This is a less than fully accurate statement of MLJ's view. For he repeatedly states that the I of Rom.7:13-25 is not unregenerate. "We have seen one thing very clearly, and that is, that here we are not looking at an unregenerate man." (p. 224 Zondervan ed.) Again "this cannot possibly be the unregenerate man" (p.229). Yet he does not believe that Paul is describing mature Christian experience either. (He discusses in detail the contradictions such a view creates with other scriptures.) In his view, (which deserves more attention than it has received) Paul, in this passage, is describing a man under "intense conviction of sin, who has been given to see...the holiness of the law." (p.255). MLJ regards such a man as "being neither the one or the other, neither unregnerate nor regenerate. All we can say for certain is that they are under deep conviction of sin." (p. 256)
Originally Posted by Daniel Ritchie
In Christ's love and service,
Mr. Tim Cunningham,
Diploma in Christian Studies, Regent College, Vancouver
Author: How Firm a Foundation? An Exegetical and Historical Critique of the "Ethical Perspective of [Christian] Reconstructionism"
Presented in Theonomy in Christian Ethics, Wipf & Stock, 2012.
Bachelor of Music, (Trombone Performance), University of Toronto
Member, First Baptist Church, Vancouver, BC
"I once sat in darkness, and waited for the moon to rise.
I once sat in darkness, and waited for the sun to shine.
I once sat in darkness, when all the light I'd waited for was gone.
Then Jesus came, and now the only true light, ever, shines in me."
– John Deacon -