We live in such a misinformed world, and I see it here on a daily basis, that I am morally bound to speak to it. Natural man (unregenerated/unsaved) is made a sinner through Adam's disobedience and has no desire to seek God or to do good. He is so corrupted that he can no more will himself to salvation than a leopard can change his own spots. It requires the power of a holy God to change his understanding, his heart and his will. And when that does become a spiritual reality, by grace through faith, he is still a sinner, although justified in the sight of God through the blood of Jesus Christ. Grace is not grace unless it is devoid of any merit whatsoever; therefore, any of us who have truly come to saving faith in Christ have done so by the power of a merciful Father. John 1:11-13 "He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God." We are told to pray "...for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen." To credit ourselves with such a miraculous transformation as the new birth is to dishonor the Almighty and everything his word teaches. All that we are and all that we have comes from above. So, let us praise God and not ourselves.
Dr. Jack Warren was born in Floydada, Texas, in 1938, the son of a Baptist pastor. His family moved to Fort Worth when his father enrolled in the Seminary in 1949. He was in the first class graduating from L.D. Bell High School, Hurst, Texas, in 1956. He attended Arlington State College (now University of Texas at Arlington), Arlington Baptist College, Bible Baptist Seminary, the University of Nebraska at Omaha and received a Doctor of Divinity Degree from Landmark Baptist Theological Seminary.