Doctrine of Man
We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God (Gen. 1:26,27), but Adam’s willful sin in the Garden of Eden involved the representation (Rom. 5:14; 1 Cor. 15:22) and fall of all humanity.
As a result of the fall, the human race lost its position of innocence and was expelled from the Garden. From that time, each person has been born with a sin nature (Ps. 51:5) manifesting itself in habitual acts of sinful thoughts, words and deeds. Only Jesus (through the virgin birth) bypassed the sin nature. Spiritually dead (Eph. 2:1-4), mankind is inclined to sin, alienated from God, subject to aging, disease and death. Being sinners by nature (Rom. 8:5-8) and by choice, humanity is utterly lost and in desperate need of salvation (Rom. 3:23). Mankind’s only answer is to have faith in the Last Adam -Jesus Christ (1 Cor. 15:22,45) who brought salvation to all who trust in Him (Acts 16:31).