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Dear Friends,

Christianity teaches that all of us are born with a natural bent to do wrong and defy the God Who made us. "Indeed, I was guilty when I was born," writes the Psalmist; "I was sinful when my mother conceived me" (51:5). It is the curse of the fall that renders us incapable of redeeming ourselves and makes us wholly reliant on salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.

Anglican theologian J.I. Packer explains it this way:

The phrase total depravity ... signifies a corruption of our moral and spiritual nature that is total not in degree (for no one is as bad as he or she might be) but in extent. It declares that no part of us is untouched by sin ... We cannot earn God's favor, no matter what we do; unless grace saves us, we are lost.

Sounds pretty hopeless, except for a truth that can transform us: Through faith in Christ, God offers us new life and eternal hope. This Easter, may that hope be renewed as you consider a great, glorious fact: He is risen indeed!


Rob Schwarzwalder
Senior Vice-President
Family Research Council

P.S. This week's historic Supreme Court hearings on same-sex "marriage" have been covered carefully by FRC's team of top legal and policy experts, some of whom were in the Court during oral arguments. Get their first-hand takes on what happened by going to FRC's Website,

P.P.S. Download, at no cost, FRC's new brochure on the battle for the Boy Scouts, and learn both what the stakes are and how you can help.

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With the Supreme Court deciding on same-sex "marriage," read FRC's Peter Sprigg's blog posts on Defining Marriage.

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To read about the latest advances in ethical adult stem cell research, keep up with leading-edge reports from FRC's Dr. David Prentice, click here.

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Check out Dr. Kenyn Cureton's feature on Watchmen Pastors called "The Lost Episodes," featuring how religion has had an impact on our Founding Fathers.


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