10 votes
Accepted

On what bases do Eastern-Orthodox reject total depravity?

This answer summarizes portions of the argument against total depravity presented by Alexander J. Renault in his book entitled "Reconsidering TULIP". Eastern Orthodox Christians agree that sin has ...
user avatar
  • 6,917
9 votes

What is the biblical basis for the idea that people can't stop sinning?

The doctrine you are addressing is called Total Depravity. This question will actually say much more about it: What is the Biblical basis for Total Depravity? Various denominations have slightly ...
user avatar
  • 63.5k
8 votes
Accepted

What is the biblical basis for the idea that people can't stop sinning?

There are a number of verses that suggest that all people are sinners, here are a handful: (all quotes are from the NRSV) Romans 3:23 "since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" 1 ...
user avatar
8 votes

According to Calvinists, does God command the non-elect to do what is for them impossible?

Monstrous surely is the madness of the human mind, that it is more disposed to charge God with unrighteousness than to blame itself for blindness. Before answering positively, allow me to object to ...
user avatar
  • 7,979
7 votes

According to Calvinists, is each person "dead in sin" at birth, or only after committing a sin?

Reformed catechisms make it clear that all of Adam's (ordinary) descendants are conceived and born spiritually dead. First, a translation of Q&A 7 of the Heidelberg Catechism: Q. Then where does ...
user avatar
6 votes
Accepted

What was the point of the third article of Remonstrance?

When I first read your question my immediate thought was it is not what is said here that shows the conflict with Calvinism but what is 'not said'. Interestingly enough I was trying to find proof of ...
user avatar
  • 31.6k
6 votes

What is the Biblical basis for Total Depravity?

Total depravity defined The Canons of Dort define total depravity pretty well in section 3: All people are conceived in sin and are born children of wrath, unfit for any saving good, inclined to evil,...
user avatar
5 votes
Accepted

What is an overview of the similarities and differences between the Catholic doctrine of Original Sin and the Reformed doctrine of Total Depravity?

The Catechism of the Catholic Church deals with this subject in §385–412. A couple sections in particular reveal several significant contrasts between Catholic and Reformed theology: §405: Although ...
user avatar
5 votes
Accepted

In Reformed theology, are Christians still "totally depraved"?

Tullian Tchvidijian's vocabulary, if not his theology, is definitely not in line with the typical understanding of total depravity. We'll begin by explaining that, and then comparing Tchvidjian's ...
user avatar
4 votes

Why do many who believe that “all are born sinful” hold that “none are born gay or trans”?

Gender, the image of God, and biology People who say that "I am born gay" are implicitly saying that their gender is rooted within their most fundamental constitution of being a person, ...
user avatar
4 votes
Accepted

If Christ had a complete human nature, how come his human nature wasn't totally depraved as ours is?

Perhaps another way to look at this issue is to focus on what human nature is, and see what sin changed. Man was created in the "image of God," which certainly included original righteousness (or, as ...
user avatar
4 votes

Where in the Bible does it say we have a sin nature?

The phrase " sin nature " is not used in the bible I use, KJV. However, there are verses that imply such. Psalms 51;5 Behold,I was shapen in iniquity,and in sin did my mother conceive me. Psalms ...
user avatar
3 votes

What is the biblical basis for the idea that people can't stop sinning?

The apostle Paul is probably the best place to start in answering this question. In the student Bible I have, the passage title for Romans 7:7-25 is called "struggling with sin". The verses you ...
user avatar
3 votes

If Christ had a complete human nature, how come his human nature wasn't totally depraved as ours is?

I think these paragraphs from the Westminster Confession of Faith explain the conundrum sufficiently. Our first parents, being seduced by the subtilty and temptations of Satan, sinned, in eating the ...
user avatar
  • 18.3k
3 votes

How are the Calvinist, Arminian and Lutheran conceptions of Total Depravity different?

Arminian and Calvinist compared The Arminian and Calvinist views on Total Depravity start out with similar points. The theory of Total Depravity forms the 'T' in the Calvinist five summary points ...
user avatar
3 votes
Accepted

What is the earliest example of the concept of Total Depravity?

I don't believe that your source actually describes total depravity as Calvin intended it. What is described here has never been at odds with Catholic teaching, and thus would never have been ...
user avatar
  • 2,133
2 votes

Where in the Bible does it say we have a sin nature?

Where in the Bible does it say we have a sin nature? The Bible does not say that we have a sin nature in those explicit words. Neither do we find "trinity," or "rapture" in Scripture, but the ...
user avatar
  • 317
2 votes

What is the Biblical basis for Total Depravity?

There are three points I would like to bring to your attention. Only God is good: Matthew 19:17: And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if ...
user avatar
  • 1,684
2 votes

How are the Calvinist, Arminian and Lutheran conceptions of Total Depravity different?

I speak from a Lutheran perspective. In our confession we say this - AC II.1. 1] Also they teach that since the fall of Adam all men begotten in the natural way are born with sin, that is, without the ...
user avatar
  • 21
2 votes

Baby Jesus couldn't exist in "Total Depravity" because he was God?

The simple answer is that God does things outside of our human comprehension. Jesus was 100% God and 100% man, at the same time. He was not split. He was not 50% God and 50% man. Because of that, he ...
user avatar
2 votes

How does one reconcile the principle of justice with the doctrine of original sin?

Original sin is not so much an action of a person, but rather a position into which one is born. As such, the idea of justice (merit of reward or punishment) does not even enter the equation in ...
user avatar
  • 10.8k
2 votes

According to the Reformers, how does the doctrine of Total Depravity result in assurance of faith?

It would seem that "total depravity" along with predestination is what defines Calvinism but I submit that all five points of Calvinism go hand in hand. Reformed theology emphasizes the doctrine of ...
user avatar
2 votes

How is God's Predestination according to Calvinist?

No one ever deserves to be in Heaven. Everyone that goes to Heaven deserves to be in Hell... always. Only Jesus deserves to be in Heaven. The rest of us get there by God's free grace, through faith ...
user avatar
2 votes

Why do many who believe that “all are born sinful” hold that “none are born gay or trans”?

Your statement on Calvinism’s Total Depravity is not correct. The two main beliefs are Calvinism and Arminianism. John Calvin was based on the foundation laid by Augustine and John Wesley on the ...
user avatar
2 votes

Does John 6:64-65 prove total depravity?

PROLEGOMENA "Proof-texting" can be a way to bypass a thorough-going hermeneutic. I emphasize the words can be, because in Christians' witness to the world, there is nothing inherently wrong ...
user avatar
  • 8,998
1 vote

Why do many who believe that “all are born sinful” hold that “none are born gay or trans”?

There is no contradiction, once you base your argument on doctrine of the origin of sin in man. Unlike Catholicism and its original sin, which is the sin that every human being is born with after the ...
user avatar
1 vote

Calvinism: alternatives to evanescent grace?

Total depravity is not itself a zealous hatred of God, but an emphasis on the entire corruption of the whole person. Every faculty of the sinner has been corrupted by the fall. Nevertheless, ...
user avatar
  • 4,876
1 vote

According to the Reformers, how does the doctrine of Total Depravity result in assurance of faith?

Once I realise I am totally depraved then there is obviously going to be one place I am going to quit looking towards to try and get saved.... inwards. I am going to quit trying to do something ...
user avatar
1 vote
Accepted

How does one reconcile the principle of justice with the doctrine of original sin?

First: God's ethical system was instituted through Moses and required an animal sacrifice for the sins of the people. However, this sacrifice was for specific sins and therefore had to be repeated for ...
user avatar
1 vote

According to Reformed theology, why does God tell people to repent if they don't have the choice to do so, as in Exodus 10:3?

This is a good question and usually the misunderstanding of people who are curious of the doctrine. I am going to address the second question first. When asking this question you are making a mistake ...
user avatar
  • 29

Only top scored, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible