Monday, February 16, 2009

Awake part 1

Within the last few weeks, my old Jehovah's Witness friend has been coming by and leaving some Awake pamphlets. Within the February issue is a brief article titled Is Your Future Predestined? Now if I had not known this was a Watch Tower tract, I would have assumed a typical Evangelical pastor had written it. Many of the arguments are similar to those of Adrian Rogers (a series of sermons prior to his death) or Norman Geisler's Chosen But Free.

Underneath the Title of the article the author writes:
Many people believe that their life and future are predestined by a higher power. They feel that from conception to death, we all follow a script already written in the mind of God. "After all," they say, "God is all-powerful and all-knowing, or omniscient, so surely he must know every detail about the past, the present, and the future."
Now I am not certain who this "many people" are. Perhaps they are running into more Calvinists? The article shows a man and a woman hanging on puppet strings. It also teaches a blatantly Open-Theistic position.

There are basically 4 quotes in the two pages that I would like to interact with over the next few posts. I am one of those Calvinists that they are writing against. The real question is whether or not the Calvinist position is Biblical. As is typical of Evangelicals, the Watch Tower reflects the same Arminian argument. They clearly have no idea of the Biblical teaching of God's sovereignty.

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