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, April 21, 2018

Arminianism, the golden idol of free will

by Augustus Toplady (1740-1778)
Not unto us, 0 LORD, not unto us, but unto Thy Name, give glory for Thy mercy, and for Thy truth's sake (Psalm 115:1).
Some expositors have supposed, that this Psalm was penned by the prophet Daniel; on occasion of the miraculous deliverance of Shadrac, Meshac, and Abednego, when they came out, unhurt, from the burning fiery furnace, into which they had been thrown by the command of king Nebuchadnezzar.
And, indeed, there are not wanting passages, in the Psalm itself, which seem to countenance this conjecture. As where we read, at the fourth verse (speaking of the idols of the heathens, and, perhaps, with particular reference to that golden image which Nebuchadnezzar commanded to be worshipped), their idols are silver and gold, the work of men's hands: they have mouths, but they speak not; eyes have they but they see not.


Darrel said...

The principle put forth by our brother in this post seems to be one that gets little 'air time' from the pulpit today. Yet it is a principle (a steadfast doctrine) that is found from the beginning of Scripture to the end. The prevailing winds of free willism have covered this truth in ambiguity to the point that it is flatly ignored. It has been replaced by the wishful thinking of "scholars" with the world's version of "love" which bears no resemblance to the Love of God in Christ Jesus; just the sloppy, sentimental feel goodism of the "unconditional love" forced upon the Creator by his rebellious creatures in order to have their sins passed over without the shedding of the blood of Christ.

This same principle is found in the OT several times: Psa. 23:3; 25:11; 31:3; Isa. 37:35; 63:14; Jer. 14:7; Ezek. 20:9; 36:22 & 32; Dan. 9:17-19. Nearly all of Ephesians 1 speaks to this as well as 2 Tim.1:9 & Col. 1:16-18. 1 John 2:12 speaks as plainly as can be spoken: "I write to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you FOR HIS NAME'S SAKE." The reason why anyone is born again is exclusively for His name's sake.

lyn said...

In days of old, men of God like Toplady would vehemently fight against this devilish heresy. In our day, there's barely a whimper against free will. The will isn't actually even 'free'. It is in bondage to sin, corrupted by the sin nature, and unable to act as its own separate entity. The will functions as the mind governs,those who think they have free will are ignorant of this truth. How foolish and shallow are those who think their will is able to guide them to the Lord of glory.