Lecture 2, Radical Depravity (Part 1):
How often do we hear in our culture the adage, “He or she has a good heart”? This attribution of an innate, inherent goodness occurs frequently, and it demonstrates the general, common belief that mankind, despite his clear, unequivocal iniquity, ultimately is good. Contrary to this proposal, the Word of God paints a significantly different picture of the nature of humanity. Jesus declares (drawing from the Old Testament) to the rich young ruler in Matthew 19 that no one is good except for God, and He elaborates on man’s condition by asserting that humanity cannot reverse their position unaided. This lesson on the first doctrine of grace, radical depravity, explains and explores mankind’s sinful, depraved state.