Dr. Harley Howard
In Psalm 51:5, David made one of the most declarative statements
on the condition of every single person who was ever born into this
world. He said,
"Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother
In simpler terms, I was brought forth guilty and depraved and in sin
was I conceived by my mother. He came into this world in a state of
depravity, having a sin nature. This is truly the condition of every
single person who was ever and who will be born from their
The fact is that we all came into this world with a sin nature. We
were all spiritually DOA.
Paul, in the book of Romans, makes this point even clearer
regarding the fact that we all were born into sin by stating that the
sin of the first man and woman, Adam and Eve, was passed down
throughout all of mankind and in fact is in our nature.
Romans 5:12, 14, 17(a), 18(a) 19(a) 21(a)
12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death
by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:
14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over
them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's
transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.
17 For if by one man's offence death reigned by one...
18 Therefore as by the offence of one [judgment came] upon all
men to condemnation...
19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners...
21 That as sin hath reigned unto death...
Romans 7:14 also states that mankind is a slave to sin.
For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under
The most characteristic feature of sin in all its aspects is that it is
directed against God. Any conception of sin which does not have in
the forefront the defiance which it offers to God is a deviation from
the biblical representation. The common notion that sin is
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