Once again, we are refraining from posting articles on Justification by Grace so that we may spend time with our families in public and private worship on Sunday and Monday.
ANNOUNCER DON PARDO: Join us at Justification by Grace when we resume our regular broadcast week on Tuesday, June 15th— as we hear Satch and Skeeter begin to explore man’s free will verses God’s sovereign election:
SKEETER: Yowza, Satch! Do you mean to tell me that fallen man isn’t free to choose salvation? That he isn’t free to accept or reject Christ at will?
SATCH: That’s right, Skeets. You’ve probably been taught that because man was made in the image of God, he still retains a trace of free will to choose that which is good.
SKEETER: Yeah! … Wait a minute. Isn’t that right?
SATCH: Now, think about it, Skeeter. Adam was made perfect, free to choose between good and evil; but when he fell in disobedience to God’s command not to eat from the tree in the middle of the garden, Adam plunged the entire human race into corruption and the curse of sin. Should we honestly expect that the fallen descendents of Adam could do what he obviously couldn’t?
SKEETER: I guess not.
SATCH: You’re darn tootin’ ya guess not. Jeremiah 17:9 from the ESV says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” Unless God miraculously intervenes to regenerate the soul dead in trespasses and sins, we can’t make an eternal choice.
SKEETER: So man doesn’t have free will at all?
SATCH: Well, that’s what a lot of people think that Calvinists believe but that’s not true at all. Fallen man makes choices every day, but those choices are temporal choices, not eternal… just like your choice to put pepperoni bits into your tapioca pudding. Though that was predestined, buddy, it wasn’t ordained of God.
SKEETER: But I like pepperoni ‘n’ tapioca…. Okay, so you’re sayin’ that God must intervene before man can repent and believe in Christ?
SATCH: That’s the status, Gladys. Think about it, Skeets. If man is free to choose without God’s divine intervention, how could you even trust that the Bible is the inspired Word of God? If fallen man has a free will that can’t be overcome by the divine intervention of God, how do we know that the scripture writers didn’t just choose to say something else?
SKEETER: Heavens to Murgatroyd, Satch! Why doesn’t somebody tell me these things?
SATCH: Somebody just did, Skeeter. Somebody just did.
ANNOUNCER DON PARDO: Justification by Grace— the all-weather weblog. On behalf of Jon Cardwell and Reformed dudes everywhere, this is Don Pardo, praying that you stay ever at the cross of Christ and in God’s Word by God’s amazing grace until Christ comes!
JON CARDWELL: Thank you, Don Pardo.