Reformed Theology: God's Grace

JeffLogan's picture

This discussion will be limited to the discussion of God's grace as it pertains to Reformed Theology.

Barry writes,

I would like to suggest that we explore the topic of "God's Grace " as it relates specifically to the process of one's coming to salvation. I personally am particularly interested in the doctrine of "Prevenient Grace", however, at ElderDad's suggestion which points out our primary forum theme, addressing the RT position termed "Irresistible Grace" first is the more appropriate approach.

So, if this approach is acceptable, I would invite someone to begin this thread by first defining the term, then giving a brief re-cap of the history of "TULIP", and concluding with Scriptural references supporting the concept. That should get us rolling.

Barring objections, I would encourage someone in the Reformed camp to please begin.

Grace and peace to all.


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(The first 3 headings are reserved for Reformed Theology Adherents ONLY)

Defining the terms (No opposing views here)
     Irresistible Grace
     Prevenient Grace
Brief re-cap of the history of "TULIP" (No opposing views here)
     Early History
     Later History
     Unfolding History/Current Understanding
Scriptural references supporting the concept (No opposing views here)
     Irresistible Grace
     Prevenient Grace
1st Discussion: Irresistible Grace
2nd Discussion: Prevenient Grace
3rd Discussion: etc...

michael_legna's picture

I did expect the development went deeper than one verse

bwarddvm said -
Once this material has been posted in detail we will all have a foundation from which to discuss the merits or demerits of RT as it relates to the overall understanding of God's grace.

Great, and I expected as much, I was just pointing out that the claim you were making (which I think is a lot more than picking nits - since the whole system stands or falls if just one of these details is found to be inconsistent) was really an assumption inherent to the rest of the RT doctrine. Not that I did not expect it to be developed at some point but that it was apparent to both you and the readers of your posts that this was not something simply based on 1 Cor 2.

I will wait to see the development and distinctions for the ideas of Common and Special graces before commenting further.