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How does the teaching of decisional regeneration contradict the doctrines of Scripture contained in the Five Points of Calvinism?

Baptismal and decisional regeneration deny the scriptural doctrine of mankind's total depravity, especially of those who are baptized. Due to natural man's totally sinful condition, no person can ever be saved by his own free choice. Fallen man will always choose for self instead of for God, due to his sinful will - his love for self and sin and his enmity toward God and his neighbor.

These teachings also deny the truths of God's unconditional election, Christ's limited atonement, the Holy Spirit's irresistible grace, and the persevering of all God's children in their saved state of grace.

How do the following texts refute the teachings of baptismal and decisional regeneration? (For additional biblical proofs and explanations, refer to Chapter 25 regarding the Five Points of Calvinism.)


Doctrine Example Texts
Total Depravity

And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

- Genesis 6:5

As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

- Romans 3:10,12

See also: Ecclesiastes 9:3; Isaiah 64:6; Jeremiah 17:9; Mark 7:21-23; Romans 8:7-8; I Corinthians 2:14; Ephesians 4:17-19; Titus 1:15

Unconditional Election

For He saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion upon whom I will have compassion.

So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.

- Romans 9:15-16

Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will.

- Ephesians 1:5

See also: John 15:16; Romans 9:11-13; Romans 10:20; I Corinthians 1:27-29; Ephesians 2:10; I Thessalonians 1:4-5; II Thessalonians 2:13-14; Revelation 13:8

Limited Atonement

And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call His name JESUS: for He shall save His people from their sins.

- Matthew 1:21

Who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto Himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

- Titus 2:14

See also: Matthew 26:28; John 10:11,14,18; John 17:9; Romans 5:8-9; II Corinthians 5:21; Galations 1:3-4; Ephesians 5:25-26; Titus 3:5-6; Hebrews 13:12

Irresistible Grace

For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure.

- Philippians 2:13

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.

- Ephesians 2:8-9

See also: Isaiah 55:11; John 3:27; John 6:44; John 17:2; Acts 16:14; Romans 9:16; I Corinthians 3:6-7; I Corinthians 4:7; James 1:18

Perseverance of the Saints

And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of My hand.

- John 10:28

Who are kept by the power fo God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

- I Peter 1:5

See also: Isaiah 54:10; Jeremiah 32:40; Matthew 18:12-14; John 3:16; John 6:35-40; Romans 8:35-39; Philippians 1:6; I Thessalonians 5:23-24

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