Question 20: Did all mankind fall in Adam’s first sin?

Question 20: Did all mankind fall in Adam’s first sin?

Answer: All mankind, descending from Adam by ordinary generation, sinned in him, and fell with him in his first sin.

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:21-22; Romans 5:12, 18-19.

Comment:  God considered all mankind as being in Adam so that when Adam went bad we all went bad in him.  The nature that we have by virtue of belonging to Adam’s race is morally corrupt.  We are under the wrath of God “by nature” (Ephesians 2:3) from the time we were conceived in the womb.  This is why conversion and salvation must be much more than a “decision” for Christ.  It must be a new creation, a rebirth, an exchange of hearts.

Source: A Baptist Catechism (Adapted by John Piper)

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