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Monergism vs. Synergism Explained

December 19, 2009

Since the Synod of Dort till this very moment the Calvinism vs. Arminianism debate still goes on. I believe the current resurgence of the monergistic school of thought has occured because there are christians out there coming to the biblical understanding of what the gospel is truly saying. I recently read J.I. Packer’s introduction to a reprint of John Owen’s book The Death of Death in the Death of Christ and I have to say that it is one the best concise explainations of what Calvinism teaches in contrast to Classical Arminianism. If anyone wants a good understanding of what both schools of thought teach, especially if you want a proper understanding of Limited Atonement, click the link below and read. Another reason why I would recommend the read is because of the misconceptions there are about Calvinism and its adherents. Packer also gives great insight into how modern day preachers have strayed away from preaching sound doctrine and the true biblical gospel. Here is a powerful excerpt “There is no doubt that evangelicalism today is in a state of perplexity and unsettlement. In such matters as the practice of evangelism, the teaching of holiness, the building up of local church life, the pastor’s dealing with souls and the exercise of discipline, there is evidence of widespread dissatisfaction with things as they are and or equally widespread uncertainty as to the road ahead. This is a complex phenomenon, to which many factors have contributed; but, if we go to the root of the matter, we shall find that these perplexities are all ultimately due to our having lost our grip on the biblical gospel. Without realizing it, we have during the past century bartered that gospel for a substitute product which, though it looks similar enough in points of detail, is as a whole a decidedly different thing. Hence our troubles; for the substitute product does not answer the ends for which the authentic gospel has in past days proved itself so mighty.”

Questions on this subject are welcomed.

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