Friday, September 2, 2011

THE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD

This book has been called “Hypercalvinist.” Therefore, I would first like to say there is no conflict between Calvinism and Arminianism. Obviously God predestined us. For one thing, the Bible says so. For another, if He hadn’t, then our coming to Christ would have been something God was not aware of. This would make Him not truly God.

However, in the everyday sense of things, when someone hears the Gospel, they have to choose whether or not they are going to believe.

God’s Sovereignty Defined: The devil is not thwarting God’s plans. Man is not thwarting God’s plans. We sentence ourselves to Hell by choosing not to believe.

The Book of Romans says that God is revealed through Creation. Thus, the nations that haven’t heard about Jesus Christ are “without excuse.”

The Sovereignty Of God In Creation: The earth is cursed because of our sin.

You don’t get God’s favour if you disobey His laws.

The Sovereignty Of God In Salvation: Really there is no mistranslation in Hebrews 2 9-10. Christ died for every man who would come to Him, whom He also predestined.

God’s Sovereignty In Reprobation: The brute beasts mentioned in 1 Peter are the descendants of the nephillem.

God’s Sovereignty And Man’s Responsibility: The Kaiser didn’t start the First World War; all the nations wanted to go to war with each other.

God’s Sovereignty In Prayer: There is an unhealthy fatalism in the church today. There is an unbalanced emphasis on accepting the will of God. This reduces Christianity to the same level as all the world’s other religions.

Difficulties And Objections: Jesus loved the rich young ruler in that He wanted the young man to follow Him, but if he wasn’t going to do that, then, in the every day sense of things, the young man had only himself to blame.

Conclusion: Lack of balance is one of the biggest problems in the church today.

Appendix C: Here is how God loved the world: “that whosoever believeth in Him.” You have to believe.

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