According to an Adrian Rodgers radio broadcast man is no longer born in God's image due to the Fall. What is the biblical support for this assertion?

The broadcasts are archived here; the one I heard was the Adrian Rodgers radio broadcast today, 8:30 AM (from the Truth Network's flagship station at 11 am EST). This radio show is Love Worth Finding and has been aired for many years.

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    I don't know any Christian group that believes this. I would ask Adrian Rodgers what his support for it is. – DJClayworth Mar 15 '17 at 22:13
  • I heard this Adrian Rodgers radio broadcast today on 830 am the Truth network's flagship station at 11 am EST. This radio show is Love Worth Finding and has been aired for many years. – Mike S Mar 15 '17 at 22:15
  • His broadcasts are archived here – guest37 Mar 16 '17 at 0:21

In this particular broadcast (I provided a link in my comment - fast forward to around 9:10), Pastor Rogers claims that although Adam was made in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:26), Scripture later states - in Genesis 5:3 - that Adam begat a son [Seth] in his own likeness, after his image (KJV). Rogers interprets this to mean that all descendants of Adam were therefore made in Adam's image and likeness, which he says was the "marred and defaced" image of God.

In a very narrow sense, Rogers assertion seems more in alignment with eastern Christian thought than western. The eastern Church understands that one of the consequences of the fall was spiritual damage to man that impaired his ability to cooperate with God's grace. The western view, somewhat tersely, is more along the line of God's removing His grace from man. (As an aside, Orthodox soteriology deals with the healing of man, whereas I think it could be said that western Christian soteriology largely deals with the restoration of God's grace).

It is a subtle theological point, but the eastern Fathers probably would have argued that it was not God's image in man, but rather His likeness that was "marred and defaced". No Orthodox Christian (I think) would dare to say that a consequence of the fall was that man was no longer made in God's image.

There is also a somewhat pedantic point in that Genesis 5:3 refers to Seth, but does not say anything about Cain or Abel.

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