In all evangelistic and apologetic endeavors it is vitally important to point the one being evangelised to the problem of sin early on in the process. This is indeed the source of the unregenerate’s problem before God (Rom. 3:23), and up to this point, most conservative scholarship would agree. However, not all would agree about the actual content of God’s laws which the unregenerate has broken. Assuming the total inability of people to save themselves, and the totality of their depravity or fallenness inherited by being born in Adam, the following study seeks to provide an answer to the actual laws that God holds people accountable to (Rom. 5:12; Eph. 2:1-2; Tit. 3:5-6). In effort to answer this question, many have assumed that the Decalogue is the standard of law that God still requires, even until New Testament times, thus making it the basis for showing the unbeliever, first, their transgression of God’s law, but second, their inability to keep God’s law.
Although the latter employment of the Decalogue could very well be substantiated from the New Testament (Rom. 3:20), it is the insistence of this study that the former cannot.
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