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It should be the endeavor of any Christian, man or woman, to steep oneself in the Word of God and to delve into theology where doxology should flow as a product. I have recently begun to read on the subject of Monergism. Monergism, as defined by The Century Dictionary, is “the doctrine that the Holy Spirit is the only efficient agent in regeneration – that the human will possesses no inclination to holiness until regenerated, and therefore cannot cooperate in regeneration.”  Basically, this means that regeneration come before faith.  I would argue that this doctrine is entirely biblical in contrast to Synergism- the idea that man and the Holy Spirit work togheter to bring regeneration and that the human will has some holiness to bring about his own faith.  A passage in Ezekiel states the truth of Monergism. “I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh. Then they will follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. They will be my people, and I will be their God.” (Eze 11:19, also 36:26) The Apostle  Paul also states that “…Even when we were dead in sins, [God] hath quickened us together with Christ, by grace ye are saved.” and “…he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit.” Jesus even speaks of this when he says that a man must be reborn before he can enter the kingdom of God. It is a work of God only; this creates man’s total dependence oon God for salvation and for life. It gives man no room for any glory or any way to pat himself on his back for saving his own skin. If one has any question about this beuatiful doctrine, I would recomend going to Monergism or read this paper by R.C. Sproul.

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