When a notable scholar of the Calvinistic framework denies the concept of pre-faith regeneration other Calvinists should at least pause and reconsider their own view of the subject. Dr. MacArthur is not biased against the claims of Calvinism, yet he recognizes (as did Spurgeon) that their is simply no biblical support for this resurging perspective.
I don’t think…particularly I don’t think that regeneration precedes anything except the fruit of regeneration which is a righteous life. I do not think that regeneration precedes saving faith.
Now I know that that’s becoming a…that’s a strongly Calvinistic…I shouldn’t even say Calvinistic, it’s a bit of a hard line Calvinistic viewpoint, I’m hearing it quite a bit nowadays. I had a two and a half hour discussion last week with a man who tried to convince me that regeneration occurs first and after you’re regenerate, then you can believe. So I said to him, “Show me the verse….just show it to me.” Well, he wanted to argue logic but he couldn’t find a verse. I do not find anywhere in the Scripture that the Bible says you will be saved and somewhere along…
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