AnthropologyThe Study of Man
We accept the Genesis account of creation and believe that God created the universe by His spoken word in the seven consecutive, and literal days there recorded
(Genesis 1; Psalm 33:6, 9).
We believe mankind was created in the image and likeness of God and that in Adam’s sin the human race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God
(Genesis 1:26–27; Romans 3:22–23; 5:12; 1 Corinthians 11:7; Ephesians 2:12).
We believe mankind is neither inherently good nor able to merit eternal salvation. There is nothing in Adam’s fallen descendants with which God can be pleased. Mankind is, therefore, completely dependent upon God’s grace for eternal salvation from Hell
(Isaiah 64:6; Romans 3:9–18; 6:23; 7:18).
Evidence of Man’s Depraved Condition
We believe that Romans 1–3 gives an excellent summary of what mankind is like before regeneration. Every human being has sinned and falls short of the glory of God. Mankind’s sinfulness—upon which the wrath of God is presently being revealed—is characterized by lesbianism, homosexuality, covetousness, maliciousness, murder, deceit, gossip, violence, disobedience to parents, and unmerciful attitudes and actions
(Romans 1:18, 24–32; 3:23)