Jacob Arminius believed people in their natural state could not understand the gospel, like Calvinist. The difference being, once a person is enabled to believe, it is still their choice to believe. Calvinist believe it is fatalistically determined that a person who is enabled to believe will believe no matter what because God overrides their will and doesnâ€™t give them a choice. Theyâ€™re both wrong!
â€śSo then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.â€ť â€â€Romansâ€¬ â€10:17
Faith comes by hearing the word of God and not by magic spells.
Some people pretend like God has to force Himself on others in order to get people to like Him. Poor God they have and totally unbiblical! He commanded His disciple to have nothing to do with cities who willfully disobeyed the gospel message. God didnâ€™t say, rape and pillage their towns and make them believe! Why was Jesus so full of sorrow if not for the fact that people would not believe? Yet, He never forced them too!
Why worry about it? I canâ€™t idly stand by as others espouse false doctrine which others might hear and fall for. Life isnâ€™t a fatalistic puppet show. We can and must believe on the Lord Jesus in order to be saved. Obey and be saved or donâ€™t believe and be judged for your sins, itâ€™s up to you!
â€śAnd he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.â€ť â€â€Lukeâ€¬ â€18:9-14â€¬
Trusting in your own righteousness for salvation isnâ€™t going to work. Even if you give thanks to God for not making you like all of the other sinners. One must be like the publican who humbly confessed he was a sinner and asked for mercy. It is the difference between looking to ourselves as fit for salvation or looking to Jesus who is our Savior. Itâ€™s not about us, it is all about Him.
Jesus is the propitiation for the sins of the whole world. Jesus, in and of Himself takes away the sins of everyone who believes and He is able to take away the sins of the whole world. He wasnâ€™t and is not culpable for anyoneâ€™s sin! If He was, Jesus would have remained as dead as anyone else who died. Some here seem to be trusting in their individual worthiness before God to save them (thanks to Jesus paying off their sin debts), when really they should be looking to the worthiness of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who indwells them with His own righteousness. Having someone pay the fee for your speeding ticket, doesnâ€™t make you innocent of speeding. You still committed the crime and your insurance may even go up although the penalty for the infraction was paid. Get enough of them over a certain amount of time and your license could be suspended because they arenâ€™t forgotten about, even if someone else paid them off. You are still guilty! The point is, a believer isnâ€™t saved because of their innocence before God, but rather because of the righteousness of Christ who is in them!
â€śAnd he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.â€ť â€â€1 Johnâ€¬ â€2:2â€¬
Jesus is the propitiation for the sins of the whole world. That means Jesus atoned for the sins of you, me, and all who are afar off. It is an all inclusive statement!
Now why would God send His Son to become the propitiation for our sins?
â€śHerein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.â€ť â€â€1 Johnâ€¬ â€4:10â€¬
Seems like it is because He loved the whole world!
â€śFor God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.â€ť â€â€Johnâ€¬ â€3:16-17â€¬
Why...God does love the whole world! Thatâ€™s why He sent His Son! God doesnâ€™t want the world to be condemned as they are, but to have their sins propitiated by Jesus through our faith.
â€śWhom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;â€ť â€â€Romansâ€¬ â€3:25â€¬
The philosophy that some hold too is just plain fatalistic and isnâ€™t how God does things. We know God will judge each according to their own sins and nobody elseâ€™s. If some are born unable to believe, then they canâ€™t be blamed for their inability understand.
â€śWoe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!â€ť â€â€Matthewâ€¬ â€18:7â€¬
God takes no pleasure in the wickedness of others, the offenses against Him distress Him!
â€śAnd a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.â€ť â€â€1 Peterâ€¬ â€2:8â€¬
Who are they? The disobedient. What are they appointed for? To stumble at the word.
However, that doesnâ€™t mean one cannot be obedient as to not stumble.
â€śBut now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:â€ť â€â€Romansâ€¬ â€16:26â€¬
Scripture is preached to bring about a desire in people to become obedient to the faith.
â€śLet no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.â€ť â€â€Jamesâ€¬ â€1:13-15â€¬
Judas sinned because of his own lust, itâ€™s not Godâ€™s fault and God would have rather Judas had turned from his sin and lived.
â€śHave I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord God: and not that he should return from his ways, and live?â€ť â€â€Ezekielâ€¬ â€18:23â€¬
â€śFor thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with thee.â€ť â€â€Psalmsâ€¬ â€5:4â€¬
It amazes me how everytime Franklin makes a biblical statement about something, Christians come out of the woodwork to disparage the guy. There arenâ€™t a whole lot of people in the media taking a stand for modesty. Iâ€™m glad he said something!
Without His righteousness and only His, I will not enter eternal life! Not to mention the whole fact that if someone pays your speeding ticket, it doesnâ€™t mean you arenâ€™t still guilty of speeding! Thatâ€™s why when people pay there ticket, there insurance still goes up. You have Jesus paying the penalty for your sin while you yourself are still guilty of sinning. Kind of pointless!