Booth’s Glad Tidings On Regeneration

Abraham Booth, Glad Tidings

p238 “According to fatalism, the word of truth having no influence, is of no use in regeneration, the salutary and important change being produced entirely without it..It is too hastily assumed that the mind is prepared to receive the light of spiritual knowledge before the truth have any influence on it.”

p247 “Now the question is: Do the Scriptures lead us to conclude that the mind and the conscience are brought into the new state by an immediate divine energy, without the medium of either the law or the gospel? I think not. It is written: by the law is the knowledge of sin.

p249 “For an ‘awakened sinner’ to be persuaded that regeneration is effected without the instrumentality of divine truth, is to give an injurious direction to his prayers and expectations. 

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9 Comments on “Booth’s Glad Tidings On Regeneration”

  1. mark mcculley Says:

    “The entrance of thy word gives light” — Psalm 119:130.

    “The sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” — Ephesians 6:17.

    “Is not my word like as fire? saith the Lord; and like a hammer, that breaks the rock in pieces?” — Jeremiah 23:29.

    “The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life” –John 6:63.

    “In Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel” — 1 Corinthians 4:15.

    “Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of first-fruits of his creatures” — James 1:18.

    “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which lives and abides forever” — 1 Peter 1:23.

    “He called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ” — 2 Thessalonians 2:14.

    “Ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you” — John 15:3.

    “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth” — John 17:17.

    “That they also might be sanctified through the truth” — John 17:19.

    “God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed, from the heart, the model of doctrine into which ye were delivered” — Romans 6:17.

    “The gospel, which is come unto you, as it is in all the world, and brings forth fruit” — Colossians 1:5, 6.

    “The word of God, which effectually works in you that believe” — 1 Thessalonians 2:13.

    “You have purified yourselves in obeying the truth, through the Spirit” – 1 Peter 1:22

    “The gospel of Christ — is the power of God unto salvation, to every one that believes” — Romans 1:16.

    “The gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; by which also ye are saved” — 1 Corinthians 15:1, 2.

    “The word, or doctrine of the cross, is to us who are saved the power of God” — 1 Corinthians 1:18.

  2. markmcculley Says:

    absolutely agreed with you about the need for gospel in regeneration. No power apart from the Spirit, but also no power apart from the message.
    II Thessalonians 2: 9 The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, 10 and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to LOVE THE TRUTH and so be saved. 11 Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, 12 in order that all may be condemned WHO DO NOT BELIEVE THE TRUTH but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
    Romans 1: 16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for the gospel itself is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek
    I Corinthians 1: 18 For the message of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved the message of the cross is the power of God. 19 For it is written,
    “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
    and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”
    20 Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age?Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the message of the cross to save those who believe.
    I Cor 2: 12 Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God.13 And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit,interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual.[d]14 The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.15 The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one. 16 “For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.

  3. markmcculley Says:

    want to talk about Mcmahon’s confusion of two ideas. The extent of the atonement and the idea that “the sinner must obtain and understand his subjective experience of the work of Christ for him personally. ”

    I don’t believe that second thing. Most of the people I know who believe that the gospel talks about the extent of the atonement don’t believe that second thing. We know you can’t have an experience of knowing you are elect before you believe the gospel. So we don’t believe that second thing.

    But Mcmahon puts the two things together. Without argument, he simply assumes that if you talk about extent in the gospel, then you will be one of those persons trying to find your election in some experience before you think you can believe the gospel.

  4. markmcculley Says:

    Hebrews 10: 14 “For by a single offering (His death) that Christ has perfected (past tense) for all time (forever perfected by the single offering) those who are being sanctified (set aside).

    Giovanni Camacho –That statement of “those who are being sanctified” refers to the individual elect sinners who come to believe the gospel. “Being sanctified” refers to them being set aside by God in time-they are saved during their lifetimes

    Colossians 1:24 Now I rejoice in my sufferings for you, and I am completing in my flesh what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for His body, that is, the church.

    Colossians 2: 9 For the entire fullness of God’s nature dwells bodily in Christ, 10 and you are complete in Christ

  5. markmcculley Says:

    the antinomians say, don’t ask yourself if you believe the gospel
    think instead about the faith of Christ and not about if you have faith in Christ
    since our works are excluded in salvation, preachers say, our faith in Christ is also a work
    so don’t even think about your own faith in Christ

    preachers say, look to Christ don’t look to yourself
    but end up separating Christ and Christ giving us faith
    though the elect do not receive faith by faith,
    the elect receive both Christ’s death and assurance from Christ’s death
    but some preach justification already for those without faith in the gospel
    preachers say, don’t look to yourself looking to Christ
    look to Christ alone, but without looking at your looking
    preachers is still preaching
    but i don’t know exactly what it means to look to Christ
    while trying hard not to look at yourself looking to Christ
    Christ was there then, I am here now
    does this mean, since i was not there then, I cannot here now look to Christ?
    you were already born saved, they say, before you look, without looking
    Christ, I trust you not only for the salvation of the elect whoever they may be
    Christ, I look to you for MY salvation

  6. markmcculley Says:

    I Corinthians 2: 14 But the unbeliever does not welcome what comes from God’s Spirit, because what comes from God’s Spirit is foolishness to them

    Ephesians 1: 13 When you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and when you believed in Him, you were also sealed with the promised Holy Spirit.

    Ephesians 2 is NOT about “spiritual death” (corruption) and regeneration

    in the flesh, and under the wrath, are not the same thing–two different categories

    if you are in the flesh and do not believe the gospel, then you are also under God’s wrath

    if you are still under God’s wrath, then you are also still in the flesh and do not believe the gospel

    Ephesians 2: And you were dead in your trespasses and sins 2 in which you previously walked according to the ways of this world, according to the ruler who exercises authority over the lower heavens, the spirit now working in the disobedient. 3 We too all previously lived among them in our flesh, carrying out the inclinations of our flesh and we were by nature children under wrath as the others were also. 4 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love that He had for us, 5 made us alive with the Messiah even though we were dead in trespasses.

    Romans 8: 7 For the mind-set of the flesh is hostile to God because the flesh does not submit itself to God’s law, for the flesh is unable to do so. 8 Those who are in the flesh CANNOT please God.

    John 3 : Unless someone is born of the Spirit, they cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6 Whatever is born of the flesh is flesh, and whatever is born of the Spirit is spirit.

    justification is not regeneration John 5: 24 “I assure you: Anyone who hears My word and believes Him who sent Me has lasting life and will not come under judgment but has passed from death to life.

    regeneration is not justification John 5: 25 “I assure you: An hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live.

    no faith in the true gospel, no sign or evidence of regeneration—faith in the true gospel is not a condition but a result of the new birth

    Don’t confuse regeneration and adoption.
    becoming “Children of God” does not mean “becoming regenerate”
    In order to “receive Christ”, sinners first have to become regenerate, and only when they “receive Christ” do they become “children of God

    John 1: 12
    But to all who did receive Him,
    He gave them the right to be[children of God,
    to those who believe in His name,
    13 who were born,
    not of blood,
    or of the will of the flesh,
    or of the will of man,
    but of God.

    Galatians 3: 26 for you are sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus

  7. markmcculley Says:

    Chafer concludes that since regeneration imparts eternal life, then all references to eternal life are references to regeneration. As a result, Chafer makes the following argument for the priority of faith to regeneration from John 3:16: “What statement could be more direct or conclusive than this? It is asserted that ‘whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.’ Thus without exception all that enters into salvation, including the gift of eternal life depends only on the one human requirement of believing on the Savior” (6:113–14).

    Chafer’s entire argument that faith precedes regeneration rests on this understanding of John 3:16. Also appealing to this passage to support faith before regeneration are Lewis and Demarest (Integrative Theology, 3:104)

    Chafer teaches that the illuminating work of the Holy Spirit is so powerful that it effectively counters the effects of the old nature and ALLOWS the unbeliever to choose contrary to his nature. Thus, the old man is either (1) less than totally depraved and able to respond in faith through an “extraordinary presentation of the message of salvation,” or (2) coerced to act contrary to his will. These are the only two logical conclusions to Chafer’s argument.

    An even worse idea is that the the work of Holy Spirit’s work in sinners is God believing for them, or “proxy faith”.

  8. markmcculley Says:

    Mattehw Mcmahon–the yoke of Hyper-Calvinism is heavier than the yoke Christ offers for weary souls! Yet, in return, I am able to make the Hyper-Calvinist’s yoke even heavier than they would like. If a knowledge of the Limited Atonement is necessary, my burden would be this – how much of a knowledge is necessary? Speaking hypothetically, and humbly, what if I made the claim that men could not be saved unless they had a knowledge as complete as my own concerning the Limited Atonement of Christ? Such a prerequisite is preposterous! It is equally preposterous to say this to the recent convert, and the thief on the cross. Jesus did not cross-examine the thief to discover his theological assertion “Lord remember me.” He knew Christ was God, Lord and Savior. But in no way could he articulate the Synod of Dort’s five points against the Remonstrants! What a yoke the Hyper-Calvinist has created!

    he Hyper-Calvinist gives them the privilege to disregard the law since they cannot please God. How could the law judge them if they are not bound to obey it? The Hyper-Calvinist says, “They cannot obey it, and are not responsible to it.”

    They do not only believe in sovereign regeneration, but a subjective knowledge of such regeneration. The subjective experience becomes a prerequisite for trusting in the promises of the Gospel. The untainted Sovereign Grace of God is mixed with a prerequisite work of “feeling” before salvation through Gospel preaching may be obtained or even allowed.

  9. Mark Mcculley Says:

    some are willing to say, i don’t know about you, but i do know from experience “for me”—even if I don’t know about everybody—and this fits well with the antinomian preaparationists like Gadsby who deny that anybody is commanded to believe the gospel . George Ella–“Repentance must come first. When God grants repentance, then we may speak of faith in the gospel but not before.”
    John Gill—“The gospel is a pure declaration of grace. The gospel has no command but all promises. ”
    Gill then attempts to escape Acts 17:30 by making it common natural repentance but not gospel repentance. Ella and Gill are both wrong to deny that God commands everyone to believe the gospel.

    Andrew Fuller  taught a time lag between “regeneration” and faith. :

    “The author of Glad Tidings to Perishing Sinners (Abraham Booth is decidedly averse from all holy disposition of the heart preceding faith Abraham Booth considers the sinner an enemy to God at the time of his being justified. To be consistent, Booth must consider faith as having no holiness in its nature.

    Abraham Booth:”While a sinner is either stupidly inattentive to his immortal interests, or expecting justification by his own obedience, he will not come to Christ. It should seem, then, that aversion of heart from the gospel plan, or a desire to be justified by one’s own obedience, is no objection to coming to Christ; and that a sinner will come to him, notwithstanding this, provided he be right in speculation, and his conscience sufficiently alarmed. If so, there certainly can be nothing spiritual or holy in the act of coming.”

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