Commentary On Article 2: The Sinfulness Of Man -- By: Adam Harwood
JBTM 9:2 (Fall 2012) p. 28
Commentary On Article 2: The Sinfulness Of Man
Adam Harwood is Associate Professor of Theology, occupying the McFarland Chair of Theology; Director of the Baptist Center for Theology and Ministry; Editor, Journal for Baptist Theology and Ministry at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
Article Two: The Sinfulness Of Man
We affirm that, because of the fall of Adam, every person inherits a nature and environment inclined toward sin and that every person who is capable of moral action will sin. Each person’s sin alone brings the wrath of a holy God, broken fellowship with Him, ever-worsening selfishness and destructiveness, death, and condemnation to an eternity in hell.
We deny that Adam’s sin resulted in the incapacitation of any person’s free will or rendered any person guilty before he has personally sinned. While no sinner is remotely capable of achieving salvation through his own effort, we deny that any sinner is saved apart from a free response to the Holy Spirit’s drawing through the Gospel.
Genesis 3:15-24; 6:5; Deuteronomy 1:39; Isaiah 6:5; 7:15-16; 53:6; Jeremiah 17:5, 9; 31:29-30; Ezekiel 18:19-20; Matthew 7:21-23; Romans 1:18-32; 3:9-18; 5:12; 6:23; 7:9; 1 Corinthians 1:18-25; 6:9-10; 15:22; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Hebrews 9:27-28; Revelation 20:11-1528
Southern Baptists affirm that Adam’s single act of disobedience in the Garden was an egregious rebellion against a holy God. His judgment against sin is visible throughout the Old Testament atonement motif, culminates at the Cross of Christ, and will be fully realized at the return of the Lord Jesus Christ. Questions concerning Article 2 of the Traditional Statement (TS) are justified because one’s doctrine of sin informs one’s doctrine of salvation. Jesus came to seek and save the lost (Luke 19:10). Jesus came to die in order to offer Himself as a ransom for many (Mark 1...
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