I want to jump right into the discussion that is now happening regarding whether or not someone can be converted under the ministry of a lost preacher.
First, let's talk about the ministry of an Arminian preacher. Can someone be converted hearing the Arminian "gospel"? NO WAY. It is a false gospel that preaches a false christ. No one has been converted under an Arminian gospel.
But what if an Arminian preacher decides to just read the entire book of Romans? And then, what if someone who has never heard this Arminian preach comes to visit the church that day and ONLY hears the book of Romans read by the Arminian preacher, with no commentary from the Arminian preacher? Can a person be converted under such a circumstance? YES!! He has heard the TRUE GOSPEL from the lips of a lost preacher! (And if he comes back to that church the next week and hears the Arminian preach, he will recognize that the Arminian preacher is not preaching the true gospel!)
Now let's talk about a tolerant "Calvinist" preacher. Suppose this preacher never talks about Arminians being his brothers in Christ from the pulpit. Suppose he preaches that the gospel is the good news of salvation conditioned on the atoning blood and imputed righteousness of Christ alone, with no contribution from the sinner. Suppose he preaches repentance from ever thinking that salvation was conditioned on yourself in any way to any degree. Could a person be converted under such a circumstance? YES!! He has heard the TRUE GOSPEL from the lips of a lost preacher!
So I do not hold to the view that a person can be converted only while listening to a regenerate preacher. However, if the preacher is unregenerate, that unregenerate preacher MUST be saying the true gospel, even though he doesn't truly believe it.
So when you guys are discussing whether or not someone's conversion is truly genuine, think about these things. Did that person believe THE TRUE GOSPEL after hearing THE TRUE GOSPEL, whether or not THE TRUE GOSPEL was heard from the lips of a regenerate or unregenerate man?
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