“Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned…“ – Romans 5:12
The Shepherd’s Chapel denies the true nature of original sin. Original sin is the biblical doctrine that the human race fell into a state of sin and radical depravity as the result of Adam and Eve’s rebellion in the garden.
As a result of the fall, man’s free-will was so corrupted that he is incapable believing apart from God’s grace and divine intervention.
In a question and answer session Murray stated that the only “original sin” in the garden was when Eve had sex with the serpent or Satan’s rebellion in the first earth age. Murray will then go on to state that “free-will” Christians must chose to love God in order to receive salvation.
Folks, what we’re going to discover is that the Chapel is a full-blown heretical Pelagian cult with an unique twist. You see, for his so called “elect” he teaches a sordid kind of Hyper-Calvinism and with the free-will Christians it’s Pelagianism. He’s got two heresies going at one time in reference to justification.
How could one man cram so many heresies into his system of teaching?
So let’s define what we mean by Pelagianism. We will address his form of Hyper-Calvinism in another article…
Pelagius was heretic of the 5th century that denied original sin and that humanity was corrupted by the fall. He taught that humans have within them the sufficient power of free will to chose to believe apart from God’s miraculous intervention.
Murray would commonly teach that God chooses not to know who will come to faith among these “free-will” Christians… that is called open theism, but is also proves his Pelagianism.