Over at SBC today, I posted in reply:
Thanks for your reply. Here is one thing you said that kind of agrees with me:
“But let’s put aside the FACT there is no biblical evidence in support of this claim and consider how much gobbledygook this really is. My bible says that faith comes by hearing and specifically it is hearing the Word of God. A person hears the Word and the Spirit works through this Word giving them understanding and enabling faith. ”
I said kind of because no where in the Word does it say anything about “enabling” faith. It says those without understanding are of the perishing and those who God opens their eyes are set free:
For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For we do not preach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your bond-servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “ Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.
Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. For just as the Father has life in Himself, even so He gave to the Son also to have life in Himself; and He gave Him authority to execute judgment, because He is the Son of Man.
Jesus answered and said to them, “Do not grumble among yourselves. No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day. It is written in the prophets, ‘And they shall all be taught of God.’ Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father, comes to Me.
P.s. the answer to this should not be in a boast. thanks
Does anyone here have thoughts on this?