December 14, 2008

The Spark Of Life

I bought a book at a garage sale: "Doctrines of the Bible," Herald Press, by the Mennonite General Conference, 1925.

The section , "Man in his fallen state" states in clear scriptural support of the fallen state of sinful man. There were five pages with good presentation and then on the sixth page a short final paragraph, "the spark of life": "This is not the 'spark of divinity' which some people seem to think may be found in every human soul. Dismiss that delusive thought, if you have ever entertained it. All unsaved souls are dead absolutely "dead in trespasses and sins," depraved and and defiled, without hope and "without God in the world." Yet there is something in all men that is capable of responding to the goodness and grace of God. As Adam, perfect and sinless, had something within to which the devil could appeal and get a response, so the soul that is "dead in trespasses and sins" has something within which God appeals and may get a response. Yea, the hour "now is, when when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live" (Jno. 5:25).

This is a case of semi-Pelagian's "island of righteousness" - "spark of life." From this mythical spark ignites the choice of the sinner to cry out to Christ. This in spite of so many scriptures supporting the sinner's dead state and depravity.

Why can't men allow the Father the exclusive right to choose whomsoever he wills according to his own good pleasure send the Holy Spirit to impart regeneration and graciously grant life in Christ? In spite of the truth of the Word they insist that man must decide for himself.

Is God gracious without us insisting He be gracious? Can you see the offense to God with this theology?

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