There seems to be the concept by some posting on the BB that prevenient (or the modern term of preceding) grace is acceptable doctrine. A great amount of thread space on supporting my view could be used, but the link (click here: Theopedia) provides well written and thought through statements of just what is preceding grace, the history of it, and basically much of the reasoning why I personally find preceding grace views offensive to the Scriptures. I realize that the vast majority of believers have been schooled to accept the preceding grace (as I was), and I also realize that I will certainly be in the minority in my view on this matter. However, in my defense, I have found NO Scriptures that are not misapplied when folks defend the preceding grace view (as the article admits). When (a number of years ago) I was working through my lesson plans and through what actually - taught and historically taught in such a way as to never question the validity - I began to unravel certain views that would oblige me to either manipulate Scriptures to continue to hold them or reject the views as unsound. Ultimately, I came down on the side that I would rather rely totally upon the Scripture for all faith and practice, and not have to take verses and manipulate them to fit a human generated view that Scriptures do not clearly support.