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  1. ernest
    11/22/2010 @ 1:18 am

    Matt,
    This is an interesting argument against God’s saving based on His foreknowledge. Although you make a good argument, the problem lies with the passage from Romans that you have chosen. First of all it is referring to those who love God, ie believers. Second, the passage says nothing about God predestining men for salvation. It is about God predestining believers to be conformed to the image of the Son (sanctification not justification). So, from this passage Paul teaches that it is God’s plan that He will sanctify all men who believe. That is His purpose.

    • Matt
      11/22/2010 @ 8:04 am

      Hi Ernest:
      I agree with your assessment. This article is from R.C. Sprouls book. I had the author info at the bottom of the article, but I’ll put it at the top also.

      I was a 5 point Calvinist for several years and during that time I found R.C. Sproul to be one of the best Reformed/Calvinist authors. While reading his books he makes good arguments. He could take a Bible verse that said one thing (such as ‘For God so loved the World”) and reinterpret it to mean “For God so loved only the Elect” and it made sense. Once I put the books aside and just spent time reading the Bible and interpreting it naturally, I moved away from the tortured interpretations of Calvinism.

      Calvinism has some strong points, but I believe carries things to an extreme. For example I am very glad God is sovereign. The Calvinist though takes it to the extreme of God ordaining/predestinating every evil act and sin (at least the Supralapsarians do).

      Thank you for commenting.
      Matt

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