Job 14:4 "Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? not one"
Romans 8:7 "The carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be."
SC 18 "It is impossible for us, of ourselves, to escape from the pit of sin in which we are sunken. Our hearts are evil and we cannot change them. 'Who can bring a clean thing our of an unclean? not one.' 'The carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.' Job 14:4 and Romans 8:7. Education, culture, the exercise of the will, human effort, all have their proper sphere, but here they are powerless. They may produce an outward correctness of behavior, but they cannot change the heart; they cannot purify the springs of life. There must be a power working from within, a new life from above, before men can be changed from sin to holiness. That power is Christ. His grace alone can quicken the lifeless faculties of the soul, and attract it to God, to holiness.
The Savior said, 'Except a man be born from above,' unless he shall receive a new heart, new desires, purposes, and motives, leading to a new life, 'he cannot see the kingdom of God.' John 3:3. The idea that it is necessary only to develop the good that exists in man by nature, is a fatal deception. 'The natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.' 'Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.' 1 Corinthians 2:14 & John 3:7. Of Christ it is written, 'In Him was life; and the life was the light of men;--the only 'name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved.' John 1:4 & Acts 4:12."
Will you escape from the pit of sin that we have been thrown into? Satan would like to see us stay there and suffer with Him in the end, but we have a Savior and 'By beholding the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world' John 1:29, we can escape. I am praying that we all will escape this dangerous pit. Grandma Joan