"Jesus didn’t die for best, most worthy, or most talented - He died for all" by: Caleb Gibson

   What is Total Depravity?  
   This is the Calvinist doctrine that teaches us fallen man is unable and unwilling to go to God. 
   This is the study of the condition of the fallen man.  
   They believe that regeneration precedes faith. 
   Paul Washer, a well-known Calvinist, defines total depravity as the doctrine that “fallen man is unable is to love, obey or please God.” 
   While I love and respect my Reformed Brothers and Sisters in Christ; I do differ on this topic. 
   Faith is what pleases God (See Hebrews 11:6). 
   To say that the unsaved cannot have faith goes against what the Bible teaches. 
   For instance, John 20:30-31 tells us, “So then, many other signs Jesus also performed in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that by believing you may have life in His name.” 
   God’s word is here for a reason. God made sure that 2,000 years after the Cross we would have God’s word here to guide us.  
   With technology, the Bible is in the hands of more people than ever before.  
   All of humanity has the ability to pick up the Scriptures and be saved. 
   God also has His church.  
   You are someone who can help people get saved. 
   We are God’s hands and feet on this Earth.  
   Without you, we would be in trouble. 
   Regeneration is also called rebirth.  
   This is what we describe as being born again. 
   Total depravity goes beyond what is typically taught about man’s sinfulness. 
   This does not mean that man is just sinful, they believe that man is completely sinful and has no way to believe in God.  
   Sin does not mean that people are unable to receive salvation. 
   God will not punish or judge someone for something they cannot do.  
   That is unjust. 
   Can a father get upset with his daughter because she did not drive the car to get an oil change when the child is two years old?  
   Can a Walmart manager yell at an employee because he did not stock the shelves, even though he has no arms? 
   Total inability falsely teaches that God is judging people for something they are unable to do. We cannot place the cart before the horse.
John 12:48 HCSB tells us, “The word I have spoken will judge him.”  
   We are judged by the word. Some have said with a good heart that God doesn’t need your money.  
   While I love the heart of this, it isn’t factually true. 
   God needs your hands and feet.  
   Yes, in fact without donating to the church, we would have no money. 
   But it is our hand that gives. It is your choice.  
   We should not give by compulsion, we should give freely. 
   Tertullian, an early Church father born in the year AD 145, once wrote, “I find, then, that man was constituted free by God….Man is free, with a will either for obedience or resistance.” 
   Every character in the Bible chose to follow God.  
   This was what they set in their heart to do. 
   As believers we have a choice to follow the light or be led by darkness. 
   1 John 2:2 tells us, “He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not only for ours, but also for those of the whole world.” 
   Jesus didn’t die for best, most worthy, or most talented. 
   He died for all. Today use your faith and receive his free grace!

 

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