Sproul on God’s Power to Rule Us

Calvinist R. C. Sproul tweeted the following:

God doesn’t need our consent in order to govern us. He made us.

Essentially this is correct. God can do what He wants.

At the same time, the Bible paints God as a tad more complex than this over-simplified statement does.

As Paul explained with Pharaoh, God can harden who He wants and can have compassion on who He wants.

Although both sides of the freewill argument agree here, the disagreement comes in how frequently this is the case.

In other words, do we have anything to do with this hardening or compassion choice?

God can override at any point; but this does not imply that He overrides at all points.

“Whosoever will may come.” “Whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.”

Way too many verses say we have something to do with this.

Although God can rule us without our consent, He graciously waits for our consent most of the time. This gracious allowance of choice is also the same thing that condemns us when we choose to reject Him.

If our unbelief is God’s doing and has nothing to do with me, judgment, wrath, punishment, and perdition don’t seem to fit.

Yes, Dr. Sproul is essentially correct, but leaving the story there makes God a bullying monster unjustly offended at us doing what He made us do.


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