The principle of iniquity is embedded in the human race

(John MacArthur)

The Bible is absolutely crystal clear that all children are sinners from conception...all children. The principle of iniquity is embedded in the human race. Children are born morally corrupt. They are born with an irresistible bent toward evil. And any notion that children are born morally neutral and free from a predisposition to sin is absolutely contrary to Scripture.

All humans are born in sin. If infants were not sinful, if they were not morally corrupt, then they wouldn't die. If they were born innocent or pure or morally neutral there would be no basis for their death. The very fact that they die indicates that the disease of sin is there in them because sin is the killer. It is in their inherited sin nature that the seeds of death are planted.

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"The LORD saw how great man's wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time." Genesis 6:5

" . . . every inclination of his heart is evil from childhood." Genesis 8:21

"The LORD looks down from Heaven on the sons of men to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God. All have turned aside, they have together become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one!" Psalm 14:2-3

"Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me!" Psalm 51:5

"Even from birth the wicked go astray; from the womb they are wayward and speak lies." Psalm 58:3

"There is not a righteous man on earth who does what is right and never sins." Ecclesiastes 7:20

"The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked!" Jeremiah 17:9

"All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one!" Romans 3:12

"Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest." Ephesians 2:3

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If any of you are struggling with the Scriptural doctrine of Original Sin—you might want to read the following 2 page article on John Piper's website: "What Is the Biblical Evidence for Original Sin?"