“It is not, I say, by any new revelation that the Spirit comforts. He does so by telling us old things over again; he brings a fresh lamp to manifest the treasures hidden in Scripture; he unlocks the strong chests in which the truth has long lain, and he points to secret chamber filled with untold riches; but he coins no more, for enough is done. Believer! there is enough in the Bible for thee to live upon forever. If thou shouldst outnumber the years of Methuselah, there would be no need for a fresh revelation; if thou shouldst live till Christ should come upon the earth, there would be no need for the addition of a single word; if thou shouldst go down as deep as Jonah, or even descend as David said he did into the belly of hell, still there would be enough in the Bible to comfort thee without a supplementary sentence.” - Spurgeon

If we are to say that anyone is free to accept or reject God, then we carry with that an assumption that human beings have within them the ability to make such a choice and we further presume that some human beings will make that choice. I have no problem asserting that human beings have free will in that they make choices each and every day- even unregenerate man can make the choice to do some good thing on any given day. In the end, I think the question that needs to be asked is, would a human being who is in bondage to sin have the desire to choose God? In my analysis and the description of fallen man in Scripture, I don’t think so. How prevenient grace is applied to mankind (whether conceived from a Wesleyan or Calvinistic model) is, to me, still a mystery; but I think the Bible is clear that it is the work of God and not man.

“Faith is not a conclusion you reach…it is a journey you live.” A.W. Tozer

“Hans Urs von Balthasar maintained that the best evangelistic strategy is to capture people with the beautiful, then enchant them with the good, and then lead them to the true.” — Robert Barron

Denial of Self- The Call of Discipleship

In a day in which we are urged to pamper ourselves, the biblical message is to do the opposite. Self denial through the power of the Holy Spirit is the means by which the believer may remain devoted to Christ. We are to be transformed (replacing self) and live a life worthy of our position in Him. - Dr. Dennis Dieringer The Bible can be described as a mirror, as it can easily reflect what we are like.

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What is Truth?

The Roman Governor was moments away from sentencing Truth itself, who had come in the flesh to dwell with human beings. And this haunting question echoes down the corridors of history, and grows louder even now. For we live in a culture that tolerates all truth except for the idea that there is such a thing as Truth. And yet, what must deniers imply by rejecting truth? That is, to deny truth, one must say that its true that truth doesn’t exist.

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Blessed Lord, who caused all Holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that by patience and the comfort of your Holy Word we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. (From the Book of Common Prayer)

A classic Pelagian sentiment: God helps those who help themselves.

Nicene Creed

We believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible. And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, begotten from the Father before all ages, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made; of the same essence as the Father. Through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven; he became incarnate by the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary, and was made human.

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The pridefulness and arrogance of the Positivists, going back to the Enlightenment but very apparent in today’s milieu of Scientism, is most apparent when they use their reductionistic epistemology to proclaim that their projects are untethered from Religion and Philosophy.