Webster’s Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language:
Monergism – The doctrine that the Holy Spirit acts independently of the human will in the work of regeneration.
Synergism – (3) The doctrine that the human will cooperates with the Holy Spirit in the work of regeneration.
All the religions of the world, including Arminianism, have one thing in common, except for one. That commonality is Synergism. I, in the past while preaching Monergism , have been accused of preaching a man made doctrine. If you contribute anything to the sinner, it becomes Synergism. What do you think the odds of Monergism is a man made doctrine? If you have two sinners that have the Gospel of Christ preached to them. One believes and one does not. What was the deciding factor why the one believed? If you say God, then you would be right. If you said that God was the deciding factor, then there was nothing in the sinner that made the difference. It was all of God. Salvation is of the Lord. If then God being the deciding factor why one believes, then that makes God the deciding factor why the other did not believe. Why? Because the God factor was not applied. Remember, it is God that is the deciding factor, not the spiritually dead sinner and his will. If you say the sinner, then you make the sinner the deciding factor. The Spirit gives life where HE WILLS, not the sinner and so it is with everyone that is born of the Spirit.
Joh 3:8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
Listeth means wills. The wind (Spirit) blows where it wills, not man.
Joh 5:40 And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.
Jesus said “you will not come to me to have life.”
This tells some things about the sinner.
1. the sinner has a will
2. the sinner uses his will
3. the sinner uses his will to will not to come to Christ
4. the sinner has no life
5. the sinner will not will himself to Christ because he is dead.
So the spirit goes where He desires or wills and He gives life to the sinner and the sinner is alive for the first time.Yeah, it leaves man in the dirt. The sinner dodged a bullet that he never saw coming, because God bushed him out of the way.
Monergism – The teaching that God alone is the one who saves. It is opposed to synergism which teaches that God and man work together in salvation. Cults are synergistic. Christianity is monergistic.
Synergism – The teaching that we cooperate with God in our efforts of salvation. This is opposed to Monergism which is the teaching that God is the sole agent involved in salvation. Cults are synergistic in that they teach that God’s grace combined with our efforts are what makes forgiveness of sins possible.
Pelagianism – The teaching of a monk named Pelagius in the fifth Century. He taught that man’s will was and still is free to choose good or evil and there is no inherited sin (through Adam). Every infant born into the world is in the same condition as Adam before the fall and becomes a sinner because he sins. This is opposed to the Biblical teaching that we are by nature children of wrath (Eph. 2:3) and that we sin because we are sinners. Pelagius said we are able to keep the commandments of God because God has given us the ability. Therefore, there is no need of redemption and the crucifixion of Jesus is merely a supreme example of love, humility, obedience, and sacrifice. This heresy has its relatives in the form of the cults that deny the total dependence upon God and maintain that salvation is obtainable through our own efforts.
Synergism is close to Pelagianism. Synergism is semi-Pelagianism.
by Brandan Kraft
God needs no defenders. He needs nothing to justify His sovereign acts in this world. He is the Creator, the Shaper, and the Molder. He is the Almighty. Being the Almighty, He has absolute control over all that He has created. There is nothing He can do that is unrighteous – all of His acts are Righteous acts. There is no law that can judge Him as unrighteous as He is the law giver. He has declared the end from the beginning and has done, is doing, and will continue to do all His pleasure (Isa 46:10). All the events of this world come to pass only because the Lord has decreed them according to His pleasure. Those who admire the Sovereign right and Genius of the Lord to rule all of His creation as He pleases see no need to defend this proposition. But there are some who claim to rejoice in God’s absolute sovereignty yet perceive the need to defend Him and justify Him before the world.
The Lord is Sovereign in Salvation. Before the foundation of the world, He elected some to salvation and others to damnation not because He foresaw that some would do good or bad, but because it pleased Him (Rom 9:11). Some modern day religionists see no reason to defend the things they perceive to be “good” such as Sovereign election in Christ. But while they may pay lip service to the election of men unto salvation, they often attempt to justify God’s decree concerning reprobation or simply deny it altogether. Why are men ultimately damned to hell? The obvious answer to this question given to us in His Word is because the Lord determined it according His pleasure. There is no need to justify this answer! It is true that men are sinful and deserving of eternal condemnation. But why are they sinful? Why were they made to be sinful? Was it not because it pleased the Lord that He would be glorified in the reprobation of men? This is not a hard question to answer, and any attempt to qualify it is to dishonor the Creator in His Sovereign Rule over all that exists.
“Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour? What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction: And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory, Even us, whom he hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?” (Rom 9:21-24)
by Don Fortner
“Salvation is of the Lord” (Jon. 2:9). “By grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God” (Eph. 2:8). “Of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: That, according as it is written, he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord” (I Cor. 1:30-31). Election, Redemption, Regeneration, Sanctification, Preservation, Resurrection, and Glorification works of God alone. God gave us life. God gave us faith. God gave us a new heart and a new will, by revealing Christ in us. And we are kept by the power of God” (I Pet. 1:5). We worship and trust and love the one true and living God, who is sovereign in salvation. “Not unto us, 0 Lord, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory” (Ps. ll5:l). Amen.
by Don Fortner
“We know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose”(Rom. 11:36). Every event of providence is ordered and ruled according to the sovereign will of our God. The thoughts of men and the actions of men, good and bad, angels and demons, the path of every grain of dust on a windy day, and the path of the whirlwind, everything in this universe is absolutely under the control and direction of God’s sovereign providence. Nothing happens by accident. Our great God in, his sovereign majesty, rules everything with as much ease as if there were nothing to rule. With undisturbed serenity, God rules! Because God rules all things, we know that all things shall be so ruled of God as to bring about the spiritual and eternal good of all who trust him, and all things shall be to the praise of his glory, “according to the purpose of him who worketh all-things after the counsel of his own will” (Eph. l:ll). Because God is totally, absolutely, universally sovereign in providence, we know that his purpose shall be accomplished and his promises shall all be fulfilled. Anything less than a totally sovereign God cannot be confidently trusted.