Quotes, Theology


“Christianity insists that everyone is a sinner through and through. Our minds, hearts, wills, and emotions are in rebellion against God. When it comes right down to it, the problem is not that there is only one way to God (through Christ). The real problem is that human beings will not follow God at all.” – Philip Graham Ryken



One thought on “Rebellion

  1. Unfortunately Ryken thinks that of all the sins the Savior must save us humans from, the fact that we humans will not follow God at all is a show-stopper. It’s common, when we want to make people understand their stubbornness, to portray Christ as dying for all sins except stubbornness, or as God being able to do everything about our sins, except this one sin that supposedly blockades Him — stubbornness. It doesn’t of course. God has saved many stubborn Pauls, knocking them to the ground even as they plan their stubborn actions.

    Arminianism — of which Ryken is a famous proponent — is like a version of the parable of the Sower, in which the sower stops and asks the ground, “do you want a delivery?” and the ground has the say.

    Posted by larnewman | November 16, 2011, 3:18 pm

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