Calvinism Honors Christ's Death
L. R. Shelton
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The one outstanding evil of Calvinism is viewed by the unsaved religionist, or the Arminian, is the Sovereignty of God. Now let me hammer on that thing I'll get to the responsibility of man after a while. A lot of folks are writing in saying, "What are you going to do with 'whosoever will'?" We are going to leave it right there in God's Word, just like we are going to leave the Sovereignty of God in God's Word. Let me say here that the great truths of Man's Responsibility and God's Sovereignty are two eternal truths that flow right through God's Word from Genesis to Revelation. They never conflict except in your depraved mind. Now you get that. These two great truths the Responsibility of Man and God's Sovereignty never conflict; they run parallel throughout God's Word. I preach both of them. As I said, they never conflict except in your depraved mind. That you may jump up and say, "Well, if God has elected folks to be saved, then what is the use to pray for them what is the use to preach to them, etc.? They will be saved anyway." You can't understand it, because the conflict is not in God's Word but in your depraved mind. There is no conflict in the mind that has been opened by the Holy Spirit; to that individual those truths are clear, but to the unsaved mind you ask, "Well, Brother Shelton, can you reconcile them?" No I don't try. "Do they ever meet?" Yes, before the throne of God's grace at the Mercy Seat. So that me state again: one outstanding evil of Calvinism as viewed by the unsaved religionist, or the Arminian, is the Sovereignty of God.
They will not have it that God works all things after the council of His own will according to His own purpose as He pleases. Now I am honoring my Lord this morning. Now you get it. It seems almost a shame that these fellows didn't live back in Eternity before God so they could have instructed the Lord God of
Heaven. As the Word of God says, they are wise in their own conceit (Rom. 11:25; 12:16). Let's read Eph. 1:11, "In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will." Look at that expression,
"who worketh ALL things." How? "After the counsel of his own will." Did you noticed that expression, "His own will." God never consults man, and God has never consulted man about one thing. And God doesn't consult a sinner when He gets ready to save that sinner.
Did you know that? That's right. God never consults a sinner when He gets ready to save him! God comes and broods over that sinner by the power of the Holy Spirit, opens that sinner's heart, mind, and understanding, and lets the light of the glorious Gospel of Christ shine into that sinner's heart. Brother,
that's the most unexpected thing that sinner ever witnessed in his life! When that sinner comes to know Christ in full assurance, then he never ceases to rejoice that God elected him, called him with the effectual call, and revealed Christ to his heart. He never does! God does not now, and never will, consult
man about anything in the world. Every sinner who ever gets saved gets saved on God's terms, and every individual who walks with God walks with God on God's terms. That's right. Now you remember that.
There isn't anything in the world that Satan and his unsaved emissaries hate any more than the substitutionary death of Christ on the cross. Why? Because, as we said, it is the central doctrine of the entire Book, the Bible. They hate it first as they hate the Sovereignty of God because it is the foundation, the basic
doctrine, of God's Word. You ask the average Arminian why he doesn't magnified the death of Christ, and here is his usual answer, "Oh, don't misunderstand me now, I believe in the death of Christ for sinners." That's his answer. "Why, what are you talking about? Don't you know everybody believes that? That's
taken for granted," and that's exactly what they do they take it for granted! Just as a preacher said one day, "I don't preach on the New Birth because, you know, I take that for granted. Folks don't understand it, and I just don't preach on it. I take that for granted." And so preachers have taken
for granted the death, burial, and resurrection of our blessed Lord for sinners, until the average person has never heard it preached, and doesn't know it today. They have substituted everything else; most of them have substituted a little program. Being blinded, they do not see that blood redemption is the heart and center
of all the doctrines of God's Word, and in their preaching or teaching they are always stressing some other portion of the Bible, largely along the line of sin and so-called Christian living. Now you listen to the average preacher, and that is what you hear. Naturally they let blood redemption in Christ drift into the background.
Another Scripture that Arminians like to quote is II Peter 3:9, "The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any ("us-ward") should perish, but that all ("us-ward") should come to repentance."
I want you to notice that word "us-ward." The true meaning of a verse of Scripture many times turns on one little word, and in this verse that word is "us-ward." Who did Christ die for? "Us-ward" His elect. Let's turn now to I John 2:2,
"And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world" (world of believers, which means God's elect).
This is one of the great doctrines of God's Word that Arminians hate with undying vengeance. The reason they hate it is because it throws them completely back upon God, a Sovereign Potentate, who does as He pleases, saves whom He pleases and when He pleases. All right, let's look at that Scripture again. He says,
but also for the sins of the whole world," "The whole world" of what? Of believers, which means God's elect. "Well," you say, "you are misquoting it." No, I'm not misquoting it; it is the whole world of believers. "Well," you say, "that word 'world'
isn't used in that respect." Well, you need to study your Bible. Turn to I John 5:19. It says there, "The whole world lieth in wickedness (lit. in the lap of the evil one)." Now God's children don't lie in the lap of the evil one. He is talking about the whole world of unbelievers
that lie in the lap of the evil one. You see there, the whole world of unbelievers lie in the lap of the evil one, because God's children have been delivered from Satan's power, and they don't lie in the lap of the evil one. Then when He says Christ is the propitiation for the sins of the whole world
it is the world of believers. The zealous Arminian says, "We have to go out and win the world to Christ." The Lord Jesus Christ didn't say, "Go out and win the world": He said, "Go
and preach the gospel to every creature," and those that believe should be saved. The Word
of God, when rightly understood, throws us back completely upon the Lord God of Heaven as Sovereign and that's the way it should be. It breaks the saint or sinner that the feet of Christ; it develops a prayer life and sends the individual crying unto Him who sits on the throne. It works patients in that
individual's life and leads him to surrender unto the Lord and unto the Sovereign God of Heaven to trust Him for everything in the world. Now you can be brought to that place by the power of God's Holy Spirit to rest at His feet and to trust Him for everything in the world. Now that's what it does. But the
doctrine of Arminianism, of freewillism that exalts man, exalts the self-will of man, and puts man's will above the will of God. Now who is the voice of authority you or God? Its God.
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