Calvinism Refuted

Total hereditary depravity

(or Inherited Sin)

Scriptural refutation of Inherited Sin

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A. The mechanism for the transmission of inherited sin false:

  1. Spiritual consequences of sin cannot be transmitted from father to son but only falls on the one who committed the act: Ezek 18:1-4; 18-20; Jer 32:29-30
  2. 1. Exodus 32:3133 In this passage, Moses wanted to receive the punishment for someone else's sin. In verse 33, the one who sinned is removed from the book, not the one whose parents have sinned.
  3. We will be judged only by our own actions: Mt 12:36-37; Rom 2:6; 2 Cor 5:10; 1 Pe 1:17
  4. Isa 59:1-2, "Your sins have separated you from your God" not Adams
  5. Sin is committed by individually breaking God's law: 1 Jn 3:4 (Infants have done nothing)
  6. Where is one Bible verse that says we will be condemned for sin other than our own?

B. Unsaved and unregenerate men are capable of doing good and have freewill:

  1. Calvinists teach that if a sinner helps an accident victim, he still sins because he does it for the wrong motive.
  2. Gentiles do by nature the good things of the law: Rom 2:14-16
  3. Cornelius was devout, feared God, righteous, Acts 10:1-4, 22 yet unsaved: 11:14
  4. Man has a freewill and can choose to do good or evil: Josh 24:15 "Choose this day..."

C. God requires man to act and do something to be saved...infants can't act or do

  1. "Unless you repent you will perish": Lk 13:3
  2. "Save yourselves": Acts 2:40 KJV
  3. "Repent and be baptized every one of you for forgiveness of sins": Acts 2:38
  4. Why are we told to "work out our own salvation": Phil 2:12
  5. The spoken and written gospel message is God's power for salvation: Rom 1:16; 1 cor 1:18

D. The words used to describe salvation refute inherited sin:

  1. These words imply that we, individually, were once in God's grace at conception and birth

Justification - Romans 5:18

A court term; a legal word

Addresses the subject of our guilt before God

Reconciliation - Romans 5:6-11; Col 1:14,20,21

A word dealing with social intercourse; human relations; to make friendly again, payment of a price to recover from the power of another, a restoration to favor.

Addresses the subject of our being estranged from God

Redemption - Colossians 1:13-14

to buy back; A slavery term; human commerce; purchasing one's freedom; a ransom

Addresses the subject of our slavery to sin


to generate again, renewed, restored


E. The Bible describes infants are pure and holy:

  1. Why would Jesus use infants as a model for all believers to imitate in character if they were "utterly indisposed, disabled, and made opposite to all good, and wholly inclined to all evil"? Mt 18:1-3; 19:13-14
  2. Paul also used infants as a model of purity for Christians to follow: 1 Cor 14:20
  3. Paul states that he was once spiritually alive but then he sinned & died/was killed: Rom 7:9-11
  4. God said that the king of Tyrus was "blameless in your ways from the day you were created, until unrighteousness was found in you." Ezek 28:15
  5. "God made men upright but they sought devices" Eccl 7:29 (plural can't refer only to Adam)
  6. Newborns do not know the difference between good and evil
  1. Jer 19:2-6 human sacrifices of children to Baal is called the "blood of the innocent"
  2. If newborns do not know "good or evil" yet the Bible says , "Your sins have separated you from your God" (Isa 59:1-2) then newborns must be born united with God.

As in Adam, all die... 1 Cor 15:22


Newborn, innocent & alive

Sinner, guilty & dead

Adam & Eve: Gen 1-3

Didn't know good from evil

Ate forbidden fruit

Jacob & Esau: Rom 9:11

Don't know good from evil

When they sin against God

Jesus: Isa 7:15-16

Didn't know good from evil

Jesus never sinned

Apostle Paul: Rom 7:9-11

"Once alive"

"sin killed me"

King of Tyre: Ezek 28:15

"Blameless from creation"

"until sin found in him"

All men: Eccl 7:29

God made men upright

They sought out devices

Like Adam, each man is born in the "Garden" and is cast out when he sins

F. The second Spiritual death implies a first spiritual death & initial spiritual life:

  1. Second death is hell: It is a spiritual separation from God: Rev 20:6,14
  2. First death is when we first sin and are separated from God till judgement
  3. For us to die a first death we must have been spiritually alive at birth.

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