Why does God command the non-elect to believe?
A common objection “free will choice”/Arminians bring up goes something like this. “If TULIP were true then all of the verses where God calls men to repent and to reason with Him are a waste of effort and time.”
Or “Why does God command all men to repent and believe the gospel if He has already determined who will be saved and who will not?”
We can easily turn this question around as well and ask the those of the Arminian persuasion - “
If God knows the end from the beginning and knows who will ultimately believe and those who will not and be damned, then why does He call upon all men to repent and believe the gospel when He knows they will never do it?
Arminians have not really thought through the implications of what they believe.
Arminians (those of the “free will choice” position) all erroneously think that just because a command from God is given, that man is then able to do it.
The Biblical facts are these.
Scripture says that man is DEAD in sins and trespasses. Not partially alive spiritually. There is no “divine spark” that needs to be fanned into a flame.
“For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord.” (Ephesians 5:8) No just “in darkness” but we were darkness itself.
There is NONE that doeth good; there is NONE that understandeth; there is NONE that seeketh after God. Romans 3.
You can command a dead man all day long to repent and believe, and nothing will happen. You only show his lost condition because he does not respond.
All men SHOULD repent and believe their Creator. But the fact that (if left to ourselves) we rebel and love darkness rather than light (John 3:19) and will not come (John 5:40), only condemns us all the more for rejecting the counsel and commands of God.
God gives lots of commands that man is incapable of doing.
How you doing with this one?
And “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
38 This is the first and great commandment.
39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” (Matthew 22:37-40)
Any commandment or law given by God only shows our own weakness and inability to obey Him perfectly. The spirit may be willing, but the flesh is weak.
"By the law is the knowledge of sin.” (Romans 3:20) "I had not known sin, but by the law ; “for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.” (Romans 7:7) “For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh…”. (Romans 8:3).
Romans 3:19-20. “Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and ALL THE WORLD MAY BECOME GUILTY BEFORE GOD.”
Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.”
God does not cause man to sin and God is not the Author of sin. Do you know what is? It’s “free will”.
Adam had a free will, and God is demonstrating to the watching heavenly host that whenever there are two or more independent free wills in the universe, they will eventually come into conflict with each other. Only when there is one will, God’s will, do things work out right.
See “Free will is the REAL cause of sin in the world.”
That is why Jesus Christ, as the last Adam and the second man came “not to do my own will, but the will of my Father that sent me.” and who said “Not my will, but thine be done”.
All men by nature do have a will. But our will is a fallen, sinful will and we can only follow our sinful nature. Man chooses to sin. He wills to sin voluntarily. He likes to sin and to follow his own desires and inclinations.
“They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is NONE that doeth good, no, NOT ONE.” (Romans 3:12)
And when God commands him to do something, or to repent and believe the gospel, he only shows his natural state of willful rebellion and unbelief and his guilt is therefore compounded.
“For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish:
To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things?” (2 Corinthians 2:15-16.)
If a man ends up in hell, he has only himself to blame for it. If he ends up in glory, it will ALL be by the sovereign, electing grace of God.
“As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life TO AS MANY AS THOU HAST GIVEN HIM.” (John 17:2)
All of grace, believing the Book, the King James Holy Bible.
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