Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Romans 9:14

Those that find themselves at odds with the doctrine of election and its predicate corollary, predestination, should take a closer look at Romans 9:14. Paul says “God forbid” because if there is righteousness in Man and God does not elect all men, then God is unrighteous. The most probable conclusion to this is that if you believe that God elects all men (and that Jesus died for all men) and you say “That’s not fair!” when told that God has not chosen all mankind for salvation then you believe that there is righteousness in some men. And you would be right, if there is righteousness in some men. The Bible doesn’t support this assertion though as it plainly states “There is none righteous, no not one”.

Here’s the real problem: the Arminian/Wesleyan cannot attach his view to anything observable in either human nature or the Word. If he looks to human nature, he sees evil. Since he believes Man to be righteous, human nature leaves his assertion floating in the air because human nature proves that this Arminian/Wesleyan Righteous Man has indeed chosen unrighteousness. If perchance the Arminian/Wesleyan asserts that Man is unrighteous, human nature again abandons him and fails to give any examples of this unrighteous Man choosing righteousness.

The cornerstone of the foundation of the Arminian/Wesleyan understanding of the Word is:

“I said it, I believe it, and that settles it!”

"...if anyone makes the assistance of grace depend on the humility or obedience of man and does not agree that it is a gift of grace itself that we are obedient and humble, he contradicts the Apostle who says, "What have you that you did not receive?" (1 Cor. 4:7), and, "But by the grace of God I am what I am" (1 Cor. 15:10). (Council of Orange: Canon 6)


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