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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Little angels? Understanding the Bible’s teaching on our sinful nature…

Posted by Gary on September 16, 2015

The fairest child, who has entered life this year and become the sunbeam of a family, is not, as his mother perhaps fondly calls him, a little “angel” or a little “innocent” — but a little “sinner.” Alas! As that boy or girl lies smiling and crowing in its cradle — that little infant carries the seeds of every kind of wickedness in its heart! Only watch it carefully, as it grows in stature and its mind develops — and you will soon detect in it an incessant tendency to that which is bad, and a backwardness to do that which is good. You will see in it the buds and germs of deceit, evil temper, selfishness, self-will, obstinacy, greediness, envy, jealousy, passion — which, if indulged and let alone, will shoot up with painful rapidity!

Who taught the child these things? Where did he learn them? The Bible alone can answer these questions! Of all the foolish things that parents say about their children, there is none worse than the common saying: “My son has a good heart at the bottom. He is not what he ought to be — but he has fallen into bad hands. Public schools are bad places — the teachers neglect the boys. Yet he has a good heart at the bottom.” The truth, unhappily, is diametrically the other way. The first cause of all sin, lies in the natural corruption of the boy’s own heart — and not in public schools! (J.C. Ryle: Holiness)

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