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  The Five Points of Calvinism: Total Depravity
The doctrine of Total Depravity, with which this chapter has to do, is one of the "Five Points of Calvinism." It is not out of place, therefore, briefly to discuss the history of these five points.
Now all this means that the truth of total depravity which has been confessed for a long time in the church of Jesus Christ has been part of the confession of the church because the church has always believed that this truth is founded upon the Word of God.
The doctrine of total depravity is not cold and abstract dogma.
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  Encyclopedia: Total depravity   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
The words "Total Depravity" describe the prevelance of both the precept and the practice in the Scripture and that this precept and practice is found as a continuing and ongoing theme throughout the entire Bible.
Total Depravity is one of the five points of Calvinism formulated at the Synod of Dort, or the Assembly of Dort, in the Netherlands in 1618.
Total Depravity recognizes that all men are born in sin and guilt, in Adam's sin as their representative, as if they had actually sinned in him and are under the condemnation and wrath of God when they are born.
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 Total depravity - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The doctrine of total inability teaches that people are by nature not inclined to love God with their whole heart, mind, or strength, as he requires, but rather all are inclined to serve their own interests over those of their neighbor and to reject the rule of God.
Although total depravity is easily confused with philosophical cynicism, the doctrine teaches optimism concerning God's love for what he has made and God's ability to accomplish the ultimate good that he intends for his creation.
The doctrine of total depravity is also one of the five points of disagreement raised by the Arminian Remonstrants in the Quinquarticular Controversy against the Reformed churches.
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 Total Depravity - is it Biblical?
Total depravity does not assert that man cannot do nice things, be friendly, desire the benefits of God (peace, joy, love, comfort, etc.), appear to be good according to a human standard, or even desire to have a god to be devoted and obedient to.
Total Depravity simply affirms that, in terms of belief in the Gospel and obedience to the things of God, no man will ever come to Christ or submit to God on his own, because he is spiritually dead and is incapable of seeing his spiritual need to do so.
Total Depravity asserts that men love darkness rather than light and do not come to the light lest their evil deeds be exposed, and also that men cannot submit to the things of God.
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 The Doctrine of Total Depravity by Jim Lawless
Total pollution means that the mind of man is effected by sin, is ignorant of God's truth, and cannot understand God or His truth by himself.
Total Depravity requires a sovereign, supernatural work of grace in the heart of man. It requires the implantation of the gifts of repentance and faith or else we would all die in our sins.
Total Depravity, the deadness of man's heart, the darkness, the ignorance, the spiritual inability, requires the necessity of divine election, effectual calling, regeneration and the gifts of repentance and faith.
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 Presbyterian Doctrine of Total Depravity by Thomas M. Gregory
Without denying that the totally depraved man engages in reasoning, R. Sproul points out that his effort is “futile” reasoning, “because it proceeds from a primary premise that is faulty and produces only the final fruit already present in the initial bias.
A disturbing doctrine to man, total depravity might be deprived of some of its shaking effects upon the consciousness if it could be shown that some members of the human race managed to escape its debility and guilt.
Analysis of total depravity, arising out of Scripture, witnessed to by countless events in history, and confirmed in an honest appraisal of personal experience after one has received God’s grace in renewal, led to a common creedal formulation in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
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 Reign of Grace Media Ministries
And even totally depraved sinners can recognize and hate immoral, perverse sins, such as the crimes of Hitler, sexual deviates, drunks, thieves etc. But the real evidences of total depravity are things we do not recognize and will not receive by nature.
Total inability does not mean that fallen man does not have the ability to make moral choices, and it does not mean that fallen man does not have the natural ability (i.e., the faculties of mind, intellect, and reason) to choose God.
Total inability does not remove man's responsibility because we must ask, "Why is it that fallen men and women cannot come to Christ?" It is because they do not desire to come to Him, to submit to His righteousness as the only ground of salvation.
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 Total Depravity
To illustrate his point he refers to contexts in which one may understand "total depravity" to mean that "man has lost all semblance of good in any form, and that each individual sinner is as corrupt as he possibly could be".
As depravity is total, affecting every aspect and area of man’s being, then man is unable to habitually perform that which is good and well pleasing to God.
Man is depraved – but the totality refers to its field of operation and not its extent, thus one is not unable to respond (either positively or negatively) to God’s grace.
www.tpub.com /religion/theology/totaldepravity   (1846 words)

 Total depravity - Theopedia
Total depravity (also called total inability or total corruption) is a biblical doctrine closely linked with the doctrine of original sin as formalized by Augustine and advocated in many Protestant confessions of faith and catechisms, especially in Calvinism.
The doctrine of total inability teaches that people are not by nature inclined to love God with their whole heart, mind, or strength, as he requires, but rather all are inclined to serve their own interests and to reject the rule of God.
Although total depravity is easily confused with philosophical cynicism, the doctrine teaches optimism concerning God's love for what he has made and God's ability to accomplish the ultimate good that he intends for his creation.
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 TOTAL DEPRAVITY Pt. 1 by Charles G. Finney
By total depravity, is not meant, that any being is, or can be, sinful, before he has exercised the powers of moral agency.
I do not mean by total depravity, that there is the same disposition to sin belonging to the substance of body or mind, that there is in a serpent to bite, or in a wolf to devour sheep.
The sum total of 3 and 2 and 5 is 10.
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 Total Depravity   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
Total Depravity is one of the topics in focus at Global Oneness.
Total depravity is the teaching that sin has touched all aspects of the human: body, soul, spirit, emotions, mind, etc.
Total depravity is generally believed by the Calvinist groups and rejected by the Arminian groups.
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 Encyclopedia article: Total depravity   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
Put another way, even with all circumstances in his favor a man without God can do nothing but work for his own destruction; and even his religion and philanthropy are destructive, to the extent that these originate from his own imagination, passions and will.
John Wesley (English clergyman and founder of Methodism (1703-1791)) affirmed the notion of human depravity, believing that sin (An act that is regarded by theologians as a transgression of God's will) utterly corrupted human moral nature, rendering man incapable of moving toward God or salvation.
Wesley and his followers have defended their position by continuing to affirm the total depravity of humanity, unlike those who have adhered to Pelagian thought.
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 Total Depravity
The subject of "total depravity" is not one which is generally known or confessed within the church-world of our day.
"Depravity" means wickedness; corruption; the innate evil of unregenerate man. To add the word "total" to depravity is to emphasize without any shadow of doubt the truth that there is no good whatsoever in natural man -- in man who is born from fallen Adam.
Although the phrase "total depravity" ought to allow no shadow of doubt concerning the corrupt state of man, some still insist that there is some goodness in natural man. They insist therefore that man is not absolutely depraved.
www.prca.org /pamphlets/pamphlet_45.html   (1995 words)

 Total Depravity by John Piper
Man's depravity is total in at least four senses.
Therefore, to the extent that hell is a total sentence of condemnation, to that extent must we think of ourselves as totally blameworthy apart from the saving grace of God.
But if we humble ourselves under this terrible truth of our total depravity, we will be in a position to see and appreciate the glory and wonder of the work of God discussed in the next four points.
www.monergism.com /thethreshold/articles/piper/depravity.html   (1389 words)

 Total Depravity   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
'Total Depravity' means sin controls all the faculties of a sinner to the point he is unable to will or do anything to convert himself to Christ or prepare himself for conversion.
Total Depravity, does NOT mean sinners are as wicked as possible nor even want to be.
We recommend the student use 'Total Depravity' to counterbalance the influence of modern humanism which asserts the goodness of man. It strikes deliberately at human pride and self-righteousness.
www.smallings.com /LitEng/Essays/depravity.html   (1241 words)

 For the Record - Total Depravity
The doctrine of total depravity is this: man is totally unable to contribute to his own salvation in any way, because he is dead in his sins.
The foundation of all godliness is faith, and a denial of man's total inability means that unbelievers are capable of laying that foundation for all godliness on their own.
The dilemma for evangelicals who want to deny total inability is this: either God must begin the resurrecting work of salvation because unsaved men are dead, or unsaved men are capable of beginning the process of their salvation on their own by means of saving faith.
www.reformed.org /webfiles/antithesis/v2n2/ant_v2n2_record.html   (1725 words)

 Total Depravity
Total depravity means that man is totally dead in sin and not just sick and dying.
Total depravity means that every sinner, including you and me, is destitute or without that love to God which constitutes the fundamental and all-inclusive demand of God's law.
If man is totally responsible for his sin, then he is also totally responsible for the effects of that sin, and the awful effect is the sinner's totally depravity and totally inability to change that sinful nature.
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 Total Depravity - Tulipedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
Total Depravity is the 'T' in TULIP, and is the Calvinist doctrine concerning the condition of man after the Fall in Genesis 3.
And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience.
Not only does Total Depravity teach that "all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23) and that "the wages of sin is death" (Romans 6:23) but that we are by nature law-breakers and utterly unable to curb our law-breaking behavior.
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The nature of both human and demonic depravity is an unvarying and uncompromising principle that works apart from what its subjects know and remains opposed to God at all times despite God's actions and despite their knowledge that it is impossible for God to be wrong.
It was a haughty attempt of a measly, totally depraved creature to reduce the Almighty God to the level of a creature and to raise himself to the position of God in order to subject God's actions to his own judgement.
Atheism had its origin by the expression of satan's depravity towards God, and it is embraced, maintained and perpetuated among graceless humans as a result of their total depravity.
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 The Doctrine of Total Depravity Part Two - SOG - Fall 1997
Total depravity does not mean that every sinner is devoid of all the qualities that are both pleasing to men and useful to society when those qualities are judged only by a human standard.
Total depravity means that every sinner is guilty of elevating some lower affection or desire above regard for God, His Law and the Gospel.
The sum total of his potential experience is what he can taste, touch, feel and smell and God is not known or experienced through the physical senses.
www.soundofgrace.com /aug97/thedoc1.htm   (4096 words)

 Total Depravity
The preacher re­peatedly asserted that all sinners are totally depraved, and assured his audience over and over again that an attempt to "do" anything would be fatal.
If (a) is true, men are damned on account of ances­tral sin, for if a man is totally depraved at birth he is already condemned and cannot do anything personally to add to his condemnation or to relieve himself of it.
The attempt to sustain total depravity by the Word of God is a gross perversion of the inten­tion of its Author.
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 Reformed Faith: Part III   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
These are highly compressed and succinct statements of total depravity, and their meaning and consequences ought to be carefully weighed.
Neither does it say that all men are equally depraved, or to put it more accurately it does not say that this corruption "whereby we are utterly indisposed, disabled, and made opposite to all good, and wholly inclined to all evil" receives the same degree of development and expression in all.
But because of the total depravity of their hearts and minds they cannot exercise faith; they are dead in trespasses and sins.
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 "Total Depravity" by Loraine Boettner
The same Christ is to one man without form or comeliness that he should desire Him; to another He is the Prince of life and the Savior of the world, God manifest in the flesh, whom it is impossible not to adore, love and obey.
Paul wrote that the Gentiles “walk in the vanity of their mind, being darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardening of their heart,” Eph.
Yet the Bible from beginning to end declares that man is ruined — totally ruined — that he is in a state of guilt and depravity from which he is utterly unable to deliver himself, and that God might in justice have left him to perish.
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 Total Depravity or Total Inability | The Five Points of Calvinism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
Total Depravity is probably the most misunderstood tenet of Calvinism.
The key which opens to us the mystery of human depravity is to be found in a right understanding of the relations which God appointed between the first man and his posterity.
The deep importance of this doctrine of man’s total depravity also appears in the close bearing which it has upon other aspects of the truth, and the light which it tends to cast upon them.
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