Taking out a verse, eradicating from its context, is the preferred way to make speak the Bible words never pronounced neither thought by GOD. Probably God disseminated the Bible with verses which are in an apparent contradiction with others, with the purpose to place a spiritual bait, just in order to let your secret hidden heart to jump outside the den of your hypocrisy and try to grasp that verse with the intention to justify your secrets.
This is technically called "to harden the heart", and indeed the goal of God is to make one to jump immediately on those few verses which could be twisted to fit his theological views.No more or less than the hardening of the Pharaoh 's hearth when God allowed him to jump on the bait of an easy persecution of the Jews while at the same time maintaining a certain hypocrite fairness falsely justified by the alibi of 'disobedience':
But God when harden is not playing with toys. He didn't harden the Pharaoh's heart just to get a more exciting scenario for His storyboard.
Pharaoh could have well let the Hebrews to go to worship God. If the Hebrews would have used that opportunity to escape the Egyptian captivity, then the hypocrisy of the Pharaoh would have at disposition a powerful alibi in order to justify the unleashing of the most cruel revenge on the God's people. God opposed to that, hardening the Pharaoh's heart before he could let them go to worship. God took out of the hands of the Pharaoh an hypocrite alibi with that hardening.
So we can see that works the word of God in the Bible. If a person is saved by Irresistible Grace, one of the first sign of his/her salvation, of the receiving of the new heart, ought to be a strong, firm refusal of the same Calvinist Predestination. Because what the Bible teaches, what God teaches, is completely at the opposite of the cruelty of the Limited Atonement:
Friday, January 6, 2017
Calvinist "New Heart"???...
Remember that the Word of God is more sharp than a twoedged sword - He didn't refer to a double edged sword just for fun:
Hebrews, 4°:So the Bible is a twoedged sword!!!
12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
All that can be seen in the case of Galatians 1:15:
.......Second, this passage teaches that Paul was chosen for the purpose of ministry, rather than the purpose of heaven or hell. If we stick strictly to the text, we see that God chose Paul “so that [he] might preach Him among the Gentiles” (Gal. 1:16). Therefore, the purpose of Paul’s calling was for the purpose of ministry—not for the purpose of heaven or hell.
Then the Arminians. I am not Arminian, but I found them very useful, as they exposed already the flaws of a lot of Calvinist mythology - I cannot report here the entire website or entire pages, just read it to open the eyes on the horror of the Calvinist TULIP:
Question: Do you mean like Jonah?Answer: What did God do with stubborn Jonah? Irresistible Grace? Jonah did what Jonah did, and God did what God did, and Jonah submitted. No irresistible grace. Ironic, isn’t it?, that both Jonah and Paul were, for three days, in their respective trials? (Jonah 1:17; Acts 9:9)
".........What was true of Jeremiah, a prophet of God, is likely also potentially true of Jonah as well, another prophet of God. In the case of Jonah and Jeremiah, both were resistant to their calls. Both Jeremiah and Jonah said no. Jeremiah said, in effect: “God, you tricked me. I don’t want this message any longer.” As for Jonah, we know what he did, upon receiving God's orders. In either case, God worked with both of them. In Jonah’s case, God had to take a more extreme measure, by providing a storm and a whale to change his mind. In terms of Paul, he adds that he was not disobedient to his call, but was faithful, so that God’s grace toward him was not in vain."Dont' let Calvinist Predestination-ism steal your reward. You have been created in the image of God, don't offend Him using the free-will He gave to you to deny the other's.