
august Mother, and for the Joy and exultation of the entire church;
by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, of the blessed Apostles
Peter and Paul, and by our own authority , We pronounce, declare,
and define it to be a divinely revealed dogma: that the Immaculate
Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course
of her life, was assumed body and soul into heaven."
- With all the above taken into consideration, now we understand
the reasons why Catholics pray to and worship Mary.
- Although they deny such with their mouth, by their actions,
they worship Mary.
- She has been given the title, "Mother of God" implying
wife of the Father...mother of Jesus
- Again it must be said that the Catholic position, although
repulsive to some, is actually entirely consistent within the
doctrine of inherited sin. They merely took it to its logical
The 4 other points of Calvinism
are direct outgrowth of inherited depravity.
A. The other 4 points of Calvinism:
- Unconditional Election or Predestination: God had a master
list of the saved before creation
- Limited Atonement: Christ did not die for all men but only
those on the "saved list"
- Irresistible Grace: God sends the Holy Spirit only those on
the saved list
- Perseverance Of The Saints: A child of God once saved, cannot
B. These points are logical, required
- Inherited sin was Calvin's starting point in developing his
5 point "TULIP" system of false doctrine.
- It must be stressed that if someone believes any one of the
5 points of Calvinism, he must accept them all or reject them
all, there is no in-between.
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