Thursday, April 09, 2015


[Wesley] believes that natural man is free only to do evil, while Spirit-assisted man is able to repent of sin, and this has been true since the Fall. God’s enabling us to believe is not meritorious in itself, nor is it inevitably saving. Wesley affirms our absolute dependence on God’s grace for repentance, even though it comes through the divine empowering to have faith: “We must be cut off from dependence upon ourselves, before we can truly depend upon Christ...till we are delivered from trusting in anything that we do, we cannot thoroughly trust in what he had done and suffered.” [Wesley, “The Lord Our Righteousness”]— Prevenient Grace: God’s Provision for Fallen Humanity, page 153

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