A Proper View of Man

Humanism isn’t a modern philosophy—mankind’s desire to proclaim its own greatness can be traced all the way back to the book of Genesis. Since the Tower of Babel, people have consistently devised and seized opportunities to praise the human spirit, looking for hope in the inherent goodness of man. But is that what God’s Word teaches about who we truly are? In a word, no. Contrary to the opinions of modern sociologists and psychologists, the Bible teaches that mankind is fundamentally and fatally flawed apart from Christ; it teaches that mankind is both totally depraved and continually sinful.

Notice how Scripture describes who we are…
• We are incapable of doing good (Romans 3:10–18)
• We are unable to understand or accept the things of God (1 Corinthians 1:18; 2:14)
• Our hearts are deceitful and wicked (Jeremiah 17:9–10)
• Our goals in life are selfish and evil (Genesis 6:5; Ecclesiastes 9:3)

This is who we are apart from the saving and regenerating work of Jesus Christ. To say that mankind is depraved doesn’t mean that we always act as wickedly as possible; what it does mean is that wickedness so permeates our entire beings that we are enslaved to it, and so we are unable to respond to the gospel in faith and repentance.

Not only are we totally depraved, but the Bible also teaches that we sin continually (Ecclesiastes 7:20; Romans 3:23; 1 John 1:8). Sin is any disobedience or rebellion against God, and it manifests itself in how we refuse to think, feel, act, and speak according to God’s commands. It’s a constant reality in every person’s life, regardless of how good they seem on the surface. Jesus taught that sin lives in the heart. Even though we might perform righteousness on the outside, we are guilty of breaking God’s law at the core (James 2:10). Apart from Christ, our hearts are totally depraved and continually sinful.

At Grace Church, this biblical view of mankind influences every facet of our ministry, and forms the foundation for what we believe and teach. Because of our depravity and sinfulness, we turn desperately to Christ and His power to save at the cross. This is what drives our commitment to boldly proclaim the gospel of salvation from sin, and to reject the world’s belief in the inherent goodness of man.

If you are interested in joining a church with a proper view of man, please visit the Member Center after any Sunday Service.


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