Chapter 6. Of the Fall of Man, of Sin, and of the Punishment thereof.

Read Chapter 6(Of the Fall of Man, of Sin, and of the Punishment thereof.) of the Westminster Confession of Faith

1. Our first parents, being seduced by the subtilty and temptation of Satan, sinned, in eating the forbidden fruit.1This their sin God was pleased, according to His wise and holy counsel, to permit, having purposed to order it to His own glory.2

2. By this sin they fell from their original righteousness and communion, with God,3and so became dead in sin,4and wholly defiled in all the parts and faculties of soul and body.5

3. They being the root of all mankind, the guilt of this sin was imputed,6and the same death in sin and corrupted nature conveyed, to all their posterity descending from them by ordinary generation.7

4. From this original corruption, whereby we are utterly indisposed, disabled, and made opposite to all good,8and wholly inclined to all evil,9do proceed all actual transgressions.10

5. This corruption of nature, during this life, doth remain in those that are regenerated;11and although it be, through Christ, pardoned and mortified, yet both itself and all the motions thereof are truly and properly sin.12

6. Every sin, both original and actual, being a transgression of the righteous law of God, and contrary thereunto,13doth, in its own nature, bring guilt upon the sinner;14whereby he is bound over to the wrath of God,15and curse of the law,16and so made subject to death,17with all miseries spiritual,18temporal,19and eternal.20