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"...if anyone makes the assistance of grace depend on the humility or obedience of man and does not agree that it is a gift of grace itself that we are obedient and humble, he contradicts the Apostle who says, "What have you that you did not receive?" (1 Cor. 4:7), and, "But by the grace of God I am what I am" (1 Cor. 15:10). (Council of Orange: Canon 6)

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    Do We Believe or Does God Believe For Us?

    Sometimes I hear our Arminian/Roman Catholic friends declare that if God freely gives us a new heart to believe then it is not us doing the believing but God doing the believing for us. Response: That is like saying that since God give us physical eyes to see that God is doing the seeing for us. My sight is the result of God's gift to me and my own use of the gift. God is not coercing me to see. I do so willingly. Likewise when God restores the heart to a regenerate state, we want what we want which is to believe in Jesus Christ. Most importantly, the effect of this truth is that is brings man to the dust, to strip him of all hope in himself. Only then is grace truly grace, not the reward for some condition I first meet, lest any man should boast (1 Cor 1:30-31).

    Posted by John on September 12, 2014 02:55 PM

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    Great illustration, thank you!

    In your world, God does not scourge every son that He receives?

    It is the bastards that He does not scourge, is it not? It is in Chirst's world. Sons are scourged, that is those who have cried "Abba, Father".

    Did Israel, in part, harden itself? Or, was it God hardening to the point where, in part, they could not "see" Yeshua as haMessiah, and missed the time of their visitation?

    Irresistable Grace is coercion and that through predestination, which is the circumstantial arrangement by God of a person's life, as they walk to the horizon.

    I think you are closer to the folk you disclaim than you suppose. Do you have difficulty with Gal 2:20 and Col. 3:3?

    I think if you were more precise as to the straw man's (RC/Arminian) actual claims, you might fare better.

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