The Nature of Fallen Man


By Nick Bibile


We are going to finish this series on the nature of the fallen man. Total depravity of man. The word depravity means, wicked, corrupt and sinful. When we see that the fallen man is totally corrupt, it means that he is totally wicked, corrupt and sinful. Although the fallen man is alive physically but morally he is dead toward God, he is spiritually dead. As a result, he has no will to reach out for God, he is dead toward God and his will his opposite to Gods will. However, the majority of the unbelievers and the majority of the churches do not believe this position.




Pelagian was a British monk who did not believe in original sin. The sin of Adam was only for Adam; all the rest of mankind is born innocent without the original sin. As a result, man has the will to choose what is right and wrong.




Semi-Pelagainism believes when man sinned, he was affected by sin and as a result, he is morally sick, but not dead toward God. As a result, man still have the will to choose good and evil. God and man both have to cooperate in salvation. Roman Catholicism and the majority of the Protestant Churches believe this view, although all the early church and the Reformers deny this view in the light of scripture.


But let us get a quick review, what we have been studying so far. We saw that the man was made holy, righteous without sin and he had a free will. Adam broke the commandment of God and sinned entered the human race. (Romans 5:12) All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, we saw that none is righteous and all have gone astray. We saw that the fallen man became an enemy of God.


We saw the natural man is dead in his spirit. He is dead toward the true living God. (Gen 2:16-17 ;Eph 2:1-3 Col 2:13)


The heart to the natural man is exceedingly evil.

Jer 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?


Mr 7:21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,

22 Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:

23 All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.

The natural man cannot receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.


Pr 20:9 Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?


Job 14:4 Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? not one.


Jer 13:23 Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil.


Isa 64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.


1Co 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.


Ro 8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.


Ps 7:11 God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.


We saw that the natural man cannot love God, and unable to come to God because of his nature. The defect is not in the body, as the natural man is alive and strong physically, the defect is in the mind and in the heart. It is spiritual. As he is spiritually dead. You may say, there are so many religious people in the world and we see they have a great love for God, as they are very religious. My answer is who would be more religious than the Jews. They worshiped one God, they kept all the traditions and the rituals and they even knew the word of God. But inside in their hearts, there was no true love toward God. They were dead to God inside. Jesus said to these religious people, But I know you, that ye have not the love of God in you. (John 5:42)




The lust of the flesh is the completely corrupt nature of man. This is the fallen mans nature as he is a worldly man. They are seeking to gratify their flesh, it is more important for them this body than the word of God. The lust of the eyes is having an eager appetite for material things, or for immoral sex. The fallen mans eyes are always looking for those things that look beautiful and have much splendor and glory. This is how the devil tempted our Lord as he showed the glory of the world. The pride of life is haughtiness, ambition, self-love, selfishness, boasting, self-confidence and putting others down.



The true living God is infinitely holy, hate sin, he is just and will not compromise with sin, and he will punish the sinners. But you do not feel comfortable with the true living God, instead you have formed a god that will suite your opinions and your religion, a god who will compromise with sin, a god who is not infinitely holy, a god that will conform to your thinking. Psalm 51:20 speak of you.


Ps 50:21 These things hast thou done, and I kept silence; thou thoughtest that I was altogether such an one as thyself: but I will reprove thee, and set them in order before thine eyes.


False submission to God

The natural man will show some respect to God and many in the church will see this respect and think that they are not enemies of God. Let us see some of these outward acts. They will attend the Lords Day services. They will pray in public and their prayers they will say, God is great almighty, a glorious God, infinitely holy God. They will even pray to God in secret and will take much pain to worship, will show much respect to God in their prayers. They will show much respect to God in their voice and other gestures. They will look like any other Christian. But let me tell you, all this is done in hypocrisy. You will certainly disagree with me and say how can you say that? I will tell you, yes there is much respect to God externally, outwardly but not sincerely inwardly. It is only a show and nothing else. Jonathan Edwards said, You cover your enmity with a painted veil. There is external honor but inward despise to God.


Ps 66:3 Say unto God, How terrible art thou in thy works! through the greatness of thy power shall thine enemies submit themselves unto thee.


The word submit in Hebrew is kahash means {submit...: or, yield feigned obedience: Heb. lie} This is what it means in the context. The word feign means only a show, a false appearance. John Calvin about this verse said, Through the greatness of Gods power, his enemies feign submission to him. Calvin goes on to say, The power of God is such as to force them into a reluctant subjection.


Let me give you an example. If you are traveling in your car on the freeway, and the speed limit says, 65 miles per hour, but you are going at a speed of 85 mph. Then suddenly in the back mirror you see the police, and then naturally you will slow down to 65 mph. My point is you did this reluctantly. You had to force your self to do it. As soon as the police pass by you and you see the police exit, then you will resume your speed again at 85 mph. When the police car was behind you, you became obedient. Why? There was a fear; there was a respect to the police. You became humble, you were afraid, that you will get a ticket. But this was only a show; it was a false submission because as soon as the police left you began speeding again.


In the same way the fallen man in the presence of God, show a great show of respect to him. We can see his manner of speaking, his reverence in the voice. You put a humble act out of fear to God. But it is only a feign respect. It is done as a show. There is no true sincerity. When people are in the Church it is easy to show respect to God, when they are gone, then you are on your own again.


Restraining Grace of God

When you see the natural man who behaves well and have a good moral character, it is not because of their nature that they are good but God has restrained them. Their nature is exceedingly evil, they seek to do evil but they have been kept from wickedness not because they are good but because God has restrained and kept from sin.


Ro 3:13 Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips:

This is extreme wickedness, want to kill and murder men. Their tongues are extremely deceitful full of poison.


14 Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness:

Their language is an abomination to the Lord. Cursing comes out like a stream of water, and they are full of hate and bitter.


15 Their feet are swift to shed blood:

They live by the sword or the gun. The gun is their god. They are full of pride and if anyone makes them angry they will fight, they will fight to kill. The other day early in the morning a policeman stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation, when he walked to the motorist car, the man pulled a gun and killed the officer. These men will kill anyone.


16 Destruction and misery are in their ways:

They are ferocious above measure, they will destroy everything wherever it prevails.


17 And the way of peace have they not known:

They are violent, cruel and savage. They do not know the meaning of peace.


18 There is no fear of God before their eyes.

Every wickedness comes with disregard to God. It all came from Adam and Eve as they had no respect to God, and had no fear of death.


We are all bad as Judas, bad as Pharaoh, bad as Herod bad as the Pharisees, bad as Hitler and bad as the rapist in the city if not for the restraining grace of God. We are all natural enemies of God as those teenagers who killed the man who brought them food. If we have not committed the unpardonable sin, it is not because we are good but we are indebted to God for his restraining grace.


Job said, That the wicked is reserved to the day of destruction? they shall be brought forth to the day of wrath. (Job 21:30)

Sometimes you will see how the wicked people are flourishing here on earth, they live in wealth, comfort and much security, but God has reserved them for the day of destruction.


Ps 37:20 But the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the LORD shall be as the fat of lambs: they shall consume; into smoke shall they consume away.

They wicked are fed now, but there is a day of slaughter.


We have seen very clearly and precisely that the natural men are enemies of God. The reason is the natural man is totally depraved. He is a born sinner, only God can bring salvation. Total depravity is crucial for presenting the gospel. All the other doctrines are linked to total depravity. If someone is wrong in this doctrine, then he is wrong in the others, then it is not the right gospel. Let me show it to you.


Lu 18:10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.

11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.

12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.

13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.

14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.


The difference of these two men is very vast. The Pharisee is very confident in approaching God. Let us see their motives. The Pharisee went to the temple, to show God how good he is, he sees his glory and not Gods glory. He is thanking God because he is righteous in his eye, really, he is thanking himself. He does not see total depravity in him, he sees himself as religiously good. The publican on the other hand, he went to the temple in fear of the judgment of God that is going to come upon him. He realized that he is unworthy, but God is infinitely lovely and holy, that he will not even look up to heaven, he smote his breast, because he saw how deeply he had hurt God the almighty, all powerful God in his sins, we see true humility and true repentance because he was a true Calvinist who believe in total depravity.