THE FOURTH PROPOSITION.
Concerning the Condition of Man in the Fall.
All Adam's posterity (or mankind) both Jews
and Gentiles, 44Rom. v. 12, 15.
as to the first Adam or earthly man,
is fallen, degenerated, and dead, deprived of the
sensation or feeling of this inward testimony or
seed of God, and is subject unto the power, nature,
and seed of the serpent, which he sows in men's
hearts, while they abide in this natural and corrupted
state; from whence it comes, that not their
words and deeds only, but all their imaginations
are evil perpetually in the sight of God, as
proceeding from this depraved and wicked seed.
6Man therefore, as he is in this state, can know
nothing aright; yea, his thoughts and conceptions
concerning God and things spiritual, until he be
disjoined from this evil seed, and united to the
divine light, are unprofitable both to himself and
others: hence are rejected the Socinian and
Pelagian errors, in exalting a natural light; as also of
the Papists, and most Protestants, who affirm,
That man, without the true grace of God, may be a true minister
of the gospel. Nevertheless, this seed is not imputed
to infants, until by transgression they actually
join themselves therewith; for they are by
nature the children of wrath, who walk according
to the power of the prince of the air.
55Eph. ii. 1.