Powerful teaching! Is it the gospel truth though or just another false teaching?
The comments on this video posted on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDFpiLOX6Bs reflect the very different points of view those who call themselves "Christian" have regarding who they perceive God to be.
The doctrine of Total Depravity briefly states that because of the fall, man is unable of himself to savingly believe the Gospel. The sinner is dead, blind and deaf to the things of God; his heart is deceitful and desperately corrupt. His will is not free; it is in bondage to his evil nature; therefore, he will not -- indeed he cannot -- choose good over evil in the spiritual realm. Consequently it takes much more than the Spirit's assistance to bring a sinner to Christ -- it takes regeneration, by which the Spirit makes the sinner alive and gives him a new nature. Faith is not something man contributes to salvation but is itself a part of God's gift of salvation; it is God's gift to the sinner, not the sinner's gift to God. (Read the entire article at http://www.gospeloutreach.net/total_depravity.html)
Here David E. Pratte explains why he believes the "original sin"/"total depravity" gospel to be a false teaching. http://www.gospelway.com/salvation/original_sin.php
What do you think? Is man totally depraved or does man have the free will to choose or reject God?