Calvinism is one of the most widely held systems of doctrine in modern Christendom. Many denominations accept its principles either in whole or in part. With this lesson, we begin a series of lessons examining the five core points of Calvinism, starting with the doctrine of Total Depravity.
It only took 10 generations from Adam to Noah for morality in the world that God created to decline so much that only Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. How does that happen? How does man become so wicked that the thought of his heart is only evil continually? According to Romans 1, it begins with a denial of God, and multiple sins follow.
Sin has created a separation between God and man, and no work of mankind can every bridge that gap. But God has made a way, through Christ, for us to be reconciled to him, for us to recieve atonement and be made “at one” with him.
My sermon from this past Sunday evening (9/20/15) taken from Ezra 9-10, where Ezra prays becaue of the sin of the returned exiles. As we read the account, we must be reminded that we too should pray for our nation, even though sin is rampant. In Chapter 10 of the text, we see the positive result of Ezra’s prayer.