Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Why do some Repent - Part I

So many confusions of categories in the faith.
Did God ordain who's going where?

Um, yeah.

Is a person responsible for what they do and morally culpable?


What the?

Why are non-believers struggling LESS with this thought than believers is beyond me. I struggled with it hard core. Hated it even.......until I submitted to the word of God.

The whole issue needs to begin and end with Scripture, not our human understanding. Taking to heart the words "lean NOT on your own understanding" is sooo critical to getting to the crux of the matter of faith in a Sovereign God.

The text that cannot be skated around AND no matter how you slice it, or dissect it in Greek, is Romans 9:10 & f.
"Not only that, but Rebekah's children had one and the same father, our father Isaac.
Yet, before the twins were born or had done anything good or bad—in order that God's purpose in election might stand: 12not by works but by him who calls—she was told, "The older will serve the younger." Just as it is written: "Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated."

What then shall we say? Is God unjust? Not at all! For he says to Moses,
"I will have mercy on whom I have mercy,
and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion."

It does not, therefore, depend on man's desire or effort, but on God's mercy. For the Scripture says to Pharaoh: "I raised you up for this very purpose, that I might display my power in you and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth." Therefore God has mercy on whom he wants to have mercy, and he hardens whom he wants to harden.

One of you will say to me: "Then why does God still blame us? For who resists his will?" But who are you, O man, to talk back to God? "Shall what is formed say to him who formed it, 'Why did you make me like this?' " Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for noble purposes and some for common use?

What if God, choosing to show his wrath and make his power known, bore with great patience the objects of his wrath—prepared for destruction? What if he did this to make the riches of his glory known to the objects of his mercy, whom he prepared in advance for glory— even us, whom he also called, not only from the Jews but also from the Gentiles? As he says in Hosea:
"I will call them 'my people' who are not my people;
and I will call her 'my loved one' who is not my loved one," and,
"It will happen that in the very place where it was said to them,
'You are not my people,'
they will be called 'sons of the living God.' "

Isaiah cries out concerning Israel:
"Though the number of the Israelites be like the sand by the sea,
only the remnant will be saved.
For the Lord will carry out
his sentence on earth with speed and finality."

It is just as Isaiah said previously:
"Unless the Lord Almighty
had left us descendants,
we would have become like Sodom,
we would have been like Gomorrah."

I don't really feel the need to highlight the parts that SCREAM out God's choosing who will not be hardened against Him. To my dear Arminian brothers and sisters (whom I know are God's)
what then do we do with this verse?

In Christ,


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