Home > Hermeneutics > One example of severing what God has joined together by sacrificing one side or element of the Truth for another is in the doctrines of God’s sovereignty and human responsibility

One example of severing what God has joined together by sacrificing one side or element of the Truth for another is in the doctrines of God’s sovereignty and human responsibility

Arthur PinkThus we must never allow the grand truth of God’s sovereignty to crowd out the fact of human responsibility. The will of the Almighty is indeed invincible, but that does not mean that we are nothing better than inanimate puppets. No, we are moral agents as well as rational creatures, and throughout are dealt with by God as such. “It must needs be that offenses come,” said Christ, but He at once added,

“woe to that man by whom the offense cometh” (Matthew 18:7).

There the two things are joined together: the infallible certainty of the Divine decrees, the culpability and criminality of the human agent. The same inseparable conjunction appears again in that statement concerning the death of Christ:

“Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain” (Acts 2:23).

Arthur W. Pink-Interpretation of the Scriptures

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