05 November, 2016

Luke 7:30—“But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God against themselves, being not baptized of him”



But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God against themselves, being not baptized of him. (Luke 7:30 KJV).


COMMON GRACE ARGUMENT:
This passage is used to support the Well-Meant Offer—the idea that God, in the preaching of the gospel, desires, purposes and intends to save all who hear, but that many resist these gracious attempts of God to save them.


(I)

Peter Nahuys

[Source: A Brief Summary of Christian Doctrine; Set Forth Against Heretics and Heresies, 1739;
quoted in The History of the Free Offer, chapter 8, by Prof. H. Hanko]


It is evident that in this passage the reference is not to an internal, but only to an external calling or invitation, which was done and presented by John the Baptist to their conversion, which invitation or demand of God, laid in the mouth of John, the Pharisees and Scribes rejected.

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(II)


More to come! (DV)



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