21 September, 2018

Genesis 8:21-22—“I will not again curse the ground any more … neither will I again smite any more every living thing”



And the Lord smelled a sweet savour; and the Lord said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake; for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done. While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease (Gen. 8:21-22).



COMMON GRACE ARGUMENT:
“God said He would not destroy the earth even though man was wicked, even from his youth. This was undeserved. How wicked men live their lives does not change whether it was deserved or not.”



(I)

Francis Turretin (1623-1687)

[Source: Institutes of Elenctic Theology, vol. 3, p. 42]

[For] no other reason does he [i.e., God] sustain the world than to collect from it the number of the elect.


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(II)

Prof. Herman C. Hanko

[Source: Private Correspondence, 21/11/2016]

The reprobate are here for the purpose of the salvation of the elect. As the corn plant is necessary for the corn kernels, the reprobate are necessary for the salvation of the elect. The elect church is like a building that God builds throughout history; the reprobate are the scaffolding.


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(III)

Dr. C. Matthew McMahon

[Source: The Two Wills of God Made Easy: Does God Really Have Two Wills? (2016), pp. 77-78]

The sustaining of their existence is not a gracious act. It is a decretive means by which they store up wrath and judgment against the Creator for the day of wrath. [cf. Gen. 15:16; I Thess. 2:16]. It is for these reasons that I think the term of common grace is ill founded and conveys a wrong impression of God’s will … God actively pursues His glory in the wicked by the coming judgment. In this way, they must live to fill up their sins and must also be left without excuse.


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(IV)

More to come! (DV)







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