Saturday, April 25, 2015

The "Loving Savior" of Modern Christendom

Consider the following: One man is promoted by others as the "loving savior" of another man who is perishing. He is said to possess the following attributes...

  • He loves the perishing man.
  • He desires to save the pershing man.
  • He has the power to save the perishing man.
  • He has the opportunity to save the pershing man.
  • He is the only one capable of saving the perishing man.
Yet, in spite of this testimony of loving desire coupled with the power, singular capability and opportunity to save the perishing man - the perishing man perishes none the less.  In such a scenario it seems abundantly clear that one or more of the attributes initially ascribed to this "loving savior" must be false. Any reasonable observer must recognize that:
  • Either this "loving savior" did not love the perishing man.
  • Or this "loving savior" did not desire the perishing man's salvation.
  • Or this "loving savior" did not have the power to save the perishing man.
  • Or this "loving savior" did not have the opportunity to save the perishing man.
  • Or this "loving savior" did not believe he alone could save the perishing man.
Many in Christendom today describe Jesus Christ as just such a "loving savior" with precisely the same attributes towards the perishing and producing precisely the same results in the form of untold millions who end up in hell none-the-less. But how do these attributes stack up to the bible's testimony regarding the Lord Jesus Christ?  In the scriptures we find that:
  • God is the only one capable of saving the perishing. (Matthew 19:26, Revelation 5:1-12)
  • God had the opportunity to save the perishing. (II Corinthians 5:21)
  • God has the power to save the perishing. (Isaiah 63:1)
  • God hath done whatsoever he hath pleased. (Psalm 115:3), and thus his failure to save the perishing is incontrovertible evidence that God did not desire this end.
These observations lead us to the unavoidable logical conclusion that are likewise affirmed in the scriptures:
  • God did not purpose to save the perishing (John 17:2, Ephesians 1:4-5, Matthew 23:33).
  • Neither did his Son atone for the perishing (John 10:11, 26).
  • Neither does his Spirit regenerate the perishing (Galatians 4:6, Romans 8:9), and thus we conclude...
  • Neither does God love the perishing, even as the scriptures plainly state (Psalm 5:5, 11:5),
  • Neither was he obliged to (Exodus 33:19).
The Lord Jesus Christ loves his people with the exact same love that God the Father has for Him (John 15:9).  He is an indisputable "loving savior" because he loves all of humanity, but because he loves "his people" (Matthew 1:21). He does not love the perishing as evidenced by the fact that he would not so much as pray for them (John 17:9) and the fact that he consigns the perishing to hell (Matthew 25:41). His love is an everlasting love (Jeremiah 31:3) that is unassailable in its saving efficacy (Romans 8:31-39). But it is also a particular love, irrespective of how unpopular that truth may be in a time when it would take a revival for many to achieve Laodicean zeal. 

Monday, March 2, 2015

Another Jesus

"Would to God ye could bear with me a little in my folly: and indeed bear with me. For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him." (II Corinthians 11:1-4)

Monday, February 16, 2015

Perseverance: Three Observations

It seems that there is always some measure of fur flying over the topic of Preservation vs Perseverance among baptists. In many such discussions, a great deal of time is wasted debating the matter without anyone providing an explicit definition of perseverance, apart from which, all such discussions prove to be more profitable in promoting vain contention than in defending the faith once delivered to the saints. 

Monday, February 2, 2015

Salon Article "10 Reasons Why Christian Heaven Would Actually Be Hell" Examined

Salon recently posted an article entitled 10 Reasons Why Christian Heaven Would Actually Be Hell.   Below are the 10 reasons cited in bold followed by teth's response.  

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

"I've Tried to Believe But Can't. What Can I Do?" - John Piper's Answer Examined

I recently stumbled across John Piper's attempt to handle the following statement and question:
I've concluded that I don't have saving faith. I've tried to believe in Jesus for two years but I can't. I fear I'm beyond saving. What can I do?  
In Piper's attempt to answer this query he makes a number of theological assertions contrary to the notion of salvation by sovereign grace, but which are no-doubt frequently affirmed in Christendom today. What follows is a line-by-line, biblical analysis of Piper's answer:

Friday, December 5, 2014

Exercises in Right Division (Ezekiel 3:20)

Statement One:  Ezekiel 3:20 says, "Again, When a righteous man doth turn from his righteousness, and commit iniquity, and I lay a stumbling-block before him, he shall die: because thou hast not given him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he hath done shall not be remembered."  This verse is commonly interpreted to mean that an eternally saved man to lose his salvation through sinning.

Statement Two: The Lord Jesus Christ taught, "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand." (John 10:27-28) Here the Lord is teaching that he gives a gift to a people he refers to as his "sheep" and that this gift is something called "eternal life" which involves a promise that they "shall never perish."  This statement is often used to support the notion that it is impossible for someone who once possessed eternal salvation to ever fall from grace.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Exercises in Right Division (Ezekiel 18:23)

STATEMENT ONE: “Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GOD: and not that he should return from his ways, and live?” (Ezekiel 18:23) This passage is often proffered in support of the notion that God desires the salvation of all of humanity and that the gospel is a well-meant offer of salvation to all of humanity.

STATEMENT TWO:  "But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased." (Psalm 115:3) This passage teaches that the Lord God does as he pleases with the world he created.