(Krummacher, "Elijah the Tishbite")
Man is from his birth a degenerate being,
blind and naked, alienated from the life of
God, through the ignorance that is in him,
and a willing servant of sin.
He neither knows Christ, nor feels his need of him.
He cries, "Peace! Peace!" to himself
and to others, "when there is no peace."
Erroneous ideas of God and of himself
lull him into carnal security.