Accountability, Part 2

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  1. Protestant

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    Thank you for your frank and succinct replies!

    I see that the Parable of the Prodigal Son is your authority for defining spiritual death as ‘separated or cut off from fellowship with me'; (i.e., God the Father).

    In turn, the Prodigal Son’s response – the voluntary willingness to be reconciled -- is that which proves he is ‘now alive.’

    Therefore, in your view the numerous biblical declarations that we were once ‘dead in sins’, does not carry the same profound meaning as that of Jesus calling Lazarus back to life from the dead.

    Nor does it carry the same profound meaning as taught by Paul when he declared Christians have been raised from spiritual death by the same resurrection power that raised Christ. (Eph. 1:19-20)

    In which case you agree with Point 1, as do all Arminians, including Arminius:

    Sufficient grace is given all men by which they may respond either positively or negatively to the Gospel as they so will.

    I quote Arminius:

    The efficacy of saving grace is not consistent with that omnipotent act
    of God, by which he so inwardly acts in the heart and mind of man
    , that he
    on whom that act is impressed cannot do otherwise than consent to God
    who calls him; or, which is the same thing, grace is not an irresistible force…..
    Those who are obedient to the vocation or call of God, freely yield
    their assent to grace; yet they are previously excited, impelled, drawn and
    assisted by grace;
    and in the very moment in which they actually assent,
    they possess the capability of not assenting.” (Works of Arminius, Vol. 2; ‘ON THE VOCATION OF SINNERS TO COMMUNION WITH CHRIST, AND TO A PARTICIPATION OF HIS BENEFITS’)
     
  2. Protestant

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    Yes, I did not purposefully capitalize the ‘H’. I speak of man, not God. Thank you for pointing that out!

    This is another tenet held by you, Arminians and Arminius.

    Sufficient grace is given all men who hear the Word of God.

    It is efficacious only in those who by their free will consent.

    “But the same Scripture and the nature of both gifts [repentance and faith]
    very clearly teach that this bestowment is by the mode of persuasion. This
    is effected by the word of God. But persuasion is effected, externally by
    the preaching of the word, internally by the operation, or rather the cooperation, of the Holy Spirit
    ….”
    “This internal persuasion of the Holy Spirit is two-fold. It is
    sufficient and efficacious. In the former sense, since he, with whom it is
    employed, is able to consent, believe, and be converted. In the latter,
    because he, to whom it is applied, does consent and believe, and is
    converted……. In the decree of reprobation, sufficient grace is not, with propriety,
    said to be denied, since it is bestowed on many, who are reprobate, namely, on those,
    who by the external preaching of the gospel, are called to faith and repentance,
    but efficacious grace is denied to them, namely, that grace by which they not only can believe and be converted,
    if they consent….”(Works, Vol. 3; ‘An Examination of the Treatise of William Perkins, Part 1; pgs. 297-298)
     
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    Yeah, Lazarus had the ability to climb out of the tomb before Jesus called his name out loud...iow, I agree with you Brother.
     
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    I hear all the time that Jesus can change your life if you let Him...:rolleyes:
     
  5. Protestant

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    Sorry for the confusion. My statement concerns the final willful cause of man’s salvation: Is it of man or of God?

    I agree it is conditional on believing in Christ, the provisional Lamb of God.

    However, we believe Scripture is clear regarding the gift of faith as coming from God to man, not man to God.

    Those who were saved by gazing upon the serpent as well as those Jews and Egyptians who placed the blood of the lamb upon their doorposts were saved by faith….whose origin was divine.

    Man is saved ‘provided’ he exercises faith in God’s provision.

    Man is commanded to ‘repent and believe.’

    Such is man’s duty publicly proclaimed in the Gospel.

    Those who exercise faith are saved. The contrary is true of unbelievers.

    But Scripture reveals that when a man comes to faith it is due to God working behind the scenes, in secret, effectually, having mercy upon whom He will have mercy. (Phil 2:13; Romans 9:16,18)

    Contrary to biblical truth, you, Arminians and Arminius believe it is man who has the power of free will to decide for himself whether or not he will place faith in God’s provision.

    “……faith is, in such a sense, of the mere will of God, that it does not use an omnipotent and irresistible influence in producing faith in men,
    but a mild suasion and one adapted to incline the will of man, according to the mode of the human
    will: therefore the whole cause of the faith of one, and the unbelief of
    another, is the will of God [i.e., sufficient grace], and the free choice of man.” (Works of Arminius, Vol 3; ‘An Examination, Part 2’, pg. 436)

    Thus, it is man's will which makes the difference.

    It is the causitive reason why one man is saved and another is lost.

    So all Arminians teach, preach and believe.
     
  6. Protestant

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    In studying the link I found the following:

    “New Testament theologian Ben Witherington remarks that apart from the word election (eklektos) occasionally being used to apply to the king in the Old Testament, election in the Old Testament is predominately applied corporately to a people, not to individuals.”

    However, Paul contradicts this theory when elaborating ‘they are not all Israel, which are of Israel.’

    In other words, within the corporate body of Israel were both reprobate and elect INDIVIDUALS.

    The selection as to who were Elect and who were reprobate was God’s sole decision, based on His inscrutable will and purpose.

    Amazingly, Arminius also believed in corporate election:

    “They [i.e., his accusers] know that I use the word ‘Election’ in two senses.
    (i.) For the decree by which God resolves to justify believers and to
    condemn unbelievers, and which is called by the Apostle, ‘the purpose
    of God according to election.’
    (ii.) And for the decree by which He resolves to elect these or those
    nations
    and men with the design of communicating to them the means
    of faith, but to pass by other nations and men.”(Works of Arminius, Vol. 1, ‘The Apology or Defense;’ Article 28).

    In conclusion, Skandelon holds to all the essential Arminian tenets which were viewed as unbiblical in the days of Arminius and continue as such to this present day.
     
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    In studying the 3 volumes of Arminius' Works, I was stunned at his relentlessly confused theology. The entire thrust of his writings was an attempt to 'explain himself' to his fellow Christian pastors and theologians who had grave misgivings as to his orthodoxy.

    Arminius' arguments were designed to utilize all the right theological 'buzz words' for the purpose of sounding orthodox, but in reality, he forever twisted the meaning and intent of Scripture to suit his unorthodox theology.

    One thing is certain.

    Four hundred plus years ago men of God easily saw through his smokescreen of piety.

    They saw the same errors which we see today.

    They exposed them with rigorous examination via the Word of God, as we do today.

    By God's grace, hearts and minds will be turned to the truth through our efforts and prayers.
     
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    Lazarus in his spirit could hear Jesus, else why would Jesus call his name?

    The rich man in Luke 16 was both dead and buried, yet he could hear, speak, see, feel torment and remorse, thirst, etc... Not at all like a lifeless corpse as Calvinism falsely represents.

    Luk 16:22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;
    23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
    24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.
    25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.
    26 And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.
    27 Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house:
    28 For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.
    29 Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.
    30 And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.
    31 And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.

    You tell me Willis, does this story show that the spiritually dead can hear?
     
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    "Salvation is of the Lord"--written long before Chauvin or Arminius.

    The names were recorded when the Lamb was slain before the foundation of the world.

    Go parse. And have a blessed day.

    Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

    Bro. James
     
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