The Sovereignty of the Believer

Did you know that when God created you He imparted to you your own Sovereignty? God left Adam and Eve to tend the garden and presented them Paradise with everything that was wonderful. He was told to take dominion over what he had been given and to work it and to extend his family. With this wonderful provision He also tested Man by giving him a command. Then left him there to himself with the right to obey or disobey the command of God. We all know what happened in the end. The Question is this, do you ever lose the Sovereign Right to choose especially when it comes to choosing to obey the Gospel? The doctrine of "Irresistible grace" would have us believe that God's grace cannot be resisted. In other words God tampers with the human will so that the especially chosen person cannot reject it. This so called "Irresistible Grace" has no Biblical foundation. Proof of that fact comes from this verse in The Book of Acts 13:46 Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles.
Right here in this passage they resisted grace and judged themselves unworthy of eternal life. Now the scriptures do say that no one can come to Christ without the Father drawing them and that is true but the scripture teaches us that if Christ be lifted up from the Earth He will draw all men unto Him. To be drawn to Christ does not mean to say, as is described in this passage, that those who are drawn to Christ cannot resist His will.
2Th_1:8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:
Within our Sovereign Right of Choice we have a responsibility to obey the Gospel and not to resist His divine plan. The consequences for doing so are spiritually fatal and horrific. To conclude then, there is proof in the Scriptures that even as a Christian you never lose that Sovereign Right of Choice. The Parable of the Vine in Chapter 15 of John confirms this fact. The difference between a real Vine and this Vine is that the branches choose to stay in Christ(the True Vine) and thus be fruitful or to dwell elsewhere and dry up and eventually be broken off from Christ and cast into the fire. A very sad reality and many that are poisoned with such Calvinistic errors as "Eternal Unconditional Security" will find that when they face the Judge they would have exacted a terrifying price for that error. This Video explains the truth from Scripture and I urge you to discard those doctrines that deceive.

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  1. Anthony Clinton says:

    What I mean Jim is the individual's Sovereign Right to Make Choices independant of any manipulation by God before and after they become Christians. This free will was given to the Angels and to Adam and Eve and remained after the fall of man. Though tainted by sin after the fall, Noah sought God and was the only one that did. God did not destroy us all because one man sought for the grace of God. Nineveh repented at the prophecy pronounced by Jonah. Rahab made a choice to believe in the God of the Hebrews and did something about it. With regard to choices the teaching of the true Vine in John 15 Jesus emphasised the need to remain in Him or they would suffer the loss of their souls. Judas was one that was in Christ and yet he chose to depart from Christ in his heart. He fell from grace. "Judas by transgression fell"! Continuing in Christ is the everpresent choice of the believers. Rom 11:22  Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.

    Note the condition for every Christian to remain in Christ is recorded right here 'if thou continue' clearly a condition dependant upon the Christians everpresent Sovereign right of Choice. A Calvinist removes all such conditions and tries to force their error that it is a foregone conclusion and not an everpresent choice as the Bible here describes.

    I hope that has clarified the matter!

  2. lookinforacity says:

    Hi Anthony

    When you say:
    “when God created you He imparted to you your own Sovereignty”

    Are you referring to people in general, (mankind)?
    Are you referring to Christians only?
    Are you defining (Sovereignty), Supreme independent dominion, power, or authority, to mean (Free Will)?

    Be Blessed
    JIM

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