Biblical Scholar Brian Abasciano Refutes the Popular Calvinist Argument That the Language of 1 John 5:1 Means That Regeneration Precedes Faith

This scholarly treatment of the passage and the language of 1 John 5:1 is long overdue. In light of this article, I don’t see how Calvinists can continue to reference this erroneous argument. You can down load the article from SEA:

Brian J. Abasciano, “Does Regeneration Precede Faith?  The Use of 1 John 5:1 as a Proof Text.”

Here is the author’s abstract:

A number of scholars have appealed to the Greek tenses of 1 John 5:1 as definitive proof that the verse teaches that regeneration precedes faith. But this argument is untenable. The purposes of the present article are (1) to draw attention to the falsity of the argument and to explain why it is invalid, and (2) to counter the contention that the underlying concern of the grammatical argument (i.e., that 1 John 5:1 implies that regeneration precedes faith) can be rescued by appeal to a pattern in 1 John of indicating the results of regeneration. It is questionable whether the tenses in 1 John 5:1 suggest any chronological or causal relationship between faith and regeneration since some grammarians deny that Greek tenses grammaticalize time, and more importantly, one of the tenses in the passage occurs in a substantival participle, which can be devoid of time significance.  If the tenses are temporally related, as seems most probable, then Greek grammar suggests either that believing and being begotten of God are portrayed as contemporaneous, or perhaps more likely, that believing logically precedes being begotten of God. Invocation of statements elsewhere in 1 John indicating the results of regeneration does not rescue 1 John 5:1 as a proof text for regeneration preceding faith because of, inter alia, the distinctive and crucial role of faith in the epistle and Johannine theology.

38 Responses

  1. Please forward to me a copy. thanks.

  2. I wouldn’t mind a copy either.

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  5. Would you kindly send me a copy, too? Thank you.

  6. timandtammy,

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  7. Thank you. I appreciate it.

  8. I would like a copy as well. Thanks

  9. Denver,

    A copy was sent to your email.

  10. Please send me the article to my email. Thank you

  11. Cesar,

    A copy was sent to your email.

  12. Did you guys hear of Doug Hamp ? he’s on youtube and refutes the elect thing. He has studied hebrew and i think greek also in jerusalem . I don’t know what camp he is in though. he states the elect in the bible is the Jews/ Israelites.

  13. barbbflyic,

    I have not looked at it, but would disagree with him if he thinks that the elect is always Israel or Jews with no reference to the church. That is simply not Biblically sustainable. Believers, whether Gentile or Jew, are called the elect in Scripture.

  14. I see thanks for your time. my pentecostal friend says all believers are elect . Is that what you mean?

  15. barbbflyjc,

    Yes, all believers are elect. Here is a good place to start if you want to learn more:

  16. I would like a copy of the article, please

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  18. Please send me a PDF copy. Thank you.

  19. Scott,

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    Just sent one to your email.

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  26. A copy of the PDF of this article would be greatly appreciated.


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  30. I would like to receive a copy of Dr. Abasciano. Thank you so much for this opportunity.

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  36. Is it too late to ask for a copy of this article?

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