Article 8: Prevenient Grace
7. We believe that the Triune God freely offers grace or favor, that is, the opportunity to be forgiven and be in right standing with God. This opportunity is offered to all through Jesus. This opportunity allows all to turn from being in a state of sin where they are against God to being righteous, that is, in a state of right standing with God. All who swear their allegiance to Jesus, the Anointed One, will have their treason against God pardoned and will be cleansed from their state of sin. They will also imitate Jesus’ good works, works which pleased God the Father and which he accepted. We also believe that humans, who were created in the Triune God’s image are like God in that they have the ability to choose between right and wrong; thus, humans, like God, are morally responsible. When Adam and Eve existed in their state of original righteousness, they were able to call upon God with a clear conscience and by their own strength. When “The Fall” occurred, however, their consciences were forever clouded, and they could no longer, by their own strength or conscience, turn to and call upon God. Now they needed God’s help to do this as do all their descendants. When God offers that help, it is an act of grace or favor, that is, the opportunity to be forgiven and be in right standing with God.