There are many theories and notions floating around in the Church as to men likened unto dead logs floating down the river of life helpless, unable to respond even to God’s offer of salvation without first being regenerated. Those holding to such a view generally maintain that He has chosen some men apart from any and all actions or efforts on their part, and that God empowers those that He has foreordained to salvation with the power to be able to respond to His predetermined plan. We also have on this list those proclaim that men are all born in a state likened unto a dead log floating down a stream, basically the same at this point in their theology, as the Calvinistic model, but state that God has granted to ALL men an ability at some mysterious point and time in life which includes the power and abilities requisite of choosing God’s offer of salvation. Great effort is made to develop a Scriptural basis for the belief that ALL men have been granted the necessary power and abilities to either choose or refuse the offer God has to offer, again granted to ALL men. As I lay upon my bed last night, a Scripture came to me that seems to clearly debunk both ideas, especially in the area of the notion of men being likened unto dead logs that must be empowered by God to receive salvation. Read carefully the following passage and see if problems do not arise in your mind as well as to the validity of either of the views in question. Joh 1:12 But as many as received him, TO ‘THEM’ GAVE HE POWER to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name: It would appear to me that this passage clearly places the ‘receiving’ of the offer of Christ antecedent to ‘receiving the power’ to become the sons of God. If men are but dead logs floating down the stream of life, unable without special empowerment from God to enable them to receive His offer of salvation, regardless if the empowerment is just to the elect or made provisionally to all, any such notion is in direct antipodes with the plain teaching of this text. Does not this text make it clear that men clearly have the power requisite of ‘receiving God’s offer’ as sinners, and that the power they receive is not ability to receive, but power to be transformed ‘subsequent’ to receiving this gift of salvation from God? How can a dead logs receive Christ, ANTECEDENT to receiving the power to become the sons of God?