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“The will of God is universally efficacious and invincible. … It cannot be impeded; much less can it be defeated and made void”—Thomas Bradwardine

Only the elect are effectually called, justified, adopted, sanctified, and saved by Christ.

I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.  Jeremiah 10:23 KJV

This is Christianity: only those elected to glory become partakers of the true faith.


Westminster Confession 3 God's Decree


The Westminster Confession of Faith

Chapter III

Of God’s Eternal Decree

I. God from all eternity, did, by the most wise and holy counsel of His own will, freely, and unchangeable ordain whatsoever comes to pass; yet so, as thereby neither is God the author of sin, nor is violence offered to the will of the creatures; nor is the liberty or contingency of second causes taken away, but rather established.

II. Although God knows whatsoever may or can come to pass upon all supposed conditions; yet has He not decreed anything because He foresaw it as future, or as that which would come to pass upon such conditions.

III. By the decree of God, for the manifestation of His glory, some men and angels are predestinated unto everlasting life; and others foreordained to everlasting death.

IV. These angels and men, thus predestinated, and foreordained, are particularly and unchangeably designed, and their number so certain and definite, that it cannot be either increased or diminished.

V. Those of mankind that are predestinated unto life, God, before the foundation of the world was laid, according to His eternal and immutable purpose, and the secret counsel and good pleasure of His will, has chosen, in Christ, unto everlasting glory, out of His mere free grace and love, without any foresight of faith, or good works, or perseverance in either of them, or any other thing in the creature, as conditions, or causes moving Him thereunto; and all to the praise of His glorious grace.

VI. As God has appointed the elect unto glory, so has He, by the eternal and most free purpose of His will, foreordained all the means thereunto. Wherefore, they who are elected, being fallen in Adam, are redeemed by Christ, are effectually called unto faith in Christ by His Spirit working in due season, are justified, adopted, sanctified, and kept by His power, through faith, unto salvation. Neither are any other redeemed by Christ, effectually called, justified, adopted, sanctified, and saved, but the elect only.

VII. The rest of mankind God was pleased, according to the unsearchable counsel of His own will, whereby He extends or withholds mercy, as He pleases, for the glory of His sovereign power over His creatures, to pass by; and to ordain them to dishonor and wrath for their sin, to the praised of His glorious justice.

VIII. The doctrine of this high mystery of predestination is to be handled with special prudence and care, that men, attending the will of God revealed in His Word, and yielding obedience thereunto, may, from the certainty of their effectual vocation, be assured of their eternal election. So shall this doctrine afford matter of praise, reverence, and admiration of God; and of humility, diligence, and abundant consolation to all that sincerely obey the Gospel.

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Whom God Means to Destroy, He First Makes Undiscerning

By Jerry A. Kane

Delegates prepared to take a group photo after the Iran nuclear deal was announced in Vienna

Delegates prepared to take a group photo after the Iran nuclear deal was announced in Vienna

While reading that Jewish Americans, Jewish clergy, and two-thirds of Jewish politicians are solidly embracing the Iran nuclear deal:

“[T]hey strongly believe the agreement offers the best hope of keeping Iran from getting a nuclear weapon“;

“We believe such opposition is misplaced, mired in the past, and is missing an opportunity to shape a more hopeful future“;

an ancient heathen proverb came to mind, “Those whom the gods wish to destroy they first make mad.”

With apologies to Zeus and other Olympian gods in the ancient Greek religion, I offer a more updated, Judeo-Christian variant, “Whom God means to destroy, He first makes undiscerning.”

“For thou hast hid their heart from understanding:” Job 17:4 (KJV)

Discernment is the intellectual ability to apply a general principle or standard to evaluate a particular person, group, event, or idea correctly, i.e., the ability to distinguish good from evil, right from wrong, and truth from deceit.

“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” Isaiah 5:20 (KJV)

In a nutshell, discernment is from God, and sometimes He withholds it by sending deceitful, lying spirits to confuse leaders and prevent them from making correct judgments, so that He can destroy those He means to destroy.

“I saw the Lord sitting upon his throne, and all the host of heaven standing on his right hand and on his left. And the Lord said, Who shall entice Ahab king of Israel, that he may go up and fall at Ramothgilead? …

Then there came out a spirit, and stood before the Lord, and said, I will entice him. … I will go out, and be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And the Lord said, Thou shalt entice him, and thou shalt also prevail: go out, and do even so.

Now therefore, behold, the Lord hath put a lying spirit in the mouth of these thy prophets, and the Lord hath spoken evil against thee.”—2 Chronicles 18:18-22 (KJV)

In King Lear Shakespeare wrote, “Tis the times’ plague, when madmen lead the blind” iv.1.46. American Jews are blind; their leaders are mad, despising discernment and wisdom. Their reluctance to render moral judgments to distinguish good from evil prove it. American Jews have abandoned logic and reason, and their only success is in making immoral, irrational judgments.

On Twitter, the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, Khamenei said that talks with the United States were a “means of infiltration and imposition of their wills.”

But American Jews could care less what the Iranian Supreme Leader has to say. They’d much rather adhere to the advice of a Yiddish proverb, “A bad peace is better than a good war,” than heed the dire warnings of a Hebrew prophet:

“For they have healed the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.”—Jeremiah 8:11 (KJV)

In signing onto the Iran nuclear deal, American Jews have followed the counsel of Hushai over the advice of Ahithophel:

“And Absalom and all the men of Israel said, The counsel of Hushai the Archite is better than the counsel of Ahithophel. For the LORD had appointed to defeat the good counsel of Ahithophel, to the intent that the LORD might bring evil upon Absalom.”—2 Samuel 17:14 (KJV)

The Iran nuclear deal will guarantee that “the Jewish state will be hounded until it is destroyed.”

Well, he’s surrounded by pacifists who all want peace

They pray for it nightly that the bloodshed must cease

Now, they wouldn’t hurt a fly. To hurt one they would weep

They lay and they wait for this bully to fall asleep

He’s the neighborhood bully.

 

 

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