We are more than just sinners in needs of forgiveness, we are born spiritually dead, in the image of Adam, in need of life.
Remember, God gave Adam one command, and if he disobeyed, he would die. "Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned." (Romans 5:12)
We are as Ephesians 2:3 says, "Objects of wrath".