Prevenient Grace, Part 1: William Burt Pope; Wesleyan & Calvinist Differences

This is the first episode in a series on William Burt Pope’s doctrine of prevenient grace. Dr. David Fry completed his PhD dissertation on prevenient grace at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. See also his article: “God’s Gracious Provision: A Theological and Exegetical Defense of the Wesleyan Doctrine of Prevenient Grace.”

Quotes from Dr. Fry:

  • There are four key points that Wesleyans make when talking about prevenient grace: (1) Grace is necessary. (2) We need enablement. (3) God has given enabling grace to all people. (4) Grace is resistible.
  • Initially, grace is given irresistibly. It’s just given to us without us asking for it. But once it’s given, it can be resisted.
  • Through the work of Christ, something happens to the entire human race.

Stay tuned for the continuation of this conversation.

David Fry
David Fry
Senior Pastor at the Frankfort Bible Holiness Church. PhD in Systematic Theology (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School). MDiv in New Testament Theology (Wesley Biblical Seminary).