Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Grudem on regeneration

By Stephen Garrett

I just listened to a sermon . . . by Dr. Wayne Grudem on the subject of "regeneration" and wish to look at what he had to say about faith and its relation to "regeneration."

He, as will be seen from the following citations from that sermon, took the "reformed" or "Hardshell" view on the subject, teaching that "regeneration" or the "new birth" occurred before one came to believe and repent.

His sermon sought to uphold the "born again before faith" view, a view that is appropriately styled "hyper-Calvinism," and is certainly not the historic teaching of the Baptist confessions and leading standard bearers, nor of the leading lights of the Calvinistic PedoBaptists, men such as Edwards. This has been clearly shown here in this blog and over at the Calvinist Flyswatter blog.

One thing that struck me while listening to Dr. Grudem's sermon, was his comments on James 1: 18. He seemed clearly to intimate, from those comments, that he held to the "three stage model of the new birth," a view I have posted many writings upon here.

Well, all this being said, let me begin my critique.

For the rest of Brother Garrett's critique of this non-creedal view of regeneration, and why he categorizes it as "hyper-Calvinism," go to --



At Tuesday, December 02, 2008 11:00:00 PM, Blogger Bob L. Ross said...


Ian comments on the BaptistGadfly blog:

How many times have we seen those who hold to regeneration preceding faith, some of whom even appealing to Grudem's Sytematic Theology, disavow a "chronological" priority, saying it is only a "logical" priority? Yet "usually, just a few seconds" [quoting Grudem] is clearly chronological.

Hence, this view does not teach that regeneration and conversion (repentance and faith) are simultaneous, as many from he Reformed camp protest. It does demonstrate that "logical" precedence entails "chronological" priority.

Contrary to regeneration precedes faith, we believe that the Scriptures teach that regeneration and conversion are coexistent, occurring at the same time.

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