Every person you pass by, every member of your family, and every little baby before its born and after have one thing in common: they are all affected by sin. All are conceived with a sin nature (Ps. 51:5), and are "by nature children of wrath" (Eph. 2:3).
Adam was, "by God's appointment," the representative head of all mankind. When he sinned, the guilt of it was imputed to all mankind, and the sin nature is passed on to all the generations after him. All men are conceived in sin (Ps. 51:5), meaning that all men have a sin nature from the moment of conception. We are, as the confession states, "utterly indisposed, disabled, and made opposite to all good, and wholly inclined to all evil."
This corruption does not cease to exist when God saves a sinner. It still remains! There is still that war that wages on in the soul of the regenerate. Although their sins have been pardoned and they have been declared righteous through Christ (justification), and by the power of the Holy Spirit are being made holy and mortifying their sins (sanctification), the corruption still remains. It will not be gone until we are glorified and in the presence of God (1 John 3:2).
This doctrine has major implications for our personal lives and the lives of our families. This week, we are making the sixth lecture available from Family Foundations in Sound Doctrine available to you to download. Follow this link to be taken to the download page for the lecture on chapter 6 of the confession.
Craig Houston and I will be hosting a church leader's luncheon in Port Orchard, WA on Saturday, May 30. This will be a time of prayer, mutual encouragement, fellowship, and Craig and I will be giving some exhortations. All church leaders, and...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Several pastors in the Southwest surrounding Phoenix, and I will be hosting a church leader's luncheon in Phoenix, AZ on Friday, May 29. All church leaders (pastors, elders, and deacons), as well as aspiring church leaders, are invited to attend....[ abbreviated | read entire ]
It is important that our families are grounded in a biblical view of the doctrine of God's providence. This week, we are making the fifth lecture, which is discussing the chapter on God's providence from the 1689 London Baptist Confession,...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Yesterday marked the birthday of a man who had a tremendous impact on the church then, and still does today: J.C. Ryle. To commemorate his birthday, we are announcing the release and a sale on his most well-known book: Holiness. We are offering...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Church leaders and aspiring church leaders in the northwestern region of the United States are invited to a church leader's luncheon in Boise, ID on May 28. This luncheon will be a time of prayer, mutual encouragement, fellowship, and exhortation....[ abbreviated | read entire ]
When God appoints a man to be the head it's to be the husband of his wife and to love her as Christ loved the church. That's an astonishing requirement. Who's sufficient for these things? And to try to get the modern American male to understand...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
When someone says “Creation” or “Evolution,” we often think of it in terms of its impact on science; but this issue also affects other area of our thinking. It impacts our views on the environment, the complementary roles...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
In his article, "What God Is to Families," Thomas Doolittle presents a compelling and biblical case for the necessity of family worship. Why is it required? He offers four reasons and then his conclusion: "if God be the Founder, Owner,...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
We affirm that the church and the family were designed to be complementary, compatible, and harmonious because the family is commanded to raise “godly seed,” for the next generation, and is the proving ground for church leaders, while...[ abbreviated | read entire ]