1715Re: [LutheransLookingEast] Synergy
- Sep 7, 2010I would add that if you remove the idea that 1) salvation is earned and the idea that 2) grace is simply God's undeserved favor rather than God's energies and presence, then the synergy 'problem' ceases to be a problem at all.
That is, this is a problem created by the Lutheran schema.
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From: Benjamin Harju <benjamin.harju@...>
Date: Tue, 7 Sep 2010 19:02:12
Subject: Re: [LutheransLookingEast] Synergy
Synergy is based on the notion of human freedom and God's respect of that
freedom. Fallen man is bound as a captive under the tyranny of the devil.
He is comparable to the Israelites enslaved by the Egyptians. The power
holding fallen man in bondage is death, and its sting is sin (1Co 15:56).
So fallen man is under a tyrant, suffers the lash of sin, and is shackled to
Hades by death. Yet in this situation he can still exercise his will,
though because of his bondage to sin and death he cannot fully or
consistently accomplish that will. And, of course, his will cannot
accomplish his release and return to God!
Synergy, for the unconverted man, means assenting to the release effected by
our Passover Lamb, Christ. Basically that's all that fallen man can do is
say yes or no, so that is what God requires. Faith in the heart must work
through outward confession and commitment.
Synergy for the converted man means struggling against your own love of sin
and conditioning toward it (passions) and to persevere by God's Grace in the
commandments of God. This is the ascetic struggle, also known as daily
repentance or bearing the cross and following Christ. Again, it's about
willingly and purposefully growing closer to God. Man is invited to do it,
and God supplies the Grace of His Spirit so it is possible. God is not
passive man's autopilot, but rather the active man's Energizer. The Holy
Spirit perfects, He does not take over. The demons do not respect free will
and try to trick man and lead him into bondage so that they can take over a
In the faith-works paradigm man believes and so he works. His work is
beneficial in his growth in God because God supplies His personal Energies
(Grace) to man. The believing man is the active man. Faith works. In
Lutheranism faith is a passive recipient, and based on what is received it
works in gratitude. In Orthodoxy faith is activity, and this active faith
receives Grace, which draws man deeper into union with God and furthers the
potency of his personal spiritual warfare.
I hope this is a decent start.
On Tue, Sep 7, 2010 at 3:23 PM, mrthatoneguy92 <timsteele2@...> wrote:
> I'll be honest- even though I've done my fair share of research and
> dictionary looking, I still don't quite understand synergy, how it relates
> to the whole faith vs. works thing, etc.
> If y'all could help me understand it better, that would be greatly
> - Tim
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