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How Can a Dead Person Believe Unless God Makes Him Alive?

Excellent article on the Arminian view of depravity as contrasted with the Calvinist view.

Wesleyan Arminian

How can a dead person believe unless God first makes him alive? This is a question that is asked by Calvinists. Ephesians 2:1-9 states that we are dead in sin, that we are saved by grace, and that we are made alive in Christ. And there are many other passages that state we are dead in sin. Given that a physically dead corpse can’t do anything, how can a spiritually dead person do anything like believe? Could Lazarus raise himself from the dead? Of course not!

The implication here is that a corpse can’t do anything. A corpse can’t consent to being made alive, and so therefore it must be God who makes us believe. So says the Calvinist.

How does the Arminian come to a different conclusion? It’s important to start by noting that we strongly agree with what scripture teaches. Humanity is dead in sin. We are saved…

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Written by The Seeking Disciple

12/27/2013 at 12:20 PM

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  1. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    Kevin Jackson

    12/27/2013 at 12:28 PM

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