Reformed Theology: God's Grace

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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...

re: free will and TULIP (tom)

In the Catholic tradition, man's free will must cooperate with God's grace in order for salvation to take place.

Even though it's a Catholic position, it's one I feel like I can agree with--as a Protestant, I probably disagree with you regarding the way in which one cooperates, but in the scheme of this particular discussion, that is another thing altogether. It seems to me, in Biblical theology, that there is a definite plan, which stretches from the first book of the Old Testament, to the last books of the New Testament, which the Sovereign God has put into place, a plan involving election and grace--there are very good elements in both Catholicism and Calvinism, with which I can identify. On a barely related note, I would like to say that your Catholicism in no way diminishes my respect for you as a Christian and believer in Christ, but it took me years of interaction with Catholics and other Protestants before I could say that with a straight face and a true heart :)