I read this fantastic statement in the Quarterly Record of the Trinitarian Bible Society:
We are passive in regeneration, but we may not be passive or careless and indifferent about this matter (regeneration) that concerns our eternal well or woe! We may never rest, till by grace we know, that God has wrought this great work of purification within our hearts.
(Rev. G Hamstra, Quarterly Record July 2006 no. 576, Trinitarian Bible Society, p.8)
Does this make any sense at all? We are passive in regeneration, but we must not be passive about it? We are passive in regeneration, but we must not rest until we have done something about it?
Please do not patronize me by suggesting I do not really understand Reformed theology. I know very well the subtlety of the Reformed doctrine of conversion and that it is not so easily refuted. I realise very well that Calvinists do not deny the responsibility of man to believe. However, this statement is the worst possible way of stating the doctrine.