Thursday, June 2, 2016

John Owen Refutes Hardshell Tenet

"This is the whole of what we plead: God in our conversion, by the exceeding greatness of his power, as he wrought in Christ when he raised him from the dead, actually worketh faith and repentance in us, gives them unto us, bestows them on us; so that they are mere effects of his grace in us. And his working in us infallibly produceth the effect intended, because it is actual faith that he works, and not only a power to believe, which we may either put forth and make use of or suffer to be fruitless, according to the pleasure of our own wills."  (as previously cited by me HERE)

Hardshells today teach that in regeneration God does not actually make one a believer, but merely makes it possible for him to become a believer, the very thing Owen and the old Puritans and Calvinists denied.

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