As I read Ephesians it is clear that we were completely dead in our sins. Not only that, Christ has rescued us from our bondage to sin, freeing us from walking in the ways of the world. This implies we are victims yeah? We were born in to this death and Christ rescued us. It gets harder though when you realise that Christ didn't rescue everybody.
In his commentary on Ephesians Stott says we were subject to oppressive influences from both within and without, therefore no one can escape responsibility for their enslavement.
Leaves me with more questions than answers unfortunately...
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