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October 11, 2013

TISCIONE: Are men basically good?

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Every human being inherits the sin of Adam. Therefore, man was no longer basically good. From the beginning God poured out His grace by establishing requirements for men to have a relationship with Him. The Bible reveals the holiness of God and the sinfulness of men. Only God is good. (Luke 18:19)

The one who made all things and called them very good is the only source of goodness. (James 1:17)

God’s view of mankind quoted from Genesis 6:5 and Jeremiah 17:9 are inclusive statements. There is no goodness in man because of and since the Fall of Adam and Eve. The Apostle Paul affirmed this truth and quoted the Old Testament. He wrote “no one does good, not even one.” (Romans 3:12)

The plain truth is that men are incapable of doing good because their hearts desire self. God spoke through the prophet Ezekiel and revealed the absolute necessity of His action to give man a new heart. (Ezekiel 36:28)

Even though I know that the Bible teaches that men are not basically good, I still hope against hope that our leaders would do good. I suggest that you are thinking in the same way. We all look around us and think that all it will take to solve our problems is for one man or woman to actually do what is good in any given situation.

We’ve been blessed recently to hear some of our leaders call others to do what is right. I commend them, thank the Lord for their courage and pray that He would raise up more like them.

Still, men pursue their own desires which are not good; they are focused in their own self-interest. No sacrifice is too great for others to make in order for these leaders to get what they want. What they want is their own power. What they want is to stand above the law. What they want is to feed their own desires.

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