The Sovereignty of God or the Sovereignty of Man?
by David Sprenger
The Sovereignty of God
- God's eternal plan determines man's destiny.
- The "fall" in the Garden: God's divine arrangement
- Christ: already provided before the "fall".
- Salvation: God's gift given through repentance.
- Faith: the fruit or proof of salvation.
- Works: the evidence or results of salvation.
- "Free will": Free only if the Son sets us free.
- The elect: God's "first fruits" chosen by Him through grace to be His own.
- Born again: Christ decides to awaken (resurrect) you from the dead. Then you respond.
- God initiates (chooses). Man responds.
- Prayer: communion (alignment) with God's will.
- Hell: purifying/ remedial/ age-lasting (temporal).
- Death: will be destroyed (including the second death which is the lake of fire.)
- God wins: totally and victoriously--through the "reconciliation of the world".
- Mercy triumphs over judgement! (I Chron. 16:34)
- Love never fails! (I Cor. 13:8)
- God will be "all in all"! (I Cor. 15:28)
The Sovereignty (Free Will) of Man
- Man plans and determines his own destiny.
- The "fall": God's plan tragically gone awry.
- Christ: "Plan B" to correct the big mistake.
- Salvation: A gift because of (produced by) repentance.
- Faith: the condition or requirement for salvation.
- Works: the requirement to earn and keep salvation.
- "Free will": Free to choose our salvation and destiny
- The elect: Those good enough (smart enough? humble enough? lucky enough?) to choose God.
- Born again: You decide to change and turn to God. Then God responds.
- Man initiates (chooses). God responds.
- Prayer: To initiate or even change God's will.
- Hell: punitive/vindictive/eternal.
- Death: will reign in "hell forever".
- Satan wins: the vast majority of creation perishs- only a few (the remnant) survive.
- Judgement triumphs over mercy.
- Love fails miserably.
- God will be all only in some.
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