Our churches teach that since the fall of Adam, all who are naturally born are born with sin, that is, without the fear of God, without trust in God, and with the inclination to sin, called concupiscence. It is a disease and original vice that is truly sin. It damns and brings eternal death on those who are not born anew through Baptism and the Holy Spirit. Our churches condemn the Pelagians and others who deny that original depravity is sin, thus obscuring the glory of Christ's merit and benefits. They argue that a person can be justified before God by his own strength and reason.
APOLOGY OF THE AUGSBURG CONFESSION
The adversaries approve Article II, "Original Sin," but in such a way that they actually condemn our definition of original sinů We ask that the Augsburg Confession in German be examined, so that all good people will understand that we do not teach anything absurd in this matter. This will free us from the suspicion of teaching something new. For there it is written: "It is further taught that since Adam's fall all human beings, who are naturally conceived, are born in sin. From their mother's womb they are all filled with evil desire and the inclination toward evil. By nature, they have no true fear of God and no true faith in God." (paragraphs 1-2)
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