Friday, May 4, 2018

God Does Not Supernaturally Harden People

Calvinist Proof-Texts Answered

“Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth.” (Romans 9:18)

God Does Not Supernaturally Harden People

“....thus some he pursues with his favours, and abandons others to their obduracy, according as he thinks fit.” (Rom. 9:18; Daniel Mace New Testament)

“And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient.” (Rom. 1:28)

Commentary: “In the history of Pharaoh, we are told that he hardened his own heart, and that God hardened it. There is no contradiction in these statements. Pharaoh hardened his heart wilfully; and God permitted him, or, after having duly admonished him, and given him every motive to repent and obey, left him to himself to harden his heart. And we all know that, in the language of Scripture, Jehovah is often said to do what he commands, allows, or permits to be done. If we duly examine the inspired record, we shall find, that all which the Almighty actually did was calculated to soften the heart of the proud monarch, and bring him to repentance. When it is said of the Eternal, “He hath mercy on whom he will, and whom he will he hardeneth,” we should remember that his will is holy, just, and good; that it cannot act capriciously, nor will anything which is unwise, unjust, or unholy.” - John Harris, The Christian's Daily Treasury (The London Printing and Publishing Company, 1873), p. 588

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