From Steps at The Village Church, Flower Mound, TX: Redeemed Truth 1: "Man, in relationship with his Creator, has fallen from a place of dignity, humility, and dependence to a state of DEPRAVITY, PRIDE, and REBELLION.
This has led to unfathomable suffering. Any ATTEMPTS on our own TO REDEEM OURSELVES ARE FUTILE, only increasing the problem of independence and self-sufficiency. Any perceived success only leads to empty vanity.
Apart from Christ, we are POWERLESS TO OVERCOME SIN, and our attempts to control it only increase the problem."
Man I love this!