Who Has Sovereign Control…God Or You? (by John MacArthur)

Re-Blogged from the excellent “Truth4Freedom” blog.

http://truth4freedom.wordpress.com/2013/11/16/november-16-sovereign-control/

Elect according to the foreknowledge of God.
1 Peter 1:2

Through the years, Arminian and Calvinistic theologies have been at opposite poles. Traditional Reformed theology, which we call Calvinism, emphasizes God’s sovereignty, but Arminian theology in effect emphasizes man’s sovereignty. It teaches that God is helpful in providing spiritual assistance, but that one must find it in himself to come to Christ, persevere in the faith, accomplish spiritual goals, and win spiritual victories.

What results from that kind of theology? A person can profess to trust in Christ, but in reality trusts in himself. This reflects the belief that the power to choose salvation—or lose it through spiritual failure—belongs to the individual. Suppose you believed you had that kind of power. Can you imagine what it would be like to face death and wonder if you would be disqualified from heaven because you had committed too many sins? That kind of uncertainty will bring anxiety, not security.

Fully trusting God requires an understanding of His sovereign grace: that an individual is chosen, redeemed, kept, and glorified by God, who is the initiator.

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4 Responses to Who Has Sovereign Control…God Or You? (by John MacArthur)

  1. Truth2Freedom says:

    I am glad that you enjoyed the devotional post from John MacArthur that I published yesterday on my blog from which you copied the above post. However, I respectfully ask that any future copying of a post would include the references in your post. Blessings!

    • Absolutely.
      I’ll fix it right away.

      Admittedly, sometimes I blow it and hit publish without the necessary recognition.

      Please forgive me. I will do my best never to let that happen again.

      Blessings.

      • Truth2Freedom says:

        Thank you brother. All is well between us. I appreciate your blog ministry & efforts. I look forward to your future postings. We’re in this together fighting against the principalities & powers of darkness in order to help, rescue & save some to the glory of God our Father, The Son & Holy Spirit – amen.

      • Thank you.
        May God bless our efforts.

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