The total depravity of man…
The secret side of me
I never let you see
I keep it caged but I can’t control it
So stay away from me
The beast is ugly
I feel the rage and I just can’t hold it…*
“There is a tendency in us, a sinful tendency that can pervert and distort our faith…Our job is not to ask that God respond to our notion of truth – our job is to be true to Him, His word, and His commandments.” – President Barack Obama, National Prayer Breakfast, February 5th, 2015.
Despite the hard claims of the new atheist, religion, in and of itself, is not evil. Religion is merely one of a multitude of outlets used by mankind to act on the evil that lies in our depraved hearts.
“Total Depravity states that each and every person (except Jesus, 1 Peter 2:22) is completely touched by sin in all that he is and does whether it’s heart, soul, mind, body, thought, or deed. However, this does not mean that all people are equally bad or that all people are as bad as they can be. Not all are murderers. Not all are adulterers. Not all cheat.” – Matt Slick
Some of the most ruthless rulers of former generations were secularists and ardent atheists. Going all the way back to the days of the cruel and merciless Roman Emperor Nero, the brutal and the godless throughout the ages have had their day – reigns mired in blood and oppression. These were oppressive fascist tyrants who ruled the people with an iron fist – Stalin, Lenin, Hitler, Mussolini, Napoleon, Pol Pot, Mao Zedong, Enver Hoxha, and the list goes on…
Often times mankind’s evil and depravities are much more subtle and seemingly isolated, while the widespread effects are often devastating. There exists today a multitude of under-reported and overlooked atrocities, debaucheries, and offenses that are blindly tolerated and perpetuated by our postmodern, God-dishonoring, secular society (and the puppeteers who exist outside earthly authority and under demonic persuasion actively shape the course of global affairs).
We live in a time when female degradation, child exploitation, male emasculation and various other social calamities are growing rampant like never before (despite damage controlled reports to the contrary). And with more technology, the greater calamity continues to go mainstream, leaving a growing number sorely vexed in its wake.
“Not until recently had I ever felt the weight of the fact that those outside Christ have no defense against the devil. God can restrain the devil from doing his maximum worst. But the world cannot. They are helpless before Satan’s supernatural power. They are utterly in his sway, except for God’s restraining providence. This should make us tremble for the hopelessness of the world and marvel at the magnitude of God’s power and grace to keep the world from being ten thousand times more violent and miserable than it is.” – John Piper
There is no Godless moral high ground or intellectual superiority to be had in this life. We MUST get off our high horse and get over ourselves. We are dirty creatures with bloody hands. We were born this way!
“Common grace restrains sin and the effects of sin on the human race. Common grace is what keeps humanity from descending into the morass of evil that we would see if the full expression of our fallen nature were allowed to have free reign.” – John F. MacArthur
The best laid plans will ultimately go up in smoke. All our grand schemes are bound to backfire. We have the truth written on our hearts but they have turned black and hard. With stoney hearts we foolishly press on, sowing and reaping without God and without hope.
We are accountable transgressors standing on shaky ground. Further sophistication only ensures greater diabolical complexity (and social infiltration) for the wholly unrestrained servants of the devil. We lack a true imputation of righteousness and are incapable of any true and pure act of moral and spiritual goodness. We need a true exhortation, a forensic liberation.
“Total depravity includes total inability, that is, being without power to believe in God or His word. Paul calls this universal unresponsiveness a form of death; the fallen heart is ‘dead.’ As the Westminster Confession (IX. 3) explains, ‘Man by his fall into a state of sin, hath wholly lost all ability of will to any spiritual good accompanying salvation; so as a natural man, being altogether averse from that good, and dead in sin, is not able by his own strength to convert himself, or to prepare himself thereunto.’ To this darkness the word of God alone brings light.” – RC Sproul
We require a legal declaration, a full pardon, complete acquittal and exoneration of the widespread sin epidemic that lies in our hearts (and the world at large). All too often the solution to all the madness that prevails from generation to wretched generation is the Greatest Offense of all.
In the end, the losers and the outsiders will find their eternal peace.
Resisting both wind and tide and armed in holy righteousness, we will stare down the three headed monster and ultimately find glory and rest!
by AJ CASTELLITTO
* Quoted lyrics by John L. Cooper