Q18. Wherein consists the sinfulness of that estate whereinto man fell?
A. The sinfulness of that estate whereinto man fell, consists in the guilt of Adams first sin1, the want of original righteousness2, and the corruption of his whole nature, which is commonly called Original Sin3; together with all actual transgressions which proceed from it4.
1. For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. (Romans 5:19).
2. As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: (Romans 3:10).
3. And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; (Ephesians 2:1).
Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. (Psalm 51:5).
4.For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: These are [the things] which defile a man. (Matthew 15:19-20).