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Berkhof Quote: Sinner in desperate need of a Savior

In modern theology, with its belief in the inherent goodness of man and his ability to help himself, the doctrine of salvation by grace has practically become a “lost chord,” and even the word “grace” was emptied of all spiritual meaning and vanished from religious discourses. It was retained only in the sense of “graciousness,” something that is quite external. Happidly, there are some evidences of a renewed emphasis on sin, and of a newly awakened consciousness of the need of divine grace. -Louis Berkhof, Systematic Theology. Quoted from The Doctrine of God: The Communicable Attributes, The Grace of God, page 72. (Bold added)

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