The Condition of ... and Cure for Fallen Humanity
The Bible declares that sinners are helpless and lost ... not in need of help, but of rescue. While all other religions teach what a man must do to help himself attain salvation, Christianity declares that man is beyond being able to respond to commands or help. We need a Savior, not someone to help us save ourselves. So a Christian is not made first by someone who follows Jesus' life and example. That is an impossible standard for the natural man. No ...There would be no need for rescue unless a person was lost and completely helpless. When someone has swallowed water, is unconscious and floating to the bottom of the ocean drowning, you do not first ask him if he wants rescuing. That would not be helpful and a waste of precious seconds. No, without asking you jump in a rescue them. Spiritually we are helpless and lost, so Jesus does likewise. Before he is our teacher, he is our rescuer, our Savior. That is our primary need.
Ephesians 2:5 but the whole first half of the chapter. Also the entire book of Galatians. Romans 1-3. Titus 3:3-5; 2 Timothy 4:18; 1 Cor. chapters 1&2. The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing..." John 6:63