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Concerning False Conversion

November 30, 2010 Leave a comment

“All pangs are not the pangs of the new birth. The tree may blossom fairly in spring on which no fruit is to be found in harvest.”
Thomas Boston (1676-1732)

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A Display of Arminianism Pt 22

November 30, 2010 Leave a comment

Of The Prescience Or Foreknowledge Of God, And How It Is Questioned And Overthrown By The Arminians.

Divers other reasons and testimonies might be produced to confirm our doctrine of God’s everlasting prescience; which, notwithstanding Episcopius’ blasphemy, that it serves for nought but to cruciate poor mortals, we believe to be a good part of the foundation of all that consolation which God is pleased to afford us in this vale of tears. Amidst all our afflictions and temptations, under whose pressure we should else faint and despair, it is no small comfort to be assured that we do nor can suffer nothing but what his hand and counsel guides unto us, what is open and naked before his eyes, and whose end and issue he knoweth long before; which is a strong motive to patience, a sure anchor of hope, a firm ground of consolation. Now, to present in one view how opposite the opinions of the worshippers of the great goddess contingency are to this sacred truth, take this short antithesis:

An Antidote Against Arminianism by Christopher Ness Pt 35

November 30, 2010 Leave a comment

Of Conditional Predestination
Having stated the doctrine of Divine predestination, as revealed in the Scriptures, and having, from the same source, proved that it is possessed of various distinguishing properties, such as eternal, unchangeable, absolute, free, discriminating, and extensive; I come now, secondly, to consider the Arminians’ view of it, viz.: “That it is conditional, upon the foresight of faith, works, perseverance,” etc.
To this I answer, that predestination cannot be conditional, upon a foresight of man’s faith, works, or perseverance, etc., because of the twelve following reasons:
7. That which takes away the certainty and unchangeableness of the Divine decree ought not to be received, and the conditional decree doth so.
If anything in man move God to choose man, then the purpose of God cannot remain firm, but must depend on some contingent act in man, be it faith, works or perseverance. If it depends on our persevering in faith, it cannot be firm and certain, according to the Arminian doctrine of falling away. For the Arminian hypothesis states the decree of God after this changeable dress, viz., “I will save all if they will obey Me; but I see they will sin. I must permit them, but I will condemn them all; yet this decree of condemnation shall not be peremptory. I will send Christ to redeem all, to save all again, if they will believe; but I see they will not. I will decree to save such as \\I foresee\\ will believe, and persevere in believing.” Oh what a changeable picture of an unchangeable God!

Concerning Election

November 29, 2010 Leave a comment

Election having once pitched upon a man, it will find him out and call him home, wherever he be. It called Zaccheus out of accursed Jericho; Abraham out of idolatrous Ur of the Chaldees; Nicodemus and Paul, from the College of the Pharisees, Christ’s sworn enemies; Dionysius and Damaris, out of superstitious Athens. In whatsoever dunghills God’s elect are hid, election will find them out and bring them home.”
John Arrowsmith (1602-1659)

A Display of Arminianism Pt 21

November 29, 2010 Leave a comment

Of The Prescience Or Foreknowledge Of God, And How It Is Questioned And Overthrown By The Arminians.

Fourthly, Do but consider the prophecies in Scripture, especially those concerning our Savior, how many free and contingent actions did concur for the fulfilling of them; as Isaiah 7:14, 9:6,53; Genesis 3:15, etc. The like may be said of other predictions; as of the wasting of Jerusalem by the Babylonians, which though, in regard of God’s prescience, it was certainly to come to pass, yet they did it most freely, not only following the counsel of their own wills, but also using divination, or chanceable lots, for their direction, Ezekiel 21:21. Yet he who made the eye seeth all these things, Psalm 94:9.

An Antidote Against Arminianism by Christopher Ness Pt 34

November 29, 2010 Leave a comment

Of Conditional Predestination
Having stated the doctrine of Divine predestination, as revealed in the Scriptures, and having, from the same source, proved that it is possessed of various distinguishing properties, such as eternal, unchangeable, absolute, free, discriminating, and extensive; I come now, secondly, to consider the Arminians’ view of it, viz.: “That it is conditional, upon the foresight of faith, works, perseverance,” etc.
To this I answer, that predestination cannot be conditional, upon a foresight of man’s faith, works, or perseverance, etc., because of the twelve following reasons:

6. That which sets up an inferior cause because a superior ought not be admitted, and the conditional decree doth so. God is the cause of causes, and the first cause of all things. There can be no being but from Him, there can be nothing before Him. “Of Him, and through Him, and to Him, are all things” (Romans 11:36). “In Him we live, and move, and have our being” (Act 17:28). O Lord, “Thou hast created all things, and for Thy pleasure they are and were created” (Rev 4:11). God is the chief efficient cause, and the ultimate end of all beings; but if any being be antecedent to the determinations of God’s will, this would take away the dignity of the supreme cause, and make an act of man superior to that of God.

Pause for the Holidays

November 23, 2010 Leave a comment

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! I want to wish everyone a happy and blessed Thanksgiving. I also want to say that I appreciate you following my blog. We will resume Monday Nov 29.
God bless,
Hershel Lee Harvell Jr.