Man humbly responds to the Gospel & Lady rejoices with us, but another inserts synergism (open-air preaching video)

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The way the fellow in this video responded to the Gospel, reminded me of the famous street preaching video entitled “Last Call.” When I compelled the crowd to ‘repent and believe,’ and ‘respond’ to the Gospel, this man ‘similar in appearance’ responded in the same manner.

Additionally, this Christian woman was so thankful for what she witnessed, that she could not contain herself; so she joined-in and rejoiced with us. Once I ministered to him, it was unclear if he was possibly saved before this outreach, or if his apparent ‘repentance and faith’ salvific-ly came today. Either way, the Lord knows for sure (1 Cor. 3:6-9). He was admonished of the importance of ‘Biblical’ discipleship, and fellowship.

Also seen in this video, is an example of both monergism and synergism being demonstrated before us.

While I was preaching two persons constantly hugged, giggled, and kissed each other. One of them kept raising her hand in what I believe was an attempt to interrupt the message. When I did call upon her (once I was finished), she quoted Romans 10:10-11 out of context. This is one of the verses that are used from what is known as the man-centered Romans Road to Salvation (as seen in the Four Spiritual Laws tract). Oftentimes John 3:16 is used along with the Romans Road. The problem is when they are quoted without a hermeneutical teaching, or the whole counsel of God, that can create a false convert, as an intellectual believe in Jesus is not salvific. Salvation comes from the completed work of the complete Godhead, and in God’s predestined order, not ours (Ordo salutis). As said at Monergism –

“All the benefits of redemption such as conversion (faith & repentance), justification, sanctification and perseverance presuppose a renewed heart (the existence of spiritual life) which believes. The work of applying God’s grace is a unitary process given to the elect simultaneously in Christ. This is instantaneous, but there is a causal order between regeneration and the rest of Christ’s redemptive benefits which spring from it. Though these benefits cannot be separated, it is helpful to distinguish them. Therefore, instead of imposing a chronological order we should view these as a unitary work of God to bring us into union with Christ. We must always keep in mind that the orders expressed in the following articles occur together or happen simultaneously like heat and fire. All aspects of the work of God continue together throughout the life of a Christian.

“All the benefits of redemption such as conversion (faith & repentance), justification, sanctification and perseverance presuppose a renewed heart (the existence of spiritual life) which believes. The work of applying God’s grace is a unitary process given to the elect simultaneously in Christ. This is instantaneous, but there is a causal order between regeneration and the rest of Christ’s redemptive benefits which spring from it. Though these benefits cannot be separated, it is helpful to distinguish them. Therefore, instead of imposing a chronological order we should view these as a unitary work of God to bring us into union with Christ. We must always keep in mind that the orders expressed in the following articles occur together or happen simultaneously like heat and fire. All aspects of the work of God continue together throughout the life of a Christian.

Jesus Christ is the source of all redemptive blessings, including regeneration, justification, sanctification (1 Cor 1:30). Election is the superstructure of our ordo salutis (a blueprint, so to speak, of what God intends to do for elect sinners in time), but not itself the application of redemption. Regeneration, the work of the Holy Spirit which brings us into a living union with Christ, has a causal priority over the other aspects of the process of salvation.

• God opens our eyes, we see.
• God circumcises/ unplugs our ears, we hear.
• Jesus calls a dead and buried Lazarus out of the grave, he comes; (Eph 2:5)
• In the same way, the Holy Spirit applies regeneration, (opening our spiritual eyes and renewing our affections), immediately and infallibly resulting in faith. (John 6:63, 65)

Historically in the Church there has been disagreement about the order of salvation, especially between those in the Reformed and Arminian camps. The following two perspectives of God’s order in carrying out His redemptive work reveals the stark contrast between these two main historic views. Keep in mind that both viewpoints are based on the redemptive work which Christ accomplished for His people in history:”

SOURCE: https://www.monergism.com/topics/ordo-salutis

Music ‘Battle Hymn of the Republic,’ by the U.S. ARMY Band and Chorus.

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