not lie in the men themselves, for what these men are and what they possess is due to God?s providence and grace.
(d) It tends to immorality, by representing men?s salvation as independent of their own obedience. Answer: The objection ignores the fact that the salvation of believers is ordained only in connection with their regeneration and sanctification, as means and that the certainty of final triumph is the strongest incentive to strenuous conflict with sin.
Plutarch: ?God is the brave man?s hope and not the coward?s excuse.? The purposes of God are an anchor to the storm-tossed spirit. But a ship needs engine, as well as anchor. God does not elect to save any without repentance and faith. Some hold the doctrine of election but the doctrine of election does not hold them. Such should ponder <600102>1 Peter 1:2, in which Christians are said to be elect, ?in sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ.?
Augustine: ?He loved her [the church] foul, that he might make her fair? Dr. John Watson (Ian McLaren): ?The greatest reinforcement religion could have in our time would be a return to the ancient belief in time sovereignty of God.? This is because there is lack of a strong conviction of sin, guilt and helplessness, still remaining pride and unwillingness to submit to God, imperfect faith in God?s trustworthiness and goodness. We must not exclude Arminians from our fellowship ? there are too many good Methodists for that. But we may maintain that they hold but half the truth and that absence of the doctrine of election from their creed makes preaching less serious and character less secure.
(e) It inspires pride in those who think themselves elect. Answer: This is possible only in the case of those who pervert the doctrine. On the contrary, its proper influence is to humble men. Those who exalt themselves above others, upon the ground that they are special favorites of God, have reason to question their election.
In the novel, there was great effectiveness in the lover?s plea to the object of his affection; he had loved since he had first set his eves upon her in her childhood. But God?s love for us is of longer standing than that. It dates back to a time before we were born, aye, even to eternity past. It is a love, which was fastened upon us although God knew the worst of us. It is unchanging, because founded upon his infinite eternal love to Christ.
<243103> Jeremiah 31:3 ? ?Jehovah appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with loving kindness have I drawn thee?; <450831>Romans 8:31-39 ? ?If God is for us, who is
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