Zechariah and Elizabeth were not totally depraved

The Reformed like to say that there is no one who does good. No one. Here is the latest in our series of disproofs.

In the days of King Herod of Judaea there lived a priest called Zechariah who belonged to the Abijah section of the priesthood, and he had a wife, Elizabeth by name, who was a descendant of Aaron. Both were upright in the sight of God and impeccably carried out all the commandments and observances of the Lord. (Luke 1:5-6, NJB)

Now, we do of course know that Zechariah went on to disbelieve Gabriel’s message about the son his wife would bear. So I am certainly willing to say that he was not completely sinless. I would even be willing to say the same for the sake of argument about St. Elizabeth. But one thing this passage makes flatly impossible is this: that Zechariah and Elizabeth never did good at all. The Reformed say this doing good was impossible for them, just as for us.

The Reformed are mistaken.

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