Edwards' view of new birthJONATHAN EDWARDS' VIEW IN
CONTRAST TO HYBRID CALVINISM
I recently noted a comment by Timmy Brister -- the Southern Seminary recruit drafted as the assistant to Flounders' leader, Tom Ascol -- wherein Twittering Timmy says of Jonathan Edwards:
"I'm convinced that Jonathan Edwards says more in one paragraph than most contemporary authors say in an entire book."We have cited Edwards in the past on the matter of regeneration, and since Brister thinks so highly of Edwards, we wish to again call attention to his view which is in conflict with the Flounders and other "Reformed" Hybrid Calvinists.
Edwards did not hold the Hybrid Calvinist view on regeneration, which is obvious from these remarks from his sermon, A Divine and Supernatural Light, etc.
"It is not intended that the natural faculties are not made use of in it. The natural faculties are the subject of this light: and they are the subject in such a manner, that they are not merely passive, but active in it; the acts and exercises of man's understanding are concerned and made use of in it. God, in letting in this light into the soul, deals with man according to his nature, or as a rational creature; and makes use of his human faculties."
Edwards continues under this same heading:
"It is not intended that outward means have no concern in this affair. As I have observed already, it is not in this affair, as it is in inspiration, where new truths are suggested: for here is by this light only given a due apprehension of the same truths that are revealed in the word of God; and therefore it is not given without the word. The gospel is made use of in this affair: this light is the "light of the glorious gospel of Christ", 2 Cor. 4:4. The gospel is as a glass by which this light is conveyed to us, 1 Cor. 13:12. 'Now we see through a glass.' . . . Indeed a person cannot have spiritual light without the word."
Edwards indeed has more truth in those few words than any Hybrid Calvinist writer (such as R. C. Sproul or James White) has in any book which teaches the fantasy that "regeneration precedes faith."