Monday, July 9, 2018

Addressing The False Reprobate Doctrine

  • Defining The Issues:
          -There exists a terribly unbiblical conception regarding individuals who fall into a state of continual sin and apostasy, namely that God will never forgive them. In other words, this viewpoint maintains that backsliders are permanently beyond hope of inheriting eternal salvation. There is no denying that people have the ability to harden their hearts against God. He can even give them over to their own devices. It is also quite possible for an unconverted soul to never hear another presentation of the gospel. But it is neither true nor biblical to suggest that reprobates and apostates cannot turn back to the Lord in humble repentance. It is simply wrong to teach that certain people are beyond the reach of obtaining the grace and mercy of God.
  • The Bible Tells Us That God Desires All Men To Repent:
          -"Return, O faithless sons, I will heal your faithlessness.” “Behold, we come to You; for You are the Lord our God." (Jeremiah 3:22)
          -“Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent." (Acts 17:30)
          -"The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance." (2 Peter 3:9)
  • The Bible Tells Us That God Does Not Take Pleasure In The Death Of The Wicked:
          -“Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, each according to his conduct,” declares the Lord God. “Repent and turn away from all your transgressions, so that iniquity may not become a stumbling block to you." (Ezekiel 18:30)
          -"For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone who dies,” declares the Lord God. “Therefore, repent and live.” (Ezekiel 18:32)
          -"Say to them, ‘As I live!’ declares the Lord God, ‘I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn back, turn back from your evil ways! Why then will you die, O house of Israel?" (Ezekiel 33:11)
  • The Bible Tells Us That God Is Slow To Anger And Delights In Showing Mercy:
          -"Who is a God like You, who pardons iniquity and passes over the rebellious act of the remnant of His possession? He does not retain His anger forever, because He delights in unchanging love. He will again have compassion on us; He will tread our iniquities under foot. Yes, You will cast all their sins into the depths of the sea." (Micah 7:18-19)
          -"The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him; for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust." (Psalm 103:8-14)
  • The Bible Tells Us That God Is Rich In Mercy: 
          -"For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, and abundant in lovingkindness to all who call upon You." (Psalm 86:5)
          -"But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved)." (Ephesians 2:4-5)
  • The Bible Tells Us That God Will Forgive Sin, No Matter How Serious The Offense:
          -"So He told them this parable, saying, “What man among you, if he has a hundred sheep and has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open pasture and go after the one which is lost until he finds it? When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!’ I tell you that in the same way, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance." (Luke 15:3-7)
          -"but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (1 John 1:7-9)

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