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Great Sermon! This is great, I love the last statement: you were foreordained to say this, so calvinists shouldn't get upset.
This Calvinist theory of being predestined and foreordained sounds dangerously similar to Muslim Fatalism. Thank you for your clarification of Ephesians 1:4-5. It had been bothering me
Great Sermon! Very explicit. I am blessed. I remember my first contact with calvinism was the Sovereignty book by Pink. It was an interesting read until the misinterpretation of Romans 9-11 and the definitions of world and all struck me as utter misinterpretation. At that time, I didn't even know that that was what it meant to be Calvinist, that I was reading Calvinist doctrine, But still I screamed my way through some of those chapters on election. I believe in the Sovereignty of God in His eternal plan and Everyday dealings with us, but I also firmly believe in man's free will in moral issues and matters of the heart and conscience. The scripyure says God can harden hearts of men, but I realised that there is a difference between 'can' and 'will'. He will not harden the heart of a person who would otherwise have sought Him, simply because He wills that all men be saved. He hardened Pharoah's heart to accomplish His purpose because Pharoah was already evil on his own and 'knew not Joseph'. God does not tempt anyone to do evil, we are tempted by our own lustful desires already in our hearts (Jas 1:14-15)