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SAVING FAITH COMES FROM HEARING GOD'S WORD BY STEVE FINNELLDo men receive faith, that saves, because God arbitrarily bestows them with faith? Does God predetermined who will be saved and then cause them to have faith so they can be saved? No and No.Faith comes from hearing God's word preached.Romans 10:17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.(NKJV)Romans 10:14 How they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?(NKJV)Faith comes when men believe the gospel. Faith is not forced on men by God. MISUNDERSTOOD PROOF-TEXT EPHESIANS 2:8Ephesians 2:8 is used to prove that faith is a gift from God, however, that is not what is says.Ephesians 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is a gift of God,(NKJV)Salvation is the gift from God. Faith is not the gift.Mark 16:16 "He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.Why would Jesus condemn men who do not believe if God is the one who arbitrarily bestows faith on men so they can be saved?To have faith that Jesus is the Son of God is a choice. To trust in God is a choice. To believe that God resurrected Jesus from the grave is a choice. To believe that Jesus is both Lord and Christ is a choice. God does not force men to have faith. Saving faith is the not a gift from God. Salvation is the gift from God.WHAT MUST MEN DO TO BE SAVED? 1. Hear the gospel. Romans 10:172. Believe. John 3:163. Confess. Romans 10:94. Repent. Acts 3:195. Be baptized in water. Acts 2:38 YOU ARE INVITED TO FOLLOW MY BLOG. http://steve-finnell.blogspot.com