Explaining Calvinist Proof Text 1 John 1:8

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A Biblical Explanation of 1 John 1:8

A Common Proof Text of Calvinists

Against the Possibility of Moral Perfection In This Life

By Jesse Morrell

An excerpt from the book, “The Natural Ability of ManA Study on Free Will & Human Nature.”

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Christ Changes Our Position and Practice

The difference between the regenerate and the unregenerate are the states of their will and intentions. The unregenerate are described as having hearts that are “only evil continually” (Gen. 6:5), whose heart is “deceitful… and desperately wicked” (Jer. 17:9), because they “set their heart on their iniquity” (Hos. 4:8). The unregenerate cannot say “I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin” (Prov. 20:9).

On the other hand, God promised to give us “a new heart” so that we would keep His commandments (Eze. 11:19-20; 36:26-27). Those who are saved…

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