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Drug Dealer Comes to Jesus | The Salvation Testimony of Jesse Morrell

Jesse Morrell of Open Air Outreach shares his salvation testimony – how he heard a preacher when he was locked up in a cell on Walley Avenue in New Haven and then started reading the Bible while in Rehab and gave his life to the Lord….

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Taking a Beating for Jesus | Assaults in Alaska | Jesse Morrell

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ATTACKS & ASSAULTS in ALASKA

A brother in Alaska recently used his air-miles from his business to bring my family and I up to Alaska. I once said on my Facebook that all it takes to bring me to your area is a plane ticket and couch to sleep on and he is one who took me up on it!

Alaska has proven itself to be a difficult mission field. We were plowing the field but sometimes it felt like the field was plowing us! Read below about the multiple assaults and attacks that took place.

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The downtown Anchorage area is full of drugs and alcohol. There is a considerable homeless population in Alaska despite the freezing temperatures. There is one large park downtown called “Town Square Park” where a lot of the drug dealers and drug addicts hang out. Last year when I preached in the center of this park I was assaulted numerous times but held my own and preached the gospel anyways. This year I was hoping it might be tamer and it was. But we were still assaulted. Just not as much as last year.

Another brother named David Grisham recently moved to Alaska and he joined me for outreach. I stood up and preached on the soap box for about thirty minutes before I turned it over to brother David. He preached the gospel for maybe five minutes before a lesbian walked by and started heckling him. She was vicious and said she wanted to see violence.

I was filming but a homeless woman came up to me and said it was my fault that now this woman was heckling and causing a scene and she slapped me on the back of the head. Other people saw it so she said, “HE DESERVED THAT!”

Shortly after this a man walked up to David on the soap box and kicked him, somehow, in the chest! David was knocked off but what the attacker didn’t notice was that another man followed him from behind. When this other man saw David get attacked he ran up and punched the attacker in the back of the head and knocked him to the ground. Then he got on top of the attacker and started punched him repeatedly.

It wasn’t too long before everything settled down again and then David got back on the soap box without skipping a beat and kept preaching the gospel for another hour or so. The Police did arrive an hour later but both men who were involved were gone by then.

It is sad to see how men readily embrace sin which brings such destruction to their life and yet they resist so aggressively the gospel that can save their souls! Standing in that park surrounded by drug addicts and drunkards I was amazed at how sinners refuse to repent and continue in their rebellion against the moral government of God because they do not want Him ruling their lives but the result is that they are ruining their own lives.

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Ever wonder what a man’s face looks like before he attacks you with a rod? No? Me neither. But I got to see it above.

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There is another park in downtown Anchorage that we went to preach to another day. While the other park is full of the drug dealers and drug attacks (especially the inner city skate boarders), this park was full of older homeless drunk people (especially natives).

As I always do I preached on the new birth – how God can change and transform. “Jesus Christ can take a drunkard and make him sober! Jesus Christ can take sinners and make them saints!”

When I preached “One day you are all going to die and then you will stand before God and give an account for all of your life” one homeless drunkard in particular became very irritated and upset. He yelled, “SHUT UP!” I said, “No, I care about your soul!” He started walking over with his wooded cane, acting as though he intended to use it as a weapon. He said something to me like, “Do you know what it feels like to get hit with one of these?”

I continued to tell him that I was there preaching the way I am because I care about him. Nevertheless he swung his cane back and then swung it forward, landing it right on my calfs on the back of the legs. It stung and I was glad that he only swung it once. I was also glad that he hit me on the back of the legs and not on the front! It would have really hurt if he had hit my shins instead of my calfs. My leg was tender but not bruised.

I have been preaching open-air for 14 years but this was my first time getting a little beating with a rod. I thought, “Well, it’s biblical to be hit with a rod. Paul was.” Jesus said we are to rejoice and be exceedingly glad when we are persecuted. Paul said that we are to glory in our tribulations. The Apostles rejoiced that they were counted worthy to suffer for the name of Jesus. This was my attitude. And when Christians have such an attitude towards persecution, Christianity is unstoppable!

Brother David said, “Well, our attack ratio in this park is better than the other one. It’s 50 percent less than the other day.” I said, “Ha, that’s true. We were both assaulted the other day but only I was assaulted today.”

As our nation continues to turn its back on God and harden itself in its sin and impenitence, the persecution against Christians and against street preachers in particular will continue to increase. But no matter how much we suffer for the sake of the gospel it is worth it all because Christ is worthy and souls are valuable. Christ laid down His life for the sake of the salvation of souls and we should be willing to do the same!

Someone commented on my YouTube video of one of our assaults in Alaska and said:

“God bless you brother Jesse because of your open air preaching and YouTube videos that I was finally able to accept Jesus into my life. Praise God! And thank you.” – Nolan

PRAISE GOD! That is what it is all about! Everything that we endure for the sake of the gospel, for the glory of Christ and the salvation of souls is worth it all.

These are some of our latest YouTube videos for your enjoyment and edification:

  1. Fist Fight Over Street Preachers! Anchorage Alaska

  2. Street Preachers Arrested! How to Handle Persecution | Jesse Morrell Sermon

  3. Essential Keys to Public Speaking | Jesse Morrell in Amish Country

  4. How to do Presuppositional Apologetics | Refuting Atheists & Proving God

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Essential Keys to Public Speaking | Jesse Morrell in Amish Country

Jesse Morrell of www.OpenAirOutreach.com is in Shipshewana Indiana for the annual EEM Conference and shares a few quick tips for public speaking – advice for open air street preachers….

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Street Preachers Arrested! How to Handle Persecution | Jesse Morrell Sermon

What should our attitude be like when we are persecuted and falsely arrested for the sake of the gospel?

Street Preachers are arrested on a regular basis! How should we respond towards this? What should our attitude be?

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Fist Fight Over Street Preachers in Anchorage Alaska | Jesse Morrell

 

 

A sinner kicks a brother off the soap box while preaching and another person comes behind the attacker, punches the attacker in the back of the head, knocks him to the ground, gets on top of him on the ground and punches him some more….

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Street Apologetics: Talking to a Lawful Atheist | How to do Presuppositional Apologetics | Jesse Morrell

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STREET APOLOGETICS 

TALKING TO A “LAWFUL” ATHEIST

Hey Everyone,

I wanted to send out a quick email during our Mission Trip to Alaska. The other day I was open-air preaching in the Town Square Park of Anchorage Alaska and afterwards had a good one-on-one witnessing encounter with an atheist.

This atheist was in his early twenties and remembered me from last year when I preached on the University of Alaska. He told me that he was actually raised in a Christian home but the public school is what corrupted him back in Middle School.

He talked about some of his bad habits like smoking and drinking but then said that while he doesn’t believe in God he does believe in “the rule of law” and a “lawful society.”

This was the perfect entry point for apologetics and an internal critique of the atheist worldview. I argued, “But there would be no basis for absolute moral laws apart from an infinite mind. Law at its essence is an idea of the mind. If moral law does not come from the infinite mind of God then it comes from the finite minds of men.” To this he agreed.

I went on, “And if it comes from the finite mind of man, this is no basis for a moral law that is universally obligatory. It would just be my finite mind against your finite mind.” Again he agreed and did not argue.

“So then, you could not say that any society has ever been morally wrong. You could not condemn the Nazis or Cannibals or the Witch Hunts or the Crusades. In the finite minds of the Nazis, they had decided that killing the Jews was the best thing they could do for their society. They blamed the Jews for their economic depression. They viewed the Jews as immigrant invaders who were stealing their economy. Plus they were evolutionarily inferior and you know how survival of the finest works, so the Germans decided it was best for them to kill the Jews.” Surprisingly he did not argue.

“If morality is simply the product of the collective society, then no society could ever be morally wrong. But we all know inherently that societies have been morally wrong. And that means that morality transcends society and is not the product of society. Morality comes from the infinite mind of God. That is the only adequate basis for absolute morality that is universally obligatory upon every society.”

Usually I have atheists try to put up some kind of intellectual fight and jump through all sorts of mental hoops and gymnastics at this point but he did not.

I could have also gone into the issue of inalienable rights vs civil rights and how we can only have an “inalienable right to life and liberty” is there is a transcendent God who gave us such a right. If there is no God than all we have are civil rights which, by definition, can be granted or taken away by the civil government without any inalienable rights being violated. So if a government decided to enslave a population or to commit mass murder, no inalienable right to life from God would be violated, if there was no God. If life and liberty are civil rights, the government can take them away without violating any rights.

Then he said, “But there are just so many religions in the world which all have so many followers and believers. My question is, ‘How can so many people be wrong?”

I followed up and said, “I think you are asking the wrong question. The real question is not, “How can so many people be wrong” but “How can so many people be right?” All the world religions make claims that contradict other religions, so they cannot all be right. According to the laws of logic, truth cannot contradict truth. So somebody has to be right and somebody has to be wrong. That is just the way it is.”

Again, he seemed to agree and did not argue. Of course the issue with an atheist is not intellectual but moral. The purpose of apologetics is not to intellectual convince him because God has already done that through creation. The purpose is to show his contradictions and inconsistencies and the baselessness of his position, to expose him as a criminal who knows about God but chooses to rebel against Him. And that is what I alleged to him, “You already know that there is a God but you just don’t want Him to rule your life. You want to rule your own life. But if God is not ruling your life then you are ruining your own.”

By all appearances it seemed like good seeds were being planted into his heart and mind. Pray for this man and please pray for us as we continue to minister here in Alaska for another week.

To encourage and equip believers in the work of apologetics I just started a Facebook group called “Street Apologetics: Presuppositional & Evidential Apologetics Discussion.” It already has 154 members. Check it out here: STREET APOLOGETICS FACEBOOK GROUP

It is similar to another group you might be interested in joining. My other group is called, “The Street Preacher Movement” and now has 4,345 members with street preachers from all over the world. It is a great evangelism network! Check it out here: JOIN THE STREET PREACHER MOVEMENT!

God bless!

~ Jesse Morrell

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PS: Here is a quick and short video I made on “How to Do Presuppositional Apologetics | Refuting Atheists & Proving God.”

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Meet up with Jesse Morrell in Alaska | Anchorage Trip

I’ll be coming to Anchorage Alaska with my family for two weeks of ministry. I’ll be preaching downtown and on the University. If anyone is in the area and would like to meet up to outreach or fellowship let me know! Email me at jessewm218@hotmail.com
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Matt Slick vs. Jesse Morrell | Calvinism Debate | Free Will vs Election | CARM vs Open Air Outreach

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August 20th, 2016 Matt Slick of CARM (Christian Apologetics Research Ministry) and Jesse Morrell of Open Air Outreach debated the topic of “Salvation: Free Will or Election” in Kalispell Montana at the street preacher “SOAPA Conference.”

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In this debate I promised everyone a free e-copy of my 690 page book on free will, “The Natural Ability of Man: A Study on Free Will & Human Nature.” If you could like a copy of this book just fill out this quick and easy form and I will then be able to email it to you. Every once and a while we sent out additional articles and materials as well to our list.

I will email you my book short. In the meantime, this was my outline for my 12 minute “Best Scriptural Arguments” for free will. I hope you are blessed by it!

Jesse Morrell’s “12 Minute Best Scriptural Arguments”

for Free Will in the debate against Calvinist Matt Slick

 (During the debate I had to rush through some of these points and skip over others because of the time restrains, so I wanted to post all of it here for your consideration)

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1. Free Will Defined

Free will is defined as the “power of contrary choice,” meaning that men have a choice between good and evil, obedience and disobedience, serving God and serving the devil.

2. The Traditional Christian Definition

The power of contrary choice is what the Early Church Fathers meant when they employed the expression “free will.”

My view of free will is the “Traditional Christian Definition” in contrast to the Gnostics who taught that sinners had such a corrupt nature that they could choose only evil and could not choose right.

3. Antithesis of Ultimate Presupposition

My ultimate presupposition in this debate is in sharp contrast with Matt Slick, as it is that free will or the power to choose between good and evil has not been lost through Adam’s original sin.

In all of the consequences that God declared in Genesis 3:16-19, the loss of their free will or their ability to do anything good and that of all of their descendants was not mentioned at all. You would think that the greatest and most devastating consequence would have been mentioned here.

Man cannot change his nature by the mere use of his will and Calvinists agree with this when it comes to their view of unregenerate men with a “sinful nature” being “incapable of changing their nature by their will-power,” and yet they believe that somehow Adam changed his nature by the use of his will. This is an inconsistency on the part of the Calvinists.

4. Sin is Not the Punishment of Sin

God did not punish sin with more sin. The idea that God took away Adam’s ability to do anything good as a punishment for his sin makes no sense. God was not so angry with sin that He decided to make sin unavoidable. He was not so angry that Adam didn’t choose obedience that He made obedience impossible. If that were the case, all subsequent sins would be God’s fault.

5. The Bible Teaches Man Still Had A Free Will

After Adam’s Sin

That man’s free will to choose between good and evil, between obedience and disobedience, continued after the fall of Adam and Even can be seen in a plethora of verses.

i.               Genesis 4:6-7: God spoke to Cain immediately after the fall of Adam and Eve as someone who had no reason to be upset because he could simply do well and it would be accepted of him.

ii.              Deut. 11:26-27: God told Israel that He was setting before them blessings or curses, blessings if they obey and curses if they disobey, thus declaring that they had the power of contrary choice between obedience and disobedience.

iii.            Deut. 30:19: God told Israel that He set before them the way of life and the way of death, choose life.

iv.            Deut. 8:2: God tested men to see if they would obey Him or disobey Him. Why would He test them to see which one they would do if their ability to do anything except disobey had been lost?

v.              Joshua 24:25: Joshua told Israel to choose this day whom they would serve, whether they would serve God or other gods. Evidently men have a free will choose whether they will serve God or not.

vi.            Jer. 21:8: God said to Israel that He set before them the way of life or the way of death. God is declaring that He has given them the “power of contrary choice.”

vii.           Jer. 11:7-8: God said that He “earnestly protested” with the fathers of Israel to obey His voice. Why would He “earnestly protest” for them to obey Him if they cannot?

viii.         Jer. 38:20: Jeremiah told the king, “Obey I beseech you the voice of the Lord” as if this was a choice the sinful king could and should make.

ix.            Ps. 53:2: God looked down from heaven to see if there were any that did understand and seek Him and found none. Why would God look down to see if this was happening if He took away any possibility of it when Adam sinned? The fact that God looked down to see presupposes that it was a possibility.

x.              Genesis 6:5-6 & Ezekiel 6:9: God expresses great brokenness of heart over the abundance of man’s sin, as if things could have been differently.

xi.            Jer. 19:532:35: God said when Israel sacrificed their children to false gods that they were doing what He commanded not “neither came it into my mind” He said that they would do such a thing. In other words, God knew that they were capable of doing otherwise and expected them to.

xii.           Isa. 5:4: God said He did all that He could for His vineyard to bring forth grapes but it brought forth wild grapes instead. Evidently Israel had a free choice to bring forth either kind and God did not withhold from them the ability to bring forth that grapes that He wanted.

xiii.         Ps. 81:13 & Isa. 48:18: God bemoans the disobedience of Israel, saying O that they had obeyed my commandments, as if they could have! He is speaking as if the past could have been different than it was.

6. The Government of God is Not Tyranny

 i.   Exodus 5:16: Pharaoh commanded brick but gave no straw and when they were punished for their failure the scripture says the fault was with Pharaoh not the people. The tyranny of Pharaoh was that He commanded the impossible.

ii.   Deut. 30:11 says that God’s moral government is not analogous to the tyrannical government of Pharaoh because what God commands is neither “hide” nor “far off” from the people. In other words, what God commands is not impossible for His subjects to perform.

iii.   Luke 10:27: We are obligated according to the measure and extend of the abilities that we do have, to love God with what we are in possession of and not with what we are not.

7. Sinners are Without Excuse for their Sinning

i.   Romans 1:20: Paul said that sinners are “without excuse” for their sin. And if sinners are “without excuse” then they must be “with ability.” If they were “without ability” then they certainly would be “with excuse.” They would have the greatest excuse there is.

8. The Unregenerate Are Still Capable of Choosing Good

i.     Acts 10:2 – 11:18: Cornelius was a devout man that feared God and prayed always (10:2), whose prayers were heard (10:410:31), who was a “just man” (10:22), worked righteousness (10:35), but didn’t hear about Jesus until Peter came (10:36-37), was preached to believe for the remission of his sins (10:43), was then baptized in the Holy Spirit (10:43), was unsaved until Peter was sent to him (11:14), and was granted repentance unto life (11:18).

In Calvinism, the ability to do anything good has been completely lost and therefore man must be regenerated by irresistible grace in order to believe in God. Faith immediately comes after regeneration. Since Cornelius was unsaved and did not believe in Jesus until Peter came, he was unregenerate. And yet somehow Cornelius was able to fear God, pray always, and be a just man, while yet being unregenerate? How was Cornelius capable of doing these good things if the unregenerate are incapable of choosing God and doing anything good?

9. Salvation is Decisional

i.               Acts 2:40: Peter said “save yourselves.”

ii.              2 Cor. 5:20: Paul said we beg you on behalf of Christ be ye reconciled unto God, showing man’s consent is required for reconciliation.

iii.            Heb. 2:3: Salvation is something we can neglect, making salvation volitional.

iv.            Col. 3:9: Paul said ye have put off the old man.

v.              Matt. 23:37: Jesus said He wanted to gather Jerusalem unto Himself but they would not.

vi.            Acts 26:19: Paul said he was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision, implying that he could have been.

vii.           Luke 14:16-18: The offer of salvation is an invitation that men either receive or reject.

viii.         John 1:12: As many as “receive” or “choose” Him become the sons of God.

ix.            Luke 15:18: the prodigal son was converted back to the father when he said, “I will go,” showing the use of his will and self-determination.

x.              Luke 9:24: Jesus said whosoever “will” save His life will lose it but whosoever “will” lose His life will save it, showing the operation and function of the will in salvation or damnation.

xi.            Luke 9:23: Jesus said if any man “will” come after me, let him take up his cross etc. Again, this shows the role of the human will in following Jesus and how this decision must come prior to being a follower of Christ.

xii.           Luke 19:27: Jesus said bring those enemies of mine that “would not” have me to reign over them, blaming and punishing them for their unwillingness not any inability.

10. Regeneration Is Synergistic, requiring man’s cooperation and consent

i.               Ezek. 24:13: God said to Israel I have purged thee but thou was not purged. Why weren’t they purged when God wanted them to be? Because they lacked cooperation and consent. It was their fault, not God’s.

ii.              Ezek. 18:31: God said make unto yourselves a new heart and a new spirit for why should ye die?

iii.            James 4:8: James said cleanse your hands you sinners and purify your hearts you double minded. This shows the sinners role and responsibility in changing or regenerating his heart.

11. A Relationship with God Requires

Man’s Choice and Consent

i.               Jer. 9:6: Israel refused to know God when God wanted to know them.

ii.              Hosea 5:15: God wanted to know them but they refused, so He said He will go and return to His own place until they seek Him.

iii.            Jer. 3:6-12: The adultery of Israel against God shows that God granted them the choice to be faithful to Him or not. He does not force anyone to know Him.

iv.            Rev. 19:7: The  bride of Christ has “made herself ready.”

12. Repentance is a Free Will Choice

i.               Jer. 36:3, 36:7: God said that Israel “may” or might repent, implying that it was up to them and that this was a possibility of them.

ii.              Acts 17:30-31: God commands men to repent.

iii.            Jonah 3:10: God repented of destroying Nineveh, thus changing His own plans, when He saw that they repented. Evidently their repentance was their own as it resulted in God changing His mind.

iv.            Mk. 6:12: They went out and preached them men should repent. It is man that must do the repenting.

Calvinists like Paul Washer tells sinners to, “Pray that God gives you repentance.” This only keeps men in impenitence longer, as God is commanding men to immediately repent. You never see the Apostles telling sinners to “pray that God gives you repentance.” Instead, you see them telling men to immediately repent.

v.              Isa. 1:16-18: God told sinners to wash themselves and make themselves clean, to put away evil and learn to do good, and that this would be accomplished by reasoning with Him.

vi.            Rev. 2:21: God gave the adulterous woman space to repent but she repented not. God wanted her repentance and granted her the time to do it but it still didn’t happen because she choose not to.

vii.           Matt. 11:20: Jesus upbraided the sinners for not repenting as if they could have. Jesus did not upbraid God for not granting them repentance.

13. Faith Is A Free Will Choice

i.               Mark 1:15: Jesus commanded sinners to both repent and believe, showing the volitional nature of both.

ii.              Mk. 11:22: Jesus said “have faith in God” in the imperative mood.

iii.            John 10:384:11: Jesus said “believe the works” as if it was up to them.

iv.            John 12:36: Jesus said “believe the light” as if this was a choice they could make.

v.              Acts 16:31: Paul said “believe on the Lord” and this command shows the volitional nature of faith.

Iranaeus said, “All such expressions shew that man is in his own power with respect to faith.”

vi.            Eph. 2:8-9: The gift spoken of here is salvation, not faith. On this point John Calvin agrees with me but John Piper disagrees. That would make me a Calvinist on this issue and Piper not.

vii.           Heb. 3:15: Scripture says today if you hear his voice harden not your heart, showing that you choose the state of your heart towards God and can choose between different responses.

viii.         Matt. 21:42: The stone which the builders “refused” shows the volitional nature of unbelief as well as faith.

ix.            Mk. 16:14: Jesus upbraided sinners for their unbelief and hard heart as if they could have chosen differently, as if they could have chosen to believe.

x.              Luke 24:25: Jesus rebuked them for being slow of heart to believe, as if they could have believed faster!

xi.            Mk. 6:6: Jesus marveled at their unbelief. But if they cannot believe because God hasn’t granted them faith there is nothing to marvel over.

xii.           John 20:27: Jesus commands men to be not faithless but believing.

xiii.         John 3:19: Men choose darkness rather than light, showing they have a choice between the two.

14. Perseverance is a Free Will Choice

The doctrine of conditional security, or that you can fall away and forfeit or lose your salvation, takes for granted a decisional salvation perspective.

i.               John 6:66-67: Many of Jesus’s disciples backslide and Jesus asked the remaining, “will ye also go?” Showing that the will is the factor in persevering or backsliding.

ii.              John 15:6: Jesus said if anyone abides not in him he is cast forth as a branch and burned. If it were a matter of unconditional election and not free will, not abiding in Christ wouldn’t even be an option. Christ is warning them as if this were a possibility.

iii.            Acts 11:23: Paul exhorted them to cleave unto the Lord, as if they could choose to do this or not.

iv.            Acts 13:43: Paul persuaded them to continue in the grace of God, as if they could choose to do this or not.

v.              Acts 14:22: Paul exhorted them to continue in the faith, as if it was their volition that was required to continue and as if they had the option of choosing not to.

All of these examples of “follow-up” take for granted a “decisional salvation.”

15. Rebuke Presupposes Free Will

i.               Exodus 32:19: Moses was angry with sinners for their idolatry of a golden calf, as if they could have chosen to worship and serve God instead.

ii.              Acts 7:51: Stephen rebuked his audience for being stiff-necked and un-circumcised of heart and resisting the Holy Spirit, as if they could have acted and done differently.

As his audience was resisting the Holy Spirit in His attempts to regenerate them, it is evident that God’s grace is regeneration is not irresistible. The grace of God is the most resisting thing in the entire universe.

16. Salvation Requires the Presupposition of Free Will

i.               John 16:8: The Holy Spirit comes to convict the world of their sin. No sinner could ever feel convicted if they believe that they have the excuse of inability for their sins, if they think that their sins were unavoidable and obedience impossible.

Men cannot blame themselves for what they cannot help. No man can regret what they could not have avoided. To teach men that they cannot help but to disobey God is absolutely destructive to the work of evangelism and the salvation of souls which requires the conviction of sin.

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