Thursday, September 06, 2007

GOD IS FAITHFUL

Disclaimer: This post is meant not as offense to those who do not embrace Calvinism, but it does intend to attack Arminianism as a system of thought.
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I hate Arminianism. Let me tell you why.

Arminianism portrays God as this all-loving, sentimental, grandfather in the sky type of god who loves everyone equally, but is devoted to no one. He has no special love for his bride, the church. After all, god loves all equally and alike, and jesus died for everybody equally and alike, and, although all of a sudden, god intervenes to keep those who truly belong to him (for some Arminians), they cooperated with the holy spirit in regeneration, since faith precedes regeneration.
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I love Calvinism. Let me tell you why.

Calvinism portrays God as the Ephesians 5 Husband, Who is devoted to His Bride, the Church. Although He has a general love for all mankind, He has a special, sovereign, saving love for His elect, the Church. He is devoted to Her entirely, and to no one else, even as a husband is to be devoted to his wife alone, and to no other woman. In fact, God is so devoted to His Bride, the elect, that He sees to it that they not only come to faith, but that they are sanctified, and that they persevere, and He feeds us with His Word and cleans us in baptism and feeds us again in His body and blood in the Holy Supper. Jesus gave Himself for His Bride alone, because He is the Faithful Husband. His Name is Faithful and True. He is faithful even when we are faithless, because He cannot disown Himself.

This is the kind of God who shows me what it is to be a faithful husband. I love my wife. In my eyes, she can do nothing wrong. But when we have an argument, I try to remember that God is faithful to me even when I am not all that enjoyable to be around. God teaches me to love my wife, even in the midst of an argument.

This is because the God of the Bible is the God that the systematic theology known as Calvinism, highlighted in the Reformed faith, portrays biblically and beautifully.

If today you are struggling with sin, if today you are unfaithful to God, if today you are not persevering as you should, know this:

God is Faithful, and He is committed to you for His glory. Even when you don't feel it, even when you've had a day full of sin, know this:

God will sanctify you and preserve you.

When we are faithless, He is faithful, for He cannot disown Himself.

10 comments:

centuri0n said...

Hey Josh --

Did you really mean to buy all the stuff at my t-shirt shop?

Josh Brisby said...

Centuri0n,

You bet I did. Good stuff. Welcome to The Reformed Oasis!

centuri0n said...

Dude, I have never seen anyone drop that kind of money on t-shorts and bumper stickers.

RubeRad said...

I love paedobaptism because it celebrates the sovereignty of a Calvinistic God;

Credobaptism celebrates an individual's clever decision for an Arminian "god"

Josh Brisby said...

Ruben,

I think you meant to place that comment on the previous blogpost, but that's ok.

Ruben, I guess I don't understand. As a paedo you as well believe that adults must profess to be baptized. Does that mean you celebrate the individual's clever decision for an Arminian "god"?

I have never found that kind of rhetoric helpful in the baptism debate.

Centuri0n, it is all your website's fault that I dropped that kind of money. Stop tempting me. :0)

Josh Brisby said...

Centuri0n,

To be honest, I won't do it again. My sweet wifey wasn't too happy. I admitted that she was right. :0)

angela brisby, a.k.a. josh's loving wife said...

...But I still love him and I'm glad we'll finally be getting a mouse pad =)

centuri0n said...

The mousepad will make it all worth it.
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ruberad:

I don't think you love paedobaptism as much as you think you do. I don;t think it does what you are saying it does.

Here's the way to check: does your tradition practice confirmation? Why? What's being confirmed?

RubeRad said...

Long time no check the blog, looks like Josh and centuri0n are asking the same question. Yes, our elders interview baptized children to ascertain a credible confession of faith before admission to the table. Why? Because the Bible says to "Examine yourself".

Josh, for the adult convert, yes public confession is biblical, but the fact that their baptism is the same as the infant's baptism, reminds the adult (and the congregation) what Jesus says to the new convert: "You did not choose me, but I chose you".

Jane said...

As for baptism...remember there's a requirement for it:

"And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. (Acts 8:36,37) Then Philip baptized him.

"If" thou believest"...and he said "I believe" that Jesus Christ is the Son of God." How many infants can meet that condition? But we need not worry about baptizing anybody's children... because "of such is the kingdom of heaven", so the Bible says. (Matt 19:14; Mark 10:14; Luke 18:16)