We believe in the total depravity of man. There is no good or righteousness found in the natural man (flesh) neither can it understand spiritual things (Psalm 39:5 , Isaiah 64:6 , Genesis 6:5 , Romans 3:10-18 , Job 15:16 , Psalm 14:3 , 1 Corinthians 2:14 , John 8:43-47 ).
We believe that by Adam’s sin, all men died spiritually and became alienated from God (Romans 5:12 , 1 Corinthians 15:21-22 ). And because we are alienated from God and dead in our trespasses and sin, it is only by being quickened (regenerated) that God’s Children can do anything that pleases Him (Ephesians 2:1,5 , Colossians 2:13 ). Once a child of God is born of the Spirit of God, they then have the ability to choose whether or not to follow after the Spirit and do those things which please Him or after the flesh and do those things which do not please Him. Our choices will then result in blessings or curses (chastisement) from God. A blessing if we keep God’s commandments and a curse if we do not.
(Deuteronomy 11:26-28 , Deuteronomy 30:19 , Deuteronomy 28 , Hebrews 12:6 , Matthew 5:3-11 , Luke 12:47-48 ).