The gift of repentance.
Posted: 9 March 2012 in Joel

The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the LORD come. And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call.

One of the things wrong with Arminiansm is that the Bible makes it crystal clear that it is God who directs the course of history, according to his own good pleasure and will. We are but players in the working out of his eternal purposes. As the passage from Joel makes clear, even repentance is only possible for those called to repent. A God who grants repentance to some of his creatures, but not others, is hardly a God those same creatures would be likely to invent for themselves. But that very fact is a prima facie reason for supposing the Bible to be speaking the truth, when it reports such to be the case.

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