Are All Gentiles Depraved in the Mind? (Ephesians 4:17-19)

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Ephesians 4:17-19 is not teaching about Total Depravity or total inability, but about the devastating results of choosing sin over righteousness. Paul wants his readers to put off that old way of conduct, and live their new life in the Spirit with the new man which was created by God for righteousness and holiness (Ephesians 4:22-24).

Did Martha actually believe what Jesus said in John 11:25?

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We are all familiar with the story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead in John 11. But what exactly did Martha believe about Jesus in this event? When Martha said that she believed that Jesus was the Christ, was the same thing as believing that Jesus was the resurrection and the life?

Is faith the gift of God in Ephesians 2:8-9?

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Some believe that Ephesians 2:8-9 teaches that faith is a gift of God. But the grammar and context of Ephesians 2 does not support this idea. This post looks at the context of Ephesians 2, and summarizes the five main views on what the gift of God is, before finally explaining what my view is and why.

The Secret Logic Behind Total Depravity

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Total depravity sounds biblical until you start to dig around in it and see all the secret logic that goes with it. Here is a summary of this logic. This logic includes things like faith is a work, faith is a gift, and regeneration precedes faith.

What does it mean to be dead in sin? Ephesians 2:1-3

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Ephesians 2:1-3 is a favorite text for Calvinists to defend the idea of Total Depravity and total inability. This post shows what Ephesians 2:1-3 means. If Paul really means that those who are dead in sin cannot believe in Jesus, then the rest of his argument in the chapter and the letter become meaningless and senseless.