A Vital Contemporary Question
It is our deep conviction that the vital question most requiring to be raised today is this:
Is man a totally and thoroughly depraved creature by nature?
Does he enter the world completely ruined and helpless, spiritually blind and dead in trespasses and sins?
According as is 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 proceeds. 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 God on his behalf? In other words, is there any hope for him apart from his personal election by the Father, his particular redemption by the Son, and the supernatural operations of the Spirit within him? 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?