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Total Depravity/Inability

Depravity simply means "moral corruption". None of the definitions of depravity say that it is total, It is Calvinism that adds the word "total". The Bible doesn't use the word "total" and doesn't teach the concept as the Calvinists do. The word "total" was added by Calvinists to fit their theology. Total depravity is about what a sinner is not able to do which they call total inability. Total inability means that a sinner is unable to do any good at all nor can one be born again until God forces them to convert. Only God can enable anyone to respond to the gospel and then only if he/she is one of the elects that is predestined to be saved. Total depravity as the Calvinists use it, is more properly called total inability.

The Westminster Confession defines Total Depravity as: "Man, by his fall into a state of sin, hath wholly lost all ability of will to any spiritual good accompanying salvation; so as a natural man being altogether averse from that good, and dead in sin, is not able, by his own strength, to convert himself, or to prepare himself thereunto."

Can anyone who is lost have the free will to accept or reject Jesus as their Savior? If the Holy Spirit convicts one who is lost of their condition can they of their own free will resist or yield to God? The answer is yes but not according to Calvinism. Calvinism says that because of their total inability to do anything good they are not free to make a decision about Jesus Christ. They only have the power to choose between evils. Calvinism says that no one has free will, the ability, to choose good or evil, nor to believe on Christ or reject Him. God predetermines who is going to be saved. Calvinism is again wrong in their teaching as we will see.

For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. John 3:17 This total inability teaching is in contradiction to what we are all commanded by God to do: He commands us to believe the gospel, Mark 1:15; John 3:18. So He gives us a choice to believe or not to believe, yet Calvinism says it is God's choice as to who believes and who doesn't. Why would God command us to believe the gospel if we do not have the ability to believe? Also in John 3:17 we are told that God sent His Son into the world not to condemn the world but so that the world through Him might be saved. Does the "world" consist of all mankind or just the ones Calvinists say are predestined to be saved? The world is all of mankind. Contrary to Calvinism it is clear that God does not control our every thought, our very words, etc.. He commands all men to repent. This means that ALL lost sinners have a choice according to the Bible, but no choice under Calvinism but fortunately Calvinism is false teaching, Acts 17:30 says He commands ALL men everywhere to repent.

Calvinism says we have total inability to obey a command to believe in Christ, yet Acts 17:30 commands all men everywhere to repent. Would a just God command all men everywhere to repent if He had made it impossible for them to obey? Some Calvinist say that this verse doesn't imply the ability to keep it. However, God has given a command and threatens to punish those that don't obey the command, that sure does imply the ability to keep the command.

Think about it. Calvinists would have us believe that man is corrupt and can't obey the smallest spiritual command nor appreciate or understand it. Then God orders mankind to believe and punishes him when he doesn't believe. So God gives us a command to do what He is keeping us from doing. That is not the God of the Bible, it is the false god of Calvinism. What is the actual order of salvation? In Ephesians 1:13 it says "In whom ye also trusted (Jesus Christ) after ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise."

First, we hear the Word of truth – this comes from a preacher, teacher, or any Christian that gives one the gospel of salvation. Then we have the opportunity to accept or reject this teaching about Jesus Christ and after we have faith or believe we are sealed with the Holy Spirit and regenerated. In Calvinism, one is regenerated first and then receives faith and repentance. Then we see in John 3:14-16 that WHOSOEVER believeth in Jesus Christ will not perish but will have eternal life. It is WHOSOEVER believes that is saved and not just a preselected few as taught by Calvinism.

In Acts 16:30-31 the keeper of the prison asked Paul and Silas "What must I do to be saved?" The answer was to "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved,". Once again the man was given a choice to believe and be saved with nothing said about God having to come and force them to be saved as Calvinism teaches.

Ephesians 2:8-9 also gives us clear teaching about salvation. It is by grace through faith and tells us it is a gift from God. We are saved through faith and it is faith that accepts the free gift of regeneration but Calvinism says regeneration comes first then comes faith.

The Bible does teach us that mankind is morally corrupt, Jeremiah 17:9; Romans 3:10-18, and the lost sinner is dead in trespasses and sins, Ephesians 2:1, and spiritually blind, 1 Corinthians 2:14. However, none of these scriptures tell us that mankind can not respond to the gospel. It is God that enables mankind, John tells us referring to Jesus, in John 1:9, "That was the true Light, which lighteth EVERY man that cometh into the world." Jesus also tells us that He will draw ALL men to Him, John 12:32. God will convict them, John 16:8, use the gospel to call them, Mark 16:15-16; 2 Thessalonians 2:14, and God commands them to repent, Acts 17:30, and believe, Acts 16:31. This order of things is quite different than the order of salvation taught by Calvinism. See the Introduction of Calvinism article.

Everyone that has NOT accepted Christ as their Savior has serious problems. The Bible says they are God's ENEMIES (Romans 5:10), they are CONDEMNED already (John 3:18), they are UNDER THE WRATH of God (John 3:36), they are GUILTY before God (Romans 3:19), they CANNOT PLEASE GOD (Romans 8:8), and they are ALIENATED from the life of God (Ephesians 4:18). But Calvinism says that God decides through his sovereign good pleasure who is going to be saved and who isn't, God is the cause and thus the author of every thought, word, and deed.

Think about it – if they are God's enemies God made them enemies. If they are condemned God prevented them from doing right, so is God a just God? No, this would not be a just God. It is the Bible that says God is just (Job 9:2; Isaiah 45:21). Is God a Holy God? The Bible says He is (Psalms 99:5, 9; Revelation 4:8). Is God RIGHTEOUS? The Bible says He is (Ezra 9:5; Psalms 116:5; Daniel 9:14). Is God Holy, Just, and Righteous when He forces a person do something then sends him into eternal damnation in a lake of fire for doing it? No, a just, holy, and righteous God would never do that. Calvinism is clearly mistaken and is a false belief system.

A verse that Calvinists use to prove total inability is John 3:3, "Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." This verse isn't about believing though, it is about seeing so it is not about salvation. But the Bible also tells us that one can also see and not believe, John 6:36. One can also see and believe, John 20:29.

One phrase used by Calvinists to prove the total inability of man is that unregenerate man does not have the ability to seek God. This is based on Romans 3:11, "There is none that seeketh after God." This statement means that no one seeks God without the prompting of God, John 6:44-47. In John 3:16, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever BELIEVETH in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." So nothing in John 3:16 is said about not being able to seek God, just believing God.
Seeking God is not the same as believing God.
The Bible actually commands man to seek God, Isaiah 55:6; Amos 5:4; Zephaniah 2:3.
God also sets the bounds of the nations so they would seek after Him, Acts 17:26-27.
God tells all men to seek Him, 1 Chronicles 16:11.
In addition, all that seek God will find Him, Jeremiah 29:13-14, and He will reward them, Hebrews 11:6.
This does not mean that those who seek Him will find Him anytime they want, Proverbs 1:28.
Some men don't seek after God because of their pride, Psalms 10:4.
Seeking and believing are different, John 8:24; John 14:6.
Therefore, Calvinists teaching of total inability is false.

Another proof that Calvinists use for total inability is 1 Corinthians 2:14. Calvinists claim this passage proves the total inability of man to repent and believe the Gospel. The context of this passage is "things" in 1 Corinthians 2:9-15. All who have received "the spirit of God" can know spiritual things, 1 Corinthians 2:12. Those that have received Jesus Christ have the Spirit of God, Ephesians 1:13. What does one have to do to receive the Spirit: Galatians 4:6. They have to be sons to have spiritual understanding. Then how does one become a son of God, John 1:12. John says as many as receive Him (believe in Jesus Christ), He gave the power to become the sons of God, even to those that believe.

So the Calvinists want us to believe that because the natural man cannot understand the spiritual things, he cannot receive Jesus Christ. Just remember that receiving Jesus Christ and receiving spiritual things are two different things. When one hears the gospel, and is drawn by God, and accepts Jesus Christ as Savior he is regenerated and then can understand the spiritual things of God. Again, Calvinism takes the verse out of context and gives it a different meaning, teaching falsely.

Calvinism says it is God that determines who will be saved and no one has a choice, there is no free will. They use John 6:44 which tells us that "No man can come to me except the Father which has sent me draw him." When we compare scripture with scripture John 12:32 tell us, "And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw ALL MEN unto me." Seems like the Father has provided a way to draw ALL MEN, contrary to a few that are predetermined by the teaching of Calvinism.

Calvinism says we must be regenerated before God can cause us to believe. Look at the order of the steps to salvation that we looked in the introduction. A person is born again by an act of God before a sinner can even believe the gospel. The Bible tells us in John 12:3, "And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me." It is hearing the word of God that people are drawn and can see the truth. Then they have the opportunity to accept or reject what Jesus Christ did for them.

In John 1:12; John 3:16 we see that we are regenerated by believing, by the Word of God, 1 Peter 1:23. Calvinism claims God forces us to believe whether we want to or not. In John 20:31 we are told that it is by believing that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, that we might have life in His name. In John 6:47 Jesus said, "he that believeth on me hath everlasting life". We have salvation by believing and not by first being born again by the god of Calvinism. Look at the "Introduction to Calvinism" and you will see that Calvinists teach one is born again first and then they can have faith and repentance. However, the Bible teaches that "faith" comes by hearing", Romans 10:17, and hearing by the Word of God, not by being born again. Ephesians 2:8 says we are saved by grace "through faith" and it doesn't mention anything about God forcing us to believe. The Calvinists add that to the Word of God.

In Isaiah 45:22 it says, "Look unto me, and be ye saved, ALL the ends of the earth: for I am God and there is none else." For anyone to look to God to be saved would violate Calvinism's doctrine of "Total Inability". In Calvinism God is the cause and thus the author of every thought, word, and deed. Calvinism says God decides through his sovereign good pleasure who becomes saved and who doesn't but here in Isaiah God is giving everyone on earth an opportunity to make their own choice.

A lot more could be added but let's move on to "Unconditional Election".


Romans 10:9-10
Romans 10:13

Romans 10:9-10
Romans 10:13

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