JD Your "It says nothing concerning the subject that he was preselected to damnation and that is the reason for your post in the first place."
Now let me see JD.
What you are suggesting is that Pharaoh had the same ability to select salvation, (Free will/synergist style), but meanwhile, God did the dirty on him and used him against the overall purpose of extending salvation to everybody; - Through their "right" choice of the narrow path? Thus reprobating this poor nice Pharaoh rather than allowing him the choice?
Now one area of problem I observe here JD, is your rejection of sovereignty of God. Because you reject it but are applying it here to the life of Pharaoh in a very negative way?
Do you imply that God's sovereignty is applied to some but not to others, for example does HE apply it to the "reprobate" but not to the saved?
If Pharaoh was "raised up" (as you say) for ANY purpose of God, - then you are teaching the sovereignty of God over human life.
JD Your post "He could have co-operated with God because God sent Moses to ask for the cooperation before each plague."
Exodus 4:21 And the LORD said unto Moses, When thou goest to return into Egypt, see that thou do all those wonders before Pharaoh, which I have put in thine hand: BUT I WILL HARDEN HIS HEART, that he shall not let the people go.
Exodus 10:1 And the LORD said unto Moses, Go in unto Pharaoh: FOR I HAVE HARDENED HIS HEART, and the heart of his servants, that I might shew these my signs before him:
Exodus 14:4 And I WILL HARDEN PHARAOH'S HEART, that he shall follow after them; and I will be honoured upon Pharaoh, and upon all his host; that the Egyptians may know that I am the LORD. And they did so.
This is the Biblical version of the Moses story, perhaps you were thinking of the Cecil B Demille's version, when you suggest below that Pharaoh could have done the arminian thing and free will/synergist "cooperate with God."
Mike Look at that you've learned somrthing new today.
I'm "wrestling" on the site with all the heretics, trying to bring the Biblical truth of the sovereignty of God, the Total Depravity of you and all sinners, and of course the wonderful revelation of UNconditional Election.
Rom 9:17 For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth. 18 Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth.
21 Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour? 22 What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction:
2Tim 2:19 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. 20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.
Every time he posts under the title of ""Dr" Yamil Luciano" - he lies! Follow this deception if you will. But The father of lies is Satan.
John 8:44 Ye are of your father the DEVIL, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the FATHER of it.
Ah so now it is made manifest that Hopalong Cassidy is a Synergist. Arminian. Free willer. Heretic.
Synergism "Theology. the doctrine that the human will cooperates with the Holy Ghost in the work of regeneration"
Arminian Heresy "What the Arminian wants to do is to arouse man's activity: what we want to do is to kill it once for all - to show him that he is lost and ruined, and that his activities are not now at all equal to the work of conversion; that he must look upward.
They seek to make the man stand up: we seek to bring him down, and make him feel that there he lies in the hand of God, and that his business is to submit himself to God, and cry aloud, 'Lord, save, or we perish.'
We hold that man is never so near grace as when he begins to feel he can do nothing at all. When he says, 'I can pray, I can believe, I can do this, and I can do the other,' marks of self-sufficiency and arrogance are on his brow." C. H. Spurgeon
Hopalong Cassidy would bring God down and raise the evil hearted sinner above his true station in existance. Satan and sin blinds these poor ignorant reprobates who are dead in their sin.
"The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble" Prov 4:19.
Liz You say "I guess as they say on all good game shows-the choice is yours!"
NO! In election the choice is God's alone. Nothing the mortal can do or achieve is in any way relevant to salvation.
John 15:16 "Ye have *NOT* chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you."
2Thes 2:13 "......because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth"
An old prayer
"We acknowledge and confess, that, as we are convinced of our guilt, so, out of a deep sense thereof, we judge ourselves unworthy of the smallest benefits, most worthy of God's fiercest wrath, and of all the curses of the law, and heaviest judgments inflicted upon the most rebellious sinners; and that he might most justly take his kingdom and gospel from us, plague us with all sorts of spiritual and temporal judgments in this life, and after cast us into utter darkness, in the lake that burneth with fire and brimstone, where is weeping and gnashing of teeth for evermore."
"The results revealed that the largest portion of people (34 percent) believed in God through science. The next highest was the strict evolutionists with 29 percent, and strict creationists had 26 percent of the total."
Heb 11:3 "Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear."
Notice the qualification in the Word of God = "Through faith we understand..."