John Newton’s View of Abiding Sin

Far from laying blame on God for our sin, however, [John] Newton viewed the abiding presence of our fallen sinful nature and the constant activity of Satan as explanation enough for our indwelling and continuous sin.  He also reasoned that, if this is true, only God can get the credit when his Spirit moves with a fresh act of grace to engage believers’ will so that they want to obey, and then provides the actual strength to follow through in obedience.

Duguid, Barbara; Extravagant Grace: God’s Glory Displayed in our Weakness; P&R Publishing; Philipsburg, NJ; copyright 2013; Page 139

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