What Happened to Pharaoh’s Heart?

I love the Bible because it does not argue in theological categories. When it comes to God’s sovereignty and man’s responsibility, it is black and white. The truth is, the Bible makes it clear that man is free and has the ability to choose. At the same time, the Bible is unmistakably clear God is…

Spurgeon on being “legally dead”

Spurgeon explains what it means to be legally dead before God (from a sermon on John 5:40, “You refuse to come to  me that you may have life”). No being needs to go after life if he has life in himself. The text speaks very strongly when it says, “Ye will not come unto me,…

We Pray Because Only God Can Do It

If a Christian really believed that his friend had some ability, power, or goodness within himself to choose Jesus as Lord and Savior apart from the free, sovereign, electing grace of God, he wouldn’t pray that his friend get saved.  He would simply figure out more relevant or strategic ways to draw out what is…

John Calvin on Mercy

Part 3 of a 4 part series. View series intro and index. It’s been said that because John Calvin preached election as a biblical truth, he could not have taught that God is merciful.  Some have written that Calvin’s view of God’s sovereignty distorts his attribute of mercy — that God cannot be sovereign and merciful.  Calvin’s…

John Calvin on Evangelism

Part 2 of a 4 part series. View series intro and index. In his sermon on 1 Timothy 2, Calvin showed that, though he believed in the sovereign election of God, he also believed that all men were loved by God and it that it was the duty of Christians to spread the gospel to them. Although…