Ever read Romans chapter 9? Chris covered it in church yesterday morning. Verse 14 – 18 boiled down to this: God’s sovereign mercying (the comfortable stuff, and yes, mercying is not a word but it fits!), God’s sovereign hardening (the uncomfortable stuff) and God’s sovereign authority (the unfathomable stuff). Be informed by the text,
The doctrines of Election and Sovereignty can be made out to be very ethereal matters having little relevance to the here and now. The rubber only hits the tar when you apply it to life. So here’s a life example:
A man sitting in a car, a hijacker holding a gun to his temple. There are two things you can know from Scripture regarding this situation:
First, the hijacker will be judged by God and be held personally responsible for his sin. God will never let the unrighteousness of man go unpunished. “Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.”
Secondly, the hijacker might fire the gun, he might not, either way the outcome exists within the perfect plan of God. There is nothing the hijacker could do to thwart that plan. Nothing at all. His ability to choose doesn’t extend to that. God’s plan always works itself out to the good unhindered. “But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good”
Bitter pill? Maybe you’ve come across Open Theism?
I’ve been told that guy’s like John Eldredge buy into it. (I read today that he denies Open Theism and I’m probably not going to get around to reading his book so I have no way of checking). Yes, this is a can of worms but consider the alternative. What fits the Biblical model?