What is the meaning of synergism?


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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
By my understanding, synergism in a theological context is a belief or teaching that God and humans both play a part in salvation.

This is opposed to monergism, which is the teaching that God is the sole agent involved in salvation.

Cults are synergistic, in that they teach that God’s grace combined with our efforts are what makes forgiveness of sins possible.

As noted in passages such as Ephesians 2:8-9, even the faith that saves Christians does not come from themselves, but is entirely a gift of God's grace.

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My picture Jack Gutknecht ABC/DTS graduate, guitar music ministry Baptist church
There is only one Bible verse that I could find about synergism:

The Bible says, "Work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for God is at work within you both to will and to do" (Phil. 2:12b–13a). Notice that there are two agents working here. We are called to work and God promises to work as well. We call this activity synergism. It is a cooperative effort between God and man. —R.C. Sproul

But I believe this is talking about a Christian's sanctification, not his salvation. The meaning of synergism is that it is the teaching that we cooperate with God in our efforts of salvation. No way.

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