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April 25, 2005 at 5:00 pm #4334
Pez, in Reformed theology, it is taught that you don’t get to choose. Salvation is completely from God — including the ability to recognize your need for salvation. Without that Grace, no one makes the choice to follow Christ. “Even our tears of repentance are stained with sin,” is from a Puritan poem.
From the Catholic perspective, there is an understanding of the individual participation in the salvation drama that is missing in the Reformed, although modern Reformed theologians speak about Predestination and the sovereignty of God in more palatible terms…