Common Grace or Gay Pride Tactics
April 16, 2012, 2:11 pm
Filed under: Common Grace

written by David Bishop

R. Scott Clark has an article posted on Sproul’s Ligonier website entitled, For God So Loved the World.  In his article, he defines common grace as just another way of speaking about what has been traditionally called providence.

But Clark’s definition reeks of the tactic used by the homosexuals in their fight to legalize gay marriage. When this nation held a referendum a few years ago and overwhelmingly voted to define marriage as union between one man and one woman, the homosexuals responded by changing the terminology without altering the definition. They began talking about something they called “civil unions”, which they assured us, was not the same thing as marriage.

Just what the heck is the difference between a civil union and a marriage, though? Did anybody bother to ask? As it turns out, the only real difference was that same-sex civil unions were no more recognized by the state as legal than was same-sex marriages. Nevertheless, having drilled the ambiguous notion of civil unions into our heads for a few years, the homosexuals than asked for another referendum, this time to settle the matter concerning whether we as a nation would permit civil unions since we denied them same-sex marriage. Several states fell for it! And having won the right to civilly unite, the homosexuals are now taking the matter of same-sex marriage to the courts, pointing out that civil unions were just another way of speaking about what has been traditionally called marriage. This is not exaggeration!

In the same way, Clark tells us that common grace is just another way of speaking about what has been traditionally called providence. But if it has been traditionally called providence, then why change it? After all, Clark has no problem with using the word providence at other points to help define his doctrine of common grace. Why then adopt an entirely new word to begin with?

The answer is, because common grace does not at all mean what providence means, and Clark knows it!

As we have seen from the language of the false gospel Free Offer of the Gospel doctrine, common grace is just another way of saying Christ died for everyone because God loves everyone. There’s nothing traditional about that. Hoeksema warned the Christian Reformed Churches not to adopt the doctrine of common grace, but in 1924 they rejected his warning and apostated instead.

What is the difference between a general benevolence towards all humanity, and the claim that God is everyone’s friend? There is none! Yet Clark assures us that they are different.

The common gracers assured us at the start that there was no good ground for the assertion that common grace leads into the Arminian camp. We were told that it neither states nor implies that it is the purpose of God to save all men through the blood of Christ (see Berkhof, Systematic Theology, pg. 444). Well, we see what a big, fat lie that was now, don’t we? The terminology has changed, but the definition remains the same. Rather than confessing to the blatant lie that Christ die for the non-elect, the argument for common grace is that Christ died for everyone to different degrees.

The truth is that God does not send His rain upon the just and the unjust in order to bless them both and do them both a kindness. Rather, He sends His rain upon the unjust in order to flood their gardens, drown their crops, and fill their fields full of thorns and thistles (Heb. 6:7-8). God hates the non-elect. He hates them. He did not die for them to any degree. That is providence at work, and that is what has always been traditionally taught. There is no reason to change that now.

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This is a very BAD BAD BAD argument.

Comment by Todd Reinhard

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