It is popularly believed that man has a freewill (if you have not heard that, then you are lucky!), and that the operations of God’s power unto the salvation can be resisted by man, so that the creature can resist, thwart, and checkmate the Creator; such that the clay can fortify itself against the hand of the potter. There is much wrong with this gospel that is heralded from 97% of the pulpits.
Let us reason together here:
(1.) If man can resist the power of God in regeneration, then he can also resist the power of God in damnation. In regeneration, God exercises his almightiness to bring the sinner from death in trespasses and sins to life in holiness and righteousness; and in damnation, God exercises his almightiness in inflicting pains and miseries on the soul of the man. If man therefore can resist his almightiness in regeneration, then he will ultimately resist his almightiness in damnation.
(2.) If the sweet influences of grace in salvation upon the soul can be resisted, then the fiery influences of wrath in damnation can be resisted as well.
(3.) If the cord of everlasting love by which God draws his elect can be broken by them, and they end up no better than the reprobates, then the everlasting chains of darkness in hell can be broken by those held therein. The cord of love in salvation is as much strong as the chains of darkness in hell. If one can be broken, the other can as well.
(4.) If the drawings of heaven upon its objects can be frustrated and resisted, then the burnings of hell upon its objects can be frustrated, resisted and quenched as well. The same power with which God draws his elect to heaven is as much the same power by which he casts the reprobates into hell. The pendulum of God’s power swings with the same power and energy, but in opposite directions: it swings to the right hand side with
almighty power to bring his elect to his right hand side, and with the same almighty power and energy it swings to the left to gather the reprobates and cast them into hell. If the pendulum of the Almighty can be frustrated on one hand, it will ultimately be frustrated on the other as well. If the drawings of heaven can be resisted, the burnings of hell will be as well.
(5.) If the love of God in salvation can be resisted, then the wrath of God in damnation can be as well. God’s love has as much weight as his wrath. He loves his elect with a great weight of love, and with the same weight he abhors the wicked. If divine wrath in salvation can be resisted, then, divine wrath in damnation can be resisted.
Ah, it is no mere debate we are entering in when we defend what is popularly known as Calvinism by men who hate the God of heaven and his sovereign government. It is no mere theological differences that is involved. It is the Godhood of God, his throne, and his almightiness that is under consideration! It is determinate counsel and eternal purpose that is under consideration. Wait and think, can’t you see the implication of freewill? If some elect may finally perish in hell, then some reprobates may end up in heaven. What blasphemy! If so, then heaven will be more populated that God and Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit have planned it, and man becomes the determiner of his own destiny. God forbid!
“I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure” (Isaiah 46:10).