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Understanding the True Need of Our Hearts

  Total depravity is a theological term. Total depravity does not mean unsaved people are unable to make a useful contribution to society. It also does not mean an unsaved person cannot act like a gentleman or lady. On the other hand, total depravity does mean that sin affects everything unsaved people do. Sin permeates and affects every part of them. It also means that man can do nothing by his own work to gain God’s acceptance.   The Change—Romans 3:9 The assertion in Romans 3:9 is the logical conclusion of the argument that began when Paul wrote, “The wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness” (1:18). The entire human race is “under sin” (3:9), an expression that includes the ideas of both the guilt and...

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