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Monergism and the Bible

Andre Derain The Turning Road Lestraque 150x150 Monergism and the BibleMat 22:1-11     Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying, 2 “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son. 3 “And he sent out his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding feast, and they were unwilling to come. 4 “Again he sent out other slaves saying, ‘Tell those who have been invited, “Behold, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and my fattened livestock are all butchered and everything is ready; come to the wedding feast.'” 5 “But they paid no attention and went their way, one to his own farm, another to his business, 6 and the rest seized his slaves and mistreated them and killed them. 7 “But the king was enraged, and he sent his armies and destroyed those murderers and set their city on fire. 8 “Then he *said to his slaves, ‘The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy. 9 ‘Go therefore to the main highways, and as many as you find there, invite to the wedding feast.’ 10 “Those slaves went out into the streets and gathered together all they found, both evil and good; and the wedding hall was filled with dinner guests.

Mat 22:11-14     “But when the king came in to look over the dinner guests, he saw a man there who was not dressed in wedding clothes, 12 and he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you come in here without wedding clothes?’ And the man was speechless. 13 “Then the king said to the servants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ 14 “For many are called, but few are chosen.

1 Thessalonians 1:4-5     knowing, brethren beloved by God, His choice of you; 5 for our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction…

So what’s different? We know God is no lover of man. He plays no favorites. Yet Calvinism is favoritism. Plain and simple. There is no way around that indictment of Calvinism. Calvinism simply muddies the water. As much as I would love to be a monergist because it makes life so much easier, the Bible teaches us we have a role to play with God. The drawing of men to Jesus and Grace come from God. Rebirth is of God. The changing of our heart is done by the Holy Spirit. Our job is to surrender to God, to allow this change to continue, to look to God and through Him we are to fight the flesh and walk in the spirit. That is not monergism. Is it synergism? Seems like God is doing all the work. And certainly, God brings us to Him. We don’t do this on our own. So this is neither monergism or synergism. You can read more about the two at a site dedicated to Monergism and its support of Reformed doctrine.

Whether or not the natural man is able to turn to God after the fall is a mute point for this topic. We are not only post-Fall, but are all part of the post-resurrection generations. All men are drawn to Jesus, John 12:32, post the resurrection of Christ. The entire concept of monergism is therefore mute.

In Romans 1, we see the knowledge of God is written in Creation and in our hearts. Yet man disregarded this call and God allowed us to sink deeper into our sin. Now, we are saved by the glorious sacrifice of Jesus Christ our Lord. Through his drawing of us to him, we are brought to him. It all starts from Him in my mind.  As Paul says, I am saved, being saved and will be saved.

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Pro 16:9 ‘The mind of man plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps.’

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