We believe and confess that God, in order to crown His creation with a suitable steward, made man in His own image. He created humanity as male and female, giving to them true knowledge of Himself, perfect righteousness and holiness, a true free will, and the gift of communion with Himself, in order to fulfill man’s created purpose: to glorify the God who made him.
From this state of incomprehensible blessing, man willfully fell into sin by disobeying the direct command of God. In this one act of rebellion, man lost his original righteousness and holiness; forsook his ability to comprehend the true knowledge of God, which then became woefully marred; renounced the privilege of communion with his God; and made himself liable to physical and spiritual death. Our first parents, who enjoyed this state and fell from it, did not sin of themselves only, but dragged the entirety of the human race into sin and death with them, all those born after them in the natural way having the curse of the first sin upon them.
This first sin has brought forth in consequence every other sin, for man in the state of nature is now wholly defiled, unable to do any good, incapable of seeking after God, and impaired by a will bound to the evil, with the terrifying result that every act of the natural man is a sinful act, springing forth, as it does, not from faith or a desire to glorify God. Such iniquity is deserving of eternal punishment, for rebellion against God, which is what sin is, is an intolerable offense against an infinite and eternal God. Man’s own abilities can in no way break the bonds that hold him captive to sin nor can they commend him to God; he must be freed by and restored to God through Christ and Him alone.
The redeemed man, who has tasted the heavenly gift and known the saving merits of Jesus Christ, yet struggles with sin, for it will not be until the great day of the revelation of Christ that we cease our fight against the flesh.
Believing and confessing these things, we marvel at the grace of God shown to such creatures as we.