Thursday, February 23, 2006

Blasting Bugs and a Blog Update

Yes, I know I've not posted but once this week. I've been sick with a cold most of the week, so posting has been pretty low on my list of things to do. I will have part 2 of unconditional election up for sure this weekend. Then we'll get back to my regular posting schedule. In the meantime, bugblaster over at Fide-O hits it squarely on the nose:
If a Calvinist is frozen and chosen and spiritually dead, and if a non-calvinist is spiritually handicapped, then the middleman holds to the tenets of Calvinism without the perceived arrogance and without the perceived lack of care for the state of the lost. The middleman would think like a Calvinist but act like an Arminian. Jesus wept over the lost souls of Jerusalem. There really are passages in the Bible that say that God is not willing that any should perish. Those passages are correct. They have to be, because if they are not, then I cannot trust the Bible. There is no secret will of God that contradicts the revealed will of God. A middleman wouldn’t mess around with formulating and reformulating and debating and professing TULIP if the time would be better spent serving their neighbours. A middleman would accept the sovereignty of God, and thus limited atonement, but would leave it at that, and get back to loving one another and being the light of the world and understanding that ultimately they cannot understand the mysteries of God. A middleman would weep over the lost and seek to proclaim the Way to them, with their deeds and their words.
Let this be a lesson to me and to others, specifically those who think the doctrines of grace are the be-all and end-all. It's just a system, folks, it isn't the Gospel. That being said, our study of this system will continue shortly.

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