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Westminster Confession of 1646: Of the Fall of Man, of Sin, and of the Punishment Thereof

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Chapter VI. Of the Fall of Man, of Sin, and of the Punishment Thereof

I. Our first parents, being seduced by the subtilty and temptation of Satan, sinned, in eating the forbidden fruit, (Gen 3:13; 2Co 11:3). This their sin, God was pleased, according to His wise and holy counsel, to permit, having purposed to order it to His own glory, (Rom 11:32).

II. By this sin they fell from their original righteousness and communion with God, (Gen 3:6-8; Ecc 7:29; Rom 3:23); and so became dead in sin, (Gen 2:17; Eph 2:1); and wholly defiled in all the parts and faculties of soul and body, (Tts 1:15; Gen 6:5; Jer 17:9; Rom 3:10-18).

III. They being the root of all mankind, the guilt of this sin was imputed, (Gen 1:27-28; Gen 2:16-17; Act 17:26 Rom 5:12, 15-19; 1Co 15:21-22, 45, 49); and the same death in sin, and corrupted nature, conveyed to all their posterity descending from them by ordinary generation, (Psa 51:5; Gen 5:3; Job 14:4; Job 15:14).

IV. From this original corruption, whereby we are utterly indisposed, disabled, and made opposite to all good, (Rom 5:6; Rom 8:7; Rom 7:18; Col 1:21); and wholly inclined to all evil, (Gen 6:5; Gen 8:21; Rom 3:10-12); do proceed all actual transgressions, (Jam 1:14-15; Eph 2:2-3; Mat 15:19).

V. This corruption of nature, during this life, doth remain in those that are regenerated, (1Jo 1:8-10; Rom 7:14, 17-18, 23; Jam 3:2; Pro 20:9; Ecc 7:20); and although it be, through Christ, pardoned, and mortified; yet both itself, and all the motions thereof, are truly and properly sin, (Rom 7:5, 7-8, 25; Gal 5:17).

VI. Every sin, both original and actual, being a transgression of the righteous law of God, and contrary thereunto, (1Jo 3:4); doth, in its own nature, bring guilt upon the sinner, (Rom 2:15; Rom 3:9, 19); whereby he is bound over to the wrath of God, (Eph 2:3); and curse of the law, (Gal 3:10); and so made subject to death, (Rom 6:23); with all miseries spiritual, (Eph 4:18); temporal, (Rom 8:20; Lam 3:39); and eternal, (Mat 25:41; 2Th 1:9).



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