Medicine is unpleasant,
but there are times when all of us find it necessary and beneficial.
We will be thankful that, by Divine Grace,
we seek to Glorify God rather than please the flesh.
And surely that which most Glorifies God is to declare
“all His Counsel,”
to insist on that
which puts a man in his proper place before Him,
and to emphasize those portions
and aspects of the truth
which our generation is most in need of.
As we shall endeavor to show,
our theme is one of immense doctrinal importance
and of great practical value.
Since it is a subject which occupies
A Vital Contemporary Question:
It is our deep conviction that the vital question
most required to be raised today is this:
Is man a totally
and thoroughly depraved creature
Does AN INDIVIDUAL enter the world
completely ruined and helpless,
spiritually blind and dead in trespasses and sins?
According to our answer to that question
so will be our views on many others.
It is on the basis of this dark background
that the whole Bible precedes.
Any attempt to modify or abate, repudiate
or tone down the teaching of Scripture
on the matter is fatal.
Put the question in another form:
Is man now in such a condition
that he cannot be saved
without the Special and Direct Intervention
of the Triune Godhead on his behalf?
In other words,
is there any hope for an individual lost soul
apart from that person’s
personal election by the Father,
that same person’s
particular redemption by the Son,
and the supernatural operations of the Spirit
within their soul?
Or, putting it in still another way:
If man is a totally depraved being,
can he possibly take the first step
in the matter of his return to God?
The Scriptural Answer:
The scriptural answer to that question
the utter futility of the schemes of:
for “the moral elevation of the masses,”
the plans of politicians
for the peace of the nations,
and the ideologies of dreamers
to usher in a golden age for this world.
It is both pathetic and tragic
to see many of our greatest men
putting their faith in such chimeras.
Divisions and discords, hatred and bloodshed,
cannot be banished
while human nature is what it is.
But during the past century
the steady trend of a deteriorating Christendom
has been to underrate the evil of sin
and overrate the moral capabilities of men.
Instead of proclaiming the heinousness of sin,
there has been a dwelling more
upon its inconveniences,
and the abasing portrayal of the lost condition of man
as set forth in the Holy Bible
has been obscured if not obliterated
by flattering disquisitions on human advancement.
If the popular religion of the churches—
of what is termed “evangelical Christianity—
be tested at this point,
it will be found that it clashes directly with man’s fallen,
ruined and spiritually dead condition.
There is, therefore, a crying need today
for sin to be viewed in the light of God’s law and gospel,
so that its exceeding sinfulness may be demonstrated,
and the dark depths of human depravity exposed
by the teaching of the Holy Bible,
that we may learn
what is connoted by those fearful words:
in trespasses and sins.”
The grand object of the Bible
is to make God known to us,
to portray man as he appears in the eyes of his Maker,
and to show the relation of one to the other.
It is, therefore, the business of His servants
not only to declare
the Divine Character and Perfections,
but also to delineate
the original condition and apostasy of man,
as well as the Divine Remedy
for THE HUMAN RACE’S ruin.
Until we really behold the horror of the pit
in which by nature we lie,
we can never properly appreciate
JESUS Christ’s So-Great Salvation.
In man’s fallen condition we have the awful disease
for which divine redemption is the only cure,
and our estimation
and valuation of the provisions of Divine Grace
will necessarily be modified in proportion
as we modify the need it was meant to meet.
David Clarkson, one of the Puritans,
pointed out this fact in his sermon on Psalm 51:5:
The OBJECT of the ministry of the Gospel
is to bring sinners unto Christ.
Their way to this end
lies in the sense of their misery without Jesus Christ.
The ingredients of this misery are our sinfulness,
original sin and actual sin;
the wrath of God, where sin has exposed us;
and our impotency to free ourselves
either from sin or wrath.
That we may, therefore, promote this great end,
we shall endeavor, as the Lord will assist,
to lead you in this way, by the sense of misery,
to Him who alone can deliver from it.
Now the original of our misery
is the corruption of our nature
or original sin, we thought fit to begin here,
have ceased upon these words
as very proper for our purpose:
I was shaped in iniquity;
and in sin
did my mother conceive me.”
exerts adapted from