THE PURITAN MORPHOLOGY OF CONVERSION

Humanity’s Perspective

Humanity’s Evidence of God's Grace

God's Perspective

     

    1. Election
  1. Life of Sin
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  3. Preparation for Salvation
    1. Attendance upon God's word
    2. Submission to the moral law (10 Commandments, etc.)
    3. Awareness of one's sins
    4. Fear of the consequences of sin
    5. 2. Vocation

    6. Assurance of Salvation
    7. Consideration of the promises of salvation revealed in the Bible
    8. A spark of faith, a will and desire to believe in God's grace.
    9. Doubt and despair of salvation
    10. Doubt, but also a feeling of assurance and a belief in God's mercy
    11. 3. Justification

    12. A grief for sin because it is sin (i.e., rebellion against God) rather than because of sin's consequences
    13. Grace to endeavor to obey God's commandments
    14. 4. Sanctification

    15. Physical Death
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      5. Glorification

      ADAPTED FROM: Darrett B. Rutman, American Puritanism (New York: W. W. Norton, 1977), 99-101.

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