The Ever Popular Gospel
The Ever More Popular
“Ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil” [Genesis 3:5]
What does man always want?… to be like God, being the captain of his own ship and in subjection to no one, especially God. Hence the tremendous popularity of the false free-will gospel. It lets the rebel, the sinner, accept God any time he so chooses. It puts the Creator at the mercy of the creation. It puts man in the driver’s seat. It takes the Sovereign God of the Bible, the ruler of the universe, and lowers Him to just an item on a smorgasbord table for a spiritually dead sinner to do with as he pleases, accept or reject, serve or trample over. And yet the REAL God has given fallen mankind no such power, or authority or perogative. The REAL King and Lord of all is not at the beck and call of his earthly enemies. They are at His mercy. He blinds whom He pleases and gives sight to whom He pleases. He laughs at those who think they are independent agents having no one to give an account to.
“Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.” Psalm 2:1-4
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Christ Died For The Ungodly
by Horatius Bonar
The divine testimony concerning man is, that he is a sinner. God bears witness against him, not for him; and testifies that "there is none righteous, no, not one"; that there is "none that doeth good"; none "that understandeth"; none that even seeks after God, and, still more, none that loves Him (Psa. 14:1-3; Rom. 3:10-12). God speaks of man kindly, but severely; as one yearning over a lost child, yet as one who will make no terms with sin, and will "by no means clear the guilty." <continued>