Does regeneration precede faith?
ORDO SALUTIS: Does Regeneration Precede Faith?
regeneration is the washing or cleansing of our hearts from sin. It is not some supernatural, inner working that irresistibly causes people to believe truth.
At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another (Tit 3:3).
Compare that to other Pauline passages:
As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts (Eph 2:1-3).17 So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. 18 They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. 19 Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, and they are full of greed (Eph 4:17-19).
After quoting Acts 15:8-9, Leighton says:
God knew their heart and bore witness of what He knew. He did not determine it. And the heart is cleansed by faith. The heart isn’t cleansed or washed (regenerated) to cause faith.
By Leighton’s logic, since Peter doesn’t say Jesus is God Incarnate (in Acts 2:22), that’s equivalent to Peter denying that Jesus is God Incarnate.
If, on the other hand, our thoughts are caused, then how can we be free to think other than what we were caused to do? Or does Flowers have a different definition of libertarian freedom?
This article was originally posted by Steve Hays on the “TRIABLOGUE” blog- HERE
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