John Calvin’s Theory Of Inherited Total Depravity

The ‘T’ in the TULIP Calvinism acrostic stands for "Total depravity" and has its root in the Catholic idea of "original sin," that is, a baby inherits the guilt of Adam’s first sin (and his depravity).

But this idea of inherited sin is not taught by the Bible. Please consider two simple passages (NKJV):

Ezek 18:20 "The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not bear the guilt of the father, nor the father bear the guilt of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself."

Eccl 7:29 "Truly, this only I have found: That God made man upright, But they have sought out many schemes."

The reason we sin is for the same reason that Adam did – we choose to (Josh 24:15). Don’t blame it on Adam! We are responsible. We need to repent (Acts 2:38).


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