If Total Heredity Depravity is true, then we should hate ourselves because it is right to hate sin. Yet the Bible teaches we are to love our neighbor as ourselves. But if we hate ourselves and love our neighbor as we love ourselves, then we will hate our neighbor. Another inconsistency in the doctrine of Total Hereditary Depravity discussed by Aylette Raines in 1833.
“Thou lookest upon the smiling face of an unconscious babe and beholdest nought but Satanic depravity! Thou lookest into the heart of the affectionate mother as she presses her babe to her bosom, and pronouncest each affectionate emotion to be but the workings of black corruption!!!” Such is the assessment made by the advocates of Total Hereditary Depravity. In his “Remarks on the Sympathies of Human Nature,” Aylette Raines sharply criticizes such views.
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Aylette Raines continues his discussion of the impact of Adam’s sin on human nature. This book is just “classic.” Click here and scroll down to file #8.
Eminence, KY is steeped in restoration history. Aylette Raines and his son-in-law, W.S. Giltner. Also buried there is R.C. Rice and Prof. F. Varnshcin. The Eminence College was closeby.
What impact did Adam’s sin have on the human race? Do we experience both spiritual and physical death as a result of Adam’s sin? or physical death only? Aylette Raines deals with this question in next section of his book “A Refutation of the Doctrine of Total Hereditary Depravity.”
After being away from the task for a few weeks, I now post audio of the next section of Aylette Raines’ “A Refutation of the Doctrine of Total Hereditary Depravity.” This section is Part 2 of “Reasons for not Believing the Doctrine…” Even if this book is nearly two centuries old (pub. 1833), it is a masterful work that is still pertinent and valuable.
The next section of the book, “A Refutation of the Doctrine of Total Hereditary Depravity” by Aylette Raines (1833) is called “Reasons for Not Believing the Doctrine of Total Hereditary Depravity.” I have posted Part 1 of the audio for this section of the book.
I have posted audio file #2 containing Raines’ examination of more proof texts commonly sited as Biblical proof of Total Hereditary Depravity. Thanks to therestorationmovement.com for the photo of Raines’ gravestone.
You probably have friends or relatives who believe that people are “born in sin” or that we are “guilty in Adam” or some other variation of Total Hereditary Depravity. This doctrine is certainly taught by many of the popular preachers of “Christian Radio.” There are a host of Biblical passages that are said to prove this doctrine. Aylette Raines wrote a response to these alleged passages 183 years ago (1833). His answer to these alleged proof texts is still “on the mark” today.
Aylette Raines continues with his “Refutation of the Doctrine of Total Hereditary Depravity” by demonstrating that this doctrine IS the teaching of various denominations. Moreover, as Raines reasons, if human beings inherit the original sin of Adam, as the doctrine teaches, then two results inevitably follow: 1) All babies are born guilty of sin, thus those who die in infancy must be lost (i.e. go to hell), and 2) since Christ “became flesh” (John 1:14), He likewise was polluted by the guilt of original sin. In the light of abundant Bible teaching, neither of these results is acceptable; therefore, the doctrine of Total Hereditary Depravity as taught by the creeds and denominations cannot be true. The book was published in 1833. [11 min. 25 sec.]