Brother Herald posted this in the "Error on bb, part deux" thread: Now, I agree that as sinners, we were spiritually dead. Dead meaning we were seperated from God due to OUR sins(and not Adam's, Eve's, Moses', Aaron's, Joshus's, Rahab's, Ruth's, David's, mom's , or dad's). Now, in that dead state, our soul was never a corpse. A corpse can do nothing good or bad. Our soul is what keeps our physical bodies alive, and if it were to die the same as our bodies, then we are dead. Look at Luke chapter 16. The rich man died, was buried, and in hell he lifted up his eyes, and saw Lazurus sleeping in Father Abraham's bosom. He sure didn't act like a corpse to me. He could see(saw Lazarus sleeping in Father Abraham's bosom), speak(spoke with Father Abraham), hear(heard what Father Abraham said to him), feel(he felt the torment of the flames), tatse(desired one drop of water to cool his burning tongue), and probably smell....that's all six senses right there, Brother Herald.....and the Spirit was no where close to him to make him able to do these things, either....... A corpse can do NONE of these, but be in a dormant state. A spiritually dead soul is still functional........and not a corpse.....which can do nothing. This spiritually dead soul can hear the gospel appeal through the working of the Spirit, but until he eats of Jesus' flesh, and drinks of His blood(spiritually speaking), he is still dead.....seperated from God due to their sins. The way I understand your stance is that a corpse can rebel all the day long, which is doing something, but can't accept the gospel appeal?