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Prevenient Grace Explained

, posted by Kevin Jackson

Prevenient grace is grace that God gives to begin the process of drawing a person to Himself. Its purpose is to prepare the heart of the non believer to respond to the good news of…

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Is Prevenient Grace Biblical?

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Defending a term such as prevenient grace poses the same problem as defending such terms as trinity, total depravity, supra-, infra-, or sublapsarianism, or even Bible, for such terms do not appear in the Bible.

What, then, does the Arminian mean by the term prevenient grace? The word prevenient means “preceding;” thus the term, in its most simple form, means “grace which goes before,” or, “preceding grace” (or, as in ancient usage, “preventing grace”). So when the Bible claims that people are “saved by grace” (Eph. 2:8), Arminians understand that this grace must precede salvation if a person is to be saved (something which no Calvinist would deny).

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Prevenient Grace and Libertarian Free Will

, posted by Patron

The content of this post was authored by J.C. Thibodaux and is posted on his behalf.

Many Calvinists point to such concepts as total depravity and bondage of the will to make the case that the will is not free, but don’t realize that they hit cleanly beside the point in that we agree that the human will is by nature enslaved to sin.

One cannot correctly understand the Arminian/Synergist view of libertarian free will without first understanding prevenient grace. Reformed theologians are correct in saying that the human will is in bondage to sin stemming from the sin of Adam,

Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. (Romans 8:7)

Thus by nature, human beings are blind and hard-hearted towards the gospel and cannot believe in Christ of their own accord. To overcome the power of the sinful nature, something stronger than sin must enter into the equation, which can only come from God. Jesus said in John 6:44,

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Kevin R.K. Davis, “Powerful Grace”

, posted by Martin Glynn

GRACE: GOD WILL GET HIS WAY In my dips in Calvinism, the word “grace” for me became a much more active, powerful force in the Kingdom of God. If it was inevitable, going to do…

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Wesley’s View of Grace – Wynkoop

, posted by drwayman

In some contrast to Calvinism which emphasized the majestic POWER of God (He creates and redeems because He can do so and wills to do so), and Arminius who emphasized the JUSTICE of God (He…

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Steve Witzki, “Free Grace or Forced Grace”

, posted by SEA

Steve Witzki, “Free Grace or Forced Grace,” The Arminian Magazine 19.1 (Spring 2001)   In his well known sermon “Free Grace,” John Wesley said that the “grace or love of God, whence cometh our salvation, is FREE…

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Does an Arminian Understanding of Grace Lead to a More Missional Worldview?

, posted by SEA

“What I’ve learned: a church’s dominant soteriology indelibly shapes its culture (the way people think about and do) for mission.”                                     –Dr David Fitch In his “Framework for Missional Christianity” series, influential missiologist Alan Hirsch writes (bold…

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Causal vs Social Centered Part V: Grace

, posted by Martin Glynn

The fourth point immediately follows from the doctrine of depravity. If we are born depraved, separated from God, and incapable of coming to Christ on our own, then God is the one that needs to…

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Grace: The Analogy of Sanctification

, posted by Vincentian

We bless thee, O God most high and Lord of mercies, who ever workest great and mysterious deeds for us, glorious, wonderful, and numberless; who providest us with sleep as a rest from our infirmities…

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