It seems that all the loonies are in flight this time of year and a couple of people have asked me to respond to a recent Youtube video by Monty Collier accusing me of Arminianism or worse.
To make a long stupid story short, on the Facebook “Gordon Clark/Unitarian/Semi-Arian” page Monty started by asserting that Gordon Clark taught “monergistic sanctification.” When I showed him this was false and for Clark sanctification is synergistic as man is not passive in progressive sanctification, rather than simply admitting his error and moving on he then asserted that justification by faith is monergistic which is also false because God doesn’t believe for us. In justification regeneration is monergistic as man is altogether passive and regeneration is entirely an act of God, who, by his free grace, makes us willing and able to answer the call of the Gospel and “to embrace the grace offered and conveyed in it.” Saving belief, however, is an assent to the propositions of the Gospel, and, per Clark, assent is an act of the will. As the WCF explains: “Those whom God effectually calleth he also freely justifieth; not by infusing righteousness into them, but by pardoning their sins, and by accounting and accepting their persons as righteous: not for any thing wrought in them, or done by them, but for Christ’s sake alone: not by imputing faith itself, the act of believing, or any other evangelical obedience, to them as their righteousness; but by imputing the obedience and satisfaction of Christ unto them , they receiving and resting on him and his righteousness by faith: which faith they have not of themselves; it is the gift of God.”
So while saving faith is passive in the sense that it “receives and rests” on Christ alone and his righteousness, it is active in the sense that we must believe in order to be justified which is why faith itself is included as an “evangelical obedience” per the WCF. Evidently this distinction was too much for Monty and he wasn’t satisfied in my insistence that regeneration is monergistic and not the entire Christian life. So, again, instead of simply admitting his error and moving on, Monty continues to confuse the effectual call with justification by faith alone or WCF X with WCF XI and ends up a slandering me in the process.Explore posts in the same categories: Uncategorized