Through the years since the apostles each left to be with our Lord, we’ve had many changes in the church of Jesus Christ. Some were for the better, but just as certainly, some of the migrations our theology has taken are troubling. The one I’ve been pondering for the last few days is what a seminary professor would call the “total depravity of man.” Basically, it’s the understanding that man without God is an utterly hopeless soul. I use the word soul, because for generations some pastors and teachers have failed to teach our “souls” are also sinful. Maybe it doesn’t seem like a big deal, but it is. We hear plenty about the evil “flesh,” but what about the rest of us? For many, this errant belief has given rise to the thought that if it wasn’t for our “fleshly desires”, we would be OK before God. If that were true, then everybody would immediately be reconciled to God the moment their body died. This is not true. The truth is every part of us is sinful. Whether you define a “person” as body, soul and spirit, or some other way–all of the parts are singularly and completely hopeless without the Blood of Christ.
“Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” Matthew 10:28
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