God is undeniably sovereign over these things; however, Arminians do NOT have a problem with His Sovereignty over temporal things.
via 10 Things Arminians DON’T Have a Problem With, BUT SHOULD.
An interesting read. What do you think?
I believe that at least some Armenians believe things happen by random chance. The Bible does not support that view.
Consider these facts:
- God did not have a pre-conception interview with Mary and her parents to arrange for her pregnancy by the seed of God. He simply announced to her: “And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High…” (Luke 1:31,32)
- When it was time for the Ethiopian official to hear the gospel, God sent a preacher.
- When God needed a man to reveal his truth about the gospel of Christ and to suffer for his name He confronted Saul of Tarsus, rebuked him, and announced his plan for Paul’s life and work.
If we believe these things, and we do, isn’t it odd that we think God can’t, or doesn’t, decide about who will or will not be saved? “Whosoever will let him come” is an invitation from God himself and it does not conflict in the least with his command that those who will come were chosen before the foundation of the world according to the foreknowledge of God.
At age 65 I find myself still trying to sort out what I believe and why. There is much I don’t know. There are some things I believe but am not sure why, but I am searching, praying, listening…
I doubt that there is any “Arminian” who believes that EVERYTHING happens by chance, at least I haven’t met them. Showing that God intervened at certain points in history in no way shows that he intervenes in EVERY moment.
Interestingly enough, Paul speaks as if he had a choice whether or not to obey that heavenly vision. (Acts 26:19) I’m guessing your next post will explain why Calvinists SHOULD have a problem with that. 🙂
Grace and peace,
Funny! No, not really. God’s choosing never violates man’s free will. God doesn’t pick many losers does he?