Monday, October 20, 2008

ESV Study Bible & regeneration


I received the following email from Ian:


Not surprisingly, Steve Camp and laud the ESV Study Bible for teaching that regeneration precedes faith. The problem is the ESVSB did not get this right nor is this biblical 'monergism' (if the term must be used).

It is sad that neither Camp nor highlight evangelistic study sections from the ESV since these would point men and women toward faith in Christ.


Bob's comment:

While I have not studied the notes in the ESV Study Bible, if indeed it teaches "regeneration precedes faith," that is certainly contrary to Creedal Calvinism, Baptist Confessions, and noted Baptist Theologians. It is, however, the view of several post-seventeenth century Pedobaptists, such as Shedd, Berkhof, and Sproul who maintain the "covenant children" notion that children born to believers receive "regeneration" in early infancy.

Steve Camp and John Hendryx's so-called "Monergism" website teach the born again before and without faith heresy which we have refuted in a number of articles on this blog for more than two years. This heresy is the "heart" of Hardshellism.

Stephen Garrett has posted comments on Camp's blog which take a stand for the truth that there is no regeneration (new birth) without faith. Also, Stephen's own blog, Baptist Gadfly, has a mass of material which maintains what we understand to be the truth on the new birth -- sinners called "by the Word and Spirit," not by the Spirit alone or apart from the means of the Gospel. See 1 Corinthians 4:15 -- For though ye have ten thousand instructers in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.

For a thorough study on the subject, see Puritan Stephen Charnock: A Discourse of the Word, the Instrument in Regeneration.


At Tuesday, October 21, 2008 11:52:00 AM, Blogger Bob L. Ross said...


Touching on the subject of Camp and not highlighting evangelistic notations in the EVS Study Bible, have you noticed that James White no longer mentions anything about going to Salt Lake City to evangelize the Mormons? I remember him announcing in years past making annual trips to Salt Lake City with some friends and then giving a report after he returned. I thought his yearly labours were commendable. Has he given up on this ministry? If so, it is very sad. While he was there preaching the good news, he gave occasion for the Spirit to apply the word to the minds and hearts of those listening to bring about repentance and faith, which is regeneration.


Sometime ago, I recall James saying something about some confrontations or difficulties with the "King James Onlies" who were at Salt Lake, and he was not going back there anymore due to the distracting KJVOs.

Evidently, James perhaps is inclined to think there may not be any of the "elect" there for him to "suffer all things" in the effort to reach them. He seems more interested now in the Muslims and other assorted groups or persons he deems to be "easy pick'ns" for his "exegeet'n" skills. If he could only get access to Mecca!


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