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THIRD AND FOURTH HEADS OF DOCTRINE

THE CORRUPTION OF MAN, HIS CONVERSION TO GOD,

AND THE MANNER IN WHICH IT OCCURS


ARTICLE 1

THE EFFECT OF THE FALL

In the beginning man was created in the image of God. He was adorned in his mind with true and wholesome knowledge of his Creator and of all spiritual things; his will and heart were upright, all his affections pure, and therefore man was completely holy.1

But rebelling against God through the instigation of the devil and through his own free will, he deprived himself of these excellent gifts,2 and instead brought upon himself blindness, horrible darkness, futility, and perverseness of judgment in his mind; wickedness, rebelliousness, and stubbornness in his will and heart; and impurity in all his affections.3

1 Gen 1:26-27.

2 Gen 3:1-7.

3 Eph 4:17-19.


ARTICLE 2

THE SPREAD OF CORRUPTION

Since after the fall man became corrupt, he as a corrupt father brought forth corrupt children1 Thus the corruption has spread from Adam to all his descendants,2 with the exception of Christ alone,3 not by imitation, as the Pelagians of old maintained, but by the propagation of a perverted nature, according to the righteous judgment of God.

1 Job 14:4; Ps 51:5.

2 Rom 5:12.

3 Heb 4:15.