One is regenerated by the Spirit before faith because he is dead and can do nothing.
Just as well "Repentance is something that occurs before faith"
Now, many Calvinist may try to argue against this, but logically if we are in this degenerate state with no hope apart from God moving us, then what else is there? In order for a Calvinst to believe he must be moved by God to develop faith.
So really it is not by faith alone it is by nothing alone. Its all God forcing himself upon men who would never choose him. Robots, forced salvation that occurs without any personal faith what so ever.
The total and exclusive exercise of God's absolute sovereignty makes Him absolutely responsible for everything. To Calvin and his true disciples, we are puppets - nothing more.ISOT wrote:These implications can be observed in quotations from Calvin's Institutes:
They can also be observed in this statement of creed:Calvin wrote:"I again ask how it is that the fall of Adam involves so many nations with their infant children in eternal death without remedy, unless that it so seemed meet to God? Here the most loquacious tongues must be dumb. The decree, I admit, is dreadful; and yet it is impossible to deny that God foreknew what the end of man was to be before he made him, and foreknew, because he had so ordained by his decree." Institutes, Book III, chap. 23, para. 7
"All are not created on equal terms, but some are preordained to eternal life, others to eternal damnation; and, accordingly, as each has been created for one or other of these ends, we say that he has been predestinated to life or to death." Institutes, Book III, chapter 21, para. 5
"Nor ought it to seem absurd when I say, that God not only foresaw the fall of the first man, and in him the ruin of his posterity; but also at His own pleasure arranged it." Institutes, Book III, chapter 32, p. 232
"Question: What are the decrees of God?
"Answer: God's decrees are the wise, free and holy acts of the counsel of His will, whereby, from all eternity, He hath for His own glory, unchangeably foreordained whatsoever comes to pass in time, especially concerning angels and men" The Westminster Larger Catechism, Question 12, p. 97
I would not like it, but I would accept it, if that is what the evidence showed and the Bible taught. However, that simply isn't true:
The Psalmist wrote:Your people shall be volunteers In the day of Your power; In the beauties of holiness, from the womb of the morning, You have the dew of Your youth. (Psalm 110:3)