Due to our imperfect actions, we have earned eternal death. We are all forced to pay a penalty. We earn death because of our sin, and we are in desperate need of help as those who are dead in our sins without hope except saved by God's sovereign mercy.
"All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God."
- Romans 3:23
"And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience—among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind." -Ephesians 2:1–3