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    What Does the Phrase 'Dead in Sin" Mean?

    "And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins" - Ephesians 2:1

    "Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)" - Ephesians 2:5

    "And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses" - Colossians 2:13

    What does the phrase 'dead in sin" mean? What does it mean to be spiritual dead?

    Arminian or synergistic arguments against the Calvinist interpretation 'dead in sin' usually go something like this:


    Posted by John on February 10, 2010 06:54 PM



    well, you make a clear and solid argument for why I am monergistic.

    What can I say, but, thank you Jesus for such wisdom imparted to such men! :)

    As a digression.

    I would be keenly interested in another teaching that develops the demonic "spirit" activity clearly taught in Scripture and where that might play into the blindness that implicitly is in the background of this article?

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