MAN

A.  His Creation
We believe that by an immediate act of God, man was created in His image (Gen. 1:26-27); possessing righteousness, holiness, and wisdom (Ecc. 7:29); for the purpose that man should be the object of His love, to praise and glorify Him (Eph. 1:4-6), to replenish the earth with God-fearing people, and to subdue and have dominion over the earth and all animate creatures upon it (Gen. 1:26-28, 9:1-2).

B.  His Fall
We believe that man was subjected to trial in the garden of Eden (Gen. 2:15-17), and voluntarily and consciously transgressed God’s command (Gen. 3:1-3,6), and so fell from his holy estate (Gen. 3:16-19; Gen. 2:16, 17).  Thus, man became alienated from God (Gen. 3:7-13; Eph. 4:18; Col. 1:21), and became physically, morally and spiritually depraved (Rom. 1:19-32).  As a result of the fall, sin was imputed upon the entire human race (Rom. 5:12; 1 Cor. 2:14).  Man’s heart, being desperately wicked (Jer. 17:9-10), leads to acts of sin in his life and finally to just condemnation (Rom. 5:18).

C.  His Redemption
We believe that God as the sovereign ruler must punish sin (Rom. 6:23).  Christ, the Son of God, voluntarily (Jn. 10:17-18) offered Himself on the cross as the perfect sacrifice for sin, the just suffering for the unjust, bearing sin’s curse, and tasting death for every man (John 1:29; Heb. 9:11-12; 1 Tim. 2:5-6; 2 Cor. 5:21; Gal. 3:13).  Nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth but his own stubborn will, his voluntary rejection of Jesus Christ (Jn. 3:14-16,36; Acts 16:31).

D.  His Resurrection
We believe every person will be raised up; the saved unto life everlasting and the unsaved to eternal condemnation (Jn. 5:28,19).
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