Please take 3 minutes of your time to watch this video of a question asked by Mark Driscoll of RC Sproul. Don't run away from those names, please watch the video. It might overcome some false understanding of many about the reformed view of God's desire for all to be saved. You will be surprised by Mr. Sproul's position.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPZYl9QLPEM&feature=related
Since there was no link here, I just punched in both names in the YouTube search engine to see what popped up. I think I found the right video, and to be honest, it was a giant question dodging waste of time.Sproul did not answer the question posed to him, in a way that made any relevant sense to the question itself. He just gave some wordy retort about how God is grieved when the wicked are judged. OK. And the answer?Naw. Next we have a parallel story set up to help us understand Driscoll and Sproul's position on the God of reformed theology being like a judge who was grieved to sentence his son to the penalty that he deserved. But what he forgot to include in his little allegory, was that if the judge was to represent the God of the reformed thinking, than that judge raised his son as a criminal, teaching him his entire life to do nothing but break the law, shaping and predestining him to become a criminal, so that when the day of judgement came, he was able to condemn him for the very crimes he bred his son to commit, so that the judge could receive the glory for the execution of his perfect justice. And the judge SHOULD have been grieved because he raised his son to do nothing but act as a transgressor. If he had tacked THAT on then we might have had a little bit of consistency with the reformed view. I don't know much about Sproul, but I knew enough about Driscoll to have been leery. That name alone was worth running from.
Sorry about neglecting to include the link. Stupid. I've fixed it I think.
EverestoSama said:Sproul did not answer the question posed to him, in a way that made any relevant sense to the question itself. He just gave some wordy retort about how God is grieved when the wicked are judged. OK. And the answer?Reply:I think you would be warranted to conclude from Sproul's remark that God does desire all to be saved which does answer the question.
I think you would be warranted to conclude from Sproul's remark that God does desire all to be saved which does answer the question.
I don't know much about Sproul
I think you would be warranted to conclude from Sproul's remark that God does desire all to be saved which does answer the question
I have heard people say that we should not ever ascribe to God as having wants, desires, or wishes. For that would be contrary to His attributes of omnipotence and sovereignty. To say that God wants, desires or wishes something implies that He is weak or powerless to make it happen.What these people are not realizing is that God willfully and purposely limited His sovereignty over man's free will. God did not want robots that had to serve and obey Him. He gave man the ability to choose. God's desiring that all men repent and be saved is a natural consequence of man's freedom to choose between (spiritual) life or death.