We believe that mankind was created by the special act of God, in His own image, and is the crowning work of His creation. In the beginning, mankind was innocent of sin and was endowed by the Creator with freedom of choice. Adam and Eve, the first humans, received a command not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil which allowed them, while they kept it, to remain joyfully whole in their communion with God and have dominion over the earth and all living things. By his free choice, man sinned against God by eating the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and brought sin into the human race. By this sin they fell from their original righteousness and communion with God and so became dead in sin and wholly corrupted in all their parts and faculties of soul, spirit, and body. They thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death which is separation from God. Man transgressed the command of God and fell from his original innocence; whereby his descendants inherit a nature and an environment inclined toward sin; and as soon as they are capable of moral choice, become transgressors and are under condemnation. Since this original corruption, we are utterly indisposed, disabled, and made opposite to all good. We are thus wholly inclined to all evil and from this disposition proceeds all actual sin. For this reason, we believe all human beings are born with a sinful nature. This corruption of nature, during this life, remains in those that are saved; and although it is, through Christ, pardoned and mortified, it is never completely overcome until our glorification. Only the grace of God can bring mankind into His holy fellowship and enable one to fulfill the creative purpose of God. The sacredness of human personality is evident in that God created mankind in His own image, and in that Christ died for all; therefore, every person possesses dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love.
(Genesis 1:27-30; 2:7, 16-17; 3:1, 6-8, 11, 13, 23; 5:3; 6:5; 8:21; Job 14:4; 15:4; Psalm 8:3-6; 51:5; Ecclesiastes 7:29; Jeremiah 17:5, 9; Matthew 15:19; Acts 17:26; Romans 3:10-18,23; 5:6,12, 15-19; 7:5,8, 14, 17-18, 23, 25; 8:7; 11:32; 1 Corinthians 15:21-22, 45, 49; 2 Corinthians 11:3; Galatians 5:17; Ephesians 2:1-3; Colossians 1:21; Titus 1:15; James 1:14-15; 1 John 1:8,10)