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To: kosta50; HarleyD; Gamecock; Forest Keeper; ettiegirl
Pride is one thing the Protestants never did surrender.

Well, there's pride in men's cleverness to somehow find enough righteousness in themselves to choose to believe, and then there's pride in Jesus Christ who is the "author and finisher of our faith."

Reformed Protestants choose the latter, by the grace of God alone.

"That no flesh should glory in his presence.

But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:

That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord." -- 1 Corinthians 1:29-31.


36 posted on 01/02/2006 11:25:56 AM PST by Dr. Eckleburg (an ambassador in bonds)
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To: Dr. Eckleburg; HarleyD; Gamecock; Forest Keeper; ettiegirl; Campion; bornacatholic
Reformed Protestants choose the latter, by the grace of God alone

You must speak some other laguage dear friend, for to choose means to make a selection among choices, options. A gift cannot be a choice.

God gives His blessings to all

"...for He maketh His sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust." (Mat 5:45)

He doesn't choose; Love only gives. We choose what He offers. Love loves everyone, even the sinner. That deosn't mean the unrepenetant sinner will see the light of God if he or she rejects Him and chooses to stay and die in the darkness.

I think what you are trying to say is that we are saved by the Grace of God even if we sometimes (all too often) make a wrong choice, and repent for our ingratitude to Him.

40 posted on 01/02/2006 11:57:06 AM PST by kosta50 (Eastern Orthodoxy is pure Christianity)
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