We believe that by the disobedience of Adam original sin has spread throughout the whole human race.1 It is a corruption of the entire nature of man2 and a hereditary evil which infects even infants in their mother’s womb.3 As a root it produces in man all sorts of sin. It is, therefore, so vile and abominable in the sight of God that it is sufficient to condemn the human race.4 It is not abolished nor eradicated even by baptism, for sin continually streams forth like water welling up from this woeful source.5 Yet, in spite of all this, original sin is not imputed to the children of God to their condemnation but by His grace and mercy is forgiven them.6 This does not mean that the believers may sleep peacefully in their sin, but that the awareness of this corruption may make them often groan as they eagerly wait to be delivered from this body of death. In this regard we reject the error of the Pelagians, who say that this sin is only a matter of imitation.

1Rom 5:12-14, 19 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: 13 (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law. 14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.
19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.


2Rom 3:10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:

3Job 14:4 Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? not one.

Ps 51:5  Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.

Jn 3:6  That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

4Eph 2:3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

5Rom 7:18-19  For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. 19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.

6Eph 2:4-5 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)