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    The Critical Difference Between Monergism and Synergism

    This is the one point that monergism establishes and synergism in all its forms denies: namely, that sinners are impotent to lift a finger toward their own salvation, but that salvation, from first to last, whole and entire is of the Lord Jesus Christ, to whom be all glory for ever; amen

    Remember, divine election, by itself, has never saved anyone. It marks out certain individuals for salvation; it is God's "blueprint" of what he intends to do in time through the redemptive work of Jesus Christ and the regeneration of the Holy Spirit. God the Father elects, the Son redeems them, and the Spirit applies the work of Christ to the same. The Trinity works in harmony to bring about God's purposes of election... and He gathers them through the preaching of the gospel, the seed which the Spirit germinates and brings to life. Again, salvation is of the Lord.

    Synergists teach that 'salvation depends on human will', but the Bible teaches that 'it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy." (Rom 9:16) and that we "were born, not of...the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. (John 1:13)

    Posted by John on June 11, 2011 03:44 PM


    That's what I believed, from the moment the sight to my blind eyes was graciously restored and my deaf ears popped open, and I still believe that to this day. All those born again of the Holy Spirit of God believe that, surly, now or before they enter heaven...very humbling, utterly humbling to think we had no part to play, none whatsoever, in our new birth, that we are totally unable to. I do not know how someone can seriously look at themselves in the mirror (of God's Holy Word?) and say to themselves; "thank God I made the right decision Lord which was the cause of my regeneration, the sine qua non of my new birth." Toc! Toc! Toc!

    To God, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit alone be ALL the glory and none to mere sinful, dust of the earth man...


    Never heard of monergism or synergism til just recently. I am 57 & only with the passing of yrs (& it's corresponding looking back) am I convinced that my salv is wholly & completely of God. I suppose this makes me a monergist.

    Thank you for having taught, continue to teach, and by God's Grace will continue to teach what saith the Scriptures. Ephesians 2: 1 through 9 says it all with emphasis on verse 8 & 9

    "For by GRACE are ye SAVED through FAITH: and that not of yourselves: It (the FAITH) is the GIFT of God: Not of WORKS, lest ANY MAN should BOAST."

    Peter Sarjeant

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