Regeneration 2

The fundamental truths of the Pelagian and Arminian scheme (for they are in substance the same) are these:
(1). That God not only proclaims the offers of grace and salvation to all men alike, but that the Holy Spirit is equally and sufficiently distributed to all men to insure their salvation, provided they duly improve the benefits bestowed upon them.
(2). That the precepts and promises of the gospel are not only good and desirable in themselves, but so suited to the natural reason and interests of mankind, that they will of course be inclined to receive them, unless overpowered by prejudice, and an habitual course of sin.
(3). That the consideration of the threatenings and promises of the gospel is sufficient to remove these prejudices and reform that course.
(4). That those who thus seriously reflect and amend their lives have the promise of the Holy Spirit, and are entitled to the benefits of the new covenant.

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Regeneration 1

“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” —John 1:12-13

Asahel Nettleton (1783-1844) was an instrument of God during America’s Second Great Awakening, ministering as an itinerant evangelist in New England. An estimated 30,000 souls were saved through his preaching from 1810-1821 until taking ill of typhus fever in 1822. Contrary to Rick Warren’s erroneous assertion that Asahel Nettleton began using the “altar call” in 1817 and was popularized later by Charles Grandison Finney (The Purpose Driven Church, pg. 305), Nettleton loathed such gimmicks and innovations as Finney’s New Measures and “anxious bench,” the forerunner to today’s unscriptural “altar call.”

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