Sunday, July 10, 2011

Natural Corruption

Article VII - Of Original or Birth Sin
Original sin standeth not in the following of Adam (as the Pelagians do vainly talk), but it is the corruption of the nature of every man, that naturally is engendered of the offspring of Adam, whereby man is very far gone from original righteousness, and of his own nature inclined to evil, and that continually.

This quote is taken from the United Methodist Articles of Religion and is part of the standards that define United Methodist Doctrine.  In trying to explain natural corruption in a way that is in keeping with our Doctrinal Standards and that is intelligible to a lay audience, I came up with the following sermon:

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