Tuesday, October 21, 2008

The Prayer of the Arminian

I read a rather amusing article tonight that I felt was worth sharing. I chuckled a bit to myself to see Spurgeon discussing the Arminian notion of free will that many Christians have. I am ever so grateful that God had opened my eyes to see past a cultural mirage of Christianity in this area. Not knowing the truth about the nature of God and the nature of myself produced a joy but never gave the deep roots I needed to survive the storms that came. I cannot say that I am always at peace with the notion of God being, well...God. It does seem however, that this is the very thing that is producing a great joy and peace in me that I cannot describe. I post this excerpt with no intintion of damaging anyone's faith or producing controversy or confusion, but I pray and plead that Christians in America would wake up past what our culture teaches us about church and God and examine EVERYTHING in light of Scripture. We will have no joy and not know who God is without being open to Scripture. I pray that the eyes of your hearts will be enlightened to see God in all His Glory and that you will be able to look past what our culture sells us as truth and dive into the heart of God as revealed in the Word even if it does not make us comfortable. The language from the excerpt is very old but it is worth trying to understand and is very amusing.

Excerpt from Spurgeon's Sermon: Free Will- A Slave

...Anyone who believes that man's will is entirely free, and that he can be saved by it, does not believe the fall...

But I tell you what will be the best proof of that; it is the great fact that you never did meet a Christian in your life who ever said he came to Christ without Christ coming to him. You have heard a great many Arminian sermons, I dare say; but you never heard an Arminian prayer - for the saints in prayer appear as one in word, and deed and mind. An Arminian on his knees would pray desperately like a Calvinist. He cannot pray about free-will: there is no room for it. Fancy him praying,

"Lord, I thank thee I am not like those poor presumptuous Calvinists Lord, I was born with a glorious free-will; I was born with power by which I can turn to thee of myself; I have improved my grace. If everybody had done the same with their grace that I have, they might all have been saved. Lord, I know thou dost not make us willing if we are not willing ourselves. Thou givest grace to everybody; some do not improve it, but I do. There are many that will go to hell as much bought with the blood of Christ as I was; they had as much of the Holy Ghost given to them; they had as good a chance, and were as much blessed as I am. It was not thy grace that made us to differ; I know it did a great deal, still I turned the point; I made use of what was given me, and others did not-that is the difference between me and them."

That is a prayer for the devil, for nobody else would offer such a prayer as that. Ah! when they are preaching and talking very slowly, there may be wrong doctrine; but when they come to pray, the true thing slips out; they cannot help it. If a man talks very slowly, he may speak in a fine manner; but when he comes to talk fast, the old brogue of his country, where he was born, slips out. I ask you again, did you ever meet a Christian man who said, "I came to Christ without the power of the Spirit?" If you ever did meet such a man, you need have no hesitation in saying, "My dear sir, I quite believe it-and I believe you went away again without the power of the Spirit, and that you know nothing about the matter, and are in the gall of bitterness and the bond of iniquity." Do I hear one Christian man saying, "I sought Jesus before he sought me; I went to the Spirit, and the Spirit did not come to me"? No, beloved; we are obliged, each one of us, to put our hands to our hearts and say-

"Grace taught my soul to pray,
And made my eyes to o'erflow;
'Twas grace that kept me to this day,
And will not let me go."

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