We teach that man was created directly and immediately by God in His own image and likeness which pertains to man’s personal and moral dimensions (Genesis 1:26, 2:7, 2:15-25; James 3:9).
We teach that man was created good in that he was perfect in his innocence, but that he had both the capacity and responsibility to progress through obedience to perfect holiness. Instead, man rebelled against God who in judgement subjected man to death – spiritual, physical and eternal (Genesis 3:1-19; Ephesians 2:1-4; Revelation 20:11-15).
We teach that in the rebellious act of Adam man became inherently and totally corrupt (Genesis 6:5; Romans 3:10-19; Psalm 14:1-3, 51:5; Jeremiah 17:9) and being without any recuperative powers within himself to effect his own recovery (Romans 5:6) man became completely and hopelessly lost (Luke 15:1-32; Ephesians 2:1-9).
This acquired sinful disposition and state of being lost in relation to God was immediately passed to all of Adam’s posterity (Romans 5:12-21) the only exception being the Man Christ Jesus (Hebrews 4:15, 10:10).
Universal death is the proof of universal sin (Romans 5:12-14) since death comes by sin (Romans 5:12, 6:23). Left to himself man is irrecoverably bad (Romans 3:23, 6:23) and stands in need of Christ the Saviour (John 6:35-40). All men are thus sinners by nature, choice, practice, and by divine declaration.