Jarrod & 4WD:
Congratulations on how you two are handling RB's repetitious positions on Calvinism. A couple of weeks ago, I gave up trying to tutor him, or even reason with him. But carry on, you might possibly, somehow or some way, enlighten him.
"Trying to tutor me"~now that's a narcissistic statement coming from the king himself
of the narcissistic community of Pharisees,
"Repetitious positions" on Calvinism? If that is what you think I'm defending, then you have very little knowledge of the truth when it comes to the doctrine of Soteriology. If Jesus Christ was preaching in our day, you would cheer on the lawyers, Jews, and Pharisees in their meager attempt to expose Christ as one who had the spirit of the chief of the devils, as he taught them such truths as are found here:
Luke 4:18-29~"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears. And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph's son? And he said unto them, Ye will surely say unto me this proverb, Physician, heal thyself: whatsoever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in thy country. And he said, Verily I say unto you, No prophet is accepted in his own country. But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elias, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when great famine was throughout all the land; But unto none of them was Elias sent, save unto Sarepta, a city of Sidon, unto a woman that was a widow. And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Eliseus the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, saving Naaman the Syrian. And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath And rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong."
Why did Jesus' words stir up hatred in their hearts? The same words that do in your heart~God's sovereign right to show mercy to whosoever he will!
From these scriptures, we learn, how bitterly
human nature dislikes the doctrine of the sovereignty of God. We see this in the conduct of the men of Nazareth, when our Lord reminded them that God was under no obligation to work miracles among them. Were there not many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah? No doubt there were. Yet to none of them was the prophet sent. All were passed over in favor of a Gentile widow at Sarepta~Were there not many lepers in Israel in the days of Elisha? No doubt there were. Yet to none of them was the privilege of healing granted. Naaman the Syrian was the only one who was cleansed~Such doctrine as this was intolerable
to the men of Nazareth just as it is with you and many others. It wounded their pride and self-conceit. It taught them that God was no man’s debtor, and that if they themselves were passed over in the distribution of His mercies, they had no right to find fault. They could not bear it. They were "filled with wrath." They thrust theLord out of their city, and had it not been for an exercise of miraculous power on His part, they would doubtless have put Him to a violent death.
the doctrines of the Bible none is so offensive to human nature as the doctrine of God’s sovereignty. To be told that God is great, and just, and holy, and pure, man can bear. But to be told that "He hath mercy on whom He will have mercy,~that He "giveth no account of His matters," that it is "not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that showeth mercy,"~these are truths that natural man cannot stand and WILL NOT
. They often call forth all their enmity against God, and fill him with wrath and hatred toward those who faithfully teach it. Nothing
, in short, will make him submit to them but the humbling teaching of the Holy Ghost.
I have settled it in my mind that, whether I like it or not, the sovereignty of God in the salvation of sinners is a doctrine clearly revealed in the Bible
, and a fact clearly to be seen in the world. Upon no other principle
can we ever explain why some members of a family are converted, and others live and die in sin~why some quarters of the earth are enlightened by Christianity, and others remain buried in heathenism. One account only can be given of all this. All is ordered by the sovereign hand of God
. We should be praying for humility in respect of this Bible truth. Let us remember that our life is but a vapor, and that our best knowledge compared to that of God is perfect folly. We should be thankful for such light as we enjoy ourselves, and use it diligently while we have it. We should never doubt that on the last day the whole world shall be convinced, that He who now "gives no account of His matters" has done all things well~yea, perfectly righteously.