I love the Doctrines of Grace. By Doctrines of Grace I am referring to the system of thought that is often known by the nickname Calvinism. They are as follows:
Total Depravity or total inability
Limited Atonement or Particular Redemption
Irresistible Call or Effectual call
Perseverance in Grace
Many people are terrified of these truths, I believe, simply because they dethrone man and his 'free will', and enthrone God and His sovereignty. But hey! That's the very reason I love them.
Left to myself, I would never have sought Him. Left to my free will, I would have sought only my own pleasure. But ,thanks be unto God, I was not left to myself. He, who set His love on me before the foundation of the world(Eph.1:4), not only paid for my sins in Christ; He orchestrated all the circumstances of my life to lead me to a saving surrender to His amazing grace (Rom.8:28-30).
The effect this truth has on me is to cause me to fall before Him, to take my place in the dust as a helpless, repentant sinner, and to acknowledge His right to sit upon the throne of His glory.
I love the Doctrines of Grace because they teach me to worship. This is the essence of true worship: To see Him as He is and myself as I am. When that happens I cannot help but worship.
Friday, November 10, 2006
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I agree that the doctrines of grace will invoke true worship.
I recommend any teaching that honors God more than man.
It is good to hear that you preach the wonderful doctrines of grace.
It's good to hear from you. I guess you ain't dead after all.
You've caught me being wishy-washy on Chevys, but we're on the same page here, brother!
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