04 May, 2019

Ecclesiastes 9:1—“... no man knoweth either love or hatred by all that is before them ...”


For all this I considered in my heart even to declare all this, that the righteous, and the wise, and their works, are in the hand of God: no man knoweth either love or hatred by all that is before them. All things come alike to all: there is one event to the righteous, and to the wicked; to the good and to the clean, and to the unclean; to him that sacrificeth, and to him that sacrificeth not: as is the good, so is the sinner; and he that sweareth, as he that feareth an oath (Eccles. 9:1-2).

The theory of “common grace” proposes that the good things of God’s providence that God showers upon the wicked (e.g. sunshine, rainfall, prosperity, health, etc.) are tokens of His love for all men.  This text seems to contradict that idea, however …


Brian Crossett

Now it is clear to everyone that the sun and rain are “before” us.  The sun and rain are part of God’s providence to all men without exception.  However, the Scripture above (Eccles. 9:1-2) is clear that the disposition of God is not revealed in things.  God’s “love” and God’s “hatred” are specifically mentioned.  Nevertheless, there are those who postulate the erroneous doctrine of common grace who have decided differently.  They need to realise that when Scripture says we can’t know love or hatred by all that is before us, we can’t.

The big question is why do purveyors of “common grace” (so-called) wish to make the grace of God “common”?  The reason is because they wish to find accommodation for Arminianism and a basis for the Arminian well-meant offer.  They are not content with the presentation of the gospel according to the apostles and Jesus Christ.



More to come! (DV)

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