Posts Tagged ‘arminian ethic’

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This revelation comes to you in the same spirit of the “still small voice.” I am here claiming to be the Son of David, the Capstone with God’s favor. Yes, the expected one. And in order to be of service, we are contending for the World Governor position, not as one who knows some management tactics, but as one in the image of Creator God, who offers excellent good & service. In particular, accompanied by a morphological or gross salvation (Patent Pending), as part of my following the Lord Jesus Christ, building on the foundational Cornerstone Salvation He gave to our core beings. While being a safe ecosystem against machine tyranny, it turns out that it is a non-zero-sum, sustainable, global solution for the gross pathological condition of the world and the planet, satisfying the need to integrate religions, addressing the root problem of terrorism, while catering to the need to educate, challenge, and render supremacy to whom it is due. Thus enabling us to have real “teeth” in justice. We pray that the Father would establish the work of our hands, even as He lays bare His grafted arm (rhema from Isa52:10) to take responsibility. The Christocratic New World Order is based on the premise: “When a man’s ways (or designs) please יהוה/God/الله/ईश्वर, he even causes his enemies to be at peace with him” (Proverbs 16:7).

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10
Feb

Engineering Divinity

   Posted by: Caleb Motupalli    in Christian Life, technology, Theology

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“I’ve laid down a pattern (Greek: Hupodeigma) for you. What I’ve done, you do” (The Words of Jesus Christ in John 13:15 THE MESSAGE).

“Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians6:2).

If there is anything simple in all of Christianity, it is the Ordinances, which make the faith accessible to all. A classic example of a new believer is my uncle who is well past the age of reading books. He longs to know what is next, after receiving Jesus Christ as his personal Saviour. After being born-again, what? This article was developed from a letter i wrote him.

At the outset, one must remember that we are not translated to heaven after we are born again. That is, after justification (being treated just as if we have never sinned), by grace through faith, which is a boastless work/righteousness of belief (John 6:29; Rom4:5; Eph2:8-9) in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, we remain on earth. No doubt, by one sacrifice, he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy (Hebrews 10:14). This verse speaks of the perfect efficacy of the priesthood of Christ even as He synergistically works with us to make us holy even as we mortify the flesh (Rom8:13KJV).  For, after we are born again, we remain in this “tent” during a period of grace for the purpose of qualifying for heaven having got the title to it. We need to “continue in faith” (Colossians 1:21-23). The faith that enabled us to believe at the time of being born again should “show” during the grace period with works of love until we are entirely sanctified (1 Thessalonians 5:23). This can happen within our life-time when we have yielded to the continuous mercy of Christ and ceased to sin. And only thereafter we would be considered as, “Chosen.” For, many are called but only a few are chosen.

In his theology, Jacobus Arminius could not hold water because on one hand he was with Luther agreeing with his theory of being Justified by faith ALONE, and on the other hand he said there is no such thing as Once-Saved-Always-Saved. When you understand that Jesus’ sacrifice atoned our sins i.e. paid for all our past sins only with future grace available, then everything falls in place. If it was for present & future sins as well, it would be no better than a license to sin. Which is what Jude warned us against i.e. “turning the grace of God into a license to sin” (Jude1:4NIV). Knowing that we will still sin inadvertantly after being born-again (i am not talking about willful sin here), the Lord instituted the Foot-washing ordinance. It is where sin gets accumulated like dirt since the last washing and we need to cleanse ourselves regularly.

The flesh, the world, and the devil are real strongholds to reckon with in the battle against sin? Holy living and overcoming life don’t come easy. Apostle Paul teaches us that our consciences can be seared (dead), weak, defiled, and carnal even after being born-again. And often we grieve, resist, reject, quench and run from the Holy Spirit. Sometimes we fall, then we rise up again. But to say that we sin no more after being born-again is being in denial. Remember there are not only sins of commission but also sins of ommission (James4:17).

Only our former sins, up until the time we have been born-again were washed away (2Pet1:9; Rom3:25) by the Atonement. That is, forgiveness is available only for those who KNOW NOT what they are doing (Luke23:34). No more sacrifice is left for willful sin (Heb10:26). We still have the predisposition to sin and many a time we yield to it even after our conversion/born-again experience. How does God remove this predisposition from us and make us perfect? How do we get to cooperate with God who wants to make us perfect? That is, how does God engineer our sanctification or perfection and thereby qualify and secure us eternally?

In general, “Forgiveness means not making the offending party pay for the sins they committed” ~ Pastor Tim Keller. While those who received Christ as their Savior did receive forgiveness for their sins, Jesus warns us that if we do not forgive our brothers their sin against us, we too will not receive ours–forgiveness will be revoked (Matt18:21-35).

During our spiritual pilgrimage, when we inadvertently commit sins of omission and commission, we need to wash, as it were, our feet, before partaking in the Communion, which is holy. “He who has bathed (Greek: Louo) needs only to wash (Greek: Nipto) his feet, but is completely clean.” This is indeed speaking of spiritual cleanliness of those who are born-again of the water and the Spirit (John 3:5) except for Judas Iscariot, for whom Jesus adds, “you are clean, but not all of you” (John 13:10 NASB). As our feet are being washed, we receive forgiveness for accumulated sins since last washing; unlike in baptism when we were washed as a total sinner. Every time we are washed, we are being justified–treated just as if we have not sinned. This takes place until Christ sees His reflection in us. In 1 Peter 3:21 we note that Water Baptism saves us. Similarly, Foot-washing too! Just as Water Baptism represents the complete cleansing that one receives when one is presented the Gospel (Good News), Feet-washing represents the washing that one receives by the Word of God when it is ministered concerning any specific sin still lingering in a person. In Bible phraseology, this is “cleansing her (Church) with the washing of water by the word” (Ephesians 5:26 NKJV). If any sin is present, unless we get a washing, we mustn’t commune (Jn13:8).

This is the pattern that Jesus prepared for us to walk in, so as to cognitively engineer our sanctification step-by-step. Foot-washing, as an ordinance, works even for the one who administers the washing. Jesus chose Foot-washing because it has the idea of humility inbuilt in it. If a person can wash someone’s feet then it would not be too difficult for him to serve any other menial task that would be called of him for that person, or for that matter, any other person!
As for who pays for this, it is that part of Christ’s body that remains on earth. That part of Christ’s body like Apostle Paul (Col1:24; 2Cor4:10-12; Gal6:17; Phil2:17) could pay for it after due confession, praying and washing of the feet of the needy as long as it is not wilful sin for which “no more sacrifice for sins is left but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of fire” (Hebrews 10:26-29). Those who have committed such wilful sin have got their “garments spotted with the flesh”, the world or the devil. The only remedy (if any) is the Precursor to the Baptism of Fire; a remedy that i have designed for the apostate. Those who follow up with this have shaved off their heads as a sign of confession that they deserve to burn in hell fire, beginning with their hair. They acknowledge that they are a type of Joshua, “a brand plucked from fire” (Zech3:1-8; Jude 23). At which time, the “garments” (works) too need to be washed (Greek: Pluno), so to speak, “in the blood of the Lamb” (Rev7:14). We were saved from the penalty of sin! We are being saved from the power of sin! We will be saved from the presence of sin!

But what does it mean to be Holy?

To be holy means: to respond appropriately to the love of God who gave up His Son so that we may have eternal life (Jn3:16). Jesus said, “If you love Me, you will obey My Commandments” (Jn14:15,21,23; 1Jn2:3-6). This principle holds good with our heavenly Father as well. He has given us the Ten Commandments (Ex20:3-17) for us to obey. To escape the error of salvation by works we have fallen into the opposite error of salvation without obedience. Our Lord Jesus Christ merely summarized the Ten and commanded, “Love one another, even as i have loved you, love one another” (Jn13:34). When we keep John 13:34, we will in effect keep the Ten Commandments because the first four Commandments of the Ten pertain to the love of God, and the next six pertain to the love of our other close neighbours, God Himself being the foremost neighbour.

If being holy means loving, how can we love the most?

To my question, “what is the best way we can love our neighbour or the greatest dhanam (alms) we can give our neighbour,” my uncle said, “Annadhanam (Rice Alms) because it is life giving.” I told him that his motive is excellent because there is nothing more greater than life giving food that we can offer someone. But the dhanam too can be most excellent if it gives not just life but eternal life!

So what is the best gift of love we can give someone?

Jesus said, “My flesh is real food and My blood is real drink” (John 6:55). Why is this food, real food and real drink? The answer: because it gives real life–eternal life! This fact is underscored three times in John 6:51, 53, and 54. Does this mean we should become some kind of cannibals and eat the flesh of man and drink his blood? Does the ordinance practiced in the Church even remotely refer to the eating of man’s flesh and drinking his blood? Is there something supernatural about it? Not at all!

But rather, when Jesus Christ laid down His life for us on the stake at Calvary, we have received eternal life at the expense of His life, so to speak, at the expense of breaking or decomposition of His body–His own flesh and blood. In effect, we are living on His flesh and blood. Therefore, the ordinance of Communion is symbolic. It serves as a memory device to cognitively engineer our holiness by not only reminding us of our very current sins for which Christ paid with His life and continues to pay through the “living and holy sacrifices” (Rom12:1) of the saints, but also serves as a tangible way of proclaiming His death till He comes. Is this a one time event? It would have been, if we never sinned again. But since we accumulate sins and thus become subject to death again as we pass through time, we have to “eat” His flesh and “drink” His blood on a regular basis. If the life that i now live is eternal life, then the meal of real significance that i feast upon in order to live is the Word of God that became flesh, namely the Lord Jesus Christ, our eternal-life-giving-food. Therefore, in regularly partaking of the Lord’s Supper, at different levels in the Body of Christ, God is systematically and cognitively engineering our sanctification unto divinity. For, faith makes substance of the things hoped for, when some evidence is provided of things unseen. What’s more, the life that i live is eternal life and therefore, the food that i pray and eat to live, must be His flesh and blood. This is because my ‘self’ has died with Christ on the stake at Calvary and the life that i now live is Christ’s, because He lives in me. It is no more i who live but Christ (Gal2:20).

To put it simply, when we hand out to someone the Good News that Jesus Christ died for him or her, through a clear presentation, we have in effect given them the dhanam (alms) of eternal-life-giving-food or అమృతం (Telugu: amrutham). For, in the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us (Jn1:1,14). And that Flesh (Jesus) said, “I am the Bread of life” (Jn6:48). To mark the occasion of having received that food (Word), we partake of the flesh and blood of Jesus Christ—called Eucharist, Communion, or simply the Elements at the Table—symbolically. Though this ordinance is symbolic, it must be obeyed at the individual, family, church, regional and corporate Church levels for engineering the holiness of the whole Bride until we are all “perfected together in unity” (Heb11:39-40). By obeying, we proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes (1Cor11:23-34). By obeying in eating and drinking the elements, we symbolically show that we receive the spiritual food (that is, the Word–flesh and blood) that has been preached to us and that we are willing to repent. As said earlier, there are however necessary prerequisites before partaking of the Elements as this is a coming into union with a Holy God–the Holy Communion. The prerequisite is that we should wash ourselves. In other words, we must purify ourselves. If we have not had a “bath” at all, we must take Baptism–a full bath. If we have already taken Baptism, we need to take only a “foot-wash,” as the rest of the body is clean. We mean symbolic washing, referring here to the Word, which in the case of a sinner is the Good News or Gospel that cleanses us from all sin as in Baptism; and the accumulated sin since the last washing as in Foot-washing. But we know that unless it is given from heaven, we cannot receive it (Jn3:27). Therefore, Baptism must be administered by a duly commissioned Servant or Priest of God. But Foot-washing may be administered by any lay-priest (born-again) to another lay-priest in need.

As you intercede for another, which is rightly possible only through the foot-washing ordinance, forgiveness is granted as per John20:23 to the one who is being prayed over. But do remember that in doing so, as a member (priest) of the body of Christ, you are assuming the consequences of his or her sin .
Thus, the Word:

  1. Cleanses us just as water cleanses us, which is symbolized by Baptism and Foot-washing; and
  2. Gives life just as food and drink, which is symbolized by the Eucharist (the elements).

 

Ref.: 1Corinthians11:23-34; John13:1-17; Ephesians 5:26.

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16
Nov

The Lullaby of Faith ALONE

   Posted by: Caleb Motupalli    in Theology

However imposing this goliath may seem, God willing, we shall provide right here in the days to come, “proofs from scripture”, as well as “plain and clear reasons and arguments”  in order that you may understand that Sola Fide (Justification By Faith ALONE) is a lullaby, along with its close relative, OSAS (Once Saved Always Saved), also another lullaby, that Satan is singing to the children of God!

 

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17
Aug

Arminian Ethic & Wedleases

   Posted by: Caleb Motupalli    in Christian Life, Family, Social

The Washington Post proposal on this subject has surely opened a can of worms.

As a teacher, who will be judged more severely, i take upon this subject with fear and trembling. The following analysis is just to begin the discussion and should not be construed as definitive.

A partner is either a blessing or a lesson in a person’s life that God has placed. A blessing is an encouragement to continue while a lesson is suggestive of a termination.

The crime of disrespect/lack of love may not be grounds for capital punishment as some expect to happen. God gives a second chance as He does with teeth.

Women lose their virginity after the wedding and will be the losing partners in the non-renewal of wedleases. Women will also be the bigger losers as they will not possess the graces that they once did. Shame is the intensely painful feeling they would have of believing they are flawed and therefore unworthy of love and belonging. Therefore, a divorce rather than the convenience of a wedlease seems more appropriate.

But divorce has become something of a stigma among churchgoers, so much so that the wronged party–the victim–is seen as the evil one and demonized when they ask for a divorce. Verses like “‘I hate divorce,’ says the Lord,” are invoked. And the married life, if there is one at all, goes on as a bondage rather than as a blessing.

People’s character changes and some take wedlock as a license to sin as do many a Calvinist, who believes once-saved-is-always-saved.

The relationship between a husband and his wife is likened to the relationship Christ has with His Church (Eph5:23-33). Dr. John Piper agrees that God sets aside corporate election of Israel for the sake of the election of individuals from around the world, is after the fact. What this means to a marital relationship is that there is no such thing as permanence or unconditional love. Eternal security exists only as long as the fish remains in water.

Is it not a good testimony when people renew their vows like Ram & Sita upon the expiry of a wedlease that maybe in place? Opportunity should be given to good couples to stand out in the midst of darkness. But we are not to create darkness for darkness sake. The context of an expired wedlease could exist for the renewal of vows to have any import or meaning. With a renewed wedlease, a marriage has the groundswell for happiness.

“What God has joined together, let no man separate,” holds true. But the prerogative for marriage, divorce or the establishment of a workable wedlease is with Christ, whom the Church possesses.

Children are not a side to the whole issue. Women are actually saved through childbearing (1Tim2:15). As for men, they should take responsibility for the children and not shrug from it. At this point, it seems to me that divorce, however smearing it maybe to one’s character, is the only viable instrument that society can afford to have. The Arminian freewill of renewing vows–if not a wedlease–in the context of a possible divorce, would be the only demonstration and assertion of love on the part of the husband, and respect on the part of the wife.

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7
Jun

Cry of God’s heart today

   Posted by: Caleb Motupalli    in Christian Life, Family, Social, Theology

It is indeed the cry of God’s heart today.  It is the tears of the saints. That part of Christ that remains on earth is still sacrificing for the sinner (Colossians 1:24).

The Lord spoke to me just now through the following scripture portion and affirmed once again that the Great Commission is our primary Agape Justice (Mercy) Ministry:

Then Peter came and said to Him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven. “For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves. “When he had begun to settle them, one who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him. “But since he did not have the means to repay, his lord commanded him to be sold, along with his wife and children and all that he had, and repayment to be made. “So the slave fell to the ground and prostrated himself before him, saying, `Have patience with me and I will repay you everything.’ “And the lord of that slave felt compassion and released him and forgave him the debt. “But that slave went out and found one of his fellow slaves who owed him a hundred denarii; and he seized him and began to choke him, saying, `Pay back what you owe.’ “So his fellow slave fell to the ground and began to plead with him, saying, `Have patience with me and I will repay you.’ “But he was unwilling and went and threw him in prison until he should pay back what was owed. “So when his fellow slaves saw what had happened, they were deeply grieved and came and reported to their lord all that had happened. “Then summoning him, his lord said to him, `You wicked slave, I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. `Should you not also have had mercy on your fellow slave, in the same way that I had mercy on you?’ “And his lord, moved with anger, handed him over to the torturers until he should repay all that was owed him. “My heavenly Father will also do the same to you, if each of you does not forgive his brother from your heart.”

We need to reach the kind of people, who may not qualify to be the bait for milking $$$. For, there are many doing so for that very reason. People are multiplying faster than the Good News is delivered. Also, Carl Henry says, it is not a good news if it is not delivered in time. As you can see the task is overwhelming. This goes to show that we need to organize ourselves as One so that we can think as one and do the Great Commission without redundancy. We need both air support (macroscopic evangelists) and ground troops (door-to-door ministers) if we are going to win in this battle for the souls of men. Please consider joining, supporting or sending someone to Agape TiE® Ecumenical Tech-Mission to form dBride.ME — a GOD’S-WILL-DRIVEN church, 24×7.

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4
Apr

Walk the Talk!

   Posted by: Caleb Motupalli    in Christian Life, Family, Global Polity, Politics, Social, Theology

Don’t agree!

We not only have the Great Commission to be the Light (Talk) of the world, but we also have the Kingdom-Now mandate to be the Salt (Walk) of the earth.

So let your Light (Talk/Gospel) so shine before men that they see your Good-deeds (Walk) and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

In other words, we must WALK THE TALK!

Agape TiE is all about that. To give love where love is due and respect where respect is due and thus lift up a testimony which the whole world will behold, believe and be saved (John 17:23; John 3:14-15).

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4
Apr

Faith is a gift that we must muster!

   Posted by: Caleb Motupalli    in Christian Life, Family, Social, Theology

John MacArthur says:

“We are kept until that hour and we are kept by an enduring faith sustained by the intercessory work of Jesus Christ who prays that we will be protected from anything that would assault that faith, whether it be the flesh or the world or Satan himself.”

Simply NOT true!

Read the context of 1 Thess 5:23. We are first asked not to quench (put out) the Holy Spirit by despising prophetic utterances. This would happen when we grieve the Holy Spirit to the point when the conscience becomes “seared as with a hot iron.” It is dead and unable to respond to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. It is then we have reached the point of no return.

Secondly, he talks about the gift of faith, which indeed it is (Romans 12:3). However everything we have is a gift. It is only when we bring it at the disposal of the Lord that it becomes useful for the Master’s use. The faith he has given must be given back to Him; that is, it must be mustered! Otherwise Jesus would have no reason to say to His disciples, “O ye of little faith.” They sowed only a little.

Thirdly, many are called but few are chosen. They are chosen only after God sees entire sanctification potential in them and then are kept [in Christ] until the Day of the Lord Jesus Christ! (1 Thessalonians 5:23)

Notice that the Lord’s prayer is that God sanctify us by His WORD (John 17:17) and not by some sort of a supernatural power!

Jesus, through the Holy Spirit/Word, on His part is able but on our part we have to yield to His promptings as well. “For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but those who obey the Law who will be declared righteous” (Romans 2:13). “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on a rock” (Matthew 7:24). “…Be ye doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves” (James 1:22).

Even the demons hear, believe and shudder. In other words, the only qualification one can get by merely believing, is a Demonship. The concept is further illustrated with a man who walked a tight rope across the Niagara falls. All were clapping their hands. There was one man in the front who was clapping all the more. The walker asked that man, “do you think i can take another person with me on my shoulders across?” The man said, “Yes, Yes, Yes!” When the walker asked him to join him across, he was dismayed and ran away. That is the difference between trust and belief.

God is able to take you across but you have to trust Him with your life!

More on this subject @ http://Skyfeast.org or for a shorter read: http://calebmotupalli.me/2010/01/13/calvinism-debunked/

This calls for an amendment of or rather the scrapping of the Westminister Confession of Faith.

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24
Jan

The Doctrine of the Devils!

   Posted by: Caleb Motupalli    in Christian Life, Theology

Charles Stanley says on Eternal Security: “You Can Be Sure” (Part 2, Tape #4, RH190):

“When you are born again by the grace of Almighty God,…It doesn’t make any difference how wicked and how vile you act.”

Charles Stanley in his audio tape #3, MH190:

“You can sin like the devil down here and… you won’t lose your salvation.”

Here’s his position in his own words:

Covered by Grace: Free to Sin?
By Charles F. Stanley

The gospel of God’s grace–His full provision for man’s sin–is frequently perverted and attacked by nonbelievers. Most false religions deny the free gift of salvation and embrace good works instead.

Another attack on the doctrine of grace comes from within the body of Christ. Some caution that such good news can lead to a lifestyle of sin. They think grace leads people to say, “I am saved no matter what, so why does it matter how I live?”

The apostle Paul anticipates this when he asks, “What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase?” (Rom. 6:1).

The answer is no. Paul responds to the question in the very next verse: “May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it?” (Rom. 6:2). The implication is that it is unthinkable for a Christian to be comfortable continuing in sin. Sin does not stay dormant. It grows. It enslaves. For those in Christ, sin cannot destroy relationship with God, but it will surely damage their testimony and fellowship with Him.

In Romans 6:1, the prefix of the Greek word translated “increase” means super. So the verse really says, “As sin comes, grace comes in a greater way.” In other words, sin may overflow a bit, but grace is like a flood–it is always more than enough, no matter how great the transgression. Sin reached the top of Mt. Sinai, but grace reaches to heavens.

But we do not have license to sin. Abundant grace spurs us to obedience.

(Source: StudyLight Forums)

If you read Romans 6:2 more closely however, you will notice that Paul was not saying here that grace will be so great that it will snuff out any sin, as Dr. Stanley sees it. Rather, Paul sees this (repeated sinning) as an abuse of grace and is startled at the very thought of it. He sees such willful sin as something that must be “rejected with the greatest abhorrence” (Matthew Henry). We must respond to such temptation of Satan like how Jesus responded. “Go Satan!” said Jesus (Matthew 4:10). The reason being: Abused grace/mercy will beget the greatest wrath.

Of course for some, abundant grace spurs them to obedience and encourages them to be more careful hereafter. If man is asked to forgive 490 times then God will forgive us even more number of times. But there is a catch here. As God keeps forgiving us, if we begin to take his grace and discipline “lightly” or despise prophetic utterances or counsel, then that is the end of us. Our conscience begins to get “seared as with a hot iron” (1 Timothy 4:2) and we will no longer hear the promptings of the Holy Spirit. We will not only grieve (Ephesians 4:30) the Holy Spirit but also quench Him (1 Thessalonians 5:19). And it is written, “if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him” (Romans 8:9). They may have a name that they are alive, but they are dead (Revelation 3:1).

So those of you who are singing the Devil’s lullaby: “Thou shalt surely not die.” Stop it right now! Heel!

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24
Jan

Dead in Trespasses?

   Posted by: Caleb Motupalli    in Christian Life, Theology

John Piper quotes John Newton as saying:

If I were not a Calvinist, I think I should have no more hope in preaching to men, than to horses or cows.

Ian Bowler explains the above quote as:

I believe he means that without the efficacious call of God, man could no more respond to the Gospel than a horse or a cow. As a Calvinist, Newton believed that salvation was by the power of God and not reliant in any way on a man’s ability to, of his own accord, acquire saving faith (saving faith being a gift from God – the result of his efficacious call). Newton’s confidence was in God alone and was a result of his understanding of God’s sovereignty. If he had held a different view of God’s sovereignty, he felt that he would lack the same confidence.

Was man dead on arrival? As i explain Ephesians 2:1 in the article, “Entering and Remaining in the Kingdom of God”, Paul was merely alluding to John 3:18 (paraphrased) where our Lord Jesus says:

“He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged (or condemned to death) already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”

In other words, he is on the broad road on the way to hell, but surely not dead spiritually. He is not totally depraved. There maybe some goodness in him, namely humility of trusting in a good person, which when exercised will lead to life. But that is not to discount the fact that we will die out of despair after beholding our depraved sin condition in the face of a holy God who will not tolerate sin in His presence. We will then have to be resuscitated to life by the Word/Spirit of God, which tells us of one Savior.

This aspect of dying is not for God to execute but we need to die ourselves. In other words we need to become so humble or so small by our own self will that it is like becoming a nothing…a zero…dead. See “Be Born Again!” No doubt this can happen only after the Good News is presented to us by the minister of the Spirit–Word of God.

We will then get a hope of a tomorrow (life), but the burial as well as the resuscitation itself is carried out in the Waters of Baptism, which is administered by a duly appointed member of a church characterized by agape love. It is only then that we get the assurance of salvation (moksha).

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“Proponents who deny that salvation can never be lost, reason on the subject in a marvelous way. They tell us …..

That no virgin’s lamp can go out; (Matt. 25:8)
That no promising harvest be chocked with thorns; (Matt. 13:22)
That no branch in Christ can ever be cut off from fruitfulness; (John 15:6)
That no name can be blotted out of God’s book! (Rev. 3:5)
That no salt can ever lose its savor; (Mat 5:13)
That nobody can ever “receive the grace of God in vain”; (2 Cor. 6:1)
That no one can “look back” after putting his hand to the plow. (Luke 9:62)
That Nobody can “grieve the Spirit” (Eph 4:30) till He is “quenched,” (1 Thess. 5:19) nor
That Nobody, or body of believers, can ever get so lukewarm that Jesus will spew them out of His mouth. Rev 3:16
They use reams of paper to argue that …
If one ever got lost he was never found;
That if one falls, he never stood.
If one was ever cast forth, he was never in
If one ever withered, (John 15:6) he was never green.
If one draws back, (Heb 10:38) he never had anything to draw back from.
That if one ever falls into spiritual darkness, he was never enlightened;
That if you again get entangled in the pollutions of the world, (2 Pet. 2:20-22) it shows that you never escaped.
That if you put salvation away, you never had it to put away,
That if you make shipwreck of your faith, (1 Tim. 1:19-20) there was no ship of faith there.
In short they say:
If you get it, you can’t lose it: and if you lose it you never had it. May God save us from accepting a doctrine, that must be defended by such fallacious reasoning. (John Wesley)

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