Jamey wrote:

> Before you say that they believe right and just don't have the
> language, how can one believe something yet be unable to articulate
> it?


Very easily. You don't believe that all people who cannot speak are unregenerate, do you?

And what of those who can speak? They might not be able to systematize or articulate what they believe. They may have never heard of TULIP or Calvinism or Arminianism. Yet, if they believe the gospel, they are saved.

One of the common accusations against us is that we require someone to systematically articulate the doctrines of grace before we fellowship with them. This is just another slander from the liars.

> All of us believe that Arminianism is a false gospel. You won't here
> any complaints here. We ALL rebuke ALL who hold Universal Atonement.


That's not the point at all. Belief that Arminianism is a false gospel means NOTHING if you also believe that a regenerate person can believe a false gospel!

Although a regenerate person may not be able to articulate his belief, he will NOT confess belief in a FALSE gospel. This is not a matter of "sanctification." A regenerate person does not "grow" from believing in a false gospel of salvation conditioned on the sinner (such as universal atonement) to believing the true gospel of salvation conditioned on the work of Christ alone.

> "Belief of the gospel is a FRUIT of regeneration."
>
> So is glorification, but we aren't instantly glorified upon being
> regenerated, either.


Belief of the gospel is an IMMEDIATE and INEVITABLE fruit of regeneration, unlike glorification. How can I be so dogmatic? Because the Bible says that those who do not believe the gospel are unregenerate. Thus, all regenerate people believe the gospel. If there was ever a time when a regenerate person believed a false gospel, then he would not be regenerate, which is an impossibility. All regenerate people believe that it is the work of Christ alone that makes the difference between salvation and damnation.

Marc


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