Calvinism Refuted

Total hereditary depravity

(or Inherited Sin)

Bible Texts Calvinists misuse to attempt to prove "Inherited Sin"

2 Pet 3:16
"as also in all Paul's letters, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which the untaught and unstable distort, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction."

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Gen 6:5

  1. Was every thought and intent of every man's heart evil? v9 Noah was blameless
  2. Doesn't teach universal depravity, but that most men had corrupted their way and rejected God.

Gen 20:18

  1. This verse does not say that He held the people guilty for Abimelech's sin.
  2. In fact God said himself in V6, that he did not sin.

Ex 20:5; 34:7; Deut 5:9

  1. Ezek 18:20 clearly teaches that God will not hold the son guilty for the father's sin
  2. Exactly what do they believe this verse is teaching?
  3. Calvinists faith to distinguish between spiritual & physical consequences of sin. This verse is speaking of the physical consequences of sin not that the children are spiritually guilty of the father's sin. Addictions, various forms of abuse and laziness, the "cycle of poverty" are passed on from parent to child through a learning process not instinct.

Lev 12

  1. Sin offering was made when a child was born, but it was not for the child but the mother.
  2. This gives no support for infant Baptism to remove depravity.

Job 14:1-4; 15:14; 25:4

  1. Jesus was born of a woman: Gal 4:4 was He depraved?
  2. Doesn't say every women is inherently unclean or that man is born depraved, this is assumed.

Ps 14:1-3

  1. This verse teaches that all men "turn aside & become corrupt" not that they are born that way.

Ps 51:5

  1. The NIV's Calvinistic pre-disposition causes them to completely mistranslate this verse.
  2. David confesses his own sin which he committed, not Adams.
  3. There are three different acceptable ways of looking at this verse.

Ps 58:3-4

  1. Notice the words, "go astray from birth" not that they born that way.
  2. The whole implication of the Psalm, is that the righteous do not go astray from birth. V10

Isa 64:6

  1. This verse says that all have "become unclean" indicating that they were once pure.
  2. Notice "our iniquities" is the cause with no mention of Adam.

Jer 13:23

  1. They were accustomed to doing evil, it doesn't say they were born that way.
  2. A leopard is not held accountable for not being able to change its spots.
  3. If all men are evil, how can anyone be saved if they can't change. Yet Ezek 33:13-16 teaches that each man has the freewill to do good or evil and that he will be judged accordingly.

Jer 17:9-10

  1. Says nothing about how the heart became deceitful... the point to be proved is assumed!
  2. V23 says they refused to listen and wouldn't take any instruction, that is why they were "sick"
  3. 1 Ti 4:1-2 says that false teachers have their conscience seared
  4. Pharaoh hardened his own heart every time he refused to heed Moses Ex 8:15,32.

Lam 5:7

  1. This verse is talking about the physical consequences of "slavery", not spiritual.

Mark 7:21-23

  1. Jesus tells us that men are defiled by what comes out of their mouth, what they say. That is very different from saying that men are born defiled. If man was born defiled, how could anything he said or did make it any worse?
  2. Jas 3:1-12 says that the heart is capable of producing good and bad, unlike a fountain, fig tree or vine. This is very different from saying that the heart/tongue is totally depraved.
  3. Rom 1:21 says that their heart became darkened because they "became futile" not because they were born that way.

Rom 1:18-25

  1. This section says the opposite of being totally depraved and unable to comprehend spiritual things. These men knew about God but rejected Him, they "became futile" and their "heart was darkened". How could a totally depraved heart be darkened?
  2. These people rejected God by their own free will. They make themselves sinners, don't blame it on God! They were "without excuse".

Rom 3:10-18 (v10-12 quoted in Ps 14:2-3 see above)

  1. "turned aside & become useless" not born that way.
  2. The verse also mentions "tongues deceiving and feet that shed blood" Infants can do neither.
  3. The text doesn't say men inherited the depravity and guilt of Adams sin.

Romans 5:12-21

  1. V 12 Spiritual death spread to all men because each and every man sinned himself. If a man didn't sin, then he wouldn't die spiritually. This is exactly what Paul said in the next chapter (6:23) The wages of sin is (spiritual) death. Physical death is not the result of our sin, for physical death was decreed when Adam sinned.
  2. If Adam's sin automatically and universally causes all mankind to receive condemnation for something they did not do or had any choice in, then Christ's dying on the cross also automatically and universally causes all mankind to be saved independent of anything they had done or choose. Who will accept this? What proves to much proves nothing at all. The truth is that all are condemned when they commit sin (V12) and all are saved when they obey Jesus.

Rom 7:7-25

  1. The NIV mis-translates the Greek word "sarx" (flesh) into "sinful nature" such is totally unwarranted and unacceptable. If "sarx" refers to man's inherited sinful depraved nature, then Christ also had it because the same word describes Him in Heb 2:14; 1 Pe4:1; 3:18; 1 Jn 4:2.
  2. Notice the battle between the evil "flesh" and the good "inner man/will/law of mind". If this section teaches inherited total depravity, then why does Paul, an apostle of Christ, still have it?
  3. Most churches teach that all depravity is removed when they are saved.
  4. Further, notice that if the "flesh" is depraved, then the "inner man" is not, otherwise how could there be a "war".

Rom 8:5-7

  1. same context as Rom 7
  2. The NIV mis-translates the Greek word "sarx" (flesh) into "sinful nature". (see Rom 7 above)
  3. Notice v12-13 Paul says we are under obligation to not live by the flesh but the spirit proving that we can choose and control whether they do good or evil.
  4. A parallel to this is in Gal 5:16-23 where we are commanded to walk by the spirit and not by the flesh again indicating freewill. Paul forewarns the Christians not to "practice" the "deeds of the flesh"
  5. Once a person chooses to live according to the flesh, and let it dominate their being, permeate their every though and action, they "are not able" to subject themselves to the law of God. This does not at all mean that they are prevented from choosing to live according to the spirit.

1 Cor 15:20-23

  1. It does not say "as in Adam all are dead or born dead"
  2. Yes all men die when they sin, just as Adam died when he sinned. "die" implies former life
  3. Notice "as in Adam" all die proving that every man is born pure like Adam was
  4. This section is parallel to what Paul said in Rom 5:12-21 (See above) If all men automatically die because of Adam's sin then all men are automatically saved by the cross.

Eph 2:1-3

  1. The NIV mistranslates the Greek word "sarx"- (flesh) "sinful nature". (see Rom 7 above)
  2. The verse speaks of a lifestyle of practicing sin, "walked according to the world, living/indulging in lusts/desires of the flesh" It does not say we were born that way, only that we walked in sin. The sins mentioned were committed not inherited.
  3. The phrase, "by nature" does not refer some inherited condition at conception, but a habitual lifestyle. Thayer, the Greek scholar, defines the word "phusis" (nature), "the nature of things, the force, laws, order of nature, a mode of feeling and acting which by long habit has become nature." If someone says, "Driving is second nature to me" we understand the meaning. The same Greek word refers to the Gentiles when they "by nature do the things of the law"
  4. Two chapters later (4:17-19) Paul says the cause was a "hard heart, callousness" and "giving themselves over" to evil. No hint of inherited nature anywhere in Ephesians!

1 Jn 3:8

  1. says nothing about inherited sin rather we "practice" our own sin!

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