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No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent Me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.

- John 6:44

But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

- I Corinthians 2:14

And you hath He quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins.

- Ephesians 2:1

And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath He quickened together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses.

- Colossians 2:13

 
 

For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is everyone that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.

- Galatians 3:10

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

Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in His sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

- Romans 3:20

Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.

- Galatians 2:16

 

Neonomianism is a belief which introduces a new law - the law of the gospel. "Neos" is a Greek word for "new"; "nomos" means "law." This new law teaches that a person saves himself through his obedience to God's new commands -God's new law. God's new law is the requirement that a person repent from his sin and believe in Christ. The new law's commandments are, "Repent and believe." Those who obey and do so are saved; those who disobey and do not are lost.


In His external call, God does command all to repent and believe. The error of Neonomianism is that it does not counterbalance this truth with the doctrine of natural man's spiritual inability and depravity. If salvation depended upon the obedience of sinners to the new laws of repentance and faith, no one would ever be saved. Repentance and faith are gracious gifts given by God in regeneration, when implanting new spiritual life in a totally-depraved soul.


Conversion to God includes repentance and faith. All those who are to be saved will obey the gospel commands, but their obedience will be the result of saving grace, not the cause of their salvation. God's gospel grace, and not their gospel obedience, will be the ultimate cause of their salvation and praise.


Self-meriting justification is a belief that one can earn personal salvation through obedience to God's law; that he can merit salvation through his performance of good works. This teaching denies:

    1. God the Father's gracious election - If man could earn his own righteousness, God's entire plan of gracious salvation would not have been needed.

    2. God the Son's gracious redemption - If man could earn his own righteousness, the active and passive obedience (the life and death) of Christ would have been unnecessary.

    3. God the Holy Spirit's gracious application - If man could earn his own righteousness, the regenerating, converting, and sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit would not be required.

    4. Man's total depravity - If man could earn his own righteousness, he would not be totally depraved nor would he require a totally gracious salvation.


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