BETWEEN GOD’S SOVEREIGNTY AND HUMAN FREE WILL
CALVINISM [Focus on Sovereignty]
P-erseverance of the Saints
ARMINIANISM [Focus on Free Will]
Saints Can Lose Salvation
GOD’S SOVEREIGNTY AND HUMAN FREE WILL HARMONIZED
BY ADDING THE “S” TO CREATE THE TULIPS ACROSTIC
T-otal Love of God—All-Inclusive/Unconditional/Everlasting—Saves ALL
U-nconditional Election of Helpers to Save ALL Affirms God’s Impartiality
L-amb of God Takes Away ALL the Sin [Collective Singular] of the World
I-nfinite Mercy and Patience of God is Why God Will Not/Cannot Ever Fail
P-apa God, Our Loving Heavenly Father, Will Surely Become ALL in ALL
S-ymbolism of Salt/Fire/Sulfur—Purification/Disinfection/Healing from Sin
The total love of God will be 100% effective in correcting human depravity, whether total or partial. Please notice the slashes between: “All-Inclusive/Unconditional/Everlasting” (John 3:16; I Cor. 13:4-8; Jer. 31:3), because these characteristics of God’s total love are inseparable. Thus, all created beings will be saved and worship God forever (Rev. 5:13)!
If God chooses only an “elect few” to be saved, and, de facto, damns the vast majority of humans to be tortured forever in the literal fire of hell, God’s love would definitely be conditional, to the nth degree! The Holy Bible clearly states God is impartial, showing no favoritism to anyone, due to being no respecter of persons (Rom. 2:11; James 2:1-9). God’s love being conditional would also, obviously, be true if the atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ is limited to only “the elect.” But, thank God, it isn’t! All praise to the Lamb of God who takes away ALL the sin of the WHOLE world (John 1:29; 4:42; I John 2:2)!
Calvinists use the term “irresistible grace” as to how all “the elect” will be drawn to God by the Holy Spirit. Arminians contend God’s grace will be resisted forever. The truth is that God’s saving grace can be resisted indefinitely, but it will not be resisted forever, as evidenced by Jesus drawing all to himself, all living in Christ, and all freely submitting to
and sincerely confessing faith in Christ to the glory of God (John 12:32; Rom. 5:18; 14:9-11; I Cor. 15:22; Phil. 2:9-11)! The confusion over the resistibility of saving grace can quickly be clarified by simply understanding God is infinitely merciful and patient! Jesus, who spoke Aramaic, called God “Abba,” meaning “Papa” (Mk.14:36). Papa God, our loving heavenly Father, due to infinite love/mercy/patience, shall, as surely as the sky is blue
and grass is green, become all in all [KJV]—everything to every one [RSV] (I Cor. 15:28).
The horrible theological misunderstanding of the relationship between God’s sovereignty and human free will is easily resolved by grasping the truth biblical use of salt/fire/sulfur symbolizes purification/disinfection/healing from sin. Indeed, Jesus definitively stated the purpose of hell: “ For everyone will be salted with fire” (Mark 9:49). This is a metaphor for purification that is also true of the lake of fire and brimstone/burning sulfur (Rev. 20:10).
Boyd C. Purcell, Ph.D., author of books, Spiritual Terrorism and Christianity Without Insanity Website: ChristianityWithoutInsanity.com; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 6-11-2020
*Eternal Conscious Torment in hell: SINCE FALSE, Mission—to reconcile the irreconcilable—Impossible