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January 23, 2013 / Pastor George Fike

What choice do I have?…


One of you will say to me: “Then why does God still blame us?For who is able to resist his will?” Romans 9:19

One of the difficulties facing the Calvinist is the extent of God’s sovereign will in the salvation of individuals. Classic Calvinism is built on 5 points, represented by the acrostic TULIP:


  1. Total depravity
  2. Unconditional election
  3. Limited atonement
  4. Irresistible grace
  5. Perseverance of the saints

I have always been conflicted concerning what my particular theological position brands me as. I really fall in the land between Arminius and Calvin.

The Arminians teach:

  1. Total depravity;
  2. Conditional election;
  3. Unlimited atonement;
  4. Resistible grace;
  5. Provisional promise of eternal life if we continue in faith.

Sorry.  No fun acrostic.

So then I picture Jesus saying “Hi. I’m a Calvinist,” or “Hi. I’m Wesleyan,” and then I realize: Jesus resists theological definition himself.  He doesn’t need our flimsy frameworks.  Descended as I am from Baptist influence, I think what is correct is really a blend. Theology is not God nor even His revelation. Theology is simply the framework we finite men erect to stretch out the canvas of our paintings of God from what we can glean from the Bible, the Holy Spirit, and our godly influences.

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So at the end of the day, we need to hold our doctrines loosely because they too often become our substitutes for the pure word of God.

We first asked this question in the last blog:

  • “What if I was never meant to be saved?”

I know how agonizing it is to be faced with this concern.  But I think it is an unnecessary exercise in insecurity.  The Bible provides enough data to realize there is indeed SECURITY for those who have trusted Jesus for salvation.  “What choice do I have?”    Turns out… quite a bit.  Consider the following scriptures:

Matthew 26:52-54 (NLT)

Jesus told him. “Those who use the sword will die by the sword.  Don’t you realize that I could ask my Father for thousands of angels to protect us, and he would send them instantly?  But if I did, how would the Scriptures be fulfilled that describe what must happen now?”

Joshua 24:15 (NLT)

“But if you refuse to serve the Lord, then choose today whom you will serve. Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates? Or will it be the gods of the Amorites in whose land you now live? But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.”

Proverbs 2:11 (NLT)

Wise choices will watch over you.  Understanding will keep you safe.”

John 6:37 (NIV)

Jesus: “All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away.”

Acts 2:40  (NIV)

With many other words he (Simon Peter) warned them; and he pleaded with them, ‘Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.’”

Revelation 22:17 (NIV)

“The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’ And let the one who hears say, ‘Come!’ Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.”

So clearly, we can see from these passages that God has certainly given us the choice to follow Him or not.  Are you concerned that He did not choose you?  Don’t be.  He says, “Choose today.”  It’s up to you – not to blind fate, not to some uncaring deity.  Your loving Heavenly Father says, “Come to Me.”   It’s not a trick; it’s real.  You are welcome!


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