How do Lutherans, Calvinists and other protestants that believe in monergism respond to biblical passages that seem to support synergism such as these? For example:

  • "Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect." Matthew 5:48

  • "Why do you ask me about what is good?" Jesus replied. "There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, keep the commandments." Matthew 19:17

  • "Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me." Revelation 3:20

  • The parable of the goats and sheep Matthew 25:31-46

You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh ; rather, serve one another humbly in love. Galatians 5:13

  • Is it not enough that I provide the link to them? – Dan Nov 8 '17 at 14:02
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    Huzzah, that adds some meat on the bone. I am looking forward to seeing the answers. – KorvinStarmast Nov 8 '17 at 14:24
  • Could you define 'monergism'? As I understand it, that regeneration is the work of the Spirit without human input or cooperation, these verses do not contradict monergism. The passages in Revelation and Galatians would be understood as being addressed to the regenerate. The sheep and goats don't have any input into whether they are sheep or goats. – bradimus Nov 8 '17 at 18:00
  • @bradimus I guess you are right. yes that would be the definition, nothing fancy . So I may need to change the verses. I guess I'm just really over my head with the subject and I have a million questions. How does monergism relate to predestination for example – Dan Nov 8 '17 at 20:26
  • @bradimus The sheep and goats are more complex I think, since God accuses the goats that they did not feed him, visit him... So monergism is sort of tied to the free will/predestination polemic – Dan Nov 8 '17 at 21:20

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