Regeneration

René A. López, “IS FAITH A GIFT FROM GOD OR A HUMAN EXERCISE?”

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This article is posted with permission from the publisher, the scholarly journal Bibliotheca Sacra. Please click on the attachment to view René A. López, “IS FAITH A GIFT FROM GOD OR A HUMAN EXERCISE?” Bibliotheca Sacra 164 (July–September 2007) 259–76.

It should be noted that, while this is a learned and helpful article, López seems to have missed one major view on the question of whether faith is a gift of God, which is a more typical Arminian view than that it is not; and that is that faith is a gift in the sense that God must enable us to believe, but that like most gifts, it can be rejected and is not irresistible.

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John Goodwin, “Redemption Redeemed”

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Now available here online, John Goodwin’s Redemption Redeemed may be the best defense of Arminianism ever written. Published in 1651 by the Arminian Puritan John Goodwin (1593-1665), it is written in seventeenth century English with…

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Spiritual Death: Lazarus or the Prodigal Son?

, posted by John Kebbel

Calvinism’s conception of spiritual death undergirds its belief that Regeneration Precedes Faith. In this essay, I contend that Calvinists do not have a correct understanding of spiritual death, that, in fact, their conception appears flawed…

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William Brennan, “John Wesley’s Experimental Religion and Evangelism in a Postmodern Age”

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John Wesley’s Experimental Religion and Evangelism in a Postmodern Age

written by William Brennan (PhD cand)

EVANGELISM AND THE POSTMODERN CONDITION

That postmodernity is a hazy concept, ill-defined and worse-employed, is by now a sad truism, only worsened by its many variants and broad influence over multiple areas of contemporary life and thought. It must be acknowledged, though, with however much reserve, that there is such a thing as postmodernity which is not only pervasive within the philosophy, ethics, and aesthetics of our day, but which also has deep roots at the popular, cultural level. And though the Church need never capitulate to predominant cultural models, she must ever ask: how will we preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ to this generation? When this question is asked with reference to this present generation, the phenomena of cultural postmodernity—however it is to be more precisely defined—cannot be ignored.

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A New Perspective on Ephesians 1 and 2

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This post was originally published as the third installment of a series, the first two numbers being “The New Perspective on Paul” and “The New Perspective and the Development of Reformed Doctrine.” The background for…

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Is Faith a Work?

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Is Faith a Work?

This post is written by SEA member, Roy Ingle

In Romans 4:4-5 we read the following:

4 Now to the one who works, his wages are not counted as a gift but as his due. 5 And to the one who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness.

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Adam Clarke on Ephesians 2:8-9

, posted by drwayman

Adam Clarke on Ephesians 2:8-9 provided by SEA member, Roy Ingle I am studying to teach this weekend from Ephesians 2:1-10 and I was reading from Adam Clarke’s commentary on the passage and I loved…

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Adam Heard the Voice of God

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Adam Heard the Voice of God written by SEA member, Roy Ingle Some Calvinists such as R.C. Sproul asserts that one must be regenerated before faith because of the nature of total depravity. Since mankind…

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Jesus Says the Dead Will Hear Unto Spiritual Life

, posted by Ben Henshaw

I want to recommend Chris Chapman’s article available at SEA called, The Extent of Spiritual Death. Chapman’s article does an excellent job of demonstrating from Scripture that the spiritual death described in the Bible does…

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Adam Clarke on Romans 7:14

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Adam Clarke on Romans 7:14 provided by SEA member, Roy Ingle Romans 7 is a debated passage. It was here, in his teaching through the book of Romans, that Arminius differed with the Calvinists of…

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Arminius on Repentance

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This was published by SEA member Roy Ingle

DISPUTATION XLIII

ON THE REPENTANCE BY WHICH MEN ANSWER TO THE DIVINE VOCATION

I. As, in the matter of salvation, it has pleased God to treat with man by the method of a covenant, that is, by a stipulation, or a demand and a promise, and as even vocation has regard to a participation in the covenant; it is instituted on both sides and separately, that man may perform the requisition or command of God, by which he may obtain [the fulfillment of] his promise. But this is the mutual relation between these two — the promise is tantamount to an argument, which God employs, that he may obtain from man that which he demands; and the compliance with the demand, on the other hand, is the condition, without which man cannot obtain what has been promised by God, and through [the performance of] which he most assuredly obtains the promise.

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Defining Arminian Soteriology

, posted by Godismyjudge

The purpose of this post is to define Arminian soteriology. Arminianism in general is the views of James Arminius. Of course, Arminius’ views span more then just salvation. They include the freewill of man, God’s…

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Arminius on Regeneration

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The purpose of this paper is to delineate Arminius’ view on regeneration. The Arminian view on regeneration has frequently been mischaracterized, both by Calvinistic opponents, as well as adherents to his views. His view is…

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Ephesians 1 Chosen “In Him”

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Introduction The central theme of the passage is that our blessings and salvation are in Christ Jesus. This is clear because the phrase “in Christ” (or equivalent expression) takes place a dozen times in verse…

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On the Ordo Salutis and Colossians 2:13, As Presented by Brian N. Daniels

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The following is taken from a larger essay, exegeting Colossians 2:13, by Brian N. Daniels1, a Ph.D. student at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a four-point Calvinist.

“Of the many issues that divide Arminians and Calvinists, one of the more interesting has to be the relationship between regeneration and faith. The question may be put like this: which comes first and grounds the other, new life given by the Spirit or belief in Christ? This question is important because of its connection to many other points of soteriology. One’s answer generally reveals much about what he believes regarding the nature of grace and depravity, as well as the more difficult issue of election and predestination.

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