Human pathos longs to shelter the needy, to intervene in circumstances of dire consequence, to be a hero, even to go so far as to protect God from himself.
While studying through the book Claiming Christ, we are encouraged to ponder the odd pile of evidence that many Christians seem compelled to protect the Sovereignty of God from his own statements regarding human free will.
God has declared that humans must exercise free will choice within the boundaries he has established:
“I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life”
By inspiration of the Holy Spirit, the prophets record that even if the Sovereign God announces that a righteous man “will surely live” but then he chooses to do wickedly, then God will change his verdict and condemn that man (Eze 33:13).
Even our Lord Jesus confirmed the continued role of human free will in knowing God when he declared:
“If anyone chooses to do God’s will, he will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own.”
To all this, God records that “they have chosen what displeases me” for which he then pronounces eternal judgment.
However, these holy heroes seem driven by some hidden force. Their reasoning has led them to conclude that a Sovereign God cannot remain uncontestedly-in-charge if he allows for destiny-altering input from lowly creatures like us humans. So repeats the prevalent theology today by zealous perpetuaters of both Luther and Calvin who openly rejected the impact and even existence of such a reality as human free will.
They write and preach that such human input within salvation makes God into a reacting God, a responder without sovereignty. History records their zeal in destroying those who acknowledged the free will gift of God. They chopped off heads per church councils. They have menaced and mal-treated any and all who don’t agree with them.
As the Psalmist laments, if those who abused me had only been my enemies, I could have found a way to get through it, but instead it has come from my friend, from the ones I walked beside in God’s Temple as we worshiped.
But is it reasonable for a Sovereign God to need our protection? Though he has repeatedly announced his intent for mankind to make choices for which life and death hang in the balance, does that actually limit his Divine Will or undermine his foreknowledge?
I would suggest to you that God is not threatened by his own Word. If he declares it; then it is trustworthy.
I would also suggest to you, in spite of what other honor may be appropriate toward our religious leaders, that, upon the revealed Word of God, the Most High God is not pleased with the line of Popes that have tortured his children, that he likely has reserved judgment for Luther’s vitriolic contribution to the Jewish Holocaust, and that Calvin will be held accountable for tying a bible to the face of a fellow minister, torching it, and then setting the man alive on fire with dozens of others.
A good tree cannot produce bad fruit. And, if we refuse to repent of our revealed sins, then we become self condemned.
No, God doesn’t need theological bodyguards. He desires humble obedience to his declared Word by those who have the fear of the Lord.
The choice for the Church is “follow me as I follow Christ”. The question is: who are you following who demonstrates consistency in upholding Scripture?
Remember, “many are called, but few are chosen.” Don’t expect to find the straight and narrow path widely traveled, nor led by holy heroes with hurt in their hands and hearts.
Turn the other cheek to their offenses, entrust yourself to him who judges justly, and…