Monday, May 24, 2010

kicking and screaming

"Calvinism does not teach and never has taught that God bring people kicking and screaming into the kingdom," R.C. Sproul said, "or has ever excluded anyone who wanted to be there.

Remember that the cardinal point of the Reformed doctrine of predestination rests on the biblical teaching of man's spiritual death. 

"Natural man does not want Christ. He will only want Christ if God plants a desire for Christ in his heart. Once that desire is planted, those who come to Christ do not come kicking and screaming against their wills. They come because they want to come. They now desire Jesus. They rush to the Savior."

Do you want to be saved?  You might call out to God for salvation like this:

I know I am lost and cannot come to You on my own. I need to be saved, right now, Lord. Save me. I ask you to forgive me of my sins and save me. I repent of my sins and turn to You! I am jumping into Your arms, right now. 

I cannot save myself. What can I do? Who can I run to? Where should I turn?

I am crying out to You and know You will save me based on Romans 10:11-13. 

Thank you for taking all my sins and placing them on Jesus, past, present, and future. Thank you for cleansing me with Your blood and covering me with Your righteousness. 

Thank You--Father, Son, and Holy Spirit for saving me. This is the beginning of my journey with You. 

"R.C. continues, "The whole point of irresistible grace is that rebirth quickens someone to spiritual life in such a way that Jesus is now seen in his irresistible sweetness. Jesus is irresistible to those who have been made alive to the things of God. Every soul whose heart beats with the life of God within it longs for the living Christ. All whom the Father gives to Christ come to Christ (John 6:37)."

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