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Friday, September 4, 2015

I WANT MY SINS FORGIVEN LIKE THE TAX COLLECTOR  by steve finnell


Advocates of having sins forgiven by reciting a sinner's pray use as a proof-text the parable of the publican and the Pharisee.

 Luke 18:9-14 Also He spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: 10 "Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 "The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank You I am not like other men---extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. 12 'I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.' 13 "And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying , 'God be merciful to me a sinner!. 14 "I tell you, this man went down ti his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be abased, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.(NKJV)

This is not a parable about salvation, it is about arrogance versus humility.

There is no indication that the Pharisee nor the Jewish tax collector were believers in Jesus Christ. They were both Jews.

If you want say a sinner's prayer so you can be saved like the Jewish tax collector. Then you believe you can have your sins forgiven without confessing Jesus as the Christ. You think you can be saved without believing that God raised Jesus from the dead. You believe you can be saved without believing that Jesus is the Son of God. You believe you can be saved by rejecting what Jesus said when He said he who has been baptized will be saved.

The tax collector (publican) was not a Christian, nor did he become a Christian by praying a prayer of humility.         

NEW KING JAMES VERSION VERSUS THE LIVING BIBLE - PARAPHRASED  by steve finnell


Is it possible to read TLB-Paraphrased and still get to heaven? Is it imperative to read a word for word translation like the NKJV in order to understand the gospel plan of salvation? Let us reason together.

TLB John 3:16 For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son so that anyone who believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

NKJV John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

Looks the same to me.

TLB Acts 2:38 And Peter replied. "Each one of you must turn from sin, return to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; then you also shall receive this gift, the Holy Spirit.

NKJV Acts 2:38 The Peter said to them, "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Equivalent meanings could not be more apparent.

TLB Romans 10:9 For if you tell others with your own mouth that Jesus Christ is your Lord, and believe in your own heart that God has raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

NKJV Romans 10:9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

These translations are telling the same gospel story.

TLB Mark 16:16 Those who believe and are baptized will be saved . But those who refuse to believe will be condemned.

NKJV Mark 16:16 "He who believes and is baptized will be saved, but he who does not believe will be condemned.

The TLB and NKJV say the same thing, if you believe and are immersed in water you will be saved.


Men today are not lost and on their way to hell because they are reading the wrong translation of the Bible; they are lost because the reject the clear meaning of the gospel terms of pardon in the translation of their choice.

The gospel plan of salvation is simple. FAITH, REPENTANCE, CONFESSION AND IMMERSION IN WATER (BAPTISM).  

    

       

 

Thursday, September 3, 2015

THERE ARE WORKS THAT SAVE!  BY STEVE FINNELL


Are there works that are essential to salvation? Yes, absolutely, the work of believing and the work of water baptism are essential for salvation.

BELIEVING

John 6:27-29 Do not work for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you, for on Him the Father, God, has set His seal. 28 Therefore they said to Him, "What shall we do, so that we may work the works of God?" 29 Jesus answered and said to them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in Him who He sent."

Believing is a work that saves. Believing is essential to salvation.

WATER BAPTISM

Colossians 2:12-13 having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. 13 When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions.

God does the work when we submit to believers baptism in water. Yes, water baptism is God's work not man's work.

1 Peter 3:20-21 ...safely through the water. 21 Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you ---not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience---through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

God does the work in water baptism. Man does no work at all.

Man is saved by works. Man's work is to believe in Jesus the Christ.

God's work is in water baptism when He forgives believers of their sins.

Jesus made it very clear when He said "He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved..."(Mark 16:16)

Being obedient to God by believing and submitting to water baptism is not earning salvation. It is not a meritorious work.

THE WORKS THAT DO NOT SAVE

1. The works of the Law of Moses.
2. The works of good deeds.
3. The works of keeping man-made traditions.
4. The works of righteous acts.

Why I Don't Attend The Baptist Church 

GEORGE L. FAULL


There are many things in which the Baptists do well.  Like Satan and the Demons:
1.                    They believe there is one God, James 2:19.
2.                    They believe Jesus is the Son of God, Mark 5:7.
3.                    They believe Jesus could do miracles, Matthew 9:3.
4.        They believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God,  Matthew 4:6.
5.        They quote Scripture, Matthew 4:6.
6.        They believe in Prophecy, Matthew 4:6.
7.        They believe demons will be tormented on the coming day of the judgment, Matthew 8:29.
8.        They believe that Jesus is the Holy one of God who was sent into the world, Mark 1:24.
Obviously, these are not good enough reasons to attend the Baptist Church because even demons believe this also.
9.                    Like the Pharisees, they are very evangelistic and compass land and sea to make one proselyte, Matthew 25:15.
10.              They call Jesus, Lord, Lord, Matthew 7:21.
11.               They do many wonderful works in His name, Matthew 7:22. 
12.     Like the Mormons, Jehovah Witnesses, and Adventists, many have died on foreign soil for their faith and paid the ultimate price while trying to evangelize.
So obviously these are not good enough reasons to go to a Baptist Church, either.


HERE ARE THE REASONS WHY I DON’T ATTEND THE BAPTIST CHURCH:
1.                   Their name does not give preeminence to Jesus Christ.  Colossians 1:18
2.                 They do not wear the prophesied name of God’s people that was to be given by the mouth of the Lord.  Isaiah 62:1-2, Acts 11:26
3.                 The Church, which is supposed to be Christ’s Bride, is called after the friend of the Bridegroom instead of the Bridegroom.  John 3:29
How would you like your bride to wear your best man’s name and your children to be called by his name instead of yours?
4.                 They have the wrong concept of man.  Ezekiel 18:2-3
They believe man inherited the guilt and nature of Adam and is born a sinner.  The Bible teaches that like sheep we all went astray, not that we were born astray.  We were not born prodigals but became prodigals and left our Father ourselves.  We must become as children, for of such is the Kingdom of Heaven.  Does God want us to become little depraved sinners? 
Matthew 18:3  Little innocent babies are not born sinners.  Men die because Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit and since none of us can eat of the Tree of Life and live forever, we die.  That’s the consequence of Adam’s sin, but I do not have his guilt.  I was lost because I personally sinned against a Holy God.
5.                They are Calvinistic and believe God’s Spirit has to miraculously convert men because man is so dead in sin he cannot ever come to faith unless God miraculously gives him faith as a gift.  They twist Ephesians 2:1-9. 
Faith is not a gift.  Salvation is the gift.  Faith comes by hearing the Word. Romans 10:17
Jesus told people they would not repent so they might believe.  Matthew 21:32
6.                They are Calvinistic and believe in the doctrine of election.
Their view is that God elects the believers to salvation and “whosoever” does not mean anyone but the elect.  The Bible says He died for the sins of the whole world.  I John 2:2
“He is not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.”  II Peter 3:9
7.                 They believe that once you are saved or give evidence that you are part of the elect, you cannot be lost.
Our prisons per capita are filled with Baptists and Catholics because of their doctrinal views.  Doctrine effects behavior.  If I cannot be lost, there is very little reason to take heed, or beware or give diligence to make my election sure.  II Peter 1:10
8.                 Though they immerse their baptism is for the wrong reason.
To them it is a mere outward form of an inward act.  To them it is the first thing a Christian does instead of the last thing a sinner does.  It is not for the remission of sins, the way Peter said, but rather because your sins were already forgiven the moment you believed.  They ignore that if you are baptized because your sins are already remitted your repent for the same reason.  Acts 2:38   The word “and” is a conjunction uniting two things together. 
Their baptism is to get you into the Baptist Church, not into Christ.  They say baptism is a “work” and that “works”cannot get you into Heaven.  It follows then that if baptism is a “work,” you have to “work” your way into the Baptist Church.  If not, why not?
9.                 They have a false plan of salvation.
Just say the “sinner’s prayer” or “ask Jesus into your heart.”  These statements do not appear in Scripture in either words or concept.  Jesus knocking at the door is a picture of Jesus trying to get into His Church, not an aliens heart.  Revelation 3:14-22
10.              They abuse the Lord’s Great Commission.
Jesus said, “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved” Mark 16:16.  It is not “he that believeth and is saved should be baptized.”  They say you do not have to be baptized to go to Heaven, but you do to get into the Baptist Church, proving it is easier to get into Heaven than it is to get into the Baptist Church.
11.             They commune as desired, usually quarterly, rather than following the apostolic example.
“They came together on the first day of the week to break bread.”  The only verse that tells us when they came together, tells why they came together – “to break bread.”  Acts 20:7
To gather to remember Him and not unveil His memorial is ludicrous.
12.             They abuse the purpose of the Lord’s Supper.
It is a time of personal examination.  It is to show forth (proclaim) the Lord’s death till He comes.  It is to look to the needs of the Brethren.  It is a memorial of what Christ has done for us.  In light of this, when they say “it would not be meaningful but would became common place to take it each week” shows total ignorance of the institution .  I Corinthians 11.  We are sharing in the benefits of His shed blood and body - I Corinthians 10:16.  How could sharing in the benefits of His blood be common place?  This borders on sacrilege and blasphemy. 
13.             Their Church government is foreign to the New Testament polity.
Instead of their Church having an evangelist, they have a Pastor.  Instead of a plurality of Elders, they have one Pastor who often does not meet the qualifications of an Elder.  The one man Pastor system is as foreign to the Scriptures as the Pope of Rome.  In Scriptures, Elders, Pastors, Bishops, overseers, shepherds, and Presbyters are all synonymous terms.  A boy running around with peach fuzz on his face cannot be a Pastor for he is not an Elder.  There is no such thing in the Bible as “The Pastor of my Church.”
14.             They are carnal for they divide and denominate themselves into factions, which Paul forbids.
Was John the Baptist crucified for you?  Were you baptized into his name?  Are they Baptists in contrast to Paul or Cephas or Apollos, or Christ?  Such naming of themselves is carnal and sectarian and is condemned by the Apostle Paul.  I Corinthians Chapters 1 and 3. 
15.            They usually have a creed or rules of discipline and follow a denominational hierarchy who decides who can be ordained to preach or be given a license to baptize.
When baptism is not done by such authorized men, Baptists consider it an invalid baptism.  One must have a license to baptize making their baptisms by the authority of the Baptist Church rather than by the authority of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  If I were to attend a Baptist Church, and lacked the authority of the Baptist Church, how could I obey the Great Commission?  Surely that would hinder my evangelism and obedience to Christ!
16.            They believe the Church was established long before the days of Pentecost in the days of John the Baptist.
They say, “John the Baptist was the first Baptist preacher.”  But after John died, Jesus spoke of the future and said, “I will build my Church.”
17.             Contrary to James, they teach one is saved by “faith only.”
Those two words appear together only once in Scripture and that verse claims one is “justified by works and not, by faith only.”  James 2:4
They cannot harmonize Paul who said we are “justified by faith and not by works” and James who says we are justified “by works and not by faith only.”  They ignore that the works Paul spoke of referred to the “works of the law” and James spoke of the “works of faith.”  It is ironic that baptism is the only thing mentioned in all nine conversions but it’s the one thing Baptists say you do not need to do to be saved. 
18.             They deny that Jesus is now King, sitting on David’s throne, but that his kingdom is yet future.
They teach that the Church is a substitute for a Jewish based kingdom over which Jesus personally will rule from Jerusalem.  They ignore Jesus is a Priest and King on His throne Zechariah 6:13.  Jesus cannot serve as a priest on earth because He is from Judah.  Hebrews 7:14
Heaven is His throne and the earth but his footstool.  Acts 7:49
He reigns till the last enemy is destroyed.  The last enemy is death and it will be destroyed at His coming.  He then turns the Kingdom over to the Father and subjects Himself to His Father forever (I Corinthians 15).
He is not coming to rule from His footstool.  He rules from His throne in Heaven now and will turn the kingdom over to His Father when He comes.
19.             Their refusal to practice Church discipline as outlined in I Corinthians 5 disturbs me.
I would feel insecure if my family and I never had the advantage of Church discipline in disciplining us if we fall into sin.  I’ve never known a Baptist Church to discipline its members. 
Was Bill Clinton disciplined for his immorality?  Or Al Gore for advocating abortion?  Billy Graham and his heresy and recommendations of the worse of modernists and Christ-denying-liberals are not rebuked.  Have these ever been rebuked by the Baptist denomination?  Their “live and let live” philosophy is unwholesome as well as unholy.  A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.
20.           They have over a thousand women ordained in the ministry and even had Anne Graham Lotz speak at their large conventions with denominational approval.
But this is a prohibition of God.  I Timothy 2:12, I Corinthians 14:34
21.           I would have to explain why they are called “Baptist Churches” but have “Christian Schools” while insisting there is nothing in a name.
I don’t think I could ever explain that to my own satisfaction, let alone to someone else.  How could I maintain my own integrity and try to defend such a concept?
Now I realize that there are as many kinds of Baptists as Heinz has products.  They differ on one or two of these points, but the great majority holds to all these beliefs.
In light of all of this, I could not support with my influence or money the Baptist Church.  Since they all believe that all one must do to be saved is ask Jesus into your heart to be saved and once you are saved you cannot be lost, I am totally at loss as to why they divide into 57 varieties.  If it’s not a matter of salvation and you can never be lost why allow friction and division on anything?
You say there is nothing in a name?  Try putting your name on my check or my car title or the deed to my house.  As one old lady said, “I’ve been a Baptist for 57 years and you’re not going to make a Christian out of me now.”
If you’re a Christian, don’t let them make a Baptist out of you!  Don’t be a hybrid “Christian.”  Just simply be a Christian.

NO CREED BUT CHRIST

No Book but the Bible
No Name but the Divine.

Speak where the Bible Speaks
Be silent where the Bible is silent
Call scripture things by Scriptural names.
Restoration brings unity rather than division.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Should Christians Fight for Ten Commandments?
by David Vaughn Elliott

The battle over the display of the Ten Commandments has gone all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. What place do Christians have in this battle? Does God tell Christians to spend their time and energy defending the display of the Ten Commandments in public places? Is this a Christian issue?

It is commonly believed that the Ten Commandments are the foundation of the U.S. legal system. Absolutely false. For starters, consider these four obvious ones. First Command: "Have no other gods." Second Command: "not bow down" to "any graven image." U.S. law is the opposite of both. U.S. law upholds freedom of religion. Fourth Command: "The seventh day [Saturday] is the Sabbath of the Lord your God: in it you shall not do any work." No U.S. laws here, thank God. Skip to the Tenth: "You shall not covet." There are no U.S. laws that fine or jail people for coveting. How could there be? Coveting is in the heart.  

A related belief is that the Ten Commandments are the foundation of our so-called Judeo-Christian culture. The fact is that the Ten Commandments are a Jewish, not a Christian, document. The preamble states, "I am the Lord your God, who has brought you out of the land of Egypt" (Ex. 20:2). That is clearly a document for Israel, later called Jews. 

What is the Christian view of the Ten Commandments? In 2 Cor. 3:7, God is obviously speaking of the Ten when He refers to that which was "engraved in stones" at the time of Moses. These Ten Commandments are called "the ministration of death, written and engraved in stones... the ministration of condemnation... that which is done away" (3:7-11). In contrast, we now have "the new testament... the ministration of the spirit... the ministration of righteousness... that which remains" (3:6-11).  

Many believe that the Ten Commandments are the greatest of all laws. Jesus disagreed. When asked what was the greatest commandment, He did not mention any of the ten (Matt. 22:34-40). He singled out love of God (Deut. 6:5) and love of neighbor (Lev. 19:18) as the basis of "all the law and the prophets."

God predicted a new covenant. We have a new covenant. Let us not get caught up in the religious world's frenzy over defending the stone tablets of the old covenant. Jesus nailed the old ordinances to the cross (Col. 2:14). 

"The law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ" (John 1:17). Let the world, secular and religious, fight it's own battles over public display of the "ministration of death and condemnation." We have a new covenant of grace and life that was predicted by the prophets of old. Praise God, Jesus fulfilled those predictions.  
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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

MULTIPLE CHOICE?   BY STEVE FINNELL

The following are multiple choice interpretations of Scripture.

Matthew 3:16 After being baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water;  and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove and lighting on Him,

Choices:
1. After being immersed, Jesus came up immediately from the water...
2. After being sprinkled, Jesus came up immediately from the water...
3. After having water poured on Him, Jesus came up immediately from the water....

Acts 2:38 Peter said to them, "Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Choices of Interpretations:
1. Peter said to them, "Repent for the forgiveness of sins and be baptized as a testimony of your faith to the community; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit."
2. Peter said to them, "Repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ because your sins have already been forgiven; and you have already received the gift of the Holy Spirit, the minute you believed."
3. Peter said said to them, "You were saved the minute you believed, now be baptized so you can join the denomination of your choice"
4. Peter said to them, "Your sins were forgiven the minute you believed; now be baptized as an act of obedience.
5. Peter said to them, "You have had your sins forgiven by faith only, water baptism is nothing but works that you have to do in order to become a member of the Baptist church."
6. Peter said to them, "Do be concerned about repentance and water baptism for the forgiveness of sins; because in the original Greek, for means, because of, and remember God is not smart enough to give mankind a trustworthy translation of His word.

Romans 6:4-6 Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so that we too might walk in newness of life.

Choices of Interpretations.
1.Therefore we have been buried with Him through sprinkling...
2. Therefore we have been buried with Him through pouring...
3. Therefore we have been walking in newness of life before we were buried in baptism, because we were saved the minute we believed.
 4. Therefore we have not been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. We had faith only and walked in the newness of life. Baptism had nothing to do with our walk. Water baptism is nothing but a work of the Law of Moses or perhaps just a good deed.


Men have a choice, they can believe the Scriptures, as written or pick an interpretation invented by denominational church leaders. WE ALL HAVE A CHOICE!

(All Scripture from: NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE)      

Monday, August 31, 2015

Was Judas The Devil? 

GEORGE L. FAULL



Dear Brother Faull,

I have a serious inquiry. In John 6:70-21, Jesus called Judas a devil.  In no other passage in the Bible is the word devil applied to anyone but of Satan himself.  The word here in the Greek is diabolus and THE DEFINITE ARTICLE in employed meaning “one of you is THE DEVIL in the verse.  Now Jesus called him the Son of Perdition in John 17:12, “While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.”  So, my question is simply, who was Judas or was he the devil incarnate?
Consider II Thessalonians 2:3-10.

ANSWER:

The answer to your question is this.  You have made several false statements.

1.             The text does not have the definite article, so this is not referring to “the devil.” 

2.             The Bible says that Jesus chose Judas.
          It is inconceivable that He would purposely choose “the devil” as an inspired apostle for He knew whom He chose.  John 13:11
3.             Judas fell.
Acts 1:25 Can the epitome of evil fall only after he became an apostle of Jesus?
4.             Satan entered his heart; therefore he is not Satan.
John 13:27
5.             He is not the only one to be called diabalos.
I Timothy 3:11, II Timothy 3:3, Titus 2:3
The word is simply “an accuser, an informer or slanderer” as seen above.
6.             Peter was called “Satan” or “adversary” (one who opposes another in purpose and act), but was 
        not Satan.
Matthew 16:23
7.             Elymus was called “the son of the devil” (diabalos), but was not the literal “child of Satan.”
Acts 13:10
8.       The fact that both Judas and the man of sin are called “the son of Perdition” should not be reason to believe that Judas was the “devil” incarnate.
This has often been held by heretical sects, but there is no reason for that.  Some are called “the child of the devil,” but it does not follow that they are incarnate devils.
Ø       An individual angel may be called “the son of God.”
Ø       Adam was called the “son of God.”
Ø       An individual believer is called “the son of God.”
Ø       Jesus is called the “Son of God.”

Yet these are not equated to be the same being.  The same can be said of “the son of man.”  Ezekiel is called the “son of man” repeatedly, yet he is not the “Son of man” as Jesus is.

So, jumping to the conclusion that Judas was the devil would be rash.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

OBEYING THE GOSPEL?  by steve finnell


Is obeying the gospel essential to salvation? Yes, it is essential.

What obeying the gospel is not.
1. Obeying the gospel is not keeping the Law of Moses.
2. Obeying the gospel is not doing good works.
3. Obeying the gospel is not being individually selected for salvation.
4. Obeying the gospel is not being saved by grace alone.
5. Obeying the gospel is not being baptized as an infant.
6. Obeying the gospel is not being saved by faith alone.

Is obeying the gospel essential for salvation? Yes.

1. 2 Thessalonians 1:7-8 ......the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, 8 in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.(NKJV)

Those who believed and were baptized into Christ were set free from sin. Romans 6:3-7. Note: They were set free from sin after being immersed in water not the minute they believed.

Jesus gave the gospel to obey. Mark 16:15-16...preach the gospel.....16 "He who believes and is baptized will be saved....(NKJV)

2. 1 Peter 4:17 For the time has come for judgement to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end who do not obey the gospel of God?(NKJV)

Sounds like a question that answers itself.

3. Romans 6:17-18 But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form doctrine to which you were delivered. 18 And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.(NKJV)

They obeyed the doctrine of the gospel. Yes, obedience is required to be set free from sin. The apostle Peter gave the gospel requirements on the Day of Pentecost. Acts 2:22-41.
 He preached the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. He preached Jesus as Lord and Christ. He preached repentance and water baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

THE GOSPEL PLAN OF SALVATION: 1.FAITH John 3:16. 2. CONFESSION Romans 10:9. 3. REPENTANCE Acts 3:19, Acts 2:38. 4. IMMERSION IN WATER Mark 16:16, Acts 2:38, Acts 22:16, 1 Peter 3:21.

YES, YOU MUST OBEY THE GOSPEL TO BE SAVED.

          

Saturday, August 29, 2015

TOTALLY DEPRAVED AND GUILTY OF SIN AT BIRTH?   by steve finnell


According to the false doctrine of John Calvin all men are guilty of sin and totally depraved at birth because of the original sin of Adam.

Isaiah 59:2 But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, So that He will not hear. (NKJV)

Man's own sin and wickedness separates him from God. Do not blame Adam.

Psalm 58:3 The wicked are estranged from the womb; They go astray as soon as they are born, speaking lies.(NKJV)

The wicked go astray, they are not born wicked. They are not born astray.

Genesis 1:26 The God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness....(NKJV)

God created man in His own likeness. God is not totally depraved nor is He guilty of sin. Man was not, nor is he created totally depraved, nor guilty of sin.

James 3:9 With it we bless our God and Father, and curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God.(NKJV)

Men have been made in the likeness of God. Men are and were not created depraved and sinful in the womb.

Proverbs 11:18-19 The wicked man does deceptive work, But to him who sows righteousness will be a sure reward. 19 As righteousness leads to life, So he who pursues evil pursues it to his own death.(NKJV)

If all men are born totally depraved, then no man could pursue righteousness. The wicked pursue evil, they are not born evil.

Ezekiel 18:21 "But if a wicked man turns from all his sin which he has committed, keeps all My statutes, and does what is lawful and right, he shall surely live; he shall not die.(NKJV)

How would it be possible for a wicked man to turn from his sins if he was born totally depraved? Notice it does not say turn from the sin Adam committed. Men are not born  totally depraved and guilty of Adam's sin. Men become wicked by choice.

Proverbs 10:16 The labor of the righteous leads to life, The wages of the wicked to sin.(NKJV)

Totally depraved men cannot labor in righteousness.

Romans 5:12 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned---(NKJV)

All men die spiritually, and physically---because all men sin. Men are not born guilty of Adam's sin nor are they born totally depraved.

The doctrine of original sin, that being, because Adam sinned  all men are born totally depraved and guilty of Adam's sin is not found in Scripture.

The truth of the matter is Satan was the original sinner and even he was not created totally depraved.

Ezekiel 28:11-15......15 You were perfect in your ways  from the day you were created, Till iniquity was found in you.(NKJV)

Satan was created perfect and became the original sinner.

1 John 3:8 ...for the devil has sinned from the beginning..(NKJV)

Eve was created perfect and became the second sinner.

Genesis 3:6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eye, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of it and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.(NKJV)

Adam was created perfect and became the third sinner.

All men are created sinless and become sinners because they sin.