Friday, April 29, 2005

The Free Will Prayer

For all my synergistic friends out there, I present to you "The Free Will Prayer" by Daniel Allen:

Thy kingdom come thy will be done excluding spirit birth,
For though thou hold the cosmos and beset the path of earth,
I am the captain of my fate and heft about my girth,
I have my own free will to chose and therein lies my worth.

So please be wary sovereign God for I may choose you not,
I may reject the sovereign blood that cleanseth every spot,
Despite the woo, the call, the plan it all may come to naught,
My will may frustrate all of these with my rejecting thought.

T How can you say I am inable of my sovereign will,
To come to God and seek His blood and then to love him still?
I have the power in myself to hate, and maim, and kill,
But I have seen it fit enough to let God pay my bill.

U How can you say that God chose me conditionless and free,
I can't believe his foreknowledge wouldn't look ahead to see,
That of my own strength I would choose to let the Lord save me.
I did it of my own accord and that's why He chose me.

L And now you say He had a count of saints that He would save,
That saved by grace were limited to whom the Father gave?
Could God's plan be so definite and fine-tuned to behave?
This horrid doctrine won't prevail- I'll see it to the grave.

I Oh yes, and now you tell me how the grace can't be turned down,
What foolishness is uttered now of course I am my own!
Although God set me up to chose desiring me to own,
I held the keys to saving me, I sealed my fate alone.

P And finally you say to me the saints will perservere,
I put my fingers in my ears- say hmm? I cannot hear.
Although I may agree to this you will not be my peer,
These "Calvinistic" doctrines are the very thing I fear.

I become especially alarmed when you consider that, according to pseudo-Arminian teaching, it was possible for no one to be saved. Of course, the pseudo-Arminian posits, "God knew they would respond before they did and accordingly chose them for salvation." I must ask, who was saved at the cross? Did Christ secure salvation for his people? Or did he make a way of salvation possible for his people. If the latter is your fancy, I believe this makes Christ's title of Savior mean "Pioneer" or "Role Model." It seems to me this takes the view that Jesus did all He could for all the people in the world but alas, most turn Him down. Hhhmm, sounds like the secular view of a failed Jesus doesn't it? Looking in the Scripture, let's see what the Savior himself says about his success rate:

Jesus said to them, I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. - John 6:35-40 (emphasis mine)

He hasn't failed. He had a mission. He fulfilled it. He did not lose one the Father gave Him.

Daniel Allen also has a very useful article entitled, "Why I Am A Calvinist."For anyone who may be confused about such things, you should read this very well layed out overview of the Doctrines of Grace.

Soli Deo Gloria


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