Charles Spurgeon once said, concerning Sin and the total depravity of the human heart;
“One sin can ruin a soul for ever; it is not in the power of the human mind to grasp the infinity of evil that slumbereth in the bowels of one solitary sin.“
Spurgeon once spoke of Christ’s redemption on the cross in this manner;
“it seemed as if Hell were put into His cup; He seized it, and, At one tremendous draught of love, He drank damnation dry.”
In part one we established that man is:
A. A fallen creature
B. A bondservant to the Devil
C. A sinner not only in action but in nature. Man sins because he is a sinner, not a sinner because he sins.
We ended Part 1 with the question, Does man naturally have the desire to turn from his sin in sorrowful repentance and exercise the kind of faith that saves the soul from God’s Holy wrath?
It’s a good question, deserving of a scriptural answer. But first, let’s take a look at man’s ability to attain God’s righteousness through the keeping of the law. Continue reading
The Fall of Man
On the sixth day of creation, God breathed life into man, the pinnacle of His handiwork. He beheld the earth with all the life therein and proclaimed it to be very good. (Gen 1:31) The earth was a paradise, a work of perfection. God gave man dominion over his creation. He had three simple laws for Adam and Eve to obey. They were to be fruitful and multiply. They were also forbidden to partake of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of Good and Evil. God warned:
for in the day that thou eatest thereof, thou shalt surely die. (Gen 2:17).
However, man proved unfaithful to God’s law. Satan, that ancient serpent, beguiled Eve into eating the fruit of that tree. She then shared it with Adam, who had done nothing to prevent her fateful decision.
God’s judgment came swiftly with great severity. He remained true to his word. In that day death came into the world through sin. Adam and Eve did not die physically that day. In fact, they both would live for many centuries following the incident.
So, in what way did they die in the day they ate of the tree? Continue reading
This upcoming series of posts are for anyone new to the doctrines of God’s Sovereign Grace, or Calvinism, (although I’m not fond of that moniker at all, but it is easier to type). Calvinism (yes, I’m lazy) has been succinctly, but incompletely defined by the TULIP acrostic. Contrary to popular belief, the renowned theologian John Calvin did not formulate TULIP. It was created in response to the Five Points of Arminianism many years after Calvin’s death. I suppose Calvin is associated with TULIP and the belief system it represents because he so clearly articulated the doctrines in his own extensive writings. Continue reading
A reader, after digesting the post entitled Is God in Control?, has posed a few questions. Here is the first part:
‘In this blog you mention, “God elected certain men to salvation before the foundation of the world. Christ secured their salvation at the cross, dying for sin.” Some people may ask what John 3:16 means based on what you have said. Why did Jesus say, “For God so loved the world…” if He was only talking to the “elected certain men”? After all, it was “their” salvation He died for, right?’ Continue reading
The House that God Built
One day, a young man began to build a house from the bottom up. He laid the foundation with strong materials that could weather any climate or catastrophe that dared oppose it. A curious onlooker gazed at the young builder’s handiwork with genuine admiration. “I am impressed”, he stated, “but what materials did you fashion it with?”
“The very word of God” the builder replied humbly.
“Building a house with mere words appears a tad foolish, don’t you think?” The stranger said dubiously.
The young man chuckled briefly and said, “Jesus once proclaimed, ‘Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall because it had its foundation on the rock’.” (Mt 7:24-25)
The natural man, not understanding the things of God, only shook his head in bewilderment. The builder expounded. “You see, my friend, the rock Jesus spoke of is the word of God. The house is symbolic of the life you live. A house built apart from his word will surely collapse in the shifting sands when trials and tribulations rain down like hailstones. The real estate of Satan, the Prince of this world, is cheap and easy to come by, yet all houses built on his infertile soil must come to destruction.” Continue reading
I received an email the other day from a reader with the following question:
How would a Calvinist explain the fall of man to someone who does not understand the story?
First, let me give the straightforward answer to this question.
A Calvinist would explain the fall no differently than any other Christian who believes in the authenticity and authority of scripture.
Most orthodox Christians believe in the literalness of the story. It is not a fable, a myth or an allegory. The story of the fall is all fact, and all truth. Reject a literal interpretation of the fall and the mystery of man’s corrupt state remains unanswered. The story of Christ and his redemption would not make sense unless the story were true. Jesus is called the second Adam. Where Adam caused humanity to fall into sin, Christ redeemed humanity from sin. Continue reading