What does it mean to be dead in sin? Ephesians 2:1-3

Dead in sin

Ephesians 2:1-3 is a favorite text for Calvinists to defend the idea of Total Depravity and total inability. This post shows what Ephesians 2:1-3 means. If Paul really means that those who are dead in sin cannot believe in Jesus, then the rest of his argument in the chapter and the letter become meaningless and senseless.



7 Uses of the word “Dead” in the New Testament

dead in sin

What does the word “dead” mean in the Bible? Does it mean non-existent or unable to act? No. A good synonym for “dead” is “separated.” This study looks at the seven types of death in the Bible and shows how in every case, to be dead is to be separated. Those who are dead can still be quite active in various ways.



Romans 8:7-8, Enmity with God, and Calvinism

Romans 8 flesh vs spirit

Romans 8:7-8 does not teach total depravity or total inability. In fact, Romans 8:7-8 is about believers, and how we should not walk according to the flesh. Paul wants believers to live life in the Spirit, free from the damaging and destructive power of sin in our lives.



Romans 7: Did Paul Struggle with Sinful Flesh?

the war within

Some say that in Romans 7 Paul is describing his pre-Christian days. Other say no, that he is describing the constant battle with sin we all face. What say you? In this post, I present my opinion on this text, especially in relation to the Calvinistic teaching on Total Depravity and total inability.



Humans have three parts: Body, Soul, and Spirit

three parts, body, soul, spirit

The Bible teaches that humans consist of three parts: the body, the soul, and the spirit. This helps us understand what happened in the fall, how sin occurs in our lives, what God does through regeneration, and why we are still awaiting glorification.