[This Q&A concerns the issue of monergism versus synergism. Those words are used to describe God's action in the salvation of a person. If God acts solely and independently, that's monergism. If He designed the process in such a manner that our cooperation is necessary, that's synergism.]
I recently received an email from a listener in Canada. In his email he included a Q&A from another website. Here's the original email:
"I wondered what you thought of the belief that salvation is based on monergism but sanctification is synergistic. Just so you know that this is a generally accepted concept of reformed individuals, I enclose the following (article). I have a problem with the idea of God being in charge up to when He saves us and then it being a partnership - but some well respected (Sproul) theologians seem to be in this camp!"The author of the article in question is John Hendryx. Let me say at the outset that I like John and I admire the work he has done at Monergism.com. He has even listed one of my books (By Grace Alone) on his resource page. But, I think this article deserves a response. I just want to make plain that my comments are directed at the topic of the debate; not toward the man.