The difference between healthy and dead

Augustine fights to maintain the Biblical truth concerning the fallen-ness of man and our sinful nature. He was withstanding the views of Pelagius in 5th century

This sermon is one of a series of five.

1. Introduction: the three paramedics

2. Augustine (born 13 November 354AD)

  • Romans 3:9-18; Ephesians 2:1-5

3. Pelagius

4. The Fight

  • Prevenient grace: the grace that “goes before"

5. Pelagianism today


  • John Locke: “Man’s mind is a blank sheet”


  • Chares Finney:

- “Moral depravity, as I use the term, does not consist in nor imply a sinful nature”

- “The abominable dogmas of physical moral depravity or a sinful constitution …and the necessity of physical and passive regeneration ha[s] chilled the heart of the church and lulled sinners into a fatal sleep.”

  • Charles Spurgeon

On Psalm 40:17 – “I am poor and needy”

  • General Confession (The Book of Common Prayer)

“And there is no health in us”

Appendix: A General Confession (from The Book of Common Prayer)

Almighty and most merciful Father,
We have erred and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep,
We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts,
We have offended against thy holy laws,
We have left undone those things which we ought to have done,
And we have done those things which we ought not to have done,
And there is no health in us;

But thou, O Lord,
Have mercy upon us miserable offenders;
Spare thou them, O God, which confess their faults,
Restore them that are penitent,
According to thy promises declared to mankind in Christ Jesus our Lord:
And grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake,
That we may hereafter live a godly, righteous and sober life,
To the glory of thy holy name. Amen.

Brian Watts is Pastor of The King's Community Church and lives in Langley with his wife Rosalind.
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