Jer 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? 1. This cannot refer to the "new" heart which God gives in regeneration as that heart is created in "true holiness and righteousness" (Ezek. 36:26-27; Eph. 4:24; Col. 3:10). 2. Hence, this heart can only be descriptive of the natural birth heart. 3. Note, he does not say the "JEWISH" heart is deceitful above all things or any other descriptive adjective that would restrict this to a particular class of fallen man but rather "THE heart." Skandelon, Van, Winman and other Arminians deny this is the condition of the heart coming with natural birth. Instead of "deceitful ABOVE ALL THINGS, and DESPERATELY wicked" they assert that the human heart of fallen man is capable of intrinsic "good" and thus capable of doing "good." And thus the human will of man is not the expression of this kind of human heart but a heart capable of expressing good through the will. However, the heart is the seat of motives and that is why God looks upon the heart INSTEAD of the external words or actions and "tries the heart" instead of responding to external words and actions. Simply because the root essence of sin is thoughts, choices, words and actions derived from a WRONG MOTIVE and thus thoughts, choice of words and actions that "come short of THE GLORY OF GOD" as all that we think, say and do is to be for the GLORY OF GOD (1 Cor. 10:31). Thus man is a sinner BY NATURE and that is why he is a sinner by choice and actions. Only a "new" heart can produce inherent good works (good thoughts, choice of words and actions) and that is the consequence of first being "Created in Christ Jesus UNTO good works." Hence, in God's sight (not in man's sight) there is NONE GOOD (which speaks of his nature and moral essence) and there is NONE THAT DOETH GOOD (which speaks to his thoughts, choice of words and actions). Arminianism is rooted and established upon the fundemental distortion and perversion of this fundemental truth taught from Genesis to Revelation.