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

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Is God really all that sovereign?

Many have taken in hand to expound upon this attribute of God. A W Pink has two works, "The Attributes of God" and "The Sovereignty of God" where he spares no words to explain what men so readily rebel against. Both are filled with Scripture and impeccable arguments that the infinite God must also be infinitely Sovereign. Sadly, Pink's books and our brains are incapable of fully understanding the scope of His Sovereignty, but the Holy Spirit has shown His people enough so that we can know all that is necessary for us to know while we live on this earth. Man's problem is rebellion. Beginning with Adam and quickly moving to Cain, we see the "gospel according to Cain" alive and thriving in "Christian" circles today. It goes something like this: "I will worship You in the manner I choose and You will accept it. I will live my life in self-indulgence and You bring me to Your 'Heaven' when I die." In Cain's "gospel" God takes orders from His creation and is obedient to their demands. No where in Scripture is there the slightest hint of this lunacy, but this 'gospel' is preached from the majority of pulpits every Sunday.

The very definition of 'sovereignty' must include all things, everywhere, for all time and beyond, otherwise it is a vacuous, meaningless term. The Creation tells us this (Rom. 1:20-23) but the created ones would rather rebel than submit. According to these few verses what can be seen with naked eye is enough to show man who the Creator is and that He alone is worthy of worship. With modern technology man's knowledge is expanded to see farther than ever before, from the most minute of objects under the microscope to the ever expanding vastness of the universe, God's Attributes of Creation and Sovereignty are on full display. It's been twenty years or so since the first Hubble Deep Field revealed tens of thousands of galaxies in an otherwise dark spot in space. A few years later the same experiment yielded the same result, more unknown galaxies. Today it is estimated that there are trillions of galaxies containing billions of stars each and yet our brilliant scientists still suppress the truth of Creation and it's Creator and opt for the mystery of some 'big bang' (for which there is zero evidence) instead of humbling themselves and giving their Creator the credit for His work.

The current 'religious scene' is no better, in fact it is much worse. If a person does not have a solid understanding of the Sovereignty of God he will not be able to get much, if anything, right concerning the Gospel. All aberrant doctrine stems from this one point: "God is not who He claims to be, He is not in charge, and I will do as I please"---the gospel of Cain 2.0. In Exodus we find that God hardened Pharaoh's more than once to accomplish His purpose. Today' pulpit liars will say that it was Pharaoh's choice and not the sovereign hand of God that hardened his heart. By doing so God is de-throned and man is the new supreme. From such heretical teaching comes the idea that man can make his own choice as to whether he is saved or not. Bottom line, man chooses God first, not God chooses man first. This is a direct denial of John 15:16 and a not-so-backdoor effort to call Jesus a lair. Such thinking also denies John 6:44 and Acts 13:48 along with hundreds of other verses that teach that God is the only one who does the choosing. It's bad enough that this is freely and widely taught catching many in it's appeal for a man to be captain of his own fate. For those chosen by God for salvation this manmade obstacle is readily overcome by the Holy Spirit through the Scriptures. Some may take longer than others to realize the error of this teaching, but it will be accomplished. The real problem for most who hold this doctrine of "free-will" salvation is that they know better but have had their heart hardened to teach this lie, from which there is no escape except by the grace of God. They, too, suppress the truth in unrighteousness and worship & serve the creature rather than the Creator. From this one false doctrine we have the fact of  'church life' today: The churches, the pastor, the people worship themselves and not the God whom they purport to serve. The Church of Laodicea is thriving right under our nose and few there be that know it.

Isaiah 6:9 & 10 is oft repeated in the New Testament. This is another verse that is passed over because it does not conform to the idea that man is the sovereign one. John 12:37-40 is an eye opener. Verse 39 says "Therefore they could not believe..." COULD NOT BELIEVE! Who dares to speak to this from a pulpit today? Why could they not believe? Verse 40: "He has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts..." [Just like Pharaoh] Why? Simply because they were not chosen! Indeed a hard pill to swallow, but when it is ingested it destroys the pride of "free-will salvation" by humbling a rebellious heart and making the Grace and Goodness of God all the more precious! If the God one claims to serve is not the Sovereign of all, then that person serves himself and not the God revealed in Scripture. Those who are an authentic child of God know full well that they had nothing to do with the salvation He has granted them. What does the memory of the day you were saved produce in your heart? Humility or Pride? Are you so proud that walked the isle and prayed the prayer and joined the church? Or do you find your heart humbled and rejoicing at the same time because God has worked the miracle of the new birth in you? May it please the Lord to open our eyes!


lyn said...

Excellent piece brother. I was studying John 3:19,  'And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.' here is a bit from my studies, "Coming to the light condemns the sinner, for their deeds are evil. They know their deeds are evil so they avoid the light, thus, they think they can avoid condemnation. The conscience testifies against them, so they silence their conscience. Creation cries out against sinners, so they deny the Creator and uphold a lie - evolution. Sinners know murder is a sin, so they slaughter the unborn for the sake of 'women's rights'. Sinners know homosexuality is wrong, so they call it 'gay'. Sinners know marriage is supposed to be a man and a woman, so they re-define marriage and usurp the authority of the most High God. Sinners know idolatry is wrong, so they suppress the truth of God's word and fashion multiple 'gods' to worship, including the 'god' of self. Sinners love their darkness - and the more they suppress God's truth, the deeper into that darkness they go. They will never come to the light; to Christ and His gospel truth, 'lest his deeds should be reproved' [vs. 20] - or '  reprove, rebuke, discipline, expose, show to be guilty'. The sin nature does NOT want to be confronted by a thrice holy God. The doctrine of 'free will' refuses to acknowledge this truth. Sinners will never come to Christ because the will of man is bent on darkness and hates the light."

The free willers don't have a grasp on this verse either. Why do sinners stay in darkness? They LOVE their sins. The will loves it's sin, and willfully chooses to stay in darkness every time. They do NOT want their evil deeds exposed. I remember speaking with a co-worker about sin. She is a lesbian, she stated this, 'I love my sin'. I told her she was right, we all 'love' our sin until God arrests His elect and draws us to Himself. However, most will perish in their sins because they 'love darkness'.

Darrel said...

All of the things you spoke of here are precisely correct. It can be quite disheartening to hear a person say they love their sin, honesty notwithstanding.