Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Then isn't God at least partly to blame?

I have been engaged in a very interesting conversation with Reynold, an atheist who is a regular commenter at Ray Comfort's blog. His questions and challenges relate directly to some of my recent posts here.

Reynold said "...isn't some of the blame his then? If it's up to him to "break in" and "cause them to be born again" then by what you just said, for every one who isn't "born again", it means that your "God" chose to NOT have them be "born again"? Is that it??"

The bible teaches explicitly that every one in the world, who is born by natural generation (i.e. except Jesus) is guilty of transgressing God's law (Romans 3:19-20), we have done what the law forbids, and have failed to do what the law commands. God would be just in leaving all of us to perish in our sins. That he chooses to save some is out of his sheer mercy and goodness. (Ephesians 2:1-3)

The Canons of Dordt addresses the point that Reynold was making in Head 1. article 6. That some receive the gift of faith from God, and others do not receive it, proceeds from God's eternal decree. (Romans 9:10-15) "I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion." See also: Ephesians 1:11. "Who works all things according to the counsel of his will."

That was looking at it from God's perspective. Those who are the objects of God's grace in his eternal decree are unknown to us, only that there are some. However, we are promised that whoever believes in Christ crucified shall not perish, but have eternal life. (John 3:16; 1 Corinthians 1:23)

Conclusion: God is indeed responsible for the damnation of sinners, in that he is just in punishing them. But, It is the duty and privilege of everyone who hears the gospel immediately to accept its merciful provisions; and they who continue in impenitence and unbelief incur aggravated guilt and perish by their own fault. [From the Westminster Confession of Faith]

Jesus Christ calls everyone,everywhere to confess his sin and trust in Him for his salvation and deliverance.

I call everyone, everywhere to come who will acknowledge his sin and bring his guilt and need to Jesus Christ, and I assure him, without any qualifications, that in doing that he will most certainly be saved eternally by the blood of Jesus Christ.

_John Gerstner

1 comment:

Genesis Three said...

"isn't some of the blame his then?"

You know, as Jesus is the Son, and He died for the transgressor, God took responsibility for sin.

Even though I am convinced God is above sin, God took away the guilt. Astonishing love.