Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Because I Sinned

Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned (Rom 5:12).
Now by far the deepest and by far the most personal experience of every spiritually minded man is his experience of his own inward sinfulness... The simply unspeakable sinfulness of our sin is not the doctrine of David, and of Christ, and of Paul and of Luther, and of Calvin and of Bunyan, and of Edwards, and of Shephard only. It is their universal doctrine - indeed it could not be otherwise - but it is also the everyday experience and the everyday agony of every man among yourselves whose eyes are at all open upon his own heart.
(Alexander Whyte, quoted in A Consuming Fire: The Piety of Alexander Whyte).

You can deny total or radical or thorough depravity in theory, but you know it describes you. Not even one...

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