The Heresy of Pelagianism
Pelagianism, the view that man is basically good, is attributed to Pelagius, a British monk from the 5th century AD. This doctrine denies the Total Depravity of Man, the imputed sin of Adam, and substitionary atonement. At the same time it avers that man possess libertarian free will and that man has the moral ability to come to God apart from His Grace.
Pelagius, by denying that Adam’s fall affected his posterity, proclaimed that man has the moral, natural, and spiritual ability to make right decisions in regards to God. This concept is totally incompatible with the Biblical Gospel as it leads directly to a works based salvation where grace is wholly unnecessary.
Pelagianism fails miserably to understand the innate corruption that lies in the heart of man. As the prophet said in Jeremiah 17:9 our hearts are desperately wicked and deceitful above all things. How can anyone trust their own heart to lead them to a place of salvation before a Holy God who demands perfection? By elevating man and making the Grace of God inconsequential, Pelagianism should be condemned in the strongest terms possible and denounced by Bible believing Christians.