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ReverendRV

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I have stated over and over that if anyone makes faith, repentance, believing, confession, water baptism a condition to get saved, they're promoting salvation by works, by what a person does. And NO NO NO Faith is not a condition to get save, that promotes salvation by works. Get the picture now sir ?
Faith Alone 'is' the Condition for Justification; which is 'Salvation Proper'. There is no Condition for Election though...
 

brightfame52

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Faith is a gift of God, we both agree. But this faith is never dormant, meaning it is given to the elect, they exercise it and are saved. Ppl are saved by grace THROUGH faith. Faith is the vehicle through which grace flows.
Are you saying they the elect get saved when they exercise a gift they have ?
 

ReverendRV

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They are justified, declared righteous by God by the imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ. But justification is not salvation. We are saved when we exercise that faith God gave to us.
I would say that Justification is Salvation Proper, like in Pilgrim's Progress. Pilgrim gets his Certificate; that's Salvation Proper. He leaves it at the rest station, goes back to get it and it's still there; it's what he needs to enter the Celestial City...
 

ReverendRV

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Thats salvation by works, by the exercise of man. Im surprised you believe that man is saved by what he exercises.
So, what do you think about the Perseverance of the Saints then? Before he died, Sproul agreed the Perseverance of the Saints is a little Synergistic...
 

Theo1689

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Nope. God frees the will that has been bound by Satan. Once the will is freed, they exercise the God-given faith given unto them and are saved. God does not believe for us. He frees our will so we can believe in Him.

The problem with the idea of us being "free" (especially if one ASSUMES libertarian "free will") is that it has an errant understanding of what the Scripture means by "free".

It's not that we're "free" TO do things...
It's that we are "free" FROM...

Rom. 6:16 Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness?

We are never 100% "free".
We are either "slaves of sin".
Or we are "slaves of righteousness".

Rom. 6:17 But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed,

Rom. 6:18 and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness.

Reprobate: "slaves of sin", "free from righteousness";

Born again: "free from sin", "slaves of righteousness".
 

SovereignGrace

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The problem with the idea of us being "free" (especially if one ASSUMES libertarian "free will") is that it has an errant understanding of what the Scripture means by "free".

It's not that we're "free" TO do things...
It's that we are "free" FROM...

Rom. 6:16 Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness?

We are never 100% "free".
We are either "slaves of sin".
Or we are "slaves of righteousness".

Rom. 6:17 But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed,

Rom. 6:18 and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness.

Reprobate: "slaves of sin", "free from righteousness";

Born again: "free from sin", "slaves of righteousness".
We are freed from Satan and we exercise the God-given we’ve been given. I agree, we are somebody’s slave, Romans 6:-16-19 couldn’t be any clearer.
 

Theo1689

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So, what do you think about the Perseverance of the Saints then? Before he died, Sproul agreed the Perseverance of the Saints is a little Synergistic...

"Perseverance of the Saints" can be understood synergistically, or monergistically.

It is synergistic if it is understood as synonymous with, "we must endure to the end".

It is monergistic if it is understood as I like to think of it, "preservation of the saints".

God preserves us.
God holds us in His hand, and doesn't let go (John 6:28-29).
God ensures that we persevere.

We don't persevere based on our own efforts, but because of God's promise.
 

ReverendRV

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"Perseverance of the Saints" can be understood synergistically, or monergistically.

It is synergistic if it is understood as synonymous with, "we must endure to the end".

It is monergistic if it is understood as I like to think of it, "preservation of the saints".

God preserves us.
God holds us in His hand, and doesn't let go (John 6:28-29).
God ensures that we persevere.

We don't persevere based on our own efforts, but because of God's promise.
Well said, it's all of Grace. I think it's another example of Compatibalism...
 

brightfame52

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Nope. God frees the will that has been bound by Satan. Once the will is freed, they exercise the God-given faith given unto them and are saved. God does not believe for us. He frees our will so we can believe in Him.
Sorry, if you are telling me that a person gets saved by the exercising of faith, thats salvation by works, by what a man does. Even if you say its God given Faith, you still saying you are saved by exercising a gift you have.

The word exercise:

bodily or mental exertion,

to put (faculties, rights, etc.) into action, practice, or use:
 

brightfame52

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So, what do you think about the Perseverance of the Saints then? Before he died, Sproul agreed the Perseverance of the Saints is a little Synergistic...
Those who God preserves will persevere, its like what Paul said Phil 2 12 13

Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. 13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

And remember perseverance applies only to the born again, who can never become unborn again
 

SovereignGrace

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Sorry, if you are telling me that a person gets saved by the exercising of faith, thats salvation by works, by what a man does. Even if you say its God given Faith, you still saying you are saved by exercising a gift you have.

The word exercise:

bodily or mental exertion,

to put (faculties, rights, etc.) into action, practice, or use:
Nope. This all happens at the same time.
 

SovereignGrace

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Sorry, if you are telling me that a person gets saved by the exercising of faith, thats salvation by works, by what a man does. Even if you say its God given Faith, you still saying you are saved by exercising a gift you have.

The word exercise:

bodily or mental exertion,

to put (faculties, rights, etc.) into action, practice, or use:
Exercising faith is the evidence of conversion, not the cause. God doesn’t believe for us.
 

brightfame52

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Exercising faith is the evidence of conversion, not the cause. God doesn’t believe for us.
You teach and believe that a person is saved after they exercise a gift God gave them. Thats salvation by work, an exertion you do !

Also right, God doesnt believe for no one, its something the person does.
 

SovereignGrace

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You teach and believe that a person is saved after they exercise a gift God gave them. Thats salvation by work, an exertion you do !

Also right, God doesnt believe for no one, its something the person does.
No it’s not. I should have known better than taking you off ignore. Good by hyper.
 
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