If Sovereignty Isn’t Good Enough, Then Use the Word “Arbitrary” Instead
July 9, 2012, 10:45 am
Filed under: Infralapsarianism, Sovereignty

by David Bishop

Dr. Robert Reymond’s six contentions with infralapsarianism are rather insightful.  Case in point, infralapsarians argue that the supralapsarian position depicts God as discriminating among men as men rather than as sinners, which in turn makes God appear to be arbitrary if not also the author of sin. This argument at first appears to have some teeth, because it seems to appeal to God’s justice.  In other words, the appeal is made that it would not be just of God to discriminate among men with no regard to the fact that man is a sinner.  But if we delve a little deeper into this argument, we find that there is very little justice here, for God’s determination to save or to condemn is not a reaction in response to the actions of men as Arminians claim it is. Continue reading

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History Redeemed
July 3, 2012, 12:49 pm
Filed under: Sovereignty

Let us see what is missing between the two passages of Scripture:

SINFUL MAN REVEALED IN HISTORY

2 Samuel 11:1 – 12:

In the spring of the year, the time when kings go out to battle, David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel. And they ravaged the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David remained at Jerusalem.  It happened, late one afternoon, when David arose from his couch and was walking on the roof of the king’s house, that he saw from the roof a woman bathing; and the woman was very beautiful.  And David sent and inquired about the woman. And one said, “Is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?” So David sent messengers and took her, and she came to him, and he lay with her. ( Now she had been purifying herself from her uncleanness.) Then she returned to her house. And the woman conceived, and she sent and told David, “I am pregnant.” Continue reading