Chapter Four: Human Beings
God created Adam and Eve in His image to live in fellowship with Him. They fell into sin through the temptation of Satan and thereby lost fellowship with God. Through their disobedience the entire human race became totally depraved, that is, self-centered sinners who oppose God, and who by nature are unable to trust, fear or love Him. They are subject to the devil, and are condemned to death under the eternal wrath of God.
—Church of the Lutheran Brethren Doctrinal Statement of Faith, Paragraph D
The question comes up often — when making ministry decisions, when visiting with people about the way of salvation, when explaining the beliefs of the CLB about how people are saved: “What is the nature of the fallen human?” If we do not feel the gravity of human lostness or the degree of human lostness, we will not speak clearly about God’s salvation.
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