Thursday, August 27, 2009

Phillips & Wiemers part 2

Phillips is quoted,
Someone once tried to persuade me that God has chosen some people for salvation and chosen other people for damnation. Such an idea is monstrous.
Has Phillips ever read Romans 9? But I move on to the rest of the quote.
God does not arbitrarily and sovereignly damn the greater part of the human race into an existence they did not seek, on terms they did not select (so-called "total depravity"), under impossible handicaps they did not choose (depraved in will and 'dead in trespasses and sins'), dominated by forces they cannot control (the world, the flesh, and the devil), into a ruined family (Adam's) they did not themselves plunge into original sin, just in order arbitrarily to send people to hell for not choosing a salvation offered only to the 'elect.'
The first error here is that man "did not seek" what God had secretly decreed. It assumes that the Calvinist is saying that God held a gun to Adam's back and made him sin. This is no more true than when God decreed that Jesus would die upon the cross. The men that crucified Jesus did so because they wanted to.

Do we all accept that the event of the cross was not an accident but something God ordained to happen? If so, did the men that murdered the Son of God do so because their creaturely wills desired to do so? Of course!

To put it another way, was God forcing men against their wills to murder the Son of God? Of course not.

Phillips and Wiemers need to understand that man does not have a sovereign will equal to that of God, but instead has a creaturely will. Man's will fulfills the decree of God. God is not forcing man to choose what he desires. Men do what they do because they want to. Yet man also does God's will. This is called Compatabilism.

If Wiemers wants to understand Reformed theology, then he needs to go to the relevant texts such as Genesis 50, Isaiah 10, Acts 4, Romans 9 and many others.

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