Precious Jesus

"Afresh, precious, precious Jesus, I resign this body to You, for doing or suffering, for living or dying. Will You accept it? Will You use me for Your glory more than heretofore, that You may have some little return for all the benefits You have done to me? Oh, do grant this request; my heart longs for it, my spirit pleads for it; and "if You will, You can." You know the hot temptation of which I am the subject. Bring Your glory out of it, and keep me from the evil, and it shall be well." - Ruth Bryan

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Calvinism vs. Arminianism

I have heard many false accusations against Calvinism {I myself rejected such teaching early on in my salvation, but glory be to God, He is continually teaching me His truth}, and as I read 'The Doctrines of Grace' by Dr. Boice, I realize Calvinism is the only correct biblical view; it all depends on how you view God's glory and His grace. Let's look at what Dr. Boice has to say...


'Having a high view of God means something more than giving glory to God, however; it means giving glory to God alone. This is the difference between Calvinism and Arminianism. While the former declares that God alone saves sinners, the latter gives the impression that God enables sinners to have some part in saving themselves. Calvinism presents salvation as the work of the triune God - election by the Father, redemption in the Son, calling by the Spirit. Furthermore, each of these saving acts is directed toward the elect, thereby infallibly securing their salvation.
By contrast, Arminianism views salvation as something that God makes possible but that man makes actual. This is because the saving acts of God are directed toward different persons; the Son's redemption is for humanity in general, the Spirit's calling is only for those who hear the Gospel, narrower still, the Father's election is only for those who believe the Gospel. Yet, in none of these cases [redemption, calling, or election] does God actually secure the salvation of one single sinner. The inevitable result is that rather than depending exclusively on divine grace, salvation depends partly on human response. So although arminianism is willing to give God the glory, when it comes to salvation, it is unwilling to give Him all the glory. It divides the glory between heaven and earth, for if what ultimately makes the difference between being saved and being lost is man's ability to choose God, then to just that extent God is robbed of His glory. Yet God Himself has said, "I will not yield my glory to another" {Isa. 48:11}. {p. 34-35, 'The doctrines of grace', Crossway publishing}
For Arminianism, human decision making holds a central place in salvation. This results in a theology that is not exclusively God-centered but is distorted in the direction of the self. And of course, this is what the spirit of the age demands. In these post-modern and increasingly post-Christian times, people are clamoring for attention. They are looking for spiritual experiences that are secularized, humanized, and relativized. Arminianism supplies exactly what today's evangelicalism demands: a gospel that preserves a determinative role for personal choice'. {p. 29 'The doctrines of Grace', Crossway publishing}



So what happens when a man-centered gospel is preached? This gospel is rendered powerless because God is not at the center, He must have a little help from man. God is not sovereign in a gospel that leaves it up to man to choose or reject Christ. Look around you, this world is filled with superficial Christians who say they belong to Christ because they chose Him, made a decision for Him, etc. Yet, sin is rampant among professing Christians, worldliness, materialism, living for this life; bigger houses, better income, more stuff. Do you see why we need to recover the doctrines of grace? Those who profess to be elders/pastors need prayer, may they understand the seriousness of preaching the word, the whole counsel, regardless of the popularity of such a message.

8 comments:

Christina said...

Amen, friend! Well said! :)

lyn said...

Hello Christina,

Thank you for the visit; I must give you credit for introducing me to Dr. Boice through your blog. I ordered two of his books and have been so very blessed. I intend on ordering several more in the very near future.

Many thanks to you for the blessings I have received through these two books, and of course, all glory goes to our Father!!


laurie

Jehovah Mekoddishkem said...

"Having a high view of God means something more than giving glory to God, however; it means giving glory to God alone."

now that's a very profound truth!

I've grieved in my heart over those who hold to Armenianism simply because they do not, cannot, incapable of the ability to extol the highest and greatest praises to GOD who alone is worthy of such glory and honor. In other words they are living in poverty not knowing the truest delights in God as unique and set apart as HOLY high and lifted up since their view is limited to give such.

Ohh, I can't quite put it into words. All I can say is my greatest JOY has always been in giving GOD ALL the credit, due his name and if man has anything to do with it then it just steals and cheapens the relationship not because God is any less but because the person has lessened themselves in having their filthy hands in on doing something for God.

lyn said...

Linda,
Amen to this -"All I can say is my greatest JOY has always been in giving GOD ALL the credit, due his name and if man has anything to do with it then it just steals and cheapens the relationship not because God is any less but because the person has lessened themselves in having their filthy hands in on doing something for God."

Well said sister!

Jehovah Mekoddishkem said...

Amen Lyn what an AWESOME GOD WE SERVE!! Woohoooo

Anonymous said...

As the realization of the sovereignity of our God in all things (and especially in the salvation of individual men) takes hold of our heart, notice the flood of new found humility before Him and gratitude that surpasses all previously known thanksgiving.

Darrel

lyn said...

Exactly Darrel!! That is what makes rightly understanding grace essential in salvation; we do not deserve to be saved period, and yet, this magnificent God, Creator of the universe, has predestined some for eternal life. He has shown mercy because Christ made atonement for me, and all who our God will call. This is simply amazing; I once watched a short video by Art Azurdia, in this video he states it isn't that God saves some, it's that He saves any. There could not be a more truthful statement made.


Blessings to you Darrel,

Lyn

Jehovah Mekoddishkem said...

Amen Darryl and Lyn so beautifully and aptly put