Cannot or Will Not, Which is the Cause?
February 15, 2012, 12:27 pm
Filed under: Double Predestination, Irresistible Grace, Total Depravity

written by Scott Price

No one can come to Me unless the Father who has sent Me draw him, and I will raise him up at the last day” John 6:44 (MKJV)

“You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life. And they are the ones witnessing of Me, and you will not come to Me that you might have life” John 5:39-40 (MKJV)

Always in the context of the gospel we see at least three basic heads of doctrine; Who God is and what He Requires, Who Man is and how he fails to meet those requirements and who Christ is and how He is the only Way of salvation. As Man is dealt with he is seen to be totally depraved, which has affected him in many different ways. He is first affected legally and then spiritually. God put all men without exception in a representative, Adam. When Adam sinned in the garden so did everyone else he represented (everybody) and God legally charged it to his or her account. Not only are we born with the sin Adam, we also have his sin nature so that spiritually or morally we are perverted from birth. We cannot think properly about God. Our ways are not His, because we are “dead” in sins, unable and unwilling to seek after God, understand Him or do anything good in His sight because there is none by nature who is in the state of perfect righteousness. Continue reading