Does Regeneration Precede Faith?
*As this is a summary of Dr. Allen’s manuscript, some footnotes that would normally appear may have been omitted.
“Most Calvinists believe that regeneration precedes faith,” said David Allen at the March 21-22 John 3.16 Conference held at North Metro First Baptist Church outside Atlanta, Ga.
Allen cited Boettner, Pink, Sproul and Piper to support his statement, but he later cited other Calvinists who hold a different position, or are ambivalent on the issue – even Calvin himself in his commentary on Eph. 2.
Many Calvinists base their view of regeneration preceding faith on their view of total depravity as equivalent to total inability and on interpretations of verses including John 1:12-13; 3:1-16; Eph. 2:1-10, e.g.
“The phrase ‘regeneration precedes faith’ is fraught with ambiguity,” Allen said, asking “what is meant by the words regeneration, faith, and precede, and whether precede means to precede logically or temporally.”
by Norm Miller
Between catnaps last Sunday (March 24), I watched the NCAA and NASCAR. Every time I’d awaken, I’d change the channel. I must take only catnaps, as my wife will commandeer the remote if I snore for too long.
I had kept fairly close tabs on the NASCAR race at Fontana, Calif., and was aware that Kyle Busch had dominated. But at race’s end, Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin were banging it out for first place. They epitomized the saying, “Rubbin’ is racin’.”
Last lap. The 11 and 22 cars were swappin’ paint and race positions. I was sure one of them would be number 33 when they were through.
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