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The Angelic Conflict – Part 45 Outline
The Angelic Conflict – Part 45 –
Point 12. – The Existence of Free Will in the Human Race Perpetuates the Angelic Conflict –
Calvinists (hyper-Calvinists) teach that man cannot choose God or the plan of God, and God must choose Him.
Many Calvinists hold to the doctrine of double predestination which is heresy and an attack upon the justice of God.
PSA 51:5 “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, And in sin my mother conceived me.”
PSA 58:3 The wicked are estranged from the womb; These who speak lies go astray from birth.
ROM 5:12 “Through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned — when Adam sinned”
Every member of the human race has been born into sin without their consent, so if God sent them to hell because they were born sinners, He would be unjust in doing so!
JOH 1:29 The next day he [John the Baptist] saw Jesus coming to him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”
All children who die before the age of mental accountability go to heaven and are given eternal life, 2SA 12:23.
All people who have been mentally incapable of making a decision to believe on TLJC as their Lord and Savior will also go to heaven, JON 4:11.
2CO 5:19 God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them 1JO 4:14 And we have beheld and bear witness that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.
1JO 2:2 and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world.
ROM 8:29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son,
ROM 8:30 and whom He predestined, these He also called; and whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.
1CO 2:7 but we speak God’s wisdom in a mystery, the hidden wisdom, which God predestined before the ages to our glory;
EPH 1:5 He predestined us [believers only] to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will,
EPH 1:11 also we [believers] have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will,
“believe” = pres-act-part – pisteuon = mankind literally makes his own willful decision to believe in TLJC.
“has not believed” = perf-act-ind – pepisteuken = he has refused to believe in Jesus Christ!
2PE 3:9 “The Lord is not willing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.”
Hyper-Calvinism says the only reason you ever believed in Christ was because you were elected.
“chosen” = aor-mid-ind – exelexasthe = God did not choose us based upon His volition only but also based upon our response to His initiation.
Many forms of Calvinism also promote the principle of limited atonement which says that Jesus Christ just died for some people’s sins but not everyone’s.
The mistake of many Calvinists is they don’t understand that the sovereignty of God and the free will of man coexist in human history by divine decree.
God is glorified when the free will of man executes the sovereign will of God.
The unbeliever goes to the eternal lake of fire after the last judgment because of unbelief (the use of his volition) not because of the determination of the sovereignty of God.
Unlimited atonement is the demonstration that the sovereignty of God desires that no one should perish.
2CO 6:2 for He says, “At the acceptable time I listened to you, And on the day of salvation I helped you”
If God chose us and we had nothing do to with it, it would be unjust for Him to send any member of the human race to hell since all of us were born in sin.
Free will in the human race perpetuates the angelic conflict in two areas: A. Evangelism.
B. In the PPOG for the Church-age.
Through rejection of Christ, mankind chooses the plan of Satan – religion, legalism, socialism, all forms of arrogance, emotionalism, atheism – any form of independence from God.
Because of the extension of the angelic conflict into human history, the sovereignty of God and the free will of man coexist by divine decree.
Whether we are positive toward Christ and the PPOG or not, no matter how we fail or suffer, there is no way we can hinder the glory of God.
Freedom guarantees inequality.
Some people use their freedom to succeed in God’s plan by using divine power and living a spiritual life; some choose to use human power and live independently from God.
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