BARNES makes a good point against the Calvinistic idea that man has no say in his salvation. “An involuntary or compulsory faith, hope, love, obedience, is a contradiction in terms; and anything that could bear the name can have no moral validity whatsoever..”1 In other words, God’s demanding faith, love, hope or obedience requires free will or it is a contradiction by God. It’s strange that Calvinists don’t see the glaring problem they have. And to Barnes’ second point, there is nothing moral about bearing Jesus’ name if you have no say in the matter. Here’s the truth that Calvinists need to grapple with. God loves everyone and invites everyone to believe in and obey Jesus Christ. 1. Barnes Notes on Gen 6:3.
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